• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A5000 advantages over Olympus E-M10 III

  • Less expensive
    $479 vs $599
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 420 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    35 mm vs 49 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens

Olympus E-M10 III advantages over Sony A5000

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    14 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.30 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • 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
    8.6 fps vs 3.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.6 fps vs 2.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    33 vs 9 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
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • 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

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Review Excerpt

  • Superbly-built, comfortable and compact body; Pairs beautifully with pancake kit lens; Excellent image quality; Excellent performance in most respects; Great single-shot autofocus; Really nice viewfinder and touch-screen display; Friendlier user interface courts amateurs.

  • Some controls are a bit small and tightly-packed; Hand grips are still a bit modestly-sized for larger lenses; Continuous and video autofocus just isn't up to snuff; New user interface can feel limiting to advanced photographers; Underwhelming battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony A5000
Samsung NX1100
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe
Olympus E-M10 III
Samsung NX1100
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony A5000
Sony NEX-5T
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Olympus E-M10 III
Sony NEX-5T
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony A5000
Sony A5100
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
Olympus E-M10 III
Sony A5100
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Sony A5000
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus E-M10 III
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Sony A5000
Panasonic GX85
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus E-M10 III
Panasonic GX85
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More viewfinder magnification
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