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Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ

Portability
86
Imaging
48
Features
43
Overall
46
Olympus PEN E-PL1s front
 
Olympus SP-620 UZ front
Portability
78
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ Key Specs

Olympus E-PL1s
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 334g - 115 x 72 x 42mm
  • Revealed November 2010
  • Old Model is Olympus E-PL1
  • Replacement is Olympus E-PL2
Olympus SP-620 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-525mm (F3.1-5.8) lens
  • 435g - 110 x 74 x 74mm
  • Released January 2012
  • Previous Model is Olympus SP-610UZ
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ Overview

Let's look more closely at the Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are created by Olympus. There exists a considerable gap among the image resolutions of the E-PL1s (12MP) and SP-620 UZ (16MP) and the E-PL1s (Four Thirds) and SP-620 UZ (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor sizes.

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The E-PL1s was revealed 14 months before the SP-620 UZ which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-PL1s being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus SP-620 UZ being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a complete comparison, below is a brief view of how the E-PL1s matches up against the SP-620 UZ with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1s over the Olympus SP-620 UZ

 E-PL1s SP-620 UZ 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus

Reasons to pick Olympus SP-620 UZ over the Olympus E-PL1s

 SP-620 UZ E-PL1s 
ReleasedJanuary 2012November 2010Newer by 14 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1s and Olympus SP-620 UZ

 E-PL1s SP-620 UZ 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ Physical Comparison

When you are intending to travel with your camera often, you will have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-PL1s provides outer 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) and the Olympus SP-620 UZ has proportions of 110mm x 74mm x 74mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 2.9") having a weight of 435 grams (0.96 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you select at that time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the E-PL1s and the SP-620 UZ.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-PL1s and SP-620 UZ is 86 and 78 respectively.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be hard to envision the gap in sensor dimensions simply by viewing a spec sheet. The image here might provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL1s and SP-620 UZ.

As you can see, both cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The E-PL1s with its bigger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field easier and the Olympus SP-620 UZ will result in greater detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The more aged E-PL1s will be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL1s
Portrait photography with Olympus SP-620 UZ
60
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect focus
saves RAW files
sensor resolution low (12MP)
34
decent MP (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Street photography information
Olympus SP-620 UZ Street photography information
74
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
fixed screen
50
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-PL1s
Sports photography with Olympus SP-620 UZ
45
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
bad battery (290 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
48
amazing zoom range (25-525mm 21.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Travel photography features
Olympus SP-620 UZ Travel photography features
52
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery (290 shots)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
61
decent MP (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (525mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Landscape photography details
Olympus SP-620 UZ Landscape photography details
55
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
screen is small (2.7 inch)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
bad battery (290 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
41
really wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Vlogging advice
Olympus SP-620 UZ Vlogging advice
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect focus
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic socket
28
really wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focusing
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone support
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Olympus SP-620 UZ Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1s and Olympus SP-620 UZ
 Olympus PEN E-PL1sOlympus SP-620 UZ
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL1s Olympus SP-620 UZ
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2010-11-16 2012-01-10
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 measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 25-525mm (21.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.1-5.8
Macro focus range - 1cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1500 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.00 m 6.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 334g (0.74 lbs) 435g (0.96 lbs)
Dimensions 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 110 x 74 x 74mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 290 shots -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model BLS-1 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $599 $199