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Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10

Portability
80
Imaging
55
Features
75
Overall
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III front
 
Olympus SZ-10 front
Portability
90
Imaging
37
Features
36
Overall
36

Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10 Key Specs

Olympus E-M10 III
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 410g - 122 x 84 x 50mm
  • Revealed August 2017
  • Older Model is Olympus E-M10 II
  • Renewed by Olympus E-M10 IV
Olympus SZ-10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-504mm (F3.1-4.4) lens
  • 215g - 106 x 67 x 38mm
  • Launched February 2011
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Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10 Overview

Below, we will be analyzing the Olympus E-M10 III versus Olympus SZ-10, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both produced by Olympus. The resolution of the E-M10 III (16MP) and the SZ-10 (14MP) is pretty comparable but the E-M10 III (Four Thirds) and SZ-10 (1/2.3") use totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-M10 III was revealed 6 years later than the SZ-10 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-M10 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus SZ-10 being a Compact camera.

Before delving through a complete comparison, below is a short introduction of how the E-M10 III matches up against the SZ-10 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 III over the Olympus SZ-10

 E-M10 III SZ-10 
LaunchedAugust 2017February 2011More recent by 80 months
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kClearer screen (+580k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-10 over the Olympus E-M10 III

 SZ-10 E-M10 III 

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 III and Olympus SZ-10

 E-M10 III SZ-10 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus E-M10 III offers physical measurements of 122mm x 84mm x 50mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.0") with a weight of 410 grams (0.90 lbs) while the Olympus SZ-10 has sizing of 106mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 215 grams (0.47 lbs).

Compare the Olympus E-M10 III versus Olympus SZ-10 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the E-M10 III against the SZ-10.

Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-M10 III and SZ-10 is 80 and 90 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its tough to visualise the contrast in sensor measurements merely by going through a spec sheet. The photograph below will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-M10 III and SZ-10.

Clearly, each of the cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The E-M10 III using its bigger sensor will make getting shallow depth of field simpler and the Olympus E-M10 III will provide more detail because of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The younger E-M10 III will have an advantage in sensor technology.

Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Portrait photography highlights
Olympus SZ-10 Portrait photography highlights
73
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
33
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
supports face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Street photography information
Olympus SZ-10 Street photography information
77
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
provides touch to focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
more heavy than average in class (410 grams)
60
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than average in class (215g)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Sports photography info
Olympus SZ-10 Sports photography info
69
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect AF
40
amazing zoom range (28-504mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
supports tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery power (220 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Travel photography factors
Olympus SZ-10 Travel photography factors
67
provides touch to focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
more heavy than average in class (410g)
display is not selfie friendly
65
lighter than average in class (215 grams)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
very long reach (504mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
bad battery power (220 shots)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Landscape photography details
Olympus SZ-10 Landscape photography details
80
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
40
really wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
bad battery power (220 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Vlogging info
Olympus SZ-10 Vlogging info
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touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
no external microphone port
more heavy than average in class (410g)
31
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect focusing
lighter than average in class (215 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic jack
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Olympus E-M10 III vs Olympus SZ-10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 III and Olympus SZ-10
 Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIOlympus SZ-10
General Information
Company Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Olympus SZ-10
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2017-08-31 2011-02-08
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VIII TruePic III+
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.4 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 226.2mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 25600 1600
Lowest native ISO 200 80
RAW support
Lowest boosted ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 121 -
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-504mm (18.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.1-4.4
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 1,040k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Highest silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shooting speed 8.6fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.80 m (at ISO 100) 7.10 m
Flash options Auto, redeye, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill-in, manual, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 410g (0.90 lb) 215g (0.47 lb)
Dimensions 122 x 84 x 50mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.0") 106 x 67 x 38mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.5")
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 330 photos 220 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-50 LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $650 $300