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Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8

Portability
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Imaging
60
Features
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Overall
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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
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Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8 Key Specs

Olympus E-M1 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 574g - 134 x 91 x 67mm
  • Introduced September 2016
  • Replaced the Olympus E-M1
  • Replacement is Olympus E-M1 III
Panasonic FP8
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 151g - 96 x 60 x 20mm
  • Released July 2009
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Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8 Overview

Here is a extended analysis of the Olympus E-M1 II versus Panasonic FP8, one being a Pro Mirrorless and the other is a Ultracompact by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. There is a sizeable difference between the resolutions of the E-M1 II (20MP) and FP8 (12MP) and the E-M1 II (Four Thirds) and FP8 (1/2.3") come with totally different sensor size.

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The E-M1 II was announced 7 years later than the FP8 and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-M1 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FP8 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going through a in depth comparison, below is a concise overview of how the E-M1 II grades vs the FP8 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 II over the Panasonic FP8

 E-M1 II FP8 
ReleasedSeptember 2016July 2009Fresher by 88 months
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1037k230kClearer display (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP8 over the Olympus E-M1 II

 FP8 E-M1 II 

Common features in the Olympus E-M1 II and Panasonic FP8

 E-M1 II FP8 

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera, you are going to need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-M1 II offers external dimensions of 134mm x 91mm x 67mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.6") along with a weight of 574 grams (1.27 lbs) and the Panasonic FP8 has dimensions of 96mm x 60mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8") having a weight of 151 grams (0.33 lbs).

Compare the Olympus E-M1 II versus Panasonic FP8 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are using at the time. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the E-M1 II compared to the FP8.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the E-M1 II and FP8 is 68 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's tough to visualise the gap between sensor sizing purely by reviewing a spec sheet. The visual below may offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the E-M1 II and FP8.

Clearly, both cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The E-M1 II using its larger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF simpler and the Olympus E-M1 II will deliver more detail with its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images a little more aggressively. The younger E-M1 II will have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FP8 as a Portrait photography camera
76
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
21
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Street photography advice
Panasonic FP8 Street photography advice
78
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
supports focus via touch
weather proof
lighter than competition in class (574 grams)
very good ISO range (25,600)
55
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
more heavy than competition in class (151g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Sports photography advice
Panasonic FP8 Sports photography advice
75
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
silent mode (1/32,000s)
fast continuous shooting (60.0 fps)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
weather proof
supports phase detect AF
bad battery power (350 shots)
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image stabilization (Optical)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300s)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II Travel photography highlights
Panasonic FP8 Travel photography highlights
72
lighter than competition in class (574 grams)
weather proof
supports focus via touch
decent megapixels (20MP)
selfie friendly screen
bad battery power (350 per charge)
56
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (151 grams)
low MP (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FP8 as a Landscape photography camera
76
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
very good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
weather proof
has double storage slots
bad battery power (350 CIPA)
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pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1 II as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FP8 as a Vlogging camera
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selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detection focusing
great video quality (4096 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external microphone port
lighter than competition in class (574g)
28
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (151g)
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Olympus E-M1 II vs Panasonic FP8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1 II and Panasonic FP8
 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark IIPanasonic Lumix DMC-FP8
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8
Class Pro Mirrorless Ultracompact
Introduced 2016-09-19 2009-07-27
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VIII Venus Engine V
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 226.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 200 80
RAW pictures
Min enhanced ISO 64 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 121 11
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-128mm (4.6x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 1,037k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/1300 secs
Max silent shutter speed 1/32000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 60.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 9.10 m (at ISO 100) 5.50 m
Flash settings Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/250 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 1280x720
Video format MOV, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 574 grams (1.27 pounds) 151 grams (0.33 pounds)
Dimensions 134 x 91 x 67mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.6") 96 x 60 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 80 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 1312 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 pictures -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model BLH-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots 2 One
Launch cost $1,700 $300