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Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7

Portability
80
Imaging
54
Features
84
Overall
66
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 front
Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
33
Overall
34

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7 Key Specs

Olympus E-M5 II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 469g - 124 x 85 x 45mm
  • Launched February 2015
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-M5
  • New Model is Olympus E-M5 III
Panasonic ZS7
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 218g - 103 x 60 x 33mm
  • Introduced July 2011
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ10
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS8
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Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Olympus E-M5 II and Panasonic ZS7, former is a Advanced Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap among the sensor resolutions of the E-M5 II (16MP) and ZS7 (12MP) and the E-M5 II (Four Thirds) and ZS7 (1/2.3") posses totally different sensor size.

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The E-M5 II was brought out 3 years after the ZS7 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-M5 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS7 being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a step-by-step comparison, here is a simple overview of how the E-M5 II matches up against the ZS7 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M5 II over the Panasonic ZS7

 E-M5 II ZS7 
IntroducedFebruary 2015July 2011More modern by 44 months
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1037k460kClearer display (+577k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS7 over the Olympus E-M5 II

 ZS7 E-M5 II 

Common features in the Olympus E-M5 II and Panasonic ZS7

 E-M5 II ZS7 
Display size3"3"Same display size

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry around your camera often, you'll need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-M5 II has outer measurements of 124mm x 85mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") with a weight of 469 grams (1.03 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS7 has dimensions of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have attached at that time. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the E-M5 II and the ZS7.

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-M5 II and ZS7 is 80 and 91 respectively.

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's hard to see the contrast in sensor sizes merely by going through a spec sheet. The picture here should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the E-M5 II and ZS7.

Clearly, each of the cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The E-M5 II because of its larger sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field simpler and the Olympus E-M5 II will produce more detail having its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop images way more aggressively. The newer E-M5 II is going to have an edge in sensor tech.

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II Portrait photography info
Panasonic ZS7 Portrait photography info
72
has manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
21
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-M5 II
Street photography with Panasonic ZS7
82
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
supports touch focus
environment proofing
above average high ISO (25,600)
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (218 grams)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II Sports photography advice
Panasonic ZS7 Sports photography advice
65
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
low battery (310 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF
28
image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-M5 II
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS7
74
environment proofing
supports touch focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
screen is selfie friendly
low battery (310 shots)
63
lighter than competition in class (218g)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
missing Timelapse recording
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-M5 II
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS7
74
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
low battery (310 CIPA)
38
relatively wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M5 II Vlogging info
Panasonic ZS7 Vlogging info
82
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with microphone socket
30
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (218g)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone support
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Olympus E-M5 II vs Panasonic ZS7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M5 II and Panasonic ZS7
 Olympus OM-D E-M5 IIPanasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
Alternative name - Lumix DMC-TZ10
Type Advanced Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2015-02-06 2011-07-19
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type MOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface 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
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 80
RAW images
Lowest enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 81 11
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 25-300mm (12.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.3-4.9
Macro focus distance - 3cm
Total lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,037k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/2000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/250 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG AVCHD Lite
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 469 gr (1.03 lbs) 218 gr (0.48 lbs)
Physical dimensions 124 x 85 x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") 103 x 60 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 73 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 896 not tested
Other
Battery life 310 images -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model BLN-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail cost $699 $350