• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon EOS M3 advantages over Olympus AIR

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 23 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus AIR advantages over Canon EOS M3

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 320 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (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

  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • DSLR image quality & resolution in a mirrorless body; Higher-res 24MP APS-C sensor; Much improved AF performance; Better ergonomics with full PASM dial; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC; Tilting LCD.

  • No built-in EVF; Limited native lens selection; Slow burst mode; Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; No 60p video frame rate or 4K video option.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Canon EOS M3
Panasonic GM1
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GM1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sony A6000

Canon EOS M3
Sony A6000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Olympus AIR
Sony A6000
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Canon EOS M3
Samsung NX3000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $442
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Olympus AIR
Samsung NX3000
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $442
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A5100

Canon EOS M3
Sony A5100
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • External Mic Jack
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Olympus AIR
Sony A5100
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to YI M1

Canon EOS M3
YI M1
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Shoot 4K video
Olympus AIR
YI M1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Faster shutter
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Shoot 4K video
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