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Canon T7i vs Olympus E-M10 II – Comparison

Both cameras are relatively affordable, but there’s a big difference between the size and technology. The Canon T7i is a DSLR, while the Olympus E-M10 II is a mirrorless camera, so let’s see how they compare to each other.

Our comparison table below covers the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.

Canon T7iE-M10 II
Sensor TypeCMOSLive MOS
Sensor FormatAPS-CMicro Four Thirds
Crop Factor1.6x2.0x
AA FilterYesNone
Image Resolution6000 x 40004608 x 3456
Body Image StabilizationYes (Movie only)Yes
Lens MountCanon EF/EF-SMicro Four Thirds
ISO100 - 25,600200 - 25,600
Expanded ISO51,200None
AF Points4581 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points450 phase
Continuous Mode6fps8fps
LCD3.0" - Fully Articulated3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,040,000 dots1,037,000 dots
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage95%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x1.23x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/30/24p)1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
 1280x720 (60/50p)1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone JackYesNo
Headphone JackNoNo
Memory Card TypeSD SD
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"60"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer SizeUnlimited28
RAW Buffer Size2718
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/250
Startup Timex0.8s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built- in NFCYesNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoNo
Battery Life (CIPA)600 shots320 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E17)Yes (BLS-50)
Weight18.8 oz (532g)13.8 oz (390g)
Size5.2 x 3.9 x 3.0"4.7 x 3.3 x 1.8"
Release Date20172015

Canon T7i Advantages:

  • 8 More Megapixels – The amount itself has nothing to do with quality, but by having more, you can print larger and crop a lot without losing details.
  • Bigger Sensor – APS-C is bigger than MFT and you can expect better noise results
  • Higher Max ISO -1 stop higher maximum ISO. Not an advantage for most situations because it’ll result in images with way too much noise, but it could prove to be useful in really extreme low light places
  • AF System – While the E-M10 II has almost 40 more points, they’re all contrast based and are not as fast as phase-detection on the T7i. Plus, they’re cross-type so you can expect faster focusing in sports and wildlife. The E-M10 II will be okay here too, it’s just that contrast based AF works better with plenty of contrast (hence the name) and if the subject isn’t moving very quickly.
  • LCD Screen – The screen fully articulates and this makes it better for recording videos of yourself
  • Microphone Jack – The T7i allows you to plug in an external microphone if audio quality is important to you
  • Bigger buffer – Unlimited JPEG buffer compared to 28 shots, and 27 RAW files versus 18. The T7i is a better choice if you often photograph any sort of action, whether it’s sports, races, wildlife or even kids running.
  • Connectivity – The T7i also has built-in NFC and Bluetooth support
  • Battery Life – Twice as long battery life

The T7i has a 2 year advantage on the E-M10 II, hence the increase in resolution. Its auto focus is faster for really fast moving subjects and in dark conditions.

Because of the microphone jack, Dual Pixel AF technology and an articulating LCD, it’s much better for video, but it isn’t as compact as the E-M10 II below. For a DSLR, it’s still very light so it’s far from heavy.

It’s also cheaper and lasts twice as long!

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews.

Olympus E-M10 II Advantages:

  • Body Image Stabilization – The E-M10 II has built-in stabilization that works even if you don’t have a lens with stabilization added. Big plus for expensive primes or older manual lenses.
  • 8 vs 6fps – Both cameras are fast enough for sports and wildlife, but the extra 1fps helps if you often shoot wildlife and want more shots to increase your chances of getting a razor sharp photograph
  • Focus Peaking – Every mirrorless camera offers focus peaking. If you’re focusing with a manual lens or have a bad eye sight, the camera highlights what part of your image is in focus. Great for video too!
  • Viewfinder – Its coverage is 100% and what you see in the viewfinder is exactly what you get (exposure wise too)
  • UHS-II – The E-M10 II supports SD UHS-II cards which have faster minimum writing/reading speeds
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/16000 vs 1/8000
  • Slowest Shutter Speed – 60″ vs 30″. Both have Bulb mode though.
  • Faster Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200
  • Size & Weight – The camera is a lot smaller and lighter
  • Less Expensive – Body only, the E-M10 II costs around $250 less

If you’re looking to spend less and want a super compact and light camera, the E-M10 is better since it’s got a MFT sensor and is mirrorless. Don’t forget the lower battery life if you plan on traveling a lot.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews.

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