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Olympus E-M5 III vs Sony A6400

Let’s talk about the specification comparison between the Sony A6400 camera and the Olympus E-M5 III camera. ow before we begin let me tell you that we ony do carry a large sensor inside it. If, you are someone who mainly shoots still images only. Then without moving into details my suggestion is you should buy the Sony A6400 with IMX 271 APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor.

With the Sony 24 MP sensor you will be getting more more bit depth, more dynamic range, better color output and more clean low-light images when paired with bright aperture lenses.

Sensor Details

Olympus E-M5 Sony A6400
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor) APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 21.8 Megapixel
Effective: 20.4 Megapixel
Actual: 25 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution 5184 x 3888 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 4:3 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type MOS CMOS
Sensor Size 17.4 x 13 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Image File Format JPEG, RAW JPEG, RAW
Bit Depth 12-Bit 14-Bit
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis None

Sensor Image stabilization missing inside Sony A6400

The selling point of Olympus apart from DCI 4k is built-in image stabilization. The camera features 5.5 Stops of butil-in image stabilization system which can be further enhanced upto 6.5 stops when paired with the OSS lenses. With Sony you have to depend upon broad ISO range and OSS lenses for getting clear shots at night.

Large Sensor area and better ISO range in Sony A6400

The ISO range of the Sony A6400 camera is more than of the new Olympus E-M5 Mark III camera. The expandable ISO range of Sony is 2 stops more than of the Oly. More or less we are also getting larger sensor are with Sony APS-C sensor. So, be assured you will get better low-light performance with the Sony A6400.

Exposure

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Sony A6400
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200 to 25600 (Extended: 64 to 25600) 100 to 32000 (Extended: 100 to 102400)
Shutter Speed Mechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 60 Second
0 to 3 Hour in Bulb Mode
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/320 to 60 Second
Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 60 Second
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/4000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb Mode
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot Average, Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps) -5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range -2 to 20 EV -2 to 20 EV
White Balance Auto, Color Temperature Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 150 Exposures (Raw)
Up to 10 fps at 20.4 MP for Unlimited Exposures (JPEG)
Up to 6 fps at 20.4 MP for Unlimited Exposures (Raw)
Up to 6 fps at 20.4 MP for Unlimited Exposures (JPEG)
Up to 30 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 23 Exposures (Raw)
Up to 30 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 26 Exposures (JPEG)
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 46 Exposures (Raw)
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 116 Exposures (JPEG)
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 115 Exposures (JPEG)
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 99 Exposures (JPEG)
Interval Recording Yes Yes
Self-Timer 2/12-Second Delay 2/5/10-Second Delay

DCI vs UHD Despite of having a smaller sensor the camera is able to grab out DCI 4k videos whereas the Sony A6400 camera records slightly lower resolution UHD 4K videos from a large APS-C sensor.

Limit vs No-Limit: Sony offers unlimited video recording option. with Olympus we do have the traditional 30min video recording limit. So, of course Sony is bit better for longer run.

Video AF Test Below

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Sony A6400
Recording Modes MOV/H.264
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00p [237 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [102 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/119.88p [18 to 202 Mb/s]
HD (1280 x 720) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [10 to 102 Mb/s]
XAVC S
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 100p/119.88p [60 to 100 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [50 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50p/59.94p [25 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 25p/29.97p [16 Mb/s]
AVCHD
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i [17 to 24 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes 4:2:2 8-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 24.00p
4:2:2 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/50i/50p/59.94i/59.94p
Recording Limit Up to 29 Minutes NO LIMIT
Video Encoding NTSC/PAL
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input (Stereo)
Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input

Video AF

Video AF is one of the most important thing for Sony A6400 camera. If you have time look at the AF test videos one by one and you will get a clear idea who does better AF. Hint: Sony A6400 AF is just incredible.

Video AF Test of Sony A6400

Video AF Test of the Olympus E-M5 III

 

So, from the test videos you can clearly see that, Sony is doing better AF than of the Olympus E-M5 III camera. So, if you are video vlogger than you should move with the Sony A6400 camera.

AutoFocus

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Sony A6400
Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus Auto and Manual Focus
vFocus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S) Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 121 (121 Cross-Type)
Contrast Detection: 121
Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 425
-2 to +20 EV

With Sony A6400 camera we are getting 2X more AF points as well as more AF coverage. So, Sony A6400 camera will do better AF than of the Olympus E-M5 Mark III camera.

Viewfinder and display

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Sony A6400
Viewfinder Type Electronic (OLED) Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 2,360,000 Dot 0.39″
Viewfinder Eye Point 27 mm 23 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.67x Approx. 1.07x
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +2 -4 to +3
Monitor Size 3″ 3″
Monitor Resolution 1,040,000 Dot 921,600 Dot
Monitor Type Articulating Touchscreen LCD 180° Tilting Touchscreen LCD

Vari-angle Screen is an additional advantage: Having a vari-angle screen in a camera is highly required when you are vlogging with the camera. In general when you put Microphone on hotshoe the SOny A6400 screen gets blocked and you have to use slightly modified Microphones available in the market.

Card slots and more

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Sony A6400
Memory Card Slot Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid (UHS-I)
Connectivity Micro-B (USB 2.0), HDMI D (Micro), 2.5mm Sub-Mini, 3.5mm Microphone 3.5mm Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), Wired Remote Port, Micro-B (USB 2.0)
Wireless Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
GPS No No

 

weight and size

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Sony A6400
Battery 1 x BLS-50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1175 mAh (Approx. 310 Shots) 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.93 x 3.35 x 1.96″ / 125.3 x 85.2 x 49.7 mm 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.4″ / 120 x 66.9 x 59.7 mm
Weight 14.6 oz / 414 g (Body with Battery and Memory) 14.22 oz / 403 g (Body with Battery and Memory)

 

Olympus E-M5 Mark III vs Sony A6400 Verdict / Conclusion:

Sony A6400 For Still Shooters

For still shooter we recommend you to go with Sony A6400 camera. Since, Sony features large APS-C Sensor with more dynamic range and better low-light performance.

Best Lenses for Still shooters

Best Lenses for Sony A6400

Best Lenses for Olympus E-M5 III Camera

1. Best Standard Zoom Lens (Best all in one) Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro ($799 for the kit)
Option #2 afforable Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ($499)
2. Best Wide angle Zoom Lens Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm f/4.0 ($881)
3. Wide angle Prime (portraits / vlogs) Olympus 17mm f/2.8 ($349)
4. Best Zoom Lens Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ($119)
5. Best Macro Lens Olympus 60mm f/2.8 ($449)

For Video vloggers you have we have to compared their feature once again

Best Vlogging Camera between Olympus E-M5 Mark III vs Sony A6400

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Sony A6400
Video DCI 4k UHD 4K
Display Vari-angle Touch Front-Flip Touch Screen
Video Recording Limit 30Min Unlimited
Camera IS 5.5 Stops No in camera IS [OSS Lens required]
Video AF Sony A6400 considerably fast than Olympus E-M5 Mark III in Video AF
Lenses based IS Most of the Olympus Lenses doesn’t have IS. Only telephoto lenses have. Sony Kit lens have IS as well as Sony 10-18 F4 OSS vlogging lens also have IS.
Microphones You can use literally any microphones due to nature of var-angle display screen. Recommended Rode Lavalier GO Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for Wireless GO System
Rode VideoMicro Ultracompact Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone

Which is more annoying to you Slow Video AF while Vlogging or a bit Camera shake while walking ?

So, in this case I will pick Sony A6400 camera since, I always want to have bang-on focus when I am creating youtube content. I am not always walking and more than 70% of video are done in my room. So, for me Sony A6400 is a excellent camera for vlogging puspose.

Recommended Vlogging Setup for both camera

Sony A6400 is a killer vlogging combo when paired up with kit lens or Sony 10-18 F4 OSS vlogging lens. For sound you can use Rode Lavalier OR while on move you can use Rode VideoMicro Ultracompact  shotgun.

Olympus is a Excellent vlogging combo when paired up with kit lens or Olympus 17mm f/2.8. You can use Rode Lavalier or  Rode shotgun microphone of your choice.

 

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