• 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 26.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800

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Differences

Olympus E-M1 II advantages over Fujifilm X-T30

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer video battery life
    90 vs 45 minutes
    Capture more video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.74x vs 0.62x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.6 fps vs 20.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    51 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.6 fps vs 20.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    51 vs 17 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Fujifilm X-T30 advantages over Olympus E-M1 II

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    46 mm vs 68 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    12 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    383g vs 574g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    26.1 vs 20.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 60 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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 GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Very good dynamic range & high ISO performance; Fantastic C-AF performance; Incredible burst rates, even with RAW; 4K UHD & Cinema 4K (DCI) video; Clean HDMI; Dual SD card slots.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

  • Same great image quality as the X-T3; Excellent high ISO performance for an APS-C camera; Improved hybrid AF system with full image area coverage; Fast AF speeds; 4K video up to 30p; Compact design; Great value.

  • Slightly higher noise levels than predecessor; No in-body image stabilization; Single card slot; No dedicated headphone jack; No weather sealing.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $874
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Fujifilm X-T30
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic G7

Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic G7
  • $874
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Fujifilm X-T30
Panasonic G7
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GX8

Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GX8
  • $874
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC
Fujifilm X-T30
Panasonic GX8
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic G85

Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic G85
  • $874
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Fujifilm X-T30
Panasonic G85
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A6100

Olympus E-M1 II
Sony A6100
  • $874
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Fujifilm X-T30
Sony A6100
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • Longer exposure
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Longer video battery life
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