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Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s

Portability
77
Imaging
45
Features
36
Overall
41
Olympus E-420 front
 
Olympus Stylus 1s front
Portability
79
Imaging
38
Features
66
Overall
49

Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s Key Specs

Olympus E-420
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 426g - 130 x 91 x 53mm
  • Introduced June 2008
  • Superseded the Olympus E-410
Olympus 1s
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-300mm (F2.8) lens
  • 402g - 116 x 87 x 57mm
  • Launched April 2015
  • Superseded the Olympus 1
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Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s Overview

Below, we are looking at the Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s, former is a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are built by Olympus. The resolution of the E-420 (10MP) and the 1s (12MP) is very well matched but the E-420 (Four Thirds) and 1s (1/1.7") come with different sensor size.

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The E-420 was unveiled 7 years earlier than the 1s which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-420 being a Compact SLR camera and the Olympus 1s being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a brief summation of how the E-420 matches up vs the 1s in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-420 over the Olympus 1s

 E-420 1s 

Reasons to pick Olympus 1s over the Olympus E-420

 1s E-420 
LaunchedApril 2015June 2008More modern by 82 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-420 and Olympus 1s

 E-420 1s 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry around your camera often, you'll need to factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-420 has physical measurements of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") and a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs) whilst the Olympus 1s has proportions of 116mm x 87mm x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2") and a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs).

Check the Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have at that moment. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the E-420 versus the 1s.

Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-420 and 1s is 77 and 79 respectively.

Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be hard to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes purely by reading through specs. The pic underneath will help provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the E-420 and 1s.

All in all, both of these cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The E-420 using its larger sensor is going to make getting bokeh less difficult and the Olympus 1s will give you more detail having an extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos much more aggressively. The more aged E-420 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s sensor size comparison

Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-420 Portrait photography details
Olympus 1s Portrait photography details
57
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
megapixel count low (10MP)
46
focusing manually
supports face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-420 Street photography highlights
Olympus 1s Street photography highlights
64
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition (426 grams)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
71
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
offers focus by touch
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-420 Sports photography information
Olympus 1s Sports photography information
39
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (10MP)
terrible battery life (500 shots)
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
great battery life (450 per charge)
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-420 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus 1s as a Travel photography camera
53
lighter than competition (426 grams)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse function
terrible battery life (500 per charge)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
64
great battery life (450 CIPA)
offers focus by touch
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
long reach (300mm)
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-420 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus 1s as a Landscape photography camera
47
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
terrible battery life (500 shots)
does not have Timelapse function
53
focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (450 shots)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-420 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus 1s as a Vlogging camera
9
no video shooting
32
relatively wide (28mm)
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly display
no microphone port
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Olympus E-420 vs Olympus 1s Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-420 and Olympus 1s
 Olympus E-420Olympus Stylus 1s
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus E-420 Olympus Stylus 1s
Class Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2008-06-23 2015-04-13
Body design Compact SLR SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 3 35
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-300mm (10.7x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.8
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Available lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 4.0 frames per sec 7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 10.30 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 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 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, H.264
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 None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 426g (0.94 pounds) 402g (0.89 pounds)
Dimensions 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") 116 x 87 x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 527 not tested
Other
Battery life 500 photos 450 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - BLS-50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots One One
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