• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon SL1 advantages over Olympus PEN-F

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $699 vs $999*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.30 vs 3.36 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 1.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • 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
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1140 vs 43 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Olympus PEN-F advantages over Canon SL1

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More dynamic range
    12.4 vs 11.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.62x vs 0.54x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.4 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.5 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    39 vs 8 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Extremely compact and lightweight for a DSLR; Delivers good image quality that's virtually identical to the Canon T4i/T5i; Accurate and relatively fast autofocus with improved Live View and Movie Hybrid CMOS II AF; Full 1080p HD movie recording; Better-than average kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM).

  • Still not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Slightly worse than average dynamic range and high ISO performance; Poor battery life.

  • Highest resolution Olympus 4/3" camera yet; Excellent image quality for its class; Very good dynamic range; Fast autofocus; Fast burst speeds; Lots of fun creative filter options; Built-in EVF, Wi-Fi.

  • Expensive; No weather sealing; Mediocre battery life; No 4K video; No mic or headphone jacks.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A37

Canon SL1
Sony A37
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Olympus PEN-F
Sony A37
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon T5

Canon SL1
Canon T5
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
Olympus PEN-F
Canon T5
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Canon SL1
Pentax K-S1
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Olympus PEN-F
Pentax K-S1
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Canon SL1
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Olympus PEN-F
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More pixels
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Canon SL1
Panasonic GX85
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Olympus PEN-F
Panasonic GX85
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $565
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
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