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Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6

Portability
56
Imaging
44
Features
56
Overall
48
Olympus E-3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
45
Overall
42

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6 Key Specs

Olympus E-3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 890g - 142 x 116 x 75mm
  • Revealed February 2008
  • Replaced the Olympus E-1
  • Newer Model is Olympus E-5
Panasonic TS6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Revealed January 2015
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FT6
  • Previous Model is Panasonic TS5
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Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6 Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Olympus E-3 and Panasonic TS6, former is a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Waterproof by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference between the resolutions of the E-3 (10MP) and TS6 (16MP) and the E-3 (Four Thirds) and TS6 (1/2.3") boast totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-3 was unveiled 7 years earlier than the TS6 which is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-3 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic TS6 being a Compact camera.

Before we go straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a brief summary of how the E-3 matches up versus the TS6 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-3 over the Panasonic TS6

 E-3 TS6 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS6 over the Olympus E-3

 TS6 E-3 
RevealedJanuary 2015February 2008Newer by 83 months
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-3 and Panasonic TS6

 E-3 TS6 
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera regularly, you will have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-3 offers exterior dimensions of 142mm x 116mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 890 grams (1.96 lbs) and the Panasonic TS6 has dimensions of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") having a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

See the Olympus E-3 and Panasonic TS6 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at that moment. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the E-3 compared to the TS6.

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the E-3 and TS6 is 56 and 91 respectively.

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to see the contrast between sensor dimensions purely by going over technical specs. The pic here should provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-3 and TS6.

As you can tell, both of those cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The E-3 using its bigger sensor will make getting bokeh simpler and the Panasonic TS6 will offer more detail having an extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more aged E-3 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-3 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic TS6 as a Portrait photography camera
56
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
37
decent MP (16MP)
supports face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-3 Street photography details
Panasonic TS6 Street photography details
69
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
62
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-3 Sports photography info
Panasonic TS6 Sports photography info
57
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
weather proofing
supports phase detect autofocus
low frames per second (5.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
48
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
environment proof
great battery power (370 per charge)
low max shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-3 Travel photography details
Panasonic TS6 Travel photography details
55
weather proofing
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
lack of Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
73
great battery power (370 shots)
environment proof
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-3
Landscape photography with Panasonic TS6
56
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse recording
52
rather wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
environment proof
great battery power (370 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-3 Vlogging info
Panasonic TS6 Vlogging info
18
lack of video recording
33
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone port
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Olympus E-3 vs Panasonic TS6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-3 and Panasonic TS6
 Olympus E-3Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus E-3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FT6
Category Advanced DSLR Waterproof
Revealed 2008-02-20 2015-01-06
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III -
Sensor type CMOS 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 10MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-128mm (4.6x)
Largest aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Total lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.5" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.58x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.00 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 890 grams (1.96 pounds) 214 grams (0.47 pounds)
Physical dimensions 142 x 116 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.5 not tested
DXO Low light rating 571 not tested
Other
Battery life - 370 shots
Battery form - 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), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $670 $300