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Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2

Portability
82
Imaging
53
Features
73
Overall
61
Olympus OM-D E-M10 front
 
Olympus Stylus SH-2 front
Portability
88
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45

Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 Key Specs

Olympus E-M10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 396g - 119 x 82 x 46mm
  • Introduced March 2014
  • New Model is Olympus E-M10 II
Olympus SH-2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 271g - 109 x 63 x 42mm
  • Released March 2015
  • Previous Model is Olympus SH-1
  • Updated by Olympus SH-3
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Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are built by Olympus. The resolution of the E-M10 (16MP) and the SH-2 (16MP) is pretty similar but the E-M10 (Four Thirds) and SH-2 (1/2.3") enjoy different sensor sizing.

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The E-M10 was brought out 11 months before the SH-2 so they are of a similar generation. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-M10 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus SH-2 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the E-M10 grades versus the SH-2 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 over the Olympus SH-2

 E-M10 SH-2 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1037k460kClearer screen (+577k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus SH-2 over the Olympus E-M10

 SH-2 E-M10 
ReleasedMarch 2015March 2014Newer by 11 months

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 and Olympus SH-2

 E-M10 SH-2 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-M10 provides outside dimensions of 119mm x 82mm x 46mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 396 grams (0.87 lbs) whilst the Olympus SH-2 has dimensions of 109mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") having a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs).

Check out the Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use at that moment. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the E-M10 and the SH-2.

Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-M10 and SH-2 is 82 and 88 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its tough to visualize the difference between sensor dimensions only by reviewing specifications. The image underneath should give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the E-M10 and SH-2.

Plainly, both of these cameras have got the exact same megapixel count albeit different sensor dimensions. The E-M10 provides the bigger sensor which will make achieving shallow depth of field less difficult. The more aged E-M10 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Portrait photography features
Olympus SH-2 Portrait photography features
71
has manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
44
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Street photography highlights
Olympus SH-2 Street photography highlights
77
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
provides touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
heavier than competitors in class (396 grams)
70
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
comes with focus via touch
lighter than competitors in class (271 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-M10
Sports photography with Olympus SH-2
66
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
lacks phase detect AF
51
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers tracking focus
good battery power (380 CIPA)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Travel photography highlights
Olympus SH-2 Travel photography highlights
67
provides touch to focus
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
heavier than competitors in class (396g)
screen is not selfie friendly
74
good battery power (380 shots)
lighter than competitors in class (271 grams)
comes with focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Landscape photography features
Olympus SH-2 Landscape photography features
79
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
55
really wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (380 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-M10
Vlogging with Olympus SH-2
33
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of mic support
heavier than competitors in class (396g)
35
really wide (25mm)
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors in class (271g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have mic jack
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Olympus E-M10 vs Olympus SH-2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 and Olympus SH-2
 Olympus OM-D E-M10Olympus Stylus SH-2
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M10 Olympus Stylus SH-2
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2014-03-18 2015-03-11
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII TruePic VII
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 125
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 81 -
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-600mm (24.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.0-6.9
Macro focusing distance - 3cm
Total lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,037k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.58x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 8.0fps 11.5fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.80 m (ISO100) 8.30 m (at ISO 3200)
Flash options Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64) Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264, Motion JPEG H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 396 grams (0.87 lb) 271 grams (0.60 lb)
Dimensions 119 x 82 x 46mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 1.8") 109 x 63 x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 884 not tested
Other
Battery life 320 pictures 380 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-5 LI-92B
Self timer Yes (12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10)) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $600 $399