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Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III

Portability
90
Imaging
37
Features
36
Overall
36
Olympus SZ-10 front
 
Sony Alpha A7 III front
Portability
63
Imaging
74
Features
92
Overall
81

Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III Key Specs

Olympus SZ-10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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
Sony A7 III
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 650g - 127 x 96 x 74mm
  • Announced February 2018
  • Replaced the Sony A7 II
  • New Model is Sony A7 IV
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Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III Overview

Let's look a little more in depth at the Olympus SZ-10 and Sony A7 III, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Pro Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Sony. There exists a huge gap among the sensor resolutions of the SZ-10 (14MP) and A7 III (24MP) and the SZ-10 (1/2.3") and A7 III (Full frame) boast totally different sensor sizing.

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The SZ-10 was released 8 years prior to the A7 III which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus SZ-10 being a Compact camera and the Sony A7 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the SZ-10 grades vs the A7 III with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-10 over the Sony A7 III

 SZ-10 A7 III 

Reasons to pick Sony A7 III over the Olympus SZ-10

 A7 III SZ-10 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018February 2011Newer by 85 months
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution922k460kClearer display (+462k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus SZ-10 and Sony A7 III

 SZ-10 A7 III 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III Physical Comparison

When you are going to travel with your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus SZ-10 has outer measurements of 106mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.5") with a weight of 215 grams (0.47 lbs) whilst the Sony A7 III has proportions of 127mm x 96mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") with a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you choose during that time. Here is a front view scale comparison of the SZ-10 compared to the A7 III.

Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SZ-10 and A7 III is 90 and 63 respectively.

Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III Sensor Comparison

Normally, its difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions only by viewing specs. The image here should give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the SZ-10 and A7 III.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The SZ-10 featuring a smaller sensor will make getting shallower DOF harder and the Sony A7 III will provide you with more detail as a result of its extra 10MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more aged SZ-10 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Portrait photography features
Sony A7 III Portrait photography features
33
good MP (14 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
84
has manual focus
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 as a Street photography camera
Sony A7 III as a Street photography camera
60
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others (215 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
78
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
saves RAW files
has touch to focus
environment proof
above average high ISO (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Sports photography factors
Sony A7 III Sports photography factors
40
long zoom range (28-504mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
low battery power (220 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
87
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
environment proof
great battery (610 shots)
has phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Travel photography info
Sony A7 III Travel photography info
65
lighter than others (215 grams)
good MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
long reach (504mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
low battery power (220 CIPA)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.1)
73
great battery (610 CIPA)
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
has touch to focus
megapixel count good (24MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Landscape photography features
Sony A7 III Landscape photography features
40
decently wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual exposure
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
low battery power (220 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse function
85
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
above average high ISO (51,200)
saves RAW files
environment proof
great battery (610 CIPA)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Vlogging factors
Sony A7 III Vlogging factors
31
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focus
lighter than others (215g)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic port
36
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has mic socket
display isn't selfie friendly
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Olympus SZ-10 vs Sony A7 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-10 and Sony A7 III
 Olympus SZ-10Sony Alpha A7 III
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model Olympus SZ-10 Sony Alpha A7 III
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2011-02-08 2018-02-27
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III+ Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 1600 51200
Highest boosted ISO - 204800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Min boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 693
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Sony E
Lens focal range 28-504mm (18.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.1-4.4 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Available lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 460k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.10 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p) 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 215 grams (0.47 lbs) 650 grams (1.43 lbs)
Physical dimensions 106 x 67 x 38mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.5") 127 x 96 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 96
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.7
DXO Low light score not tested 3730
Other
Battery life 220 photos 610 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-50B NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single 2
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