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Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55

Portability
67
Imaging
62
Features
96
Overall
75
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
28
Overall
33

Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55 Key Specs

Olympus E-M1 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 580g - 134 x 91 x 69mm
  • Announced February 2020
  • Older Model is Olympus E-M1 II
Sony H55
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 200g - 103 x 58 x 29mm
  • Introduced June 2010
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Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55 Overview

Here is a detailed overview of the Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55, one being a Pro Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Olympus and Sony. There exists a significant gap among the resolutions of the E-M1 III (20MP) and H55 (14MP) and the E-M1 III (Four Thirds) and H55 (1/2.3") posses different sensor measurements.

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The E-M1 III was revealed 9 years later than the H55 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-M1 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony H55 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a short introduction of how the E-M1 III matches up against the H55 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 III over the Sony H55

 E-M1 III H55 
IntroducedFebruary 2020June 2010Fresher by 118 months
Manual focus More exact focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1037k230kClearer display (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony H55 over the Olympus E-M1 III

 H55 E-M1 III 

Common features in the Olympus E-M1 III and Sony H55

 E-M1 III H55 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements

Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera often, you will want to take into account its weight and size. The Olympus E-M1 III offers outer measurements of 134mm x 91mm x 69mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.7") with a weight of 580 grams (1.28 lbs) while the Sony H55 has specifications of 103mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have attached during that time. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the E-M1 III against the H55.

Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-M1 III and H55 is 67 and 92 respectively.

Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing purely by researching technical specs. The graphic below will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-M1 III and H55.

As you have seen, each of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The E-M1 III using its larger sensor is going to make getting bokeh simpler and the Olympus E-M1 III will result in extra detail because of its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more modern E-M1 III provides an edge in sensor technology.

Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1 III Portrait photography details
Sony H55 Portrait photography details
77
has manual focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
28
good MP (14MP)
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1 III Street photography information
Sony H55 Street photography information
78
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
has focus by touch
environment proof
above average high ISO (25,600)
56
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M1 III Sports photography details
Sony H55 Sports photography details
81
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
high fps (60.0 frames per second)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
environment proof
has phase detect AF
38
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1 III Travel photography features
Sony H55 Travel photography features
79
environment proof
has bluetooth
has focus by touch
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
67
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
great reach (250mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M1 III Landscape photography highlights
Sony H55 Landscape photography highlights
81
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
does not have anti aliasing filter
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
two card slots
42
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1 III Vlogging advice
Sony H55 Vlogging advice
79
screen is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect focusing
high res video (4096 x 2160 resolution)
has mic socket
28
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have microphone support
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Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony H55 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1 III and Sony H55
 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark IIISony Cyber-shot DSC-H55
General Information
Make Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55
Class Pro Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2020-02-11 2010-06-16
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic IX Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 226.2mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 5184 x 3888 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 25600 3200
Min native ISO 200 80
RAW format
Min boosted ISO 64 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 121 9
Cross type focus points 121 -
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-250mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,037k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000s 1/1600s
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/32000s -
Continuous shooting rate 60.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.80 m
Flash options Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual Auto, On, Slow Syncro, Off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/250s -
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 PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 4096x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 580 grams (1.28 lb) 200 grams (0.44 lb)
Physical dimensions 134 x 91 x 69mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.7") 103 x 58 x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 420 pictures -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID BLH-1 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse feature
Storage type Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II on first slot) Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 2 Single
Retail price $1,800 $235