• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 170 IS advantages over Olympus E-M10 III

  • Less expensive
    $119* vs $599
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 49 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    20.0 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Olympus E-M10 III advantages over Canon 170 IS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.78 vs 1.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 720p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 330 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    13 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 78k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.6 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Superbly-built, comfortable and compact body; Pairs beautifully with pancake kit lens; Excellent image quality; Excellent performance in most respects; Great single-shot autofocus; Really nice viewfinder and touch-screen display; Friendlier user interface courts amateurs.

  • Some controls are a bit small and tightly-packed; Hand grips are still a bit modestly-sized for larger lenses; Continuous and video autofocus just isn't up to snuff; New user interface can feel limiting to advanced photographers; Underwhelming battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 340 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 340 HS
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manual focus
Olympus E-M10 III
Canon 340 HS
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon 350 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 350 HS
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $188
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Olympus E-M10 III
Canon 350 HS
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $188
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Canon 170 IS
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Olympus E-M10 III
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 360 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 360 HS
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Olympus E-M10 III
Canon 360 HS
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Canon 170 IS
Panasonic GX85
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $398
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Olympus E-M10 III
Panasonic GX85
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $398
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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