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Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3

Portability
80
Imaging
55
Features
75
Overall
63
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-3 front
Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
55
Overall
54

Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3 Key Specs

Olympus E-M10 III
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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
  • Old Model is Olympus E-M10 II
  • Later Model is Olympus E-M10 IV
Sony NEX-3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 297g - 117 x 62 x 33mm
  • Introduced June 2010
  • Newer Model is Sony NEX-C3
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Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3 Overview

The following is a extensive assessment of the Olympus E-M10 III versus Sony NEX-3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by companies Olympus and Sony. The image resolution of the E-M10 III (16MP) and the NEX-3 (14MP) is fairly well matched but the E-M10 III (Four Thirds) and NEX-3 (APS-C) offer different sensor dimensions.

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The E-M10 III was brought out 7 years after the NEX-3 which is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-M10 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting right into a complete comparison, here is a brief summation of how the E-M10 III matches up vs the NEX-3 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 III over the Sony NEX-3

 E-M10 III NEX-3 
IntroducedAugust 2017June 2010Newer by 89 months
Display resolution1040k920kClearer display (+120k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-3 over the Olympus E-M10 III

 NEX-3 E-M10 III 

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 III and Sony NEX-3

 E-M10 III NEX-3 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to travel with your camera often, you will need to think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-M10 III has got outside dimensions of 122mm x 84mm x 50mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.0") along with a weight of 410 grams (0.90 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-3 has proportions of 117mm x 62mm x 33mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 297 grams (0.65 lbs).

Compare the Olympus E-M10 III versus Sony NEX-3 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the E-M10 III vs the NEX-3.

Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the E-M10 III and NEX-3 is 80 and 89 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions only by looking at technical specs. The picture underneath will provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the E-M10 III and NEX-3.

As you have seen, both of those cameras have different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The E-M10 III because of its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF trickier and the Olympus E-M10 III will give extra detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop images a bit more aggressively. The fresher E-M10 III should have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-M10 III
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-3
73
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
72
focusing manually
good resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Street photography highlights
Sony NEX-3 Street photography highlights
77
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
features focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
more heavy than competitors in class (410 grams)
76
tilting screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Sports photography factors
Sony NEX-3 Sports photography factors
69
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
doesn't have phase detect AF
52
good resolution (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-M10 III
Travel photography with Sony NEX-3
67
features focus by touch
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
more heavy than competitors in class (410g)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
59
good resolution (14MP)
no Timelapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Landscape photography highlights
Sony NEX-3 Landscape photography highlights
80
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
68
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
good resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Vlogging factors
Sony NEX-3 Vlogging factors
32
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone support
more heavy than competitors in class (410 grams)
27
offers face detect focus
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no microphone support
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Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony NEX-3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 III and Sony NEX-3
 Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IIISony Alpha NEX-3
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Sony Alpha NEX-3
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2017-08-31 2010-06-07
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor 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 area 226.2mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO 25600 12800
Min native ISO 200 200
RAW data
Min boosted ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 121 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Available lenses 107 121
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Screen
Type of display Tilting Tilting
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 8.6fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.80 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m
Flash settings Auto, redeye, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill-in, manual, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/250 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 410g (0.90 lbs) 297g (0.65 lbs)
Physical dimensions 122 x 84 x 50mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.0") 117 x 62 x 33mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 68
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.0
DXO Low light score not tested 830
Other
Battery life 330 photographs 330 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-50 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II supported) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $650 $0