Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II

Olympus E-450 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II front

Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II Key Specs

Olympus E-450
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 426g - 130 x 91 x 53mm
  • Revealed March 2009
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-330
Sony RX10 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-200mm (F2.8) lens
  • 813g - 129 x 88 x 102mm
  • Revealed June 2015
  • Succeeded the Sony RX10
  • New Model is Sony RX10 III
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Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II Overview

In this article, we are matching up the Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the other is a Large Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. There exists a huge gap among the sensor resolutions of the E-450 (10MP) and RX10 II (20MP) and the E-450 (Four Thirds) and RX10 II (1") come with totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-450 was launched 7 years before the RX10 II and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-450 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony RX10 II being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before getting straight into a complete comparison, below is a simple summary of how the E-450 scores against the RX10 II in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-450 over the Sony RX10 II

 E-450 RX10 II 

Reasons to pick Sony RX10 II over the Olympus E-450

 RX10 II E-450 
RevealedJune 2015March 2009Fresher by 75 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1229k230kClearer display (+999k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-450 and Sony RX10 II

 E-450 RX10 II 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry your camera often, you will need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-450 has physical measurements of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") along with a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs) while the Sony RX10 II has dimensions of 129mm x 88mm x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0") along with a weight of 813 grams (1.79 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the E-450 vs the RX10 II.

Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-450 and RX10 II is 77 and 58 respectively.

Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is tough to see the contrast in sensor sizing only by going through a spec sheet. The photograph here might offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the E-450 and RX10 II.

As you can see, each of these cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The E-450 due to its larger sensor will make shooting shallower DOF simpler and the Sony RX10 II will produce more detail utilizing its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images a little more aggressively. The older E-450 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II sensor size comparison

Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-450 Portrait photography information
Sony RX10 II Portrait photography information
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
focusing manually
MP count good (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
includes face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-450 Street photography info
Sony RX10 II Street photography info
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
lighter than others in class (426g)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
weather proof
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-450
Sports photography with Sony RX10 II
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has phase detect AF
max fps very slow (4.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
low battery power (500 per charge)
quiet mode (1/32,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-450 as a Travel photography camera
Sony RX10 II as a Travel photography camera
lighter than others in class (426g)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse function
low battery power (500 shots)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
weather proof
MP count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
no Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-450 Landscape photography factors
Sony RX10 II Landscape photography factors
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
low battery power (500 shots)
missing Timelapse function
focusing manually
decently wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
weather proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-450
Vlogging with Sony RX10 II
lack of video recording
decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes external microphone socket
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Olympus E-450 vs Sony RX10 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-450 and Sony RX10 II
 Olympus E-450Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model Olympus E-450 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Category Entry-Level DSLR Large Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-03-31 2015-06-10
Physical type Compact SLR SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Highest boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW images
Minimum boosted ISO - 64
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 3 25
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-200mm (8.3x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8
Macro focus range - 3cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 2.7
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.7x
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 14.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 10.20 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180 secs -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution None 3840x2160
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 426 gr (0.94 lbs) 813 gr (1.79 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") 129 x 88 x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 56 70
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 23.0
DXO Dynamic range score 10.5 12.6
DXO Low light score 512 531
Battery life 500 images 400 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse recording
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $138 $998