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Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8

Portability
70
Imaging
42
Features
34
Overall
38
Olympus E-500 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8 Key Specs

Olympus E-500
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Raise to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 479g - 130 x 95 x 66mm
  • Released October 2005
  • Also referred to as EVOLT E-500
  • New Model is Olympus E-510
Panasonic FH8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-6.4) lens
  • 123g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Announced January 2012
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Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8 Overview

Here, we are looking at the Olympus E-500 versus Panasonic FH8, former is a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a substantial gap among the image resolutions of the E-500 (8MP) and FH8 (16MP) and the E-500 (Four Thirds) and FH8 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor sizes.

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The E-500 was introduced 7 years earlier than the FH8 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-500 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic FH8 being a Compact camera.

Before diving right into a in-depth comparison, here is a concise summary of how the E-500 scores against the FH8 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-500 over the Panasonic FH8

 E-500 FH8 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH8 over the Olympus E-500

 FH8 E-500 
AnnouncedJanuary 2012October 2005Newer by 75 months
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution230k215kCrisper display (+15k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-500 and Panasonic FH8

 E-500 FH8 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-500 has got outer measurements of 130mm x 95mm x 66mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.6") with a weight of 479 grams (1.06 lbs) and the Panasonic FH8 has proportions of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 123 grams (0.27 lbs).

Check out the Olympus E-500 versus Panasonic FH8 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have during that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the E-500 and the FH8.

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-500 and FH8 is 70 and 96 respectively.

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is hard to see the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by checking out specifications. The picture here may give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the E-500 and FH8.

Plainly, both of those cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The E-500 having a larger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field easier and the Panasonic FH8 will provide more detail using its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The more aged E-500 will be behind in sensor tech.

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-500 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FH8 as a Portrait photography camera
49
manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
low resolution sensor (8 megapixels)
34
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
includes face detect focus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-500 Street photography details
Panasonic FH8 Street photography details
57
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
lighter than competitors (479 grams)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
low max ISO (400)
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (123g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-500 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FH8 as a Sports photography camera
37
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has phase detect AF
no liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (8 megapixels)
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
includes tracking focus
low fps (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-500 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FH8 as a Travel photography camera
52
lighter than competitors (479g)
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse recording
low resolution sensor (8 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
69
lighter than average (123g)
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-500
Landscape photography with Panasonic FH8
43
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
screen is small (2.5")
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (8 megapixels)
low max ISO (400)
missing Time Lapse recording
43
decently wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-500 Vlogging details
Panasonic FH8 Vlogging details
9
can't shoot video
33
decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
lighter than average (123 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone port
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Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FH8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-500 and Panasonic FH8
 Olympus E-500Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus E-500 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
Also called as EVOLT E-500 -
Category Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Released 2005-10-21 2012-01-09
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3264 x 2448 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 400 6400
Max boosted ISO 1600 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 3 23
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-120mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture - f/2.5-6.4
Macro focus range - 4cm
Available lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 215k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.45x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 13.00 m (at ISO 100) 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180s -
Exposure
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)
Max video resolution None 1280x720
Video format - MPEG-4
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
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 479g (1.06 lbs) 123g (0.27 lbs)
Physical dimensions 130 x 95 x 66mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.6") 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 260 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $600 $149