• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16,000
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Olympus E-M10

  • Less expensive
    $500* vs $599
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.78 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,067 vs 884 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 480 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 45 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    389g vs 515g
    Lighter weight
  • 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 advantages over Sony NEX-3N

  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.30 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • 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
  • 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
    8.1 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    19 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality for an entry-level mirrorless; User interface ideal for consumers stepping up from point-and-shoots; Speedy and accurate autofocusing; Zoom lever on body; Tremendous value.

  • Lack of hot shoe or accessory port limits more advanced shooting; No electronic viewfinder; Performance lags behind previous model, especially on burst shooting speed.

  • Great image quality especially from RAW files; Excellent dynamic range for a Four Thirds sensor; Very good high ISO performance; Realistic colors and excellent hue accuracy; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Improved HD video; Lightweight and very portable; Built-in pop-up flash; Minimal EVF lag time.

  • Contrast-Detect AF struggles with small and low-contrast subjects; Mediocre battery life; No external microphone or headphone jack; Mediocre burst speed with continuous AF; No weather sealing; Heavy-handed high ISO noise reduction.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5R
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Olympus E-M10
Sony NEX-5R
  • $434
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony NEX-3N
Samsung NX1100
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen
Olympus E-M10
Samsung NX1100
  • $434
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Sony NEX-3N
Panasonic GX7
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic GX7
  • $434
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Olympus E-M10
Sony NEX-5T
  • $434
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Sony NEX-3N
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus E-M10
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $434
  • 4/3
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
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