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Olympus E-PL1 vs Panasonic TS5

Portability
86
Imaging
48
Features
43
Overall
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Olympus PEN E-PL1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
43
Overall
41

Olympus E-PL1 vs Panasonic TS5 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 334g - 115 x 72 x 42mm
  • Launched May 2010
  • New Model is Olympus E-PL1s
Panasonic TS5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Released July 2013
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FT5
  • Superseded the Panasonic TS4
  • Updated by Panasonic TS6
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Olympus E-PL1 vs Panasonic TS5 Overview

Below is a complete review of the Olympus E-PL1 versus Panasonic TS5, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Waterproof by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a crucial gap between the sensor resolutions of the E-PL1 (12MP) and TS5 (16MP) and the E-PL1 (Four Thirds) and TS5 (1/2.3") boast different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL1 was manufactured 4 years before the TS5 and that is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-PL1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic TS5 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a short summary of how the E-PL1 grades vs the TS5 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1 over the Panasonic TS5

 E-PL1 TS5 
Manually focus More exact focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS5 over the Olympus E-PL1

 TS5 E-PL1 
ReleasedJuly 2013May 2010More recent by 38 months
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1 and Panasonic TS5

 E-PL1 TS5 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Olympus E-PL1 vs Panasonic TS5 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera often, you need to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PL1 provides external dimensions of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") along with a weight of 334 grams (0.74 lbs) while the Panasonic TS5 has sizing of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the E-PL1 vs the TS5.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Panasonic TS5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL1 and TS5 is 86 and 91 respectively.

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Olympus E-PL1 vs Panasonic TS5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's tough to picture the difference between sensor measurements merely by checking specs. The photograph here should provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL1 and TS5.

All in all, both of these cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The E-PL1 featuring a larger sensor is going to make shooting bokeh easier and the Panasonic TS5 will resolve greater detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos way more aggressively. The older E-PL1 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Panasonic TS5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1 vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1 vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL1
Portrait photography with Panasonic TS5
60
you can focus manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focus
supports RAW files
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
32
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Street photography factors
Panasonic TS5 Street photography factors
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic TS5 as a Sports photography camera
45
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low battery pack (290 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus
48
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery power (370 shots)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Travel photography factors
Panasonic TS5 Travel photography factors
52
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
low battery pack (290 per charge)
low megapixels (12MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
73
great battery power (370 CIPA)
weather sealing
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic TS5 Landscape photography highlights
55
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low battery pack (290 shots)
does not have Time Lapse function
52
really wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
weather sealing
great battery power (370 CIPA)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-PL1
Vlogging with Panasonic TS5
30
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focus
does not have a selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic support
32
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
no external microphone support
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Olympus E-PL1 vs Panasonic TS5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1 and Panasonic TS5
 Olympus PEN E-PL1Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus PEN E-PL1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
Also called as - Lumix DMC-FT5
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Waterproof
Launched 2010-05-17 2013-07-12
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Truepic V -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
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 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4032 x 3024 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-128mm (4.6x)
Max aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1300s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 10.00 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160s -
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) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 334 grams (0.74 pounds) 214 grams (0.47 pounds)
Physical dimensions 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 shots 370 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-1 DMW-BCM13
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $288 $350