• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Advantages

Sony A3000 over Olympus E-M10

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer battery life
    470 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel

Olympus E-M10 over Sony A3000

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.30 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    13 months vs 19 months old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    19 vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.1 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Absolutely incredible value; Includes a stabilized kit lens; More versatile than a fixed-lens bridge camera; Comfortable body with good ergonomics; Great image quality; Good autofocus performance; Decent battery life.

  • Feels a bit plasticky; Slow burst shooting with limited buffer; Sluggish to power on or switch modes; Low-res EVF and LCD monitor; Can't review images using EVF; No video output; Weak flash; Battery charges in-camera.

  • Great image quality especially from RAW files; Excellent dynamic range for a Four Thirds sensor; Very good high ISO performance; Realistic colors and excellent hue accuracy; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Improved HD video; Lightweight and very portable; Built-in pop-up flash; Minimal EVF lag time.

  • Contrast-Detect AF struggles with small and low-contrast subjects; Mediocre battery life; No external microphone or headphone jack; Mediocre burst speed with continuous AF; No weather sealing; Heavy-handed high ISO noise reduction.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX20

Sony A3000
Samsung NX20
  • $333
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Olympus E-M10
Samsung NX20
  • $594
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic G5

Sony A3000
Panasonic G5
  • $333
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic G5
  • $594
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Panasonic G6

Sony A3000
Panasonic G6
  • $333
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $502
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic G6
  • $594
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $502
  • 4/3
  • NFC
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Sony A3000
Panasonic GX7
  • $333
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer battery life
  • $506
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic GX7
  • $594
  • 4/3
  • Newer
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $506
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Sony A3000
Olympus E-PL7
  • $333
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $494
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-M10
Olympus E-PL7
  • $594
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $494
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
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