Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1

Olympus OM-D E-M10 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 front

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1 Key Specs

Olympus E-M10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 396g - 119 x 82 x 46mm
  • Launched March 2014
  • Replacement is Olympus E-M10 II
Panasonic FH1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 163g - 98 x 55 x 23mm
  • Announced January 2010
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FS10
Photography Glossary

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1 Overview

Below, we will be matching up the Olympus E-M10 and Panasonic FH1, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. There is a huge difference among the resolutions of the E-M10 (16MP) and FH1 (12MP) and the E-M10 (Four Thirds) and FH1 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor size.

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The E-M10 was introduced 4 years later than the FH1 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-M10 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FH1 being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple summation of how the E-M10 scores versus the FH1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 over the Panasonic FH1

 E-M10 FH1 
AnnouncedMarch 2014January 2010Fresher by 52 months
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1037k230kClearer screen (+807k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH1 over the Olympus E-M10

 FH1 E-M10 

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 and Panasonic FH1

 E-M10 FH1 
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry your camera regularly, you have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-M10 features outside measurements of 119mm x 82mm x 46mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 1.8") and a weight of 396 grams (0.87 lbs) while the Panasonic FH1 has measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 163 grams (0.36 lbs).

Look at the Olympus E-M10 and Panasonic FH1 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have chosen at the time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the E-M10 and the FH1.

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the E-M10 and FH1 is 82 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's tough to see the gap in sensor sizing merely by looking through a spec sheet. The graphic below may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the E-M10 and FH1.

As you can see, the two cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The E-M10 using its bigger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Olympus E-M10 will result in greater detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The more modern E-M10 is going to have an edge in sensor tech.

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-M10
Portrait photography with Panasonic FH1
focusing manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detect focus
exports RAW formats
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Street photography details
Panasonic FH1 Street photography details
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
boasts touch to focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
heavier than competitors (396 grams)
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-M10
Sports photography with Panasonic FH1
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
lack of phase detect auto focus
image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (6.0 fps)
no shutter priority
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Travel photography advice
Panasonic FH1 Travel photography advice
boasts touch to focus
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
heavier than competitors (396g)
display is not selfie friendly
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Landscape photography info
Panasonic FH1 Landscape photography info
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-M10
Vlogging with Panasonic FH1
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have mic port
heavier than competitors (396 grams)
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic jack
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Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic FH1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 and Panasonic FH1
 Olympus OM-D E-M10Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus OM-D E-M10 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-FS10
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2014-03-18 2010-01-06
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 25600 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 80
RAW data
Manual focus
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
Number of focus points 81 9
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8-6.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.7"
Screen resolution 1,037k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.58x -
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 8.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.80 m (ISO100) 6.80 m
Flash options Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250s -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 396 gr (0.87 lb) 163 gr (0.36 lb)
Dimensions 119 x 82 x 46mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 1.8") 98 x 55 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 884 not tested
Battery life 320 photos -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $600 $150