Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70

Olympus PEN E-P5 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70 Key Specs

Olympus E-P5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 420g - 122 x 69 x 37mm
  • Released October 2013
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-P3
Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Launched April 2017
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS60
  • Later Model is Panasonic ZS80
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Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70 Overview

Its time to examine more closely at the Olympus E-P5 versus Panasonic ZS70, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the E-P5 (16MP) and the ZS70 (20MP) is relatively similar but the E-P5 (Four Thirds) and ZS70 (1/2.3") possess different sensor sizes.

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The E-P5 was introduced 4 years prior to the ZS70 which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-P5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS70 being a Compact camera.

Before getting through a in depth comparison, below is a quick summation of how the E-P5 grades versus the ZS70 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-P5 over the Panasonic ZS70

 E-P5 ZS70 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Olympus E-P5

 ZS70 E-P5 
LaunchedApril 2017October 2013Newer by 43 months
Screen resolution1040k1037kClearer screen (+3k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Olympus E-P5 and Panasonic ZS70

 E-P5 ZS70 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera, you should factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-P5 features physical dimensions of 122mm x 69mm x 37mm (4.8" x 2.7" x 1.5") having a weight of 420 grams (0.93 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS70 has proportions of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") with a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs).

Look at the Olympus E-P5 versus Panasonic ZS70 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are working with during that time. Following is the front view measurement comparison of the E-P5 and the ZS70.

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-P5 and ZS70 is 85 and 87 respectively.

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to visualize the gap between sensor dimensions only by going over a spec sheet. The picture here might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the E-P5 and ZS70.

As you can see, both of the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The E-P5 with its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field simpler and the Panasonic ZS70 will offer you greater detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop shots far more aggressively. The more aged E-P5 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography advice
you can focus manually
above average flash sync (1/320 seconds)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
has manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW files
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Street photography features
Panasonic ZS70 Street photography features
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
offers focus by touch
above average high ISO (25,600)
heavier than others (420 grams)
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
provides focus via touch
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-P5 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS70 as a Sports photography camera
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect autofocus
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
great battery (380 CIPA)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Travel photography info
Panasonic ZS70 Travel photography info
offers focus by touch
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
heavier than others (420 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
great battery (380 shots)
provides focus via touch
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
quite wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Landscape photography highlights
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
saves RAW files
great battery (380 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Vlogging highlights
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
heavier than others (420g)
quite wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of external microphone socket
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Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P5 and Panasonic ZS70
 Olympus PEN E-P5Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus PEN E-P5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
Also called as - Lumix DMC-TZ90
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-10-03 2017-04-19
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 25600 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 35 49
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range - 3cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Type of display Tilting Tilting
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,037k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display tech 3:2 LCD capacitive touchscreen -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/2000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 9.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (ISO 100) 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync (1st or 2nd curtain), Manual (1/1 - 1/64) Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/320 secs -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format 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 None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 420 gr (0.93 lb) 322 gr (0.71 lb)
Dimensions 122 x 69 x 37mm (4.8" x 2.7" x 1.5") 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 895 not tested
Battery life 330 images 380 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $389 $450