Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15

Olympus E-450 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front

Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15 Key Specs

Olympus E-450
(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
  • Released March 2009
  • Superseded the Olympus E-330
Panasonic ZS15
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 208g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Introduced June 2012
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • New Model is Panasonic ZS20
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Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15 Overview

Following is a detailed review of the Olympus E-450 and Panasonic ZS15, one is a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the E-450 (10MP) and the ZS15 (12MP) is relatively comparable but the E-450 (Four Thirds) and ZS15 (1/2.3") boast different sensor sizing.

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The E-450 was unveiled 4 years prior to the ZS15 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-450 being a Compact SLR camera and the Panasonic ZS15 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a short summary of how the E-450 matches up vs the ZS15 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-450 over the Panasonic ZS15

 E-450 ZS15 
Focus manually More accurate focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Olympus E-450

 ZS15 E-450 
IntroducedJune 2012March 2009More modern by 39 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-450 and Panasonic ZS15

 E-450 ZS15 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry around your camera often, you have to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus E-450 has got exterior measurements of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") having a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS15 has sizing of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using during that time. Underneath is a front view dimension comparison of the E-450 compared to the ZS15.

Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the E-450 and ZS15 is 77 and 92 respectively.

Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be tough to picture the contrast in sensor sizes simply by going through a spec sheet. The pic here should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the E-450 and ZS15.

As you can see, each of these cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The E-450 using its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Panasonic ZS15 will provide more detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures way more aggressively. The more aged E-450 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-450 Portrait photography details
Panasonic ZS15 Portrait photography details
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
low MP (10 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-450 Street photography advice
Panasonic ZS15 Street photography advice
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
lighter than average in class (426 grams)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (208g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-450
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS15
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
bad battery pack (500 per charge)
incredible zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
low fps (2.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery power (260 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-450 Travel photography info
Panasonic ZS15 Travel photography info
lighter than average in class (426g)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
bad battery pack (500 CIPA)
low MP (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
lighter than average (208 grams)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long zoom (384mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
bad battery power (260 per charge)
low megapixels (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-450 Landscape photography features
Panasonic ZS15 Landscape photography features
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
screen is small (2.7")
no image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
bad battery pack (500 shots)
lack of Time Lapse function
relatively wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
bad battery power (260 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-450
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS15
no video recording
relatively wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (208g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
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Olympus E-450 vs Panasonic ZS15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-450 and Panasonic ZS15
 Olympus E-450Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus E-450 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-TZ25
Type Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-03-31 2012-06-29
Physical type Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III -
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 10 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 3 23
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-384mm (16.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range - 3cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Lowest shutter speed 60s 15s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.40 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/180s -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 426g (0.94 lb) 208g (0.46 lb)
Physical dimensions 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 512 not tested
Battery life 500 pictures 260 pictures
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
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