Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony A6500

“We are thinking if we have taken the right competitor for E-M10 III or not”. But E-M10 III looks very natty that supports 4K video recording as well as give you maximum shutter speed of 1/32000 s. Now look, E-M10 III is special because being a camera for beginners if offers the exciting 4K video features, which you can’t find in any entry-level DSLR camera, plus sometime in those cam,eras as well which costs you extraordinary price. On the other hand, Sony A6500 earns great respect for its overall specifications design. Its AF system is remarkable. Plus it offers you APS-C sensor that promises for sharp and true color pictures and many more.

Features/ Models

Olympus E-M10 III

Sony A6500

Megapixel 16 Megapixels 24.2MP
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Low pass filter  No Yes
Image processor TruePic VII Bionz X
AF system Contrast-Detect sensor Contrast Detect + Phase detect (hybrid)
AF points 121 Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
 ISO 100-25600 100-51200
Image Stabilization 5-axis 5-axis
 Shutter Min/ mix 30 – 1/32000 s 30sec-1/32000
 Continuous shooting speed 8.6 fps 11 fps
 Video 4K @30fps 4K @30fps
Display 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed  No No
Battery life  330 350 Shots
Dimensions 122 x 84 x 50 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Weight 410 g 453 g

Have a look at the detail comparison: Olympus E-M10 III vs Sony A6500!

Image quality

In terms of Image quality, Sony A6500 is highly expected to be a winner since the camera features large APS-C sensor compared to MFT sensor of E-M10 III. So we know larger sensor means maximum light as a result one can get sharp and clear shots of the desired subjects even in lowlight. On the other hand, A6500 has high resolution of 24 MP that clearly suggests that it can produce large print of the subject, whereas Olympus features 16 MP resolution, which is lesser than Sony

AF system

E-M10 III comes with contrast detect AF system only and to be true, is not the only camera to be defied by the unprecedented AF system of Sony A6500 but there are plenty of cameras that are terrific in other sections but they are going down when are compared with the AF system of Sony A6500. A6500 comes with 4D FOCUS system – a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF, which allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds. Furthermore,  it also features 425 phase detection AF points and High-density Tracking AF Technology, which significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance.

On the other side, Olympus E-M10 III utilizes AF system that is comprised of contrast detect sensor only, plus camera is having only 121 AF points that don’t cover much wider area as of Sony A6500.


Sony A6500 offers maximum ISO range of 100-51,200 that is quite sufficient and the camera is backed up by faster Bionz X processing engine to help you get clear images without sacrificing the details at lowlight conditions. On the other side, E-M10 III keeps its range remain limited to 25600 only.

Continuous shooting

To capture every action of the subject that moves much rapidly you need Sony A6500 that offers you 11 fps, when shooting at 24 MP, whereas Nikon Olympus E-M10 III allows you use only 8.6 fps of continuous shooting speed.


Battery of Sony A6500 allows you take around 350 shots at a time, whereas Olympus E-M10 III lets you take only 330 shots in single time charge.


There is a huge difference in the price along with the specs between Olympus E-M10 III and Sony A6500. One hand, where Olympus E-M10 III is purely an entry-level camera that features 4K video recording. On the other hand, Sony A6500 is the camera that professionals can keep as their second camera in the go. Therefore, our recommend is – The shooters, especially, the beginners who are much desperate to get a camera with 4K in affordable price tag should go with Olympus E-M10 III. If you have already completed your entry-level shooting then do go with Sony A6500 because the camera features professional specs inside, but at the same time check your budget.

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