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Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15

Portability
82
Imaging
53
Features
73
Overall
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15 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
  • Announced March 2014
  • Successor is Olympus E-M10 II
Panasonic ZS15
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 208g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Announced June 2012
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS20
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Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a large gap among the sensor resolutions of the E-M10 (16MP) and ZS15 (12MP) and the E-M10 (Four Thirds) and ZS15 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor size.

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The E-M10 was introduced 21 months after the ZS15 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-M10 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS15 being a Compact camera.

Before going through a in depth comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the E-M10 grades against the ZS15 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 over the Panasonic ZS15

 E-M10 ZS15 
AnnouncedMarch 2014June 2012More modern by 21 months
Manually focus More precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1037k460kClearer screen (+577k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Olympus E-M10

 ZS15 E-M10 

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 and Panasonic ZS15

 E-M10 ZS15 
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry around your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus E-M10 has outer dimensions of 119mm x 82mm x 46mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 396 grams (0.87 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS15 has sizing of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the E-M10 against the ZS15.

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-M10 and ZS15 is 82 and 92 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's hard to see the difference in sensor sizes just by viewing specifications. The picture here will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the E-M10 and ZS15.

Plainly, both of these cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The E-M10 with its bigger sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field simpler and the Olympus E-M10 will provide you with extra detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop pictures a little more aggressively. The younger E-M10 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic ZS15 Portrait photography advice
71
manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focus
saves RAW files
21
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Street photography info
Panasonic ZS15 Street photography info
77
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
supports focus by touch
above average high ISO (25,600)
heavier than others (396 grams)
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (208 grams)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-M10
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS15
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
36
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
low fps (2.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
not so great battery (260 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Travel photography factors
Panasonic ZS15 Travel photography factors
67
supports focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
heavier than others (396g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
61
lighter than others in class (208g)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
long reach (384mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
not so great battery (260 per charge)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Landscape photography information
Panasonic ZS15 Landscape photography information
79
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
37
reasonably wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
not so great battery (260 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M10 Vlogging details
Panasonic ZS15 Vlogging details
33
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic socket
heavier than others (396 grams)
33
reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (208 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have mic jack
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Olympus E-M10 vs Panasonic ZS15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 and Panasonic ZS15
 Olympus OM-D E-M10Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M10 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-TZ25
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2014-03-18 2012-06-29
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic VII -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 25600 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 81 23
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range - 3cm
Available lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 1,037k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.58x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 15 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 8.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.80 m (ISO100) 6.40 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
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/250 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 396g (0.87 lb) 208g (0.46 lb)
Dimensions 119 x 82 x 46mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 1.8") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 884 not tested
Other
Battery life 320 images 260 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID 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 feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $600 $279