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Olympus E-M1 III vs Stylus 1

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and the Olympus Stylus 1 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in February 2020 and October 2013. The E-M1 III is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, while the Stylus 1 is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on a Four Thirds (E-M1 III) and a 1/1.7-inch (Stylus 1) sensor. The E-M1 III has a resolution of 20.2 megapixels, whereas the Stylus 1 provides 11.8 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Olympus E-M1 III
versus
Olympus Stylus 1
Olympus E-M1 III Olympus Stylus 1
Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
Micro Four Thirds lenses 28-300mm f/2.8
20.2 MP, Four Thirds Sensor 11.8 MP, 1/1.7" Sensor
4K/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 200-25,600 ISO 100-12,800
Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots) Electronic viewfinder (1440k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1037k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
18 shutter flaps per second 7 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationLens-based stabilization
Weathersealed bodynot weather sealed
420 shots per battery charge410 shots per battery charge
134 x 91 x 69 mm, 580 g 116 x 87 x 57 mm, 402 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and the Olympus Stylus 1? 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 side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Olympus E-M1 III and the Olympus Stylus 1. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Olympus E-M1 III vs Olympus Stylus 1
Compare E-M1 III versus Stylus 1 top
Comparison E-M1 III or Stylus 1 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Olympus Stylus 1 is notably smaller (17 percent) than the Olympus E-M1 III. It is worth mentioning in this context that the E-M1 III is splash and dust resistant, while the Stylus 1 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the Stylus 1 has a lens built in, whereas the E-M1 III 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-M1 III and their specifications in the Micro Four Thirds Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the E-M1 III gets 420 shots out of its BLH-1 battery, while the Stylus 1 can take 410 images on a single charge of its BLS-5 power pack. The power pack in the E-M1 III can be charged via the USB port, so that it is not always necessary to take the battery charger along when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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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.
 
Olympus E-M1 III 134 mm 91 mm 69 mm 580 g 420 Y Feb 2020 1,799 i
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1 116 mm 87 mm 57 mm 402 g 410 n Oct 2013 699 i
3.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 116 mm 74 mm 66 mm 553 g 240 n Feb 2014 799 i
4.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
5.
 
Nikon P7800 119 mm 78 mm 50 mm 399 g 350 n Sep 2013 549 i
6.
 
Olympus E-M10 IV 122 mm 84 mm 49 mm 383 g 360 n Aug 2020 699 i
7.
 
Olympus E-M5 III 125 mm 85 mm 50 mm 414 g 310 Y Oct 2019 1,199 i
8.
 
Olympus E-M1X 144 mm 147 mm 75 mm 997 g 870 Y Jan 2019 2,999 i
9.
 
Olympus E-M1 II 134 mm 91 mm 67 mm 574 g 440 Y Sep 2016 1,999 i
10.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s 116 mm 87 mm 57 mm 402 g 450 n Apr 2015 699 i
11.
 
Olympus E-M1 130 mm 94 mm 63 mm 497 g 350 Y Sep 2013 1,399 i
12.
 
Olympus XZ-2 113 mm 65 mm 48 mm 346 g 340 n Sep 2012 599 i
13.
 
Panasonic G95 130 mm 94 mm 77 mm 536 g 290 Y Apr 2019 999 i
14.
 
Panasonic G9 137 mm 97 mm 92 mm 658 g 400 Y Nov 2017 1,699 i
15.
 
Panasonic GH5 139 mm 98 mm 87 mm 725 g 410 Y Jan 2017 1,999 i
16.
 
Panasonic GX8 133 mm 78 mm 63 mm 487 g 330 Y Jul 2015 1,199 i
17.
 
Sony A7C 124 mm 71 mm 60 mm 509 g 740 Y Sep 2020 1,799 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. 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 Stylus 1 was launched at a lower price than the E-M1 III, despite having a lens built in. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. 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.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Olympus E-M1 III features a Four Thirds sensor and the Olympus Stylus 1 a 1/1.7-inch sensor. The sensor area in the Stylus 1 is 81 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 2.0 and 4.5. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

In terms of chip-set technology, the E-M1 III uses a more advanced image processing engine (TruePic IX) than the Stylus 1 (TruePic VI), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Olympus E-M1 III and Olympus Stylus 1 sensor measures

With 20.2MP, the E-M1 III offers a higher resolution than the Stylus 1 (11.8MP), but the E-M1 III nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 3.34μm versus 1.91μm for the Stylus 1) due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the E-M1 III is a much more recent model (by 6 years and 3 months) than the Stylus 1, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Olympus E-M1 III implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the E-M1 III for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 19.4 inches or 65.8 x 49.4 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 15.6 inches or 52.7 x 39.5 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 13 inches or 43.9 x 32.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Olympus Stylus 1 are 19.8 x 14.9 inches or 50.4 x 37.8 cm for good quality, 15.9 x 11.9 inches or 40.3 x 30.2 cm for very good quality, and 13.2 x 9.9 inches or 33.6 x 25.2 cm for excellent quality prints.

The E-M1 III has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

Unlike the Stylus 1, the E-M1 III has the capacity to capture high quality composite images (80MP) by combining multiple shots after shifting its sensor by miniscule distances. This multi-shot, pixel-shift mode is most suitable for photography of stationary objects (landscapes, studio scenes).

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 64-25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Olympus Stylus 1 are ISO 100 to ISO 12800 (no boost).

E-M1 III versus Stylus 1 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). 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.
 
Olympus E-M1 III Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1 1/1.7 11.8 3968 29761080/30p20.711.6179 51
3.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.8581 58
4.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.7230 54
5.
 
Nikon P7800 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/30p21.211.7200 54
6.
 
Olympus E-M10 IV Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
7.
 
Olympus E-M5 III Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
8.
 
Olympus E-M1X Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
9.
 
Olympus E-M1 II Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p23.712.81312 80
10.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s 1/1.7 11.8 3968 29761080/30p...... ..
11.
 
Olympus E-M1 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/30p23.012.7757 73
12.
 
Olympus XZ-2 1/1.7 11.8 3968 29761080/30p20.411.3216 49
13.
 
Panasonic G95 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
14.
 
Panasonic G9 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/60p...... ..
15.
 
Panasonic GH5 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/60p23.913.0807 77
16.
 
Panasonic GX8 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p23.512.6806 75
17.
 
Sony A7C Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p25.014.73407 95

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the E-M1 III provides a higher video resolution than the Stylus 1. It can shoot video footage at 4K/30p, while the Stylus 1 is limited to 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The two cameras under consideration are similar with respect to both having an electronic viewfinder. However, the one in the E-M1 III offers a substantially higher resolution than the one in the Stylus 1 (2360k vs 1440k dots). The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Olympus E-M1 III and Olympus Stylus 1 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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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.
 
Olympus E-M1 III2360 n 3.0 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 18.0 n Y
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 11440 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 7.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 5.2 Y Y
4.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
5.
 
Nikon P7800921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y
6.
 
Olympus E-M10 IV2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 15.0 Y Y
7.
 
Olympus E-M5 III2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
8.
 
Olympus E-M1X2360 n 3.0 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 18.0 n Y
9.
 
Olympus E-M1 II2360 n 3.0 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 18.0 n Y
10.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s1440 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 7.0 Y Y
11.
 
Olympus E-M12360 n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
12.
 
Olympus XZ-2optional n 3.0 920 tilting Y 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y
13.
 
Panasonic G952360 n 3.0 1240 swivel Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y Y
14.
 
Panasonic G93680 Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/8000s 20.0 n Y
15.
 
Panasonic GH53680 n 3.2 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 12.0 n Y
16.
 
Panasonic GX82360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
17.
 
Sony A7C2360 n 3.0 922 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 n Y

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The Stylus 1 has one, while the E-M1 III does not. While the built-in flash of the Stylus 1 is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

The E-M1 III has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the Stylus 1 does not have a selfie-screen.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, the E-M1 III is one of those camera that have an additional electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Olympus E-M1 III and the Olympus Stylus 1 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the E-M1 III and the Stylus 1 write their files to SDXC cards. The E-M1 III features dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. In contrast, the Stylus 1 only has one slot. The E-M1 III supports UHS-II cards on its first slot and UHS-I on its second one, while the Stylus 1 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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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 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and Olympus Stylus 1 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.
 
Olympus E-M1 IIIYstereomonoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
5.
 
Nikon P7800YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
6.
 
Olympus E-M10 IVYstereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Olympus E-M5 IIIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Olympus E-M1XYstereomonoYYmicro3.0Y-Y
9.
 
Olympus E-M1 IIYstereomonoYYmicro3.0Y--
10.
 
Olympus Stylus 1sYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
11.
 
Olympus E-M1YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
12.
 
Olympus XZ-2Ystereomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Panasonic G95YstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
14.
 
Panasonic G9YstereomonoYYfull3.0Y-Y
15.
 
Panasonic GH5YstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
16.
 
Panasonic GX8YstereomonoY-micro2.0YY-
17.
 
Sony A7CYstereomonoYYmicro3.2YYY

It is notable that the E-M1 III has a microphone port, which is missing on the Stylus 1. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Olympus E-M1 III (unlike the Stylus 1) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

The E-M1 III is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Olympus. In contrast, the Stylus 1 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the Stylus 1 was succeeded by the Olympus Stylus 1s. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Olympus website.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Olympus E-M1 III better than the Olympus Stylus 1 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Advantages of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (20.2 vs 11.8MP) with a 31% higher linear resolution.
  • High quality composites: Can combine several shots after pixel-shifting its sensor.
  • Better image quality: Features a larger and more technologically advanced imaging sensor.
  • Richer colors: The sensor size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger sensor captures a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger sensor produces good images even in poorly lit environments.
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (TruePic IX vs TruePic VI).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/30p).
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (2360k vs 1440k dots).
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.74x vs 0.58x).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (18 vs 7 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • More flexible: Accepts interchangeable lenses, so that lens characteristics can be altered.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Better sealing: Is weather sealed to enable shooting in dusty or wet environments.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (3.1 vs 2.0).
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • Better studio light control: Has a PC Sync socket to connect to professional strobe lights.
  • Greater peace of mind: Features a second card slot as a backup in case of memory card failure.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports Ultra High Speed (UHS-II and UHS-I) SDXC cards.
  • More modern: Reflects 6 years and 3 months of technical progress since the Stylus 1 launch.


Arguments in favor of the Olympus Stylus 1:

  • Ready to shoot: Has an integrated lens, whereas the E-M1 III necessitates an extra lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (116x87mm vs 134x91mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight even though it has a lens built in (unlike the E-M1 III).
  • Easier fill-in: Has a small integrated flash to brighten shadows of backlit subjects.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in October 2013).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the E-M1 III is the clear winner of the match-up (27 : 6 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

E-M1 III 27:06 Stylus 1

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Olympus E-M1 III and the Olympus Stylus 1 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Best Superzoom Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the E-M1 III or the Stylus 1 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 expert reviews 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.
 
Olympus E-M1 III5/5..83/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2020 1,799 i
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2013 699 i
3.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II3/5+77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799 i
4.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
5.
 
Nikon P78003/5....4/54.5/5 Sep 2013 549 i
6.
 
Olympus E-M10 IV4.5/5..81/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2020 699 i
7.
 
Olympus E-M5 III5/5+82/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2019 1,199 i
8.
 
Olympus E-M1X4.5/5o..4.5/5.. Jan 2019 2,999 i
9.
 
Olympus E-M1 II5/5+ +85/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2016 1,999 i
10.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s.......... Apr 2015 699 i
11.
 
Olympus E-M15/5+ +84/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2013 1,399 i
12.
 
Olympus XZ-24/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 599 i
13.
 
Panasonic G954.5/5+83/1004.5/54.5/5 Apr 2019 999 i
14.
 
Panasonic G9..+ +85/1005/55/5 Nov 2017 1,699 i
15.
 
Panasonic GH54.5/5+ +85/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2017 1,999 i
16.
 
Panasonic GX85/5+82/1004.5/54.5/5 Jul 2015 1,199 i
17.
 
Sony A7C3.5/5..86/1004/54/5 Sep 2020 1,799 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. 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: Olympus E-M1 III vs Olympus Stylus 1

    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 Olympus E-M1 III Olympus Stylus 1
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Micro Four Thirds lenses 28-300mm f/2.8
    Launch Date February 2020 October 2013
    Launch Price USD 1,799 USD 699
    Sensor Specs Olympus E-M1 III Olympus Stylus 1
    Sensor Technology CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format Four Thirds Sensor 1/1.7" Sensor
    Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm 7.6 x 5.7 mm
    Sensor Area 224.9 mm2 43.32 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 21.6 mm 9.5 mm
    Crop Factor 2.0x 4.5x
    Sensor Resolution 20.2 Megapixels 11.8 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3888 pixels 3968 x 2976 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.34 μm 1.91 μm
    Pixel Density 8.96 MP/cm2 27.26 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost 64 - 25,600 ISO no Enhancement
    Image Processor TruePic IX TruePic VI
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 51
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 20.7
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 11.6
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 179
    Screen Specs Olympus E-M1 III Olympus Stylus 1
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.74x 0.58x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots 1440k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1037k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Olympus E-M1 III Olympus Stylus 1
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/8000s 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 18 shutter flaps/s 7 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/32000sno E-Shutter
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilizationLens-based stabilization
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots Single card slot
    UHS card support Single UHS-II no
    Connectivity Specs Olympus E-M1 III Olympus Stylus 1
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket no PC Sync
    USB Connector USB 3.1 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Headphone Socket Headphone port no Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Olympus E-M1 III Olympus Stylus 1
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed bodynot weather sealed
    Battery Type BLH-1 BLS-5
    Battery Life (CIPA)420 shots per charge410 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging no USB charging
    Body Dimensions 134 x 91 x 69 mm
    (5.3 x 3.6 x 2.7 in)
    116 x 87 x 57 mm
    (4.6 x 3.4 x 2.2 in)
    Camera Weight 580 g (20.5 oz) 402 g (14.2 oz)

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