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Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W

Portability
54
Imaging
61
Features
93
Overall
73
Olympus OM-D E-M1X front
 
Samsung HZ30W front
Portability
91
Imaging
35
Features
40
Overall
37

Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W Key Specs

Olympus E-M1X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 997g - 144 x 147 x 75mm
  • Revealed January 2019
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-M1 II
Samsung HZ30W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 245g - 107 x 61 x 28mm
  • Revealed January 2010
  • Additionally referred to as WB600
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Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W Overview

The following is a complete overview of the Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W, one is a Pro Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Olympus and Samsung. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the E-M1X (20MP) and HZ30W (12MP) and the E-M1X (Four Thirds) and HZ30W (1/2.3") feature different sensor measurements.

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The E-M1X was brought out 9 years after the HZ30W which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-M1X being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Samsung HZ30W being a Compact camera.

Before diving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick overview of how the E-M1X grades versus the HZ30W when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1X over the Samsung HZ30W

 E-M1X HZ30W 
RevealedJanuary 2019January 2010Newer by 110 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1037k230kClearer display (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ30W over the Olympus E-M1X

 HZ30W E-M1X 

Common features in the Olympus E-M1X and Samsung HZ30W

 E-M1X HZ30W 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements

Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera regularly, you should consider its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-M1X comes with outside measurements of 144mm x 147mm x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") along with a weight of 997 grams (2.20 lbs) while the Samsung HZ30W has proportions of 107mm x 61mm x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

Examine the Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have attached at that moment. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the E-M1X and the HZ30W.

Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-M1X and HZ30W is 54 and 91 respectively.

Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is tough to picture the gap in sensor dimensions purely by looking through specs. The picture underneath might offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the E-M1X and HZ30W.

As you can plainly see, both cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The E-M1X featuring a larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field less difficult and the Olympus E-M1X will provide you with greater detail having its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images a little more aggressively. The newer E-M1X should have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-M1X
Portrait photography with Samsung HZ30W
76
has manual focus
MP count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
29
manual focus
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Street photography highlights
Samsung HZ30W Street photography highlights
67
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
provides touch focus
environment proofing
great high ISO (25,600)
more heavy than competition in class (997 grams)
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (245g)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-M1X
Sports photography with Samsung HZ30W
80
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
high max fps (60.0 frames per second)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
environment proofing
great battery (870 shots)
comes with phase detect AF
42
incredible zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-M1X
Travel photography with Samsung HZ30W
68
great battery (870 shots)
environment proofing
supports bluetooth
provides touch focus
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
more heavy than competition in class (997g)
63
lighter than competition in class (245 grams)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
very long zoom (360mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-M1X
Landscape photography with Samsung HZ30W
79
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
great battery (870 per charge)
2 card slots
43
manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1X as a Vlogging camera
Samsung HZ30W as a Vlogging camera
68
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection focusing
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
does have external microphone support
more heavy than competition in class (997g)
30
quite wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (245g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic socket
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Olympus E-M1X vs Samsung HZ30W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1X and Samsung HZ30W
 Olympus OM-D E-M1XSamsung HZ30W
General Information
Brand Olympus Samsung
Model Olympus OM-D E-M1X Samsung HZ30W
Also referred to as - WB600
Type Pro Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2019-01-24 2010-01-19
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Dual TruePic VIII -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.4 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 226.2mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 25600 3200
Lowest native ISO 200 80
RAW photos
Lowest enhanced ISO 64 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 121 -
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-360mm (15.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.2-5.8
Macro focus range - 3cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 1,037k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 16 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/2000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/32000 secs -
Continuous shutter rate 60.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 5.00 m
Flash settings Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 997 gr (2.20 lb) 245 gr (0.54 lb)
Dimensions 144 x 147 x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") 107 x 61 x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 870 images -
Style of battery Built-in -
Battery model - SLB-11A
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage - SC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 2 Single
Price at release $2,999 $280