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Olympus E-M10 III vs Canon 1D Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III and the Canon EOS-1D Mark II are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in August 2017 and January 2004. The E-M10 III is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, while the 1D Mark II is a DSLR. The cameras are based on a Four Thirds (E-M10 III) and an APS-H (1D Mark II) sensor. The Olympus has a resolution of 15.9 megapixels, whereas the Canon provides 8.2 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Olympus E-M10 III   VS Canon 1D Mark II
Olympus E-M10 III Canon 1D Mark II
Mirrorless system camera Digital single lens reflex
Micro Four Thirds lenses Canon EF mount lenses
15.9 MP, Four Thirds Sensor 8.2 MP, APS-H Sensor
4K/30p Video no Video
ISO 200-25600 ISO 100-1600 (50-3200)
Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots) Optical viewfinder
3.0" LCD, 1040k dots 2.0" LCD, 230k dots
Tilting touchscreen Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
8.6 shutter flaps per second 8.3 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationLens stabilization only
Not weather sealedWeathersealed body
330 shots per battery charge1200 shots per battery charge
122 x 84 x 50 mm, 410 g 156 x 158 x 80 mm, 1535 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III and the Canon EOS-1D Mark II? 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-M10 III and the Canon 1D Mark II. 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 width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The E-M10 III can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the 1D Mark II is only available in black.

Size Olympus E-M10 III vs Canon 1D Mark II
Compare E-M10 III versus 1D Mark II top
Comparison E-M10 III or 1D Mark II rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon 1D Mark II is considerably larger (141 percent) than the Olympus E-M10 III. Moreover, the 1D Mark II is substantially heavier (274 percent) than the E-M10 III. It is noteworthy in this context that the 1D Mark II is splash and dust-proof, while the E-M10 III does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. A larger imaging sensor will tend to go along with bigger and heavier lenses, although exceptions exist. You can compare the optics available for the two cameras in the Micro Four Thirds Lens Catalog (E-M10 III) and the Canon EF Lens Catalog (1D Mark II). Mirrorless cameras, such as the Olympus E-M10 III, have moreover the advantage that they have a relatively short flange to focal plane distance and can thus use many lenses from other systems via adapters.

Concerning battery life, the E-M10 III gets 330 shots out of its BLS-50 battery, while the 1D Mark II can take 1200 images on a single charge of its NP-E3 power pack. As can be seen in the images above, the 1D Mark II has a battery grip built in. This facilitates image-taking in portrait orientation and gives it additional battery power.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, just use the right or left arrows in the table to switch to the respective camera. Alternatively, you can also navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from the full list of cameras there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Olympus E-M10 III» 4.8 in 3.3 in 2.0 in 14.5 oz 330 n Aug 2017 649 iOlympus E-M10 III
 
Canon 1D Mark II« 6.1 in 6.2 in 3.1 in 54.1 oz 1200 Y Jan 2004 4,499iCanon 1D Mark II
 
Canon 1Ds Mark III« » 5.9 in 6.3 in 3.1 in 48.9 oz 1800 Y Aug 2007 7,999iCanon 1Ds Mark III
 
Canon 1D Mark II N« » 6.1 in 6.2 in 3.1 in 55.2 oz 1200 Y Aug 2005 3,999iCanon 1D Mark II N
 
Canon 5D« » 6.0 in 4.4 in 3.0 in 31.6 oz 400 Y Aug 2005 3,299iCanon 5D
 
Canon 1Ds Mark II« » 6.1 in 6.2 in 3.1 in 42.9 oz 1200 Y Sep 2004 7,999iCanon 1Ds Mark II
 
Canon 1D« » 6.1 in 6.2 in 3.1 in 55.9 oz 500 Y Sep 2001 6,499iCanon 1D
 
Olympus E-PL10« » 4.6 in 2.7 in 1.5 in 13.4 oz 350 n Oct 2019 599 iOlympus E-PL10
 
Olympus E-PL9« » 4.6 in 2.7 in 1.5 in 13.4 oz 350 n Feb 2018 599 iOlympus E-PL9
 
Olympus E-PL8« » 4.5 in 2.6 in 1.5 in 12.6 oz 350 n Sep 2016 549iOlympus E-PL8
 
Olympus PEN-F« » 4.9 in 2.8 in 1.5 in 15.1 oz 330 n Jan 2016 1,199 iOlympus PEN-F
 
Olympus E-M10 II« » 4.7 in 3.3 in 1.9 in 13.8 oz 320 n Aug 2015 649iOlympus E-M10 II
 
Olympus E-M10« » 4.7 in 3.2 in 1.8 in 14.0 oz 320 n Jan 2014 699iOlympus E-M10
 
Olympus E-PL7« » 4.5 in 2.6 in 1.5 in 12.6 oz 350 n Aug 2014 599iOlympus E-PL7
 
Olympus E-PL6« » 4.4 in 2.5 in 1.5 in 11.5 oz 360 n May 2013 599iOlympus E-PL6
 
Olympus E-PL5« » 4.4 in 2.5 in 1.5 in 11.5 oz 360 n Sep 2012 599iOlympus E-PL5
 
Panasonic GX85« » 4.8 in 2.8 in 1.7 in 15.0 oz 290 n Apr 2016 799 iPanasonic GX85
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The E-M10 III was launched at a markedly lower price (by 86 percent) than the 1D Mark II, which puts it into a different market segment. 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.

 

Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant 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. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the 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 Olympus E-M10 III features a Four Thirds sensor and the Canon 1D Mark II an APS-H sensor. The sensor area in the 1D Mark II is 144 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 2.0 and 1.3. The sensor in the E-M10 III has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the 1D Mark II offers a 3:2 aspect.

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

Olympus E-M10 III and Canon 1D Mark II sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the Olympus E-M10 III offers a higher resolution of 15.9 megapixels, compared with 8.2 MP of the Canon 1D Mark II. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 3.76μm versus 8.17μm for the 1D Mark II). However, it should be noted that the E-M10 III is much more recent (by 13 years and 7 months) than the 1D Mark II, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the E-M10 III has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Olympus E-M10 III implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the E-M10 III for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 23 x 17.3 inch or 58.5 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 18.4 x 13.8 inch or 46.8 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 15.4 x 11.5 inch or 39 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon 1D Mark II are 17.5 x 11.7 inch or 44.5 x 29.7 cm for good quality, 14 x 9.3 inch or 35.6 x 23.7 cm for very good quality, and 11.7 x 7.8 inch or 29.7 x 19.8 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS-1D Mark II are ISO 100 to ISO 1600, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 50-3200.

E-M10 III versus 1D Mark II MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. 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 table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Olympus E-M10 III Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........Olympus E-M10 III
 
Canon 1D Mark II APS-H 8.2 3504 2336none22.311.1100366Canon 1D Mark II
 
Canon 1Ds Mark III Full Frame 21.0 5616 3744none24.012.0166380Canon 1Ds Mark III
 
Canon 1D Mark II N APS-H 8.2 3504 2336none22.311.297566Canon 1D Mark II N
 
Canon 5D Full Frame 12.7 4368 2912none22.911.1136871Canon 5D
 
Canon 1Ds Mark II Full Frame 16.6 4992 3328none23.311.3148074Canon 1Ds Mark II
 
Canon 1D APS-H 4.1 2496 1662none........Canon 1D
 
Olympus E-PL10 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........Olympus E-PL10
 
Olympus E-PL9 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........Olympus E-PL9
 
Olympus E-PL8 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........Olympus E-PL8
 
Olympus PEN-F Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38881080/60p23.112.489474Olympus PEN-F
 
Olympus E-M10 II Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/60p23.112.584273Olympus E-M10 II
 
Olympus E-M10 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/30p22.812.388472Olympus E-M10
 
Olympus E-PL7 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/30p22.712.487372Olympus E-PL7
 
Olympus E-PL6 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........Olympus E-PL6
 
Olympus E-PL5 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/30p22.812.388972Olympus E-PL5
 
Panasonic GX85 Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34484K/30p22.912.666271Panasonic GX85

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The E-M10 III indeed provides movie recording capabilities, while the 1D Mark II does not. The highest resolution format that the E-M10 III can use is 4K/30p.

 

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the E-M10 III has an electronic viewfinder (2360k dots), while the 1D Mark II has an optical one. Both systems have their advantages, with the electronic viewfinder making it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, whereas the optical viewfinder offers lag-free viewing and a very clear framing image. The viewfinders of both cameras offer the same field of view (100%), but the viewfinder of the E-M10 III has a higher magnification than the one of the 1D Mark II (0.62x vs 0.55x), so that the size of the image transmitted appears closer to the size seen with the naked human eye. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Olympus E-M10 III and Canon 1D Mark II along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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
Camera
Model
 
Olympus E-M10 III2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.6 Y Y Olympus E-M10 III
 
Canon 1D Mark IIoptical Y 2.0 230 fixed n 1/8000s 8.3 n n Canon 1D Mark II
 
Canon 1Ds Mark IIIoptical Y 3.0 230 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 n n Canon 1Ds Mark III
 
Canon 1D Mark II Noptical Y 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 8.5 n n Canon 1D Mark II N
 
Canon 5Doptical Y 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 3.0 n n Canon 5D
 
Canon 1Ds Mark IIoptical Y 2.0 230 fixed n 1/8000s 4.0 n n Canon 1Ds Mark II
 
Canon 1Doptical Y 2.0 120 fixed n 1/16000s 8.0 n n Canon 1D
 
Olympus E-PL10none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.6 Y Y Olympus E-PL10
 
Olympus E-PL9none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.6 Y Y Olympus E-PL9
 
Olympus E-PL8none n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 n Y Olympus E-PL8
 
Olympus PEN-F2360 n 3.0 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y Olympus PEN-F
 
Olympus E-M10 II2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y Olympus E-M10 II
 
Olympus E-M101440 n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y Olympus E-M10
 
Olympus E-PL7optional n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 n Y Olympus E-PL7
 
Olympus E-PL6optional n 3.0 460 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 n Y Olympus E-PL6
 
Olympus E-PL5optional n 3.0 460 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 n Y Olympus E-PL5
 
Panasonic GX852765 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y Panasonic GX85

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The E-M10 III has one, while the 1D Mark II does not. While the built-in flash of the E-M10 III is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

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-M10 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-M10 III has 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.

The E-M10 III writes its imaging data to SDXC cards, while the 1D Mark II uses Compact Flash or SD cards. The 1D Mark II features dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. In contrast, the E-M10 III only has one slot. The E-M10 III supports UHS-II cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 312 MB/s), while the 1D Mark II 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 Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III and Canon EOS-1D Mark II and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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
Camera
Model
 
Olympus E-M10 IIIYstereomono--micro2.0Y--Olympus E-M10 III
 
Canon 1D Mark IIYnonenone--none1.1---Canon 1D Mark II
 
Canon 1Ds Mark IIIYnonenone--none2.0---Canon 1Ds Mark III
 
Canon 1D Mark II NYnonenone--none1.1---Canon 1D Mark II N
 
Canon 5DYnonenone--none2.0---Canon 5D
 
Canon 1Ds Mark IIYnonenone--none2.0---Canon 1Ds Mark II
 
Canon 1DYnonenone--noneFW---Canon 1D
 
Olympus E-PL10Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-YOlympus E-PL10
 
Olympus E-PL9Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-YOlympus E-PL9
 
Olympus E-PL8Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--Olympus E-PL8
 
Olympus PEN-FYstereomono--micro2.0Y--Olympus PEN-F
 
Olympus E-M10 IIYstereomono--micro2.0Y--Olympus E-M10 II
 
Olympus E-M10Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--Olympus E-M10
 
Olympus E-PL7Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--Olympus E-PL7
 
Olympus E-PL6Ystereomono--mini2.0---Olympus E-PL6
 
Olympus E-PL5Ystereomono--mini2.0---Olympus E-PL5
 
Panasonic GX85Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic GX85

It is notable that the E-M10 III offers wifi support, while the 1D Mark II does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Canon 1D Mark II (unlike the E-M10 III) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

The E-M10 III is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Olympus. In contrast, the 1D Mark II has been discontinued (but it can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the 1D Mark II was succeeded by the Canon 1D Mark II N. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Olympus and Canon websites.

Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Olympus E-M10 III and the Canon 1D Mark II? Which camera is better? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Advantages of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (15.9 vs 8.2MP) with a 37% higher linear resolution.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can record not only still images but also 4K/30p movies.
  • More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.62x vs 0.55x).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 230k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • More compact: Is smaller (122x84mm vs 156x158mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 1125g or 73 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can take a broad range of non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (2.0 vs 1.1).
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports Ultra High Speed (UHS-II) SDXC cards.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (86 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 13 years and 7 months of technical progress since the 1D Mark II launch.

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Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS-1D Mark II:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • Easier setting verification: Features a control panel on top to check shooting parameters.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s) to freeze action.
  • More portrait friendly: Features an integrated vertical grip for easier portrait shooting.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (1200 versus 330) out of a single battery charge.
  • Better sealing: Is splash and dust sealed for shooting in inclement weather conditions.
  • 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.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in January 2004).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the E-M10 III is the clear winner of the match-up (21 : 10 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.

E-M10 III 21:10 1D Mark II

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Olympus E-M10 III and the Canon 1D Mark II place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Best DSLR 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 says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the E-M10 III and the 1D Mark II in practical situations. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). 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.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cam
era
  labs  
dp
re
  view  
e
photo
  zine  
ima
ging
resource
photo
graphy
  blog  
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Olympus E-M10 III+80/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Aug 2017 649 iOlympus E-M10 III
 
Canon 1D Mark II..+ +..o.. Jan 2004 4,499iCanon 1D Mark II
 
Canon 1Ds Mark III..+ +4.5/5.... Aug 2007 7,999iCanon 1Ds Mark III
 
Canon 1D Mark II N.......... Aug 2005 3,999iCanon 1D Mark II N
 
Canon 5D88/100+ +oo.. Aug 2005 3,299iCanon 5D
 
Canon 1Ds Mark II..+ +...... Sep 2004 7,999iCanon 1Ds Mark II
 
Canon 1D..+ +...... Sep 2001 6,499iCanon 1D
 
Olympus E-PL10........4/5 Oct 2019 599 iOlympus E-PL10
 
Olympus E-PL9+..4.5/54.5/54/5 Feb 2018 599 iOlympus E-PL9
 
Olympus E-PL8....4.5/5..4/5 Sep 2016 549iOlympus E-PL8
 
Olympus PEN-F..82/1004.5/54.5/55/5 Jan 2016 1,199 iOlympus PEN-F
 
Olympus E-M10 II+ +80/1005/55/55/5 Aug 2015 649iOlympus E-M10 II
 
Olympus E-M10..80/1005/54.5/55/5 Jan 2014 699iOlympus E-M10
 
Olympus E-PL7+..5/54.5/54/5 Aug 2014 599iOlympus E-PL7
 
Olympus E-PL6.......... May 2013 599iOlympus E-PL6
 
Olympus E-PL5+ +..4.5/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 599iOlympus E-PL5
 
Panasonic GX85+ +82/1005/54.5/55/5 Apr 2016 799 iPanasonic GX85
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 comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Olympus E-M10 III vs Canon 1D Mark II

    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-M10 III Canon 1D Mark II
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Micro Four Thirds lenses Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date August 2017 January 2004
    Launch Price USD 649 USD 4499
    Sensor Specs Olympus E-M10 III Canon 1D Mark II
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format Four Thirds Sensor APS-H Sensor
    Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm 28.7 x 19.1 mm
    Sensor Area 224.9 mm2 548.17 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 21.6 mm 34.5 mm
    Crop Factor 2.0x 1.3x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 8.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 3504 x 2336 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.76 μm 8.17 μm
    Pixel Density 7.08 MP/cm2 1.49 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video no Video
    ISO Setting 200-25600 ISO 100-1600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100-25600 ISO 50-3200 ISO
    Image Processor TruePic VIII DIGIC II
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 66
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 22.3
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 11.1
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 1003
    Screen Specs Olympus E-M10 III Canon 1D Mark II
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.62x 0.55x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display Control Panel
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 2.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen no Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Olympus E-M10 III Canon 1D Mark II
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingNo Peaking Feature
    Continuous Shooting 8.6 shutter flaps/s 8.3 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/16000sno E-Shutter
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inno Intervalometer
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilizationLens stabilization only
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards CF or SD cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Dual card slots
    UHS card support UHS-II no
    Connectivity Specs Olympus E-M10 III Canon 1D Mark II
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash no PC Sync PC Sync socket
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 1.1
    HDMI Port micro HDMI no HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Body Specs Olympus E-M10 III Canon 1D Mark II
    Environmental SealingNot weather sealedWeathersealed body
    Battery Type BLS-50 NP-E3
    Battery Life (CIPA)330 shots per charge1200 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 122 x 84 x 50 mm
    (4.8 x 3.3 x 2.0 in)
    156 x 158 x 80 mm
    (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 410 g (14.5 oz) 1535 g (54.1 oz)

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