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Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10

Portability
59
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37
Olympus E-1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 front
Portability
91
Imaging
38
Features
46
Overall
41

Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10 Key Specs

Olympus E-1
(Full Review)
  • 5MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 735g - 141 x 104 x 81mm
  • Revealed November 2003
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-3
Panasonic ZS10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 219g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Released January 2011
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22
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Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10 Overview

Here is a thorough comparison of the Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10, former being a Pro DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. There is a large difference between the sensor resolutions of the E-1 (5MP) and ZS10 (14MP) and the E-1 (Four Thirds) and ZS10 (1/2.3") posses totally different sensor dimensions.

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The E-1 was manufactured 8 years earlier than the ZS10 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-1 being a Large SLR camera and the Panasonic ZS10 being a Compact camera.

Before going into a in depth comparison, here is a brief view of how the E-1 scores vs the ZS10 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-1 over the Panasonic ZS10

 E-1 ZS10 
Focus manually More accurate focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS10 over the Olympus E-1

 ZS10 E-1 
ReleasedJanuary 2011November 2003Fresher by 87 months
Display size3"1.8"Larger display (+1.2")
Display resolution460k134kClearer display (+326k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-1 and Panasonic ZS10

 E-1 ZS10 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry your camera frequently, you need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-1 comes with physical measurements of 141mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 735 grams (1.62 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS10 has dimensions of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 219 grams (0.48 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you use at that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the E-1 and the ZS10.

Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the E-1 and ZS10 is 59 and 91 respectively.

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Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be hard to see the contrast between sensor sizing just by looking at a spec sheet. The visual here should provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the E-1 and ZS10.

Clearly, both of the cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The E-1 because of its larger sensor will make getting shallower DOF less difficult and the Panasonic ZS10 will give greater detail due to its extra 9 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The older E-1 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-1 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic ZS10 Portrait photography factors
47
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
no liveview feature
megapixel count low (5MP)
30
good resolution (14MP)
lack of manual focus
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-1 Street photography factors
Panasonic ZS10 Street photography factors
57
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
lighter than competition in class (735g)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
65
image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch focus
lighter than others in class (219g)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-1 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS10 as a Sports photography camera
40
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
environment proof
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview feature
max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (5 megapixels)
47
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
features tracking autofocus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (260 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-1
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS10
47
lighter than competition in class (735 grams)
environment proof
doesn't have Timelapse function
megapixel count low (5 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
68
lighter than others in class (219g)
boasts touch focus
good resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
great reach (384mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery pack (260 per charge)
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-1
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS10
46
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
tiny screen (1.8 inch)
no liveview feature
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (5MP)
doesn't have Timelapse function
42
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
terrible battery pack (260 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-1 Vlogging factors
Panasonic ZS10 Vlogging factors
9
can't shoot video
34
decently wide (24mm)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (219 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone support
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Olympus E-1 vs Panasonic ZS10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-1 and Panasonic ZS10
 Olympus E-1Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus E-1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Also called - Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22
Category Pro DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2003-11-29 2011-01-25
Physical type Large SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 5MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 2560 x 1920 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 3 23
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-384mm (16.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 3cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 1.8 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 134k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.48x -
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 5.00 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 735 grams (1.62 lbs) 219 grams (0.48 lbs)
Physical dimensions 141 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 260 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at release $1,700 $350