As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Olympus E-600 is also often compared to mirrorless and pro DSLRs. The Olympus E-600's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D5300 and the D200) and Sony (such as the Alpha A5000)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-600 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a screen which flips out, is significantly smaller (prosumer size (130×94×60 mm) vs prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)), is thinner (2.4" vs 2.8") and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.48x vs 0.61x) and takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24 MP).

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
4 years newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the E-600)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the E-600)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.4"

common strengths of the D5300 and E-600

  • Flip-out screens

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50
3 years newer
$1,444 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-50 (vs the E-600)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the K-50 (vs the E-600)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 2.4"

common strengths of the K-50 and E-600

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.4"

Olympus E-620

Olympus E-620
6 months older

Significant advantages of the E-620 (vs the E-600)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-620 (vs the E-600)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-620 and E-600

  • Flip-out screens
  • Very small: Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 2.4"

Olympus E-410

Olympus E-410
2 years older
$433 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-410 (vs the E-600)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (130×91×53 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.1" vs 2.4"

Significant disadvantages of the E-410 (vs the E-600)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the E-410 and E-600

  • Very small: Standard size (130×91×53 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.1" vs 2.4"
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
5 years newer
$475 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the E-600)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the E-600)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 2.4"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D5500 and E-600

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.4"

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the E-600)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the E-600)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D7100 and E-600

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-600 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), supports an external flash and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 19.8 MP) and slightly fewer lenses available (34 lenses vs 62 lenses).

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
4 years newer
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the E-600)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 19.8 MP vs 12.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the E-600)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5000 and E-600

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-600 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (2.7" vs 2.5"), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 10 MP), lets you preview your photos on the screen and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.48x vs 0.62x), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 5 fps), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism) and much fewer lenses available (34 lenses vs 230 lenses).

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
3 years older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the E-600)

  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 34 lenses
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.48x
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the E-600)

  • No live view
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D200 and E-600

  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.4"
  • Built-in flashes