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Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II

Portability
88
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45
Olympus Stylus SH-3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II front
Portability
81
Imaging
57
Features
75
Overall
64

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Key Specs

Olympus SH-3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 271g - 109 x 63 x 42mm
  • Introduced February 2016
  • Succeeded the Olympus SH-2
Panasonic LX100 II
(Full Review)
  • 17MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 392g - 115 x 66 x 64mm
  • Launched August 2018
  • Succeeded the Panasonic LX100
Photography Glossary

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Overview

Its time to take a more detailed look at the Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Large Sensor Compact by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the SH-3 (16MP) and the LX100 II (17MP) is very well matched but the SH-3 (1/2.3") and LX100 II (Four Thirds) provide different sensor size.

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The SH-3 was launched 3 years earlier than the LX100 II which is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus SH-3 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic LX100 II being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before diving into a in depth comparison, here is a simple overview of how the SH-3 matches up vs the LX100 II with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SH-3 over the Panasonic LX100 II

 SH-3 LX100 II 

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX100 II over the Olympus SH-3

 LX100 II SH-3 
LaunchedAugust 2018February 2016More modern by 30 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Display resolution1240k460kSharper display (+780k dot)

Common features in the Olympus SH-3 and Panasonic LX100 II

 SH-3 LX100 II 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display size
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus SH-3 has outer dimensions of 109mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") along with a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs) while the Panasonic LX100 II has specifications of 115mm x 66mm x 64mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.5") accompanied by a weight of 392 grams (0.86 lbs).

Look at the Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at that time. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the SH-3 versus the LX100 II.

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SH-3 and LX100 II is 88 and 81 respectively.

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II top view buttons comparison

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Sensor Comparison

Normally, its hard to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes purely by looking at a spec sheet. The image here should give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the SH-3 and LX100 II.

As you can see, the 2 cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The SH-3 due to its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field more difficult and the Panasonic LX100 II will resolve extra detail utilizing its extra 1 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The more aged SH-3 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II sensor size comparison

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus SH-3
Portrait photography with Panasonic LX100 II
44
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
74
manual focus
good MP (17 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus SH-3 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic LX100 II as a Street photography camera
70
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
includes touch focus
lighter than competition (271 grams)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
77
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
features touch to focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SH-3 Sports photography advice
Panasonic LX100 II Sports photography advice
51
amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery life (380 CIPA)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
71
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (17 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
great battery life (340 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SH-3
Travel photography with Panasonic LX100 II
74
good battery life (380 shots)
lighter than competition (271 grams)
includes touch focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
78
great battery life (340 shots)
supports bluetooth
features touch to focus
good MP (17 megapixels)
decently wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SH-3 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic LX100 II Landscape photography factors
55
pretty wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (380 CIPA)
no manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
76
manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.7)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (17MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (340 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus SH-3
Vlogging with Panasonic LX100 II
35
pretty wide (25mm)
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than competition (271g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone jack
36
decently wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone socket
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Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX100 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SH-3 and Panasonic LX100 II
 Olympus Stylus SH-3Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus SH-3 Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2016-02-08 2018-08-22
Physical type Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII Venus Engine
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 17MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4736 x 3552
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 125 200
RAW photos
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 49
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 24-75mm (3.1x)
Max aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/1.7-2.8
Macro focus distance 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 1,240 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,760 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 1800 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 11.5 frames per sec 11.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 8.30 m (at ISO 3200) 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off no built-in flash
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (15 fps), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) DMW-BLE9 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 271g (0.60 pounds) 392g (0.86 pounds)
Physical dimensions 109 x 63 x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") 115 x 66 x 64mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.5")
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 380 images 340 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-92B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $579 $998