Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3

Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 front
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 front

Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 Key Specs

Olympus 8010
(Full Review)
  • 13MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 245g - 98 x 64 x 24mm
  • Announced February 2010
  • Additionally referred to as mju Tough 8010
Sony NEX-F3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 314g - 117 x 67 x 42mm
  • Introduced August 2012
  • Old Model is Sony NEX-C3
  • New Model is Sony NEX-3N
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Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3, one is a Waterproof and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by brands Olympus and Sony. The image resolution of the 8010 (13MP) and the NEX-F3 (16MP) is pretty similar but the 8010 (1/2.3") and NEX-F3 (APS-C) offer totally different sensor sizing.

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The 8010 was announced 3 years earlier than the NEX-F3 which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Olympus 8010 being a Compact camera and the Sony NEX-F3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise view of how the 8010 scores vs the NEX-F3 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

Photography Glossary

Reasons to pick Olympus 8010 over the Sony NEX-F3

 8010 NEX-F3 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-F3 over the Olympus 8010

 NEX-F3 8010 
IntroducedAugust 2012February 2010More modern by 30 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kClearer screen (+690k dot)

Common features in the Olympus 8010 and Sony NEX-F3

 8010 NEX-F3 
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Olympus 8010 has exterior dimensions of 98mm x 64mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") along with a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-F3 has dimensions of 117mm x 67mm x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 314 grams (0.69 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 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 dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the 8010 against the NEX-F3.

Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the 8010 and NEX-F3 is 92 and 86 respectively.

Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be difficult to visualise the contrast between sensor sizes purely by going over a spec sheet. The pic underneath will offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the 8010 and NEX-F3.

As you can see, the two cameras have different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The 8010 using its tinier sensor will make getting bokeh trickier and the Sony NEX-F3 will deliver greater detail with its extra 3 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The more aged 8010 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 sensor size comparison

Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus 8010
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-F3
sensor resolution is decent (13 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus 8010
Street photography with Sony NEX-F3
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
heavier than competition (245 grams)
tilting screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 8010 Sports photography highlights
Sony NEX-F3 Sports photography highlights
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (13 megapixels)
features tracking focus
environment sealing
slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
good battery pack (470 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus 8010
Travel photography with Sony NEX-F3
environment sealing
sensor resolution is decent (13MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (245g)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.9)
good battery pack (470 CIPA)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 8010 Landscape photography factors
Sony NEX-F3 Landscape photography factors
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (13MP)
environment sealing
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
no manual mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
good sized screen (3")
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (470 shots)
does not have image stabilization
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 8010 Vlogging details
Sony NEX-F3 Vlogging details
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic support
heavier than competition (245g)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
lack of external microphone support
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Olympus 8010 vs Sony NEX-F3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 8010 and Sony NEX-F3
 Olympus Stylus Tough 8010Sony Alpha NEX-F3
General Information
Make Olympus Sony
Model Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 Sony Alpha NEX-F3
Also called mju Tough 8010 -
Class Waterproof Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2010-02-02 2012-08-16
Physical type Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 13 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 4912 x 3264
Highest native ISO 1600 16000
Minimum native ISO 64 200
RAW files
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 25
Lens mount fixed lens Sony E
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.9-5.9 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Amount of lenses - 121
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech - TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Min shutter speed 1/4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.00 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/160 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 245g (0.54 lb) 314g (0.69 lb)
Physical dimensions 98 x 64 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") 117 x 67 x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 73
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.3
DXO Low light score not tested 1114
Battery life - 470 photos
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery model Li-50B NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $600 $470