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Fujifilm X10 vs Olympus E-P3

The Fujifilm X10 and the Olympus PEN E-P3 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in September 2011 and June 2011. The X10 is a fixed lens compact, while the E-P3 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on a 2/3 (X10) and a Four Thirds (E-P3) sensor. The Fujifilm has a resolution of 12 megapixels, whereas the Olympus provides 12.2 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X10
versus
Olympus E-P3
Fujifilm X10   Olympus E-P3
Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
28-112mm f/2.0-2.8 Micro Four Thirds lenses
12 MP, Two Thirds Sensor 12.2 MP, Four Thirds Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/60i Video
ISO 100-3,200 (100 - 12,800) ISO 200-12,800
Optical viewfinder Viewfinder optional
2.8 LCD, 460k dots 3.0 LCD, 614k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed touchscreen
10 shutter flaps per second 3 shutter flaps per second
Lens-based stabilizationIn-body stabilization
270 shots per battery charge330 shots per battery charge
117 x 70 x 57 mm, 350 g 122 x 69 x 34 mm, 369 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm X10 and the Olympus PEN E-P3? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Fujifilm X10 and the Olympus E-P3 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The X10 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the E-P3 is available in three color-versions (black, silver, white).

Size Fujifilm X10 vs Olympus E-P3
Compare X10 versus E-P3 top
Comparison X10 or E-P3 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Olympus E-P3 is somewhat larger (3 percent) than the Fujifilm X10. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X10 nor the E-P3 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the X10 has a lens built in, whereas the E-P3 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the E-P3 and their specifications in the Micro Four Thirds Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the X10 gets 270 shots out of its NP-50 battery, while the E-P3 can take 330 images on a single charge of its BLS-5 power pack.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X10 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 350 g 270 n Sep 2011 599 i
2.
 
Olympus E-P3 122 mm 69 mm 34 mm 369 g 330 n Jun 2011 799 i
3.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
4.
 
Canon G15 107 mm 76 mm 40 mm 352 g 350 n Sep 2012 499 i
5.
 
Canon G12 112 mm 76 mm 48 mm 401 g 370 n Sep 2010 499 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X30 119 mm 72 mm 60 mm 423 g 470 n Aug 2014 599 i
7.
 
Fujifilm X20 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 353 g 270 n Jan 2013 599 i
8.
 
Leica D-LUX 6 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Sep 2012 699 i
9.
 
Olympus E-PL2 114 mm 72 mm 42 mm 362 g 280 n Jan 2011 599 i
10.
 
Olympus E-PL3 110 mm 64 mm 37 mm 313 g 300 n Jun 2011 599 i
11.
 
Olympus E-PL1 115 mm 72 mm 42 mm 334 g 290 n Feb 2010 599 i
12.
 
Olympus E-P1 121 mm 70 mm 36 mm 355 g 300 n Jun 2009 799 i
13.
 
Olympus E-P2 121 mm 70 mm 36 mm 355 g 300 n Nov 2009 799 i
14.
 
Panasonic LX7 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Jul 2012 499 i
15.
 
Panasonic G10 124 mm 84 mm 74 mm 388 g 380 n Mar 2010 499 i
16.
 
Panasonic GF2 113 mm 68 mm 33 mm 310 g 300 n Nov 2010 549 i
17.
 
Panasonic LX5 110 mm 65 mm 43 mm 271 g 400 n Jul 2010 499 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The X10 was launched at a lower price than the E-P3, despite having a lens built in. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Fujifilm X10 features a 2/3 sensor and the Olympus E-P3 a Four Thirds sensor. The sensor area in the E-P3 is 288 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 3.9 and 2.0. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

In terms of underlying technology, both cameras are build around CMOS sensors.

Fujifilm X10 and Olympus E-P3 sensor measures

With 12.2MP, the E-P3 offers a higher resolution than the X10 (12MP), but the E-P3 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.29μm versus 2.20μm for the X10) due to its larger sensor. It is noteworthy in this context that the two cameras were released in close succession, so that their sensors are from the same technological generation. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the X10 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Fujifilm X10 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200, which can be extended to ISO 100-12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Olympus PEN E-P3 are ISO 200 to ISO 12800 (no boost).

X10 versus E-P3 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The Overall DXO ratings for the two cameras under consideration are close, suggesting that they provide similar imaging performance. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Fujifilm X10 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/30p20.511.3245 50
2.
 
Olympus E-P3 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 30241080/60i20.810.1536 51
3.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.7230 54
4.
 
Canon G15 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/24p19.911.5165 46
5.
 
Canon G12 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/24p20.411.2161 47
6.
 
Fujifilm X30 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p...... ..
7.
 
Fujifilm X20 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p...... ..
8.
 
Leica D-LUX 6 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p...... ..
9.
 
Olympus E-PL2 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 3024720/30p21.410.2573 55
10.
 
Olympus E-PL3 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 30241080/60i20.910.3499 52
11.
 
Olympus E-PL1 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 3024720/30p21.510.1487 54
12.
 
Olympus E-P1 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 3024720/30p21.410.4536 55
13.
 
Olympus E-P2 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 3024720/30p21.510.4505 56
14.
 
Panasonic LX7 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p20.711.7147 50
15.
 
Panasonic G10 Four Thirds 12.0 4000 3000720/30p21.210.1411 52
16.
 
Panasonic GF2 Four Thirds 12.0 4000 30001080/60i21.210.3506 54
17.
 
Panasonic LX5 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/60p19.610.8132 41

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the E-P3 provides a faster frame rate than the X10. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/60i, while the Fujifilm is limited to 1080/30p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the X10 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the E-P3 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. That said, the E-P3 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the VF-3. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Fujifilm X10, the Olympus E-P3, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Fujifilm X10optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
2.
 
Olympus E-P3optional n 3.0 614 fixed Y 1/4000s 3.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
4.
 
Canon G15optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.1 Y Y
5.
 
Canon G12optical n 2.8 461 swivel n 1/4000s 1.1 Y Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X302360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
7.
 
Fujifilm X20optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
8.
 
Leica D-LUX 6optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y
9.
 
Olympus E-PL2optional n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y Y
10.
 
Olympus E-PL3optional n 3.0 460 tilting n 1/4000s 5.5 n Y
11.
 
Olympus E-PL1optional n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/2000s 3.0 Y Y
12.
 
Olympus E-P1none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 n Y
13.
 
Olympus E-P2optional n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 n Y
14.
 
Panasonic LX7optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y
15.
 
Panasonic G10202 n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 2.6 Y n
16.
 
Panasonic GF2optional n 3.0 460 fixed Y 1/4000s 2.6 Y n
17.
 
Panasonic LX5optional n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y Y

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The E-P3 has a touchscreen, while the X10 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the X10 and the E-P3 write their files to SDXC cards. The E-P3 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the X10 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm X10 and Olympus PEN E-P3 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm X10Ystereomono--mini2.0---
2.
 
Olympus E-P3Ystereo---mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
4.
 
Canon G15Ystereomono--mini2.0---
5.
 
Canon G12Ystereomono--mini2.0---
6.
 
Fujifilm X30Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
7.
 
Fujifilm X20Ystereomono--micro2.0---
8.
 
Leica D-LUX 6Ystereomono--mini2.0---
9.
 
Olympus E-PL2Ystereo---mini2.0---
10.
 
Olympus E-PL3Ystereo---mini2.0---
11.
 
Olympus E-PL1Ystereo---mini2.0---
12.
 
Olympus E-P1Ystereo---mini2.0---
13.
 
Olympus E-P2Ystereo---mini2.0---
14.
 
Panasonic LX7Ystereomono--mini2.0---
15.
 
Panasonic G10Ymono---mini2.0---
16.
 
Panasonic GF2Ystereomono--mini2.0---
17.
 
Panasonic LX5Ymonomono--mini2.0---

Both the X10 and the E-P3 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The E-P3 was replaced by the Olympus E-P5, while the X10 was followed by the Fujifilm X20. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Fujifilm and Olympus websites.

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Fujifilm X10 and the Olympus E-P3? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm X10:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • More dynamic range: Captures a larger spectrum of light and dark details (1.2 EV of extra DR).
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Has a lens built-in, whereas the E-P3 requires a separate lens.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter even though it comes with a built-in lens (unlike the E-P3).
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.

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Arguments in favor of the Olympus PEN E-P3:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Can shoot in dim conditions (1.1 stops ISO advantage).
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60i versus 1080/30p).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.8") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (614k vs 460k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • More flexible: Takes interchangeable lenses and can thus be used with specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (330 versus 270) out of a single battery charge.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the E-P3 emerges as the winner of the match-up (9 : 7 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

X10 07:09 E-P3

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm X10 and the Olympus E-P3 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Travel-Zoom Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the X10 or the E-P3 perform in practice. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X10....76/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2011 599 i
2.
 
Olympus E-P3..83/10074/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2011 799 i
3.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
4.
 
Canon G154/5+76/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 499 i
5.
 
Canon G124/5+73/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2010 499 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X304/5..76/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2014 599 i
7.
 
Fujifilm X204/5+ +77/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 599 i
8.
 
Leica D-LUX 6......4/54/5 Sep 2012 699 i
9.
 
Olympus E-PL23/583/10071/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2011 599 i
10.
 
Olympus E-PL33/5+ +72/1004.5/54/5 Jun 2011 599 i
11.
 
Olympus E-PL1..86/10069/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 599 i
12.
 
Olympus E-P1..+66/1004/54.5/5 Jun 2009 799 i
13.
 
Olympus E-P23/5+69/1004/54.5/5 Nov 2009 799 i
14.
 
Panasonic LX73/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2012 499 i
15.
 
Panasonic G103/5..70/1004/54/5 Mar 2010 499 i
16.
 
Panasonic GF23/582/10070/1004.5/54.5/5 Nov 2010 549 i
17.
 
Panasonic LX54/5+73/1004.5/54.5/5 Jul 2010 499 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm X10 vs Olympus E-P3

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Fujifilm X10 Olympus E-P3
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens 28-112mm f/2.0-2.8 Micro Four Thirds lenses
    Launch Date September 2011 June 2011
    Launch Price USD 599 USD 799
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm X10 Olympus E-P3
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format Two Thirds Sensor Four Thirds Sensor
    Sensor Size 8.8 x 6.6 mm 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Sensor Area 58.08 mm2 224.9 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 11 mm 21.6 mm
    Crop Factor 3.9x 2.0x
    Sensor Resolution 12 Megapixels 12.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4000 x 3000 pixels 4032 x 3024 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.20 μm 4.29 μm
    Pixel Density 20.66 MP/cm2 5.42 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/60i Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 3,200 ISO 200 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 12,800 ISO no Enhancement
    Image Processor EXR Processor II TruePic VI
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 50 51
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 20.5 20.8
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.3 10.1
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 245 536
    Screen Specs Fujifilm X10 Olympus E-P3
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Field of View 85%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.8inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 460k dots 614k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm X10 Olympus E-P3
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 3 shutter flaps/s
    Image StabilizationLens-based stabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm X10 Olympus E-P3
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Fujifilm X10 Olympus E-P3
    Battery Type NP-50 BLS-5
    Battery Life (CIPA)270 shots per charge330 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 117 x 70 x 57 mm
    (4.6 x 2.8 x 2.2 in)
    122 x 69 x 34 mm
    (4.8 x 2.7 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 350 g (12.3 oz) 369 g (13.0 oz)

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