• 2/3 inch 58.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Fujifilm X10 advantages over Olympus E-PM2

  • Less expensive
    $339* vs $500
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/1000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots

Olympus E-PM2 advantages over Fujifilm X10

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 2/3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 2.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    22.7 vs 20.5 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    932 vs 245 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 360 vs 270 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 56 mm
    Thinner
  • Less shutter lag
    0.20 vs 0.33 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.9 fps vs 6.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    16 vs 6 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

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
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Really solid body littered with external controls feels like a camera should; Very bright zoom lens; Clever EXR modes; Raw support.

  • White orb problem; EV dial difficult to turn; Below average battery life; Shallow buffers; Occasional demosaicing errors.

  • Super compact and lightweight; Excellent image and print quality that rivals much more expensive CSCs and DSLRs; Solid low-light (high ISO) performance; Touchscreen LCD responsive and useful once you get used to it; Speedy and accurate AF on still subjects; Tons of advanced shooting features and customizing options.

  • Maddening menu system; No physical Mode dial; Motion AF not quite up to par; Mediocre HD video quality; No built-in flash (but a small external flash is included).

The Competition

Compared to Nikon P7700

Fujifilm X10
Nikon P7700
  • $545
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $429
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus E-PM2
Nikon P7700
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $429
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Fujifilm X10
Olympus E-PL5
  • $545
  • 2/3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Internal flash
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-PM2
Olympus E-PL5
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm X20

Fujifilm X10
Fujifilm X20
  • $545
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus E-PM2
Fujifilm X20
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Fujifilm X10
Panasonic GF6
  • $545
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-PM2
Panasonic GF6
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X10
Fujifilm X30
  • $545
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus E-PM2
Fujifilm X30
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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