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Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III

Portability
77
Imaging
46
Features
36
Overall
42
Olympus E-450 front
 
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III front
Portability
80
Imaging
63
Features
88
Overall
73

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III Key Specs

Olympus E-450
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 426g - 130 x 91 x 53mm
  • Introduced March 2009
  • Old Model is Olympus E-330
Olympus E-M5 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 414g - 125 x 85 x 50mm
  • Released October 2019
  • Superseded the Olympus E-M5 II
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Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Olympus E-450 versus Olympus E-M5 III, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both offered by Olympus. There exists a sizeable gap between the resolutions of the E-450 (10MP) and E-M5 III (20MP) but they use the exact same sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The E-450 was revealed 11 years before the E-M5 III and that is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-450 being a Compact SLR camera and the Olympus E-M5 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting in to a more detailed comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the E-450 grades vs the E-M5 III when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-450 over the Olympus E-M5 III

 E-450 E-M5 III 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-M5 III over the Olympus E-450

 E-M5 III E-450 
ReleasedOctober 2019March 2009More recent by 128 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-450 and Olympus E-M5 III

 E-450 E-M5 III 
Focus manually Dial exact focus

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to lug around your camera, you need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-450 features physical measurements of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") having a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs) and the Olympus E-M5 III has proportions of 125mm x 85mm x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0") with a weight of 414 grams (0.91 lbs).

Examine the Olympus E-450 versus Olympus E-M5 III in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have at the time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the E-450 versus the E-M5 III.

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-450 and E-M5 III is 77 and 80 respectively.

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its difficult to visualise the difference between sensor measurements simply by reading through specs. The graphic here will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-450 and E-M5 III.

All in all, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Olympus E-M5 III to resolve greater detail because of its extra 10MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The older E-450 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III sensor size comparison

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-450
Portrait photography with Olympus E-M5 III
57
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
low megapixels (10MP)
77
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-450 Street photography highlights
Olympus E-M5 III Street photography highlights
64
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
lighter than average (426g)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
84
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
supports touch to focus
weather proofing
very good high ISO (25,600)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Sports Comparison

Olympus E-450 Sports photography information
Olympus E-M5 III Sports photography information
39
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has phase detect autofocus
max fps low (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
bad battery life (500 per charge)
76
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
silent shooting (1/32,000s)
high frames per second (30.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proofing
supports phase detect autofocus
terrible battery life (310 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-450 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus E-M5 III as a Travel photography camera
53
lighter than average (426g)
has built in flash
no Timelapse recording
bad battery life (500 CIPA)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
77
weather proofing
supports bluetooth
supports touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
selfie friendly display
terrible battery life (310 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-450
Landscape photography with Olympus E-M5 III
48
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
screen is small (2.7 inch)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
bad battery life (500 per charge)
no Timelapse recording
78
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
terrible battery life (310 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-450 Vlogging information
Olympus E-M5 III Vlogging information
9
can't record video
84
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection autofocus
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
comes with external mic port
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Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-M5 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-450 and Olympus E-M5 III
 Olympus E-450Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus E-450 Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Type Entry-Level DSLR Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2009-03-31 2019-10-17
Body design Compact SLR SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III TruePic VIII
Sensor type CMOS MOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.4 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 226.2mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 1600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW pictures
Minimum enhanced ISO - 64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 3 121
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 45 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.68x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/32000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 4.0fps 30.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/180 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution None 4096x2160
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 426 gr (0.94 lb) 414 gr (0.91 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") 125 x 85 x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 512 not tested
Other
Battery life 500 photographs 310 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - BLN-1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $138 $1,199