• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 72.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus E-PL8 advantages over Canon G1X Mark III

  • Less expensive
    $599 vs $999*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 51 mm
    Thinner
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon G1X Mark III advantages over Olympus E-PL8

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    16 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • 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

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL7
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Newer
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
Canon G1X Mark III
Olympus E-PL7
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Leica X-E (Typ 102)

Olympus E-PL8
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon G1X Mark III
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm X70

Olympus E-PL8
Fujifilm X70
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer exposure
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon G1X Mark III
Fujifilm X70
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic GX85
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G1X Mark III
Panasonic GX85
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Olympus E-PL9

Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL9
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • $533
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon G1X Mark III
Olympus E-PL9
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $533
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
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