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Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10

Portability
56
Imaging
45
Features
56
Overall
49
Olympus E-3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH10 front
Portability
97
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10 Key Specs

Olympus E-3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fully Articulated Display
  • 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
  • Replaced the Olympus E-1
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-5
Panasonic FH10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 103g - 94 x 54 x 18mm
  • Released January 2013
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Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10 Overview

Here, we are looking at the Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10, one is a Advanced DSLR and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There is a significant difference among the image resolutions of the E-3 (10MP) and FH10 (16MP) and the E-3 (Four Thirds) and FH10 (1/2.3") offer different sensor size.

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The E-3 was launched 5 years earlier than the FH10 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-3 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic FH10 being a Compact camera.

Before diving right into a detailed comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the E-3 matches up vs the FH10 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-3 over the Panasonic FH10

 E-3 FH10 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH10 over the Olympus E-3

 FH10 E-3 
ReleasedJanuary 2013February 2008More modern by 59 months
Display size2.7"2.5"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Olympus E-3 and Panasonic FH10

 E-3 FH10 
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry around your camera often, you'll have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-3 provides physical dimensions of 142mm x 116mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") having a weight of 890 grams (1.96 lbs) while the Panasonic FH10 has dimensions of 94mm x 54mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") along with a weight of 103 grams (0.23 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have at the time. Following is a front view proportions comparison of the E-3 against the FH10.

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the E-3 and FH10 is 56 and 97 respectively.

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its hard to visualize the gap in sensor sizes merely by seeing technical specs. The picture here may give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-3 and FH10.

As you can tell, the two cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The E-3 due to its larger sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field simpler and the Panasonic FH10 will show greater detail utilizing its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images a good deal more aggressively. The more aged E-3 will be behind in sensor tech.

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-3
Portrait photography with Panasonic FH10
57
manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
30
good megapixels (16MP)
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-3 Street photography highlights
Panasonic FH10 Street photography highlights
70
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
64
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (103g)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-3 Sports photography info
Panasonic FH10 Sports photography info
58
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
weather sealing
has phase detect auto focus
low fps (5.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
41
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-3 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FH10 as a Travel photography camera
55
weather sealing
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
does not have Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (10MP)
69
lighter than average in class (103 grams)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
no Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-3 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic FH10 Landscape photography highlights
56
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
megapixel count low (10MP)
does not have Timelapse mode
39
relatively wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
lack of manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-3 Vlogging information
Panasonic FH10 Vlogging information
18
lack of video recording
31
relatively wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (103 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone jack
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Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic FH10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-3 and Panasonic FH10
 Olympus E-3Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH10
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus E-3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH10
Category Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2008-02-20 2013-01-07
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 -
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 11 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-130mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8-6.9
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Available lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.5 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.58x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 13.00 m 4.40 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1280x720
Video format - Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 890 gr (1.96 lb) 103 gr (0.23 lb)
Physical dimensions 142 x 116 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") 94 x 54 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
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 - 260 photos
Battery format - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $670 $110