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Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25

Portability
70
Imaging
42
Features
34
Overall
38
Olympus E-500 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25 Key Specs

Olympus E-500
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Boost to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 479g - 130 x 95 x 66mm
  • Introduced October 2005
  • Alternative Name is EVOLT E-500
  • Successor is Olympus E-510
Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2009
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Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25 Overview

Below is a in depth review of the Olympus E-500 versus Panasonic FS25, one being a Advanced DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the E-500 (8MP) and FS25 (12MP) and the E-500 (Four Thirds) and FS25 (1/2.3") use totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-500 was manufactured 4 years earlier than the FS25 and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-500 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic FS25 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight into a thorough comparison, below is a concise summation of how the E-500 grades vs the FS25 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-500 over the Panasonic FS25

 E-500 FS25 
Focus manually More exact focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Olympus E-500

 FS25 E-500 
RevealedJanuary 2009October 2005More recent by 39 months
Screen dimension3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution230k215kCrisper screen (+15k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-500 and Panasonic FS25

 E-500 FS25 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera frequently, you're going to have to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus E-500 comes with exterior measurements of 130mm x 95mm x 66mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.6") having a weight of 479 grams (1.06 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FS25 has sizing of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

Look at the Olympus E-500 versus Panasonic FS25 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are employing at that moment. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the E-500 vs the FS25.

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the E-500 and FS25 is 70 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is hard to see the contrast between sensor measurements simply by checking specifications. The photograph here will offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-500 and FS25.

To sum up, both of these cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The E-500 because of its bigger sensor will make shooting bokeh easier and the Panasonic FS25 will give you more detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures much more aggressively. The older E-500 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-500 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FS25 as a Portrait photography camera
49
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
MP count low (8MP)
26
provides face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-500 Street photography details
Panasonic FS25 Street photography details
57
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
lighter than competitors (479 grams)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
low maximum ISO (400)
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-500 Sports photography features
Panasonic FS25 Sports photography features
37
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect AF
doesn't have liveview
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (8MP)
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow fps (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-500 Travel photography advice
Panasonic FS25 Travel photography advice
52
lighter than competitors (479 grams)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse mode
MP count low (8MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
51
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-500 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography factors
43
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
doesn't have liveview
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (8 megapixels)
low maximum ISO (400)
no Time Lapse mode
32
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-500 Vlogging features
Panasonic FS25 Vlogging features
9
no video recording
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
wide angle not fantastic (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
missing mic socket
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Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic FS25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-500 and Panasonic FS25
 Olympus E-500Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus E-500 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Also called EVOLT E-500 -
Type Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2005-10-21 2009-01-27
Physical type Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 3264 x 2448 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 400 1600
Highest boosted ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 3 11
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 29-145mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Total lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.5" 3"
Resolution of screen 215 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.45x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.00 m (at ISO 100) 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 640x480
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 479 gr (1.06 lb) 148 gr (0.33 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 95 x 66mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.6") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at launch $600 $230