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Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ

Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
43
Overall
45
Olympus PEN E-PL1 front
 
Olympus SP-610UZ front
Portability
79
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ Key Specs

Olympus E-PL1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 334g - 115 x 72 x 42mm
  • Introduced May 2010
  • Later Model is Olympus E-PL1s
Olympus SP-610UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-616mm (F3.3-5.7) lens
  • 405g - 107 x 73 x 73mm
  • Announced January 2011
  • Replaced the Olympus SP-600 UZ
  • Refreshed by Olympus SP-620 UZ
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Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are designed by Olympus. The resolution of the E-PL1 (12MP) and the SP-610UZ (14MP) is fairly well matched but the E-PL1 (Four Thirds) and SP-610UZ (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL1 was launched 7 months earlier than the SP-610UZ so they are both of a similar age. The two cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-PL1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus SP-610UZ being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the E-PL1 grades against the SP-610UZ in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1 over the Olympus SP-610UZ

 E-PL1 SP-610UZ 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing

Reasons to pick Olympus SP-610UZ over the Olympus E-PL1

 SP-610UZ E-PL1 
AnnouncedJanuary 2011May 2010More recent by 7 months
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1 and Olympus SP-610UZ

 E-PL1 SP-610UZ 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera, you will want to factor in its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-PL1 has got outside measurements of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") having a weight of 334 grams (0.74 lbs) whilst the Olympus SP-610UZ has measurements of 107mm x 73mm x 73mm (4.2" x 2.9" x 2.9") having a weight of 405 grams (0.89 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have attached during that time. The following is the front view overall size comparison of the E-PL1 vs the SP-610UZ.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-PL1 and SP-610UZ is 86 and 79 respectively.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is tough to visualise the gap between sensor measurements only by checking a spec sheet. The graphic below will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the E-PL1 and SP-610UZ.

As you can see, both of those cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The E-PL1 because of its larger sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field less difficult and the Olympus SP-610UZ will give more detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics much more aggressively. The older E-PL1 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL1
Portrait photography with Olympus SP-610UZ
60
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect focusing
exports RAW files
low MP (12 megapixels)
28
good megapixels (14MP)
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Street photography factors
Olympus SP-610UZ Street photography factors
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
no moving screen
50
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Sports photography advice
Olympus SP-610UZ Sports photography advice
44
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
max fps very slow (3.0 frames per second)
low MP (12MP)
low battery power (290 shots)
has no phase detect AF
39
amazing zoom range (28-616mm 22.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Travel photography highlights
Olympus SP-610UZ Travel photography highlights
51
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
low battery power (290 CIPA)
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
61
good megapixels (14MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
long zoom (616mm)
no Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Landscape photography features
Olympus SP-610UZ Landscape photography features
55
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
low MP (12MP)
low battery power (290 per charge)
does not have Timelapse mode
40
decently wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14MP)
no manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus SP-610UZ as a Vlogging camera
29
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect focusing
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone jack
26
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic socket
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Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus SP-610UZ Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1 and Olympus SP-610UZ
 Olympus PEN E-PL1Olympus SP-610UZ
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL1 Olympus SP-610UZ
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2010-05-17 2011-01-06
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Truepic V TruePic III
Sensor type CMOS CCD
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 12MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4032 x 3024 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-616mm (22.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.3-5.7
Macro focus distance - 1cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 10.00 m 6.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 334 grams (0.74 lb) 405 grams (0.89 lb)
Dimensions 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 107 x 73 x 73mm (4.2" x 2.9" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 54 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 487 not tested
Other
Battery life 290 photographs 340 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack AA
Battery model BLS-1 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $288 $299