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Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150

Portability
65
Imaging
41
Features
40
Overall
40
Olympus E-330 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 front
Portability
67
Imaging
36
Features
57
Overall
44

Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150 Key Specs

Olympus E-330
(Full Review)
  • 7MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Expand to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 616g - 140 x 87 x 72mm
  • Introduced March 2006
  • Alternative Name is EVOLT E-330
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-300
  • New Model is Olympus E-450
Panasonic FZ150
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 528g - 124 x 82 x 92mm
  • Released April 2012
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Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150 Overview

Here is a comprehensive comparison of the Olympus E-330 versus Panasonic FZ150, former being a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. There is a considerable difference among the image resolutions of the E-330 (7MP) and FZ150 (12MP) and the E-330 (Four Thirds) and FZ150 (1/2.3") use different sensor dimensions.

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The E-330 was revealed 7 years earlier than the FZ150 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-330 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic FZ150 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before going through a thorough comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the E-330 grades versus the FZ150 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-330 over the Panasonic FZ150

 E-330 FZ150 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ150 over the Olympus E-330

 FZ150 E-330 
ReleasedApril 2012March 2006Fresher by 73 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k215kClearer display (+245k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Olympus E-330 and Panasonic FZ150

 E-330 FZ150 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera often, you are going to need to think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-330 enjoys physical measurements of 140mm x 87mm x 72mm (5.5" x 3.4" x 2.8") and a weight of 616 grams (1.36 lbs) and the Panasonic FZ150 has proportions of 124mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") along with a weight of 528 grams (1.16 lbs).

Examine the Olympus E-330 versus Panasonic FZ150 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the E-330 compared to the FZ150.

Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the E-330 and FZ150 is 65 and 67 respectively.

Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to visualize the difference in sensor sizing just by going through specs. The visual here might give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the E-330 and FZ150.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The E-330 with its larger sensor is going to make shooting bokeh less difficult and the Panasonic FZ150 will produce more detail because of its extra 5MP. Greater resolution will help you crop pics far more aggressively. The older E-330 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-330 Portrait photography features
Panasonic FZ150 Portrait photography features
54
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (7MP)
41
you can focus manually
exports RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-330 Street photography info
Panasonic FZ150 Street photography info
60
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
lighter than average in class (616 grams)
lack of image stabilization
maximum ISO low (400)
58
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than average in class (528g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-330 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FZ150 as a Sports photography camera
40
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has phase detect auto focus
slow fps (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (7MP)
43
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
better than average battery power (410 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-330
Travel photography with Panasonic FZ150
50
lighter than average in class (616g)
built-in flash
no Timelapse mode
low resolution sensor (7MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
56
better than average battery power (410 shots)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
fairly wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than average in class (528 grams)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-330 Landscape photography details
Panasonic FZ150 Landscape photography details
45
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (7MP)
maximum ISO low (400)
no Timelapse mode
48
you can focus manually
fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (410 per charge)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-330 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FZ150 Vlogging highlights
9
can't record video
62
fairly wide (25mm)
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with mic socket
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
heavier than average in class (528g)
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Olympus E-330 vs Panasonic FZ150 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-330 and Panasonic FZ150
 Olympus E-330Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus E-330 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
Also called EVOLT E-330 -
Class Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2006-03-18 2012-04-11
Physical type Mid-size SLR SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 7 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3136 x 2352 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 400 6400
Max boosted ISO 1600 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 3 23
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-600mm (24.0x)
Max aperture - f/2.8-5.2
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Available lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fully Articulated
Display size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 215k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.47x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 9.50 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 616 gr (1.36 lb) 528 gr (1.16 lb)
Dimensions 140 x 87 x 72mm (5.5" x 3.4" x 2.8") 124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 40
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 19.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.9
DXO Low light rating not tested 132
Other
Battery life - 410 shots
Battery type - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures))
Time lapse recording
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $1,100 $499