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Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II

Portability
56
Imaging
45
Features
56
Overall
49
Olympus E-3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II front
Portability
81
Imaging
59
Features
75
Overall
65

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Key Specs

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
  • Revealed February 2008
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-1
  • Replacement is Olympus E-5
Panasonic LX100 II
(Full Review)
  • 17MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 392g - 115 x 66 x 64mm
  • Revealed August 2018
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic LX100
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Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Overview

Its time to look closer at the Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II, former being a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Large Sensor Compact by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference among the resolutions of the E-3 (10MP) and LX100 II (17MP) but they come with the same exact sensor dimensions (Four Thirds).

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The E-3 was introduced 11 years earlier than the LX100 II and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-3 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic LX100 II being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple summation of how the E-3 grades against the LX100 II with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-3 over the Panasonic LX100 II

 E-3 LX100 II 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX100 II over the Olympus E-3

 LX100 II E-3 
RevealedAugust 2018February 2008More recent by 127 months
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1240k230kCrisper display (+1010k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-3 and Panasonic LX100 II

 E-3 LX100 II 
Manual focus More accurate focus

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to lug around your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-3 enjoys exterior 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) and the Panasonic LX100 II has dimensions of 115mm x 66mm x 64mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.5") having a weight of 392 grams (0.86 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you use at that moment. Underneath is the front view measurements comparison of the E-3 versus the LX100 II.

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the E-3 and LX100 II is 56 and 81 respectively.

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Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Sensor Comparison

Often, it's hard to envision the contrast in sensor measurements simply by viewing a spec sheet. The photograph below might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the E-3 and LX100 II.

Clearly, both the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Panasonic LX100 II to render extra detail using its extra 7 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The older E-3 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II sensor size comparison

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-3 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic LX100 II as a Portrait photography camera
57
focusing manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
low megapixels (10MP)
75
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (17 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-3 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic LX100 II as a Street photography camera
70
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
77
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
boasts touch focus
great high ISO (25,600)
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-3
Sports photography with Panasonic LX100 II
58
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
environment sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
max fps low (5.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (10MP)
72
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (17MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery power (340 per charge)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-3 Travel photography advice
Panasonic LX100 II Travel photography advice
55
environment sealing
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
no Timelapse recording
low megapixels (10MP)
78
good battery power (340 per charge)
supports bluetooth
boasts touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (17MP)
pretty wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.7)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-3 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic LX100 II Landscape photography factors
56
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
low megapixels (10MP)
no Timelapse recording
77
manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.7)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (17 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (340 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-3 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic LX100 II as a Vlogging camera
18
no video
37
pretty wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
no external microphone support
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Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-3 and Panasonic LX100 II
 Olympus E-3Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus E-3 Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
Class Advanced DSLR Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2008-02-20 2018-08-22
Physical type Mid-size SLR Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 17MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4736 x 3552
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW format
Lowest boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 11 49
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-75mm (3.1x)
Max aperture - f/1.7-2.8
Macro focusing range - 3cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 1,240k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,760k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.58x 0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 1800 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 13.00 m 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Max video resolution None 3840x2160
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) DMW-BLE9 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 890 grams (1.96 lbs) 392 grams (0.86 lbs)
Dimensions 142 x 116 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") 115 x 66 x 64mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.5 not tested
DXO Low light rating 571 not tested
Other
Battery life - 340 shots
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots One One
Launch price $670 $998