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Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8

Portability
85
Imaging
53
Features
76
Overall
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Olympus PEN E-P5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
39
Overall
37

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 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 Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 420g - 122 x 69 x 37mm
  • Introduced October 2013
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-P3
Panasonic ZS8
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 210g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Released July 2011
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ18
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS7
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Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 Overview

The following is a in-depth review of the Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the E-P5 (16MP) and the ZS8 (14MP) is fairly close but the E-P5 (Four Thirds) and ZS8 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor sizes.

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The E-P5 was brought out 2 years after the ZS8 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-P5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS8 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a brief summation of how the E-P5 scores against the ZS8 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-P5 over the Panasonic ZS8

 E-P5 ZS8 
ReleasedOctober 2013July 2011Newer by 27 months
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1037k230kClearer display (+807k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS8 over the Olympus E-P5

 ZS8 E-P5 

Common features in the Olympus E-P5 and Panasonic ZS8

 E-P5 ZS8 
Display size3"3"Same display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera frequently, you will want to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-P5 has outside dimensions of 122mm x 69mm x 37mm (4.8" x 2.7" x 1.5") along with a weight of 420 grams (0.93 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS8 has measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 210 grams (0.46 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select at the time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the E-P5 versus the ZS8.

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-P5 and ZS8 is 85 and 92 respectively.

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to see the difference in sensor dimensions purely by viewing specifications. The image below should give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-P5 and ZS8.

Plainly, each of the cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The E-P5 due to its larger sensor will make shooting bokeh less difficult and the Olympus E-P5 will provide you with extra detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop pics way more aggressively. The fresher E-P5 is going to have an edge in sensor technology.

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-P5
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS8
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you can focus manually
above average flash sync (1/320s)
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
30
good MP (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Street photography advice
Panasonic ZS8 Street photography advice
78
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
boasts focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
more heavy than competition (420 grams)
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (210 grams)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-P5 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS8 as a Sports photography camera
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high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
lack of phase detect autofocus
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incredible zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
has tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (2.0 fps)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic ZS8 Travel photography highlights
68
boasts focus by touch
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
more heavy than competition (420 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
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lighter than competitors (210g)
good MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
great zoom (384mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic ZS8 Landscape photography advice
79
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
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relatively wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-P5 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS8 Vlogging highlights
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touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have microphone support
more heavy than competition (420 grams)
30
relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (210 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone socket
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Olympus E-P5 vs Panasonic ZS8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P5 and Panasonic ZS8
 Olympus PEN E-P5Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus PEN E-P5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-TZ18
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2013-10-03 2011-07-19
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 35 11
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-384mm (16.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range - 3cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,037 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech 3:2 LCD capacitive touchscreen TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 9.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m (ISO 100) 5.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync (1st or 2nd curtain), Manual (1/1 - 1/64) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/320 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 420 gr (0.93 lbs) 210 gr (0.46 lbs)
Physical dimensions 122 x 69 x 37mm (4.8" x 2.7" x 1.5") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
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
Other
Battery life 330 photographs 340 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
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