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Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3

Portability
81
Imaging
63
Features
83
Overall
71
Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 front
Portability
86
Imaging
57
Features
60
Overall
58

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3 Key Specs

Olympus E-M10 IV
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 383g - 122 x 84 x 49mm
  • Announced August 2020
  • Replaced the Olympus E-M10 III
Sony NEX-F3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 314g - 117 x 67 x 42mm
  • Revealed August 2012
  • Replaced the Sony NEX-C3
  • Successor is Sony NEX-3N
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Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3 Overview

Below, we are looking at the Olympus E-M10 IV versus Sony NEX-F3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Olympus and Sony. There exists a large gap between the sensor resolutions of the E-M10 IV (20MP) and NEX-F3 (16MP) and the E-M10 IV (Four Thirds) and NEX-F3 (APS-C) come with different sensor size.

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The E-M10 IV was manufactured 8 years after the NEX-F3 which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-M10 IV being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-F3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting through a more detailed comparison, below is a simple overview of how the E-M10 IV scores against the NEX-F3 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 IV over the Sony NEX-F3

 E-M10 IV NEX-F3 
RevealedAugust 2020August 2012More modern by 97 months
Display resolution1040k920kClearer display (+120k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-F3 over the Olympus E-M10 IV

 NEX-F3 E-M10 IV 

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 IV and Sony NEX-F3

 E-M10 IV NEX-F3 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3 Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus E-M10 IV offers outside measurements of 122mm x 84mm x 49mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9") with a weight of 383 grams (0.84 lbs) while the Sony NEX-F3 has sizing of 117mm x 67mm x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 314 grams (0.69 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-M10 IV versus Sony NEX-F3 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilising during that time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the E-M10 IV vs the NEX-F3.

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-M10 IV and NEX-F3 is 81 and 86 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizes purely by reading specifications. The picture below should give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the E-M10 IV and NEX-F3.

To sum up, both of the cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The E-M10 IV because of its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF more challenging and the Olympus E-M10 IV will offer extra detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics much more aggressively. The younger E-M10 IV should have a benefit in sensor tech.

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV as a Portrait photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Portrait photography camera
77
you can focus manually
MP count good (20MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
74
has manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV Street photography factors
Sony NEX-F3 Street photography factors
84
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
has focus via touch
great high ISO (25,600)
76
has a tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV Sports photography factors
Sony NEX-F3 Sports photography factors
73
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
lacks phase detect autofocus
53
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
better than average battery pack (470 per charge)
low frames per second (6.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV as a Travel photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Travel photography camera
85
has bluetooth
has focus via touch
MP count good (20MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
69
better than average battery pack (470 CIPA)
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
no Timelapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV Landscape photography advice
Sony NEX-F3 Landscape photography advice
83
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
70
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
better than average battery pack (470 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-M10 IV
Vlogging with Sony NEX-F3
78
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone support
27
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
no external microphone socket
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Olympus E-M10 IV vs Sony NEX-F3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 IV and Sony NEX-F3
 Olympus OM-D E-M10 IVSony Alpha NEX-F3
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV Sony Alpha NEX-F3
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2020-08-04 2012-08-16
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VIII Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 226.2mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 4912 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 25600 16000
Minimum native ISO 200 200
RAW images
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 121 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Number of lenses 107 121
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech - TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter rate 8.7 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.20 m (at ISO 200) -
Flash settings Redeye, fill-in, off, redeye slow-sync (1st-curtain), slow sync (1st-curtain), slow sync (2nd-curtain), manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 383g (0.84 pounds) 314g (0.69 pounds)
Dimensions 122 x 84 x 49mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9") 117 x 67 x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 73
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.3
DXO Low light score not tested 1114
Other
Battery life 360 photos 470 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-50 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $699 $470