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Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3

Portability
80
Imaging
62
Features
88
Overall
72
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 front
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
25
Overall
32

Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3 Key Specs

Olympus E-M5 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 414g - 125 x 85 x 50mm
  • Revealed October 2019
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-M5 II
  • Refreshed by OM System OM-5
Panasonic FP3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 155g - 99 x 59 x 19mm
  • Released January 2010
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Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3 Overview

Its time to examine more in depth at the Olympus E-M5 III and Panasonic FP3, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the latter is a Ultracompact by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. There is a huge difference among the sensor resolutions of the E-M5 III (20MP) and FP3 (14MP) and the E-M5 III (Four Thirds) and FP3 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor size.

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The E-M5 III was manufactured 9 years later than the FP3 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-M5 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FP3 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going straight into a full comparison, below is a short introduction of how the E-M5 III matches up versus the FP3 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M5 III over the Panasonic FP3

 E-M5 III FP3 
ReleasedOctober 2019January 2010More recent by 120 months
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP3 over the Olympus E-M5 III

 FP3 E-M5 III 

Common features in the Olympus E-M5 III and Panasonic FP3

 E-M5 III FP3 
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera often, you will have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-M5 III has got exterior measurements of 125mm x 85mm x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0") and a weight of 414 grams (0.91 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FP3 has proportions of 99mm x 59mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") and a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is the front view sizing comparison of the E-M5 III vs the FP3.

Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the E-M5 III and FP3 is 80 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its hard to envision the difference in sensor measurements simply by viewing specifications. The visual underneath will give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the E-M5 III and FP3.

Plainly, each of the cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The E-M5 III featuring a bigger sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field less difficult and the Olympus E-M5 III will result in greater detail due to its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The newer E-M5 III is going to have an advantage in sensor technology.

Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M5 III Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FP3 Portrait photography highlights
77
has manual focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focus
supports RAW files
28
megapixel count decent (14MP)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-M5 III
Street photography with Panasonic FP3
83
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
has touch to focus
environment proofing
very good high ISO (25,600)
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch focus
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
more heavy than others (155g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M5 III Sports photography details
Panasonic FP3 Sports photography details
76
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
fast shooting (30.0 frames/s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proofing
has phase detect auto focus
low battery pack (310 CIPA)
35
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M5 III Travel photography details
Panasonic FP3 Travel photography details
77
environment proofing
supports bluetooth
has touch to focus
good MP (20MP)
screen is selfie friendly
low battery pack (310 per charge)
60
provides touch focus
megapixel count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than others (155 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M5 III as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FP3 as a Landscape photography camera
77
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
low battery pack (310 shots)
37
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-M5 III
Vlogging with Panasonic FP3
84
screen is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focus
good video quality (4096 x 2160 pxls)
has external mic port
27
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone socket
more heavy than others (155 grams)
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Olympus E-M5 III vs Panasonic FP3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M5 III and Panasonic FP3
 Olympus OM-D E-M5 IIIPanasonic Lumix DMC-FP3
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus OM-D E-M5 III Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3
Type Advanced Mirrorless Ultracompact
Revealed 2019-10-17 2010-01-06
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VIII Venus Engine IV
Sensor type MOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 226.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5184 x 3888 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 80
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO 64 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 121 9
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 35-140mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus distance - 10cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/1600 secs
Highest silent shutter speed 1/32000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 30.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 4.90 m
Flash modes Auto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
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 414 gr (0.91 pounds) 155 gr (0.34 pounds)
Dimensions 125 x 85 x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0") 99 x 59 x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 310 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model BLN-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $1,199 $182