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Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25

Portability
69
Imaging
45
Features
42
Overall
43
Olympus E-510 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25 Key Specs

Olympus E-510
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 490g - 136 x 92 x 68mm
  • Released November 2007
  • Also Known as EVOLT E-510
  • Older Model is Olympus E-500
  • Newer Model is Olympus E-520
Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2009
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Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25 Overview

Below is a comprehensive overview of the Olympus E-510 versus Panasonic FS25, one being a Advanced DSLR and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the E-510 (10MP) and the FS25 (12MP) is fairly close but the E-510 (Four Thirds) and FS25 (1/2.3") posses different sensor dimensions.

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The E-510 was revealed 14 months before the FS25 making them a generation apart from each other. Both cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-510 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic FS25 being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a more detailed comparison, here is a quick view of how the E-510 grades vs the FS25 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-510 over the Panasonic FS25

 E-510 FS25 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Olympus E-510

 FS25 E-510 
IntroducedJanuary 2009November 2007More recent by 14 months
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")

Common features in the Olympus E-510 and Panasonic FS25

 E-510 FS25 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera, you will need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-510 has exterior dimensions of 136mm x 92mm x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") along with a weight of 490 grams (1.08 lbs) and the Panasonic FS25 has measurements of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have at that moment. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the E-510 against the FS25.

Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the E-510 and FS25 is 69 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to imagine the contrast in sensor measurements purely by researching a spec sheet. The photograph here might give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-510 and FS25.

Clearly, both the cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The E-510 having a larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field less difficult and the Panasonic FS25 will result in more detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The older E-510 will be behind in sensor technology.

Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-510 Portrait photography details
Panasonic FS25 Portrait photography details
57
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
26
has face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low resolution (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-510 Street photography info
Panasonic FS25 Street photography info
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
lighter than others (490g)
screen is fixed
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-510 Sports photography features
Panasonic FS25 Sports photography features
52
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports phase detect AF
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
low resolution (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-510 Travel photography advice
Panasonic FS25 Travel photography advice
52
lighter than others (490g)
built-in flash
no Timelapse recording
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
51
built-in flash
no Timelapse function
low resolution (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-510 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography advice
56
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
small screen (2.5")
megapixel count low (10MP)
no Timelapse recording
32
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
low resolution (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-510 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FS25 Vlogging highlights
9
lack of video recording
28
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
no external microphone port
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Olympus E-510 vs Panasonic FS25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-510 and Panasonic FS25
 Olympus E-510Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus E-510 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Also Known as EVOLT E-510 -
Type Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Released 2007-11-23 2009-01-27
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
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 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 1600 1600
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 3 11
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 29-145mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution None 640x480
Video format - 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 490 gr (1.08 pounds) 148 gr (0.33 pounds)
Physical dimensions 136 x 92 x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 52 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.0 not tested
DXO Low light rating 442 not tested
Other
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
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