Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Olympus E-420 belongs to a Entry-Level DSLR category, the other model, Olympus E-420 is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Olympus E-420 comes with CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 10.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Canon PowerShot SX130 IS features a 12.0 MP CCD sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - DSLR and SuperZoom. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Olympus E-420 and Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Olympus E-420 Key Features:
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Key Features:
|Sensor Area||224.9 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||87.5% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Continuous Shooting||4 fps vs Yes fps||3 fps faster|
|Flash Range||12 vs 3||9 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/2500||Faster shutter speed|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.46 vs No||0.46 better magnification|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP vs 10.0 MP||16.7% more pixels|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.7″||0.3" larger screen|
|Weight||308 g vs 426 g||118 g lighter|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots | 230k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||No | No||No Face Detection|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps | 1.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Olympus E-420 and Canon PowerShot SX130 IS from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 118g less than the Olympus E-420. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Olympus E-420 and Canon PowerShot SX130 IS any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Olympus E-420 features a 10.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a TruePic III processor . Canon PowerShot SX130 IS, in its turn, comes with a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sized CCD sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Olympus E-420 and Canon PowerShot SX130 IS by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Olympus E-420 has a sensor area 0.1x bigger compared to Canon PowerShot SX130 IS. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Olympus E-420 and Canon PowerShot SX130 IS in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Olympus E-420||Canon PowerShot SX130 IS|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Olympus E-420 or Canon PowerShot SX130 IS, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Olympus E-420 and Canon PowerShot SX130 IS here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon PowerShot SX130 IS deserves a higher Total Score than the Olympus E-420. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Olympus E-420||Canon PowerShot SX130 IS|
|Model||E-420||PowerShot SX130 IS|
|Announced||Jun 23, 2008||Aug 19, 2010|
|Body Type||Compact SLR||Compact|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||1/2.3"|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||1,600||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||80|
|Lens Mount||Four Thirds||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||45||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||3||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||0|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/2500 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps||1.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|Video Resolutions||n/a||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 160 x 120 (15 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||426 g||308 g|
|Physical Dimensions||130 x 91 x 53 mm||113 x 73 x 46 mm|
|Battery Life||500 shots||n/a|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||n/a|
|Battery Model||n/a||2 x AA|
|Storage Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card||SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus|