Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5

Olympus E-420 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 front

Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5 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
  • Announced June 2008
  • Old Model is Olympus E-410
Panasonic F5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 121g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2013
Photography Glossary

Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5 Overview

Its time to examine more closely at the Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5, former is a Entry-Level DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a substantial gap between the sensor resolutions of the E-420 (10MP) and F5 (14MP) and the E-420 (Four Thirds) and F5 (1/2.3") use different sensor size.

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The E-420 was released 5 years earlier than the F5 which is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-420 being a Compact SLR camera and the Panasonic F5 being a Compact camera.

Before getting through a detailed comparison, below is a brief view of how the E-420 grades versus the F5 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-420 over the Panasonic F5

 E-420 F5 
Focus manually More exact focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic F5 over the Olympus E-420

 F5 E-420 
IntroducedJanuary 2013June 2008More modern by 55 months

Common features in the Olympus E-420 and Panasonic F5

 E-420 F5 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing2.7"2.7"Equivalent screen size
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera frequently, you will have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-420 has exterior measurements of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") with a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs) and the Panasonic F5 has dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have at the time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the E-420 versus the F5.

Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-420 and F5 is 77 and 96 respectively.

Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be hard to visualize the gap between sensor sizes simply by reviewing specifications. The image below will give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the E-420 and F5.

To sum up, both cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The E-420 because of its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF easier and the Panasonic F5 will offer you more detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures far more aggressively. The more aged E-420 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-420 Portrait photography information
Panasonic F5 Portrait photography information
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
low MP (10 megapixels)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-420 Street photography features
Panasonic F5 Street photography features
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
lighter than competition (426g)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
lighter than average (121g)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-420 Sports photography info
Panasonic F5 Sports photography info
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
bad battery life (500 CIPA)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-420 Travel photography information
Panasonic F5 Travel photography information
lighter than competition (426 grams)
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse function
bad battery life (500 CIPA)
low MP (10 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
lighter than average (121 grams)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse recording
does not have selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-420 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic F5 Landscape photography advice
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
bad battery life (500 per charge)
lack of Timelapse function
decently wide (28mm)
resolution is good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-420 Vlogging factors
Panasonic F5 Vlogging factors
no video recording
decently wide (28mm)
lighter than average (121 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing microphone jack
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Olympus E-420 vs Panasonic F5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-420 and Panasonic F5
 Olympus E-420Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus E-420 Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5
Category Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2008-06-23 2013-01-07
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III -
Sensor type CMOS 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 10MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 -
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 3 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.2-6.5
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Total lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 4.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 5.70 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/180 seconds -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1280x720
Video file format - Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 426 gr (0.94 lb) 121 gr (0.27 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 527 not tested
Battery life 500 photos 250 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $999 $100