Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3

Portability
92
Imaging
54
Features
63
Overall
57
Canon PowerShot G9 X front
 
Olympus E-3 front
Portability
56
Imaging
46
Features
56
Overall
50

Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3 Key Specs

Canon G9 X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-84mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 209g - 98 x 58 x 31mm
  • Introduced October 2015
  • Successor is Canon G9 X II
Olympus E-3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 890g - 142 x 116 x 75mm
  • Introduced February 2008
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-1
  • Renewed by Olympus E-5
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Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3, one is a Large Sensor Compact and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by brands Canon and Olympus. There exists a sizeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the G9 X (20MP) and E-3 (10MP) and the G9 X (1") and E-3 (Four Thirds) posses different sensor dimensions.

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The G9 X was manufactured 7 years after the E-3 which is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Canon G9 X being a Compact camera and the Olympus E-3 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before delving into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the G9 X grades against the E-3 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G9 X over the Olympus E-3

 G9 X E-3 
IntroducedOctober 2015February 2008Newer by 94 months
Screen size3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus E-3 over the Canon G9 X

 E-3 G9 X 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Canon G9 X and Olympus E-3

 G9 X E-3 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing

Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to travel with your camera, you're going to have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Canon G9 X has got outside measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") having a weight of 209 grams (0.46 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-3 has dimensions of 142mm x 116mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 890 grams (1.96 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you select at that moment. Here is a front view size comparison of the G9 X vs the E-3.

Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G9 X and E-3 is 92 and 56 respectively.

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Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to picture the difference between sensor dimensions just by going over a spec sheet. The picture here will give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the G9 X and E-3.

As you can see, both the cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The G9 X due to its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF tougher and the Canon G9 X will deliver extra detail due to its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs way more aggressively. The more recent G9 X should have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3 sensor size comparison

Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G9 X Portrait photography details
Olympus E-3 Portrait photography details
65
manual focus
megapixel count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
includes face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
no external flash support
57
you can focus manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon G9 X
Street photography with Olympus E-3
81
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW formats
provides focus by touch
lighter than competition (209g)
fixed screen
70
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
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Sports Comparison

Canon G9 X Sports photography advice
Olympus E-3 Sports photography advice
55
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
includes tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (6.0 frames/s)
terrible battery life (220 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
58
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
environment proof
sensor has phase detect autofocus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Canon G9 X Travel photography features
Olympus E-3 Travel photography features
77
lighter than competition (209 grams)
provides focus by touch
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
terrible battery life (220 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
55
environment proof
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Timelapse recording
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon G9 X
Landscape photography with Olympus E-3
70
manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
terrible battery life (220 per charge)
57
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
tiny screen (2.5")
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G9 X Vlogging details
Olympus E-3 Vlogging details
39
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (209g)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have external microphone port
18
can't shoot video
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Canon G9 X vs Olympus E-3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G9 X and Olympus E-3
 Canon PowerShot G9 XOlympus E-3
General Information
Company Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot G9 X Olympus E-3
Category Large Sensor Compact Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2015-10-12 2008-02-20
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 6 TruePic III
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Maximum resolution 5472 x 3648 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 28-84mm (3.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/2.0-4.9 -
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Available lenses - 45
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3 inches 2.5 inches
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.58x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate 6.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.00 m (at Auto ISO) 13.00 m
Flash settings Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 209g (0.46 lb) 890g (1.96 lb)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") 142 x 116 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 63 56
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 21.6
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.3 10.5
DXO Low light rating 495 571
Other
Battery life 220 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-13L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Card slots 1 1
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