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Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4

Portability
67
Imaging
41
Features
31
Overall
37
Olympus E-300 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
33
Overall
34

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4 Key Specs

Olympus E-300
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Raise to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 624g - 147 x 85 x 64mm
  • Announced January 2005
  • Alternative Name is EVOLT E-300
  • New Model is Olympus E-330
Panasonic TS4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 197g - 103 x 64 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2012
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FT4
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic TS3
  • Newer Model is Panasonic TS5
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Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4 Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Olympus E-300 and Panasonic TS4, former being a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Waterproof by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. There is a large difference between the image resolutions of the E-300 (8MP) and TS4 (12MP) and the E-300 (Four Thirds) and TS4 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor dimensions.

Photography Glossary

The E-300 was launched 8 years before the TS4 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-300 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic TS4 being a Compact camera.

Before we go through a thorough comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the E-300 grades against the TS4 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-300 over the Panasonic TS4

 E-300 TS4 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS4 over the Olympus E-300

 TS4 E-300 
AnnouncedJanuary 2012January 2005More recent by 85 months
Screen dimension2.7"1.8"Bigger screen (+0.9")
Screen resolution230k134kCrisper screen (+96k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-300 and Panasonic TS4

 E-300 TS4 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch screen Neither includes Touch screen

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera regularly, you will need to factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus E-300 features external dimensions of 147mm x 85mm x 64mm (5.8" x 3.3" x 2.5") accompanied by a weight of 624 grams (1.38 lbs) whilst the Panasonic TS4 has sizing of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") with a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs).

Compare the Olympus E-300 and Panasonic TS4 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have during that time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the E-300 versus the TS4.

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the E-300 and TS4 is 67 and 92 respectively.

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very tough to envision the gap between sensor measurements just by reading technical specs. The graphic underneath might provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the E-300 and TS4.

As you have seen, both cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The E-300 featuring a bigger sensor will make shooting bokeh less difficult and the Panasonic TS4 will deliver more detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures much more aggressively. The older E-300 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-300 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic TS4 Portrait photography highlights
48
you can focus manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview
MP count low (8MP)
21
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-300
Street photography with Panasonic TS4
51
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
max ISO too low (400)
61
image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-300 Sports photography advice
Panasonic TS4 Sports photography advice
37
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports phase detect AF
no liveview
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (8 megapixels)
38
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery pack (310 shots)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300 seconds)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-300 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic TS4 Travel photography highlights
45
has built in flash
no Time Lapse function
MP count low (8MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
66
great battery pack (310 shots)
weather sealing
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-300 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic TS4 Landscape photography advice
43
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (1.8")
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (8 megapixels)
max ISO too low (400)
no Time Lapse function
41
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
great battery pack (310 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-300 Vlogging advice
Panasonic TS4 Vlogging advice
9
no video shooting
32
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
no external microphone port
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Olympus E-300 vs Panasonic TS4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-300 and Panasonic TS4
 Olympus E-300Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus E-300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
Other name EVOLT E-300 Lumix DMC-FT4
Class Advanced DSLR Waterproof
Announced 2005-01-10 2012-01-31
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3264 x 2448 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 400 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 1600 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 3 23
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-128mm (4.6x)
Max aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Number of lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 1.8 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 134 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1300 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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 file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 624 grams (1.38 lbs) 197 grams (0.43 lbs)
Dimensions 147 x 85 x 64mm (5.8" x 3.3" x 2.5") 103 x 64 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 310 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $800 $399