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Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5

Portability
58
Imaging
48
Features
76
Overall
59
Olympus E-5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35

Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5 Key Specs

Olympus E-5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 800g - 143 x 117 x 75mm
  • Launched February 2011
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-3
Panasonic FP5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 141g - 101 x 59 x 18mm
  • Introduced January 2011
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Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5 Overview

Below is a thorough review of the Olympus E-5 versus Panasonic FP5, former being a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Ultracompact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the E-5 (12MP) and the FP5 (14MP) is pretty close but the E-5 (Four Thirds) and FP5 (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor sizing.

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The E-5 was manufactured at a similar time to the FP5 and they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-5 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic FP5 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the E-5 scores vs the FP5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-5 over the Panasonic FP5

 E-5 FP5 
Focus manually More exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution920k230kSharper screen (+690k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Olympus E-5

 FP5 E-5 
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-5 and Panasonic FP5

 E-5 FP5 
IntroducedFebruary 2011January 2011Same age
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement

Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5 Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera frequently, you are going to need to consider its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-5 has outside measurements of 143mm x 117mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") and a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs) and the Panasonic FP5 has measurements of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") along with a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus E-5 versus Panasonic FP5 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the E-5 vs the FP5.

Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the E-5 and FP5 is 58 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's tough to see the contrast in sensor measurements simply by viewing specs. The photograph here will give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-5 and FP5.

All in all, both the cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The E-5 because of its bigger sensor will make getting bokeh simpler and the Panasonic FP5 will render greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop pictures much more aggressively.

Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-5
Portrait photography with Panasonic FP5
60
you can focus manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
low MP (12 megapixels)
33
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-5 Street photography advice
Panasonic FP5 Street photography advice
71
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has focus by touch
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-5 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Sports photography camera
59
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
weather proofing
supports phase detect AF
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
low MP (12 megapixels)
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
good battery pack (260 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-5 Travel photography info
Panasonic FP5 Travel photography info
56
weather proofing
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
no Time Lapse mode
low MP (12MP)
65
good battery pack (260 shots)
has focus by touch
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-5 Landscape photography features
Panasonic FP5 Landscape photography features
65
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
has double storage slots
low MP (12MP)
no Time Lapse mode
40
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
good battery pack (260 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-5 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FP5 Vlogging highlights
64
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focusing
comes with mic port
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
30
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone port
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Olympus E-5 vs Panasonic FP5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-5 and Panasonic FP5
 Olympus E-5Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus E-5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
Category Advanced DSLR Ultracompact
Launched 2011-02-03 2011-01-05
Body design Mid-size SLR Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic V+ Venus Engine IV
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 12MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4032 x 3024 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 35-140mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus distance - 10cm
Number of lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 920 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech HyperCrystal transmissive LCD TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.58x -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 5.0 frames per second 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 18.00 m (at ISO 200) 4.90 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 800g (1.76 lbs) 141g (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions 143 x 117 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 519 not tested
Other
Battery life 870 shots 260 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLM-5 -
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 SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Two 1
Cost at release $1,700 $199