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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H

Portability
86
Imaging
48
Features
43
Overall
46
Olympus PEN E-PL1s front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H front
Portability
52
Imaging
76
Features
87
Overall
80

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H 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
  • Released November 2010
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-PL1
  • Successor is Olympus E-PL2
Panasonic S1H
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 5952 x 3988 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 1052g - 151 x 114 x 110mm
  • Introduced August 2019
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H Overview

The following is a comprehensive overview of the Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic S1H, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Pro Mirrorless by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a huge gap among the resolutions of the E-PL1s (12MP) and S1H (24MP) and the E-PL1s (Four Thirds) and S1H (Full frame) have different sensor sizing.

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The E-PL1s was unveiled 9 years before the S1H which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-PL1s being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic S1H being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a in depth comparison, here is a short summary of how the E-PL1s scores vs the S1H with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1s over the Panasonic S1H

 E-PL1s S1H 

Reasons to pick Panasonic S1H over the Olympus E-PL1s

 S1H E-PL1s 
IntroducedAugust 2019November 2010Newer by 106 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimensions3.2"2.7"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution2330k230kSharper display (+2100k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic S1H

 E-PL1s S1H 
Manually focus Very accurate focus

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to take into account its weight and size. The Olympus E-PL1s has physical measurements of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") having a weight of 334 grams (0.74 lbs) and the Panasonic S1H has specifications of 151mm x 114mm x 110mm (5.9" x 4.5" x 4.3") accompanied by a weight of 1052 grams (2.32 lbs).

Examine the Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic S1H in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you select at that moment. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the E-PL1s against the S1H.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-PL1s and S1H is 86 and 52 respectively.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to picture the gap in sensor dimensions only by researching specs. The pic below may provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL1s and S1H.

All in all, the 2 cameras have different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The E-PL1s having a smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF trickier and the Panasonic S1H will render greater detail having an extra 12MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images a bit more aggressively. The more aged E-PL1s will be behind in sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic S1H Portrait photography highlights
60
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
sensor resolution low (12MP)
85
you can focus manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/320s)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s as a Street photography camera
Panasonic S1H as a Street photography camera
74
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
no articulating screen
69
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
features touch focus
environment proofing
above average high ISO (51,200)
heavier than competition (1,052g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Sports photography highlights
Panasonic S1H Sports photography highlights
45
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
terrible battery life (290 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus
76
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent mode (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
not so great battery power (400 CIPA)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Travel photography advice
Panasonic S1H Travel photography advice
52
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse mode
terrible battery life (290 shots)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
64
environment proofing
supports bluetooth
features touch focus
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
selfie friendly screen
not so great battery power (400 shots)
heavier than competition (1,052 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic S1H as a Landscape photography camera
55
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
terrible battery life (290 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
81
you can focus manually
change lenses (Leica L mount)
screen size is decent (3.2 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
above average high ISO (51,200)
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
two card slots
not so great battery power (400 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic S1H as a Vlogging camera
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect autofocus
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have microphone port
70
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect autofocus
high quality video (5952 x 3988 resolution)
comes with mic socket
heavier than competition (1,052g)
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic S1H Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic S1H
 Olympus PEN E-PL1sPanasonic Lumix DC-S1H
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL1s Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Released 2010-11-16 2019-08-28
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Truepic V Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4032 x 3024 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 6400 51200
Maximum boosted ISO - 204800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Lowest boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 225
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Leica L
Available lenses 107 30
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 3.2 inch
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 2,330 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 5,760 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames/s 9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.00 m no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160 secs 1/320 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 5952 x 3988 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 5952x3988
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 334 gr (0.74 pounds) 1052 gr (2.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 151 x 114 x 110mm (5.9" x 4.5" x 4.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 290 photos 400 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II supported)
Card slots One Dual
Pricing at launch $599 $3,998