Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 front

Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5 Key Specs

Olympus E-M10 III
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 410g - 122 x 84 x 50mm
  • Revealed August 2017
  • Superseded the Olympus E-M10 II
  • Replacement is Olympus E-M10 IV
Panasonic TS5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Announced July 2013
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FT5
  • Previous Model is Panasonic TS4
  • Later Model is Panasonic TS6
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Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5 Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Olympus E-M10 III versus Panasonic TS5, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Waterproof by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the E-M10 III (16MP) and the TS5 (16MP) is pretty comparable but the E-M10 III (Four Thirds) and TS5 (1/2.3") posses totally different sensor sizing.

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The E-M10 III was manufactured 4 years after the TS5 which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-M10 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic TS5 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight to a full comparison, here is a short overview of how the E-M10 III matches up vs the TS5 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 III over the Panasonic TS5

 E-M10 III TS5 
AnnouncedAugust 2017July 2013Newer by 51 months
Focus manually More exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kSharper screen (+580k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS5 over the Olympus E-M10 III

 TS5 E-M10 III 

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 III and Panasonic TS5

 E-M10 III TS5 
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera, you'll have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-M10 III comes with exterior dimensions of 122mm x 84mm x 50mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.0") and a weight of 410 grams (0.90 lbs) and the Panasonic TS5 has dimensions of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") having a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

Check the Olympus E-M10 III versus Panasonic TS5 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilising during that time. Underneath is a front view scale comparison of the E-M10 III and the TS5.

Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-M10 III and TS5 is 80 and 91 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very hard to see the difference in sensor dimensions merely by going through technical specs. The image here will help provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-M10 III and TS5.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras come with the identical megapixels albeit not the same sensor dimensions. The E-M10 III offers the bigger sensor which is going to make getting shallow depth of field simpler. The younger E-M10 III will have an advantage in sensor tech.

Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Portrait photography details
Panasonic TS5 Portrait photography details
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Street photography features
Panasonic TS5 Street photography features
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
has focus by touch
above average high ISO (25,600)
heavier than competition (410 grams)
image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic TS5 as a Sports photography camera
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect autofocus
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery (370 shots)
low max shutter speed (1/1,300s)
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Travel photography highlights
Panasonic TS5 Travel photography highlights
has focus by touch
MP count good (16MP)
has built in flash
heavier than competition (410g)
display isn't selfie friendly
great battery (370 per charge)
weather sealing
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Landscape photography information
Panasonic TS5 Landscape photography information
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
relatively wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
weather sealing
great battery (370 per charge)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M10 III Vlogging info
Panasonic TS5 Vlogging info
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
no external mic socket
heavier than competition (410g)
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
missing external microphone socket
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Olympus E-M10 III vs Panasonic TS5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 III and Panasonic TS5
 Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIPanasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FT5
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Waterproof
Revealed 2017-08-31 2013-07-12
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VIII -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 226.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Min boosted ISO 100 -
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 121 23
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-128mm (4.6x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x -
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1300 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 8.6fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.80 m (at ISO 100) 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, redeye, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill-in, manual, off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/250 secs -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 410g (0.90 lbs) 214g (0.47 lbs)
Physical dimensions 122 x 84 x 50mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.0") 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
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
Battery life 330 photos 370 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-50 DMW-BCM13
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $650 $350