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Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1

Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
42
Overall
45
Olympus PEN E-P1 front
 
Sony ZV-E1 front
Portability
80
Imaging
67
Features
89
Overall
75

Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Key Specs

Olympus E-P1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 355g - 121 x 70 x 36mm
  • Launched July 2009
  • Successor is Olympus E-P2
Sony ZV-E1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Bump to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 483g - 121 x 72 x 54mm
  • Announced March 2023
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Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Olympus E-P1 versus Sony ZV-E1, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Pro Mirrorless by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. The image resolution of the E-P1 (12MP) and the ZV-E1 (12MP) is very well matched but the E-P1 (Four Thirds) and ZV-E1 (Full frame) provide different sensor measurements.

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The E-P1 was launched 14 years before the ZV-E1 which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving straight to a in depth comparison, here is a brief summation of how the E-P1 scores versus the ZV-E1 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-P1 over the Sony ZV-E1

 E-P1 ZV-E1 

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-E1 over the Olympus E-P1

 ZV-E1 E-P1 
AnnouncedMarch 2023July 2009More modern by 166 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1037k230kClearer display (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-P1 and Sony ZV-E1

 E-P1 ZV-E1 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display dimensions3"3.00"Equal display measurements

Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus E-P1 provides exterior dimensions of 121mm x 70mm x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") and a weight of 355 grams (0.78 lbs) whilst the Sony ZV-E1 has specifications of 121mm x 72mm x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1") with a weight of 483 grams (1.06 lbs).

Check out the Olympus E-P1 versus Sony ZV-E1 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you choose at the time. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the E-P1 compared to the ZV-E1.

Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-P1 and ZV-E1 is 86 and 80 respectively.

Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be tough to visualize the contrast between sensor sizes just by reading through technical specs. The image underneath may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-P1 and ZV-E1.

As you can tell, the two cameras have the same megapixels but different sensor sizes. The E-P1 uses the tinier sensor which will make achieving shallow depth of field trickier. The more aged E-P1 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Portrait photography info
Sony ZV-E1 Portrait photography info
60
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
72
manual focus
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P1 as a Street photography camera
Sony ZV-E1 as a Street photography camera
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
84
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
boasts touch to focus
environment proof
lighter than competition (483g)
good ISO range (102,400)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Sports photography info
Sony ZV-E1 Sports photography info
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
low frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (12MP)
low battery life (300 per charge)
lacks phase detect auto focus
72
quiet mode (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has tracking focus
environment proof
great battery life (570 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
low maximum shutter speed (1/ seconds)
megapixel count low (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-P1 as a Travel photography camera
Sony ZV-E1 as a Travel photography camera
43
lack of Timelapse recording
low battery life (300 CIPA)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
79
great battery life (570 per charge)
lighter than competition (483g)
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
boasts touch to focus
selfie friendly display
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Landscape photography advice
Sony ZV-E1 Landscape photography advice
60
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
low battery life (300 per charge)
lack of Timelapse recording
79
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3.00")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
good ISO range (102,400)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
great battery life (570 shots)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Vlogging info
Sony ZV-E1 Vlogging info
29
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focus
does not contain selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone port
85
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 1920 pixels)
includes mic jack
lighter than competition (483 grams)
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Olympus E-P1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P1 and Sony ZV-E1
 Olympus PEN E-P1Sony ZV-E1
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model Olympus PEN E-P1 Sony ZV-E1
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2009-07-29 2023-03-29
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic V -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 4240 x 2832
Highest native ISO 6400 102400
Highest enhanced ISO - 409600
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO - 40
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 11 759
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Available lenses 107 195
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3" 3.00"
Display resolution 230k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology HyperCrystal LCD with AR(Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s -
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/8000s
Continuous shutter speed 3.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XA3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x1920
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 355 grams (0.78 lb) 483 grams (1.06 lb)
Physical dimensions 121 x 70 x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") 121 x 72 x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 536 not tested
Other
Battery life 300 photographs 570 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-1 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $182 $2,198