• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony QX1 advantages over Olympus AIR

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Olympus AIR advantages over Sony QX1

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    23 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly

Common Weaknesses

  • Rear display
    Neither provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon Coolpix A

Sony QX1
Nikon Coolpix A
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive
Olympus AIR
Nikon Coolpix A
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $493
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Sony QX1
Panasonic GM1
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GM1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Sony QX1
Panasonic GF7
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $431
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GF7
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $431
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung NX3300

Sony QX1
Samsung NX3300
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus AIR
Samsung NX3300
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon EOS M10

Sony QX1
Canon EOS M10
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen
Olympus AIR
Canon EOS M10
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor
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