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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7

Portability
86
Imaging
48
Features
43
Overall
46
Olympus PEN E-PL1s front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7 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
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-PL1
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-PL2
Panasonic FH7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 56 x 19mm
  • Introduced September 2011
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FS22
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7 Overview

Here, we are comparing the Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic FH7, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference among the image resolutions of the E-PL1s (12MP) and FH7 (16MP) and the E-PL1s (Four Thirds) and FH7 (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL1s was announced 9 months prior to the FH7 so they are of a similar age. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-PL1s being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FH7 being a Compact camera.

Before we go straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a simple summation of how the E-PL1s matches up against the FH7 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1s over the Panasonic FH7

 E-PL1s FH7 
Focus manually More exact focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Olympus E-PL1s

 FH7 E-PL1s 
IntroducedSeptember 2011November 2010More modern by 9 months
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic FH7

 E-PL1s FH7 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry around your camera, you should think about its weight and size. The Olympus E-PL1s features outside measurements 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 Panasonic FH7 has specifications of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic FH7 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you choose at the time. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the E-PL1s against the FH7.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the E-PL1s and FH7 is 86 and 96 respectively.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is tough to visualise the contrast in sensor sizes merely by going through technical specs. The pic here will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-PL1s and FH7.

As you can tell, both of those cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The E-PL1s using its larger sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field simpler and the Panasonic FH7 will produce greater detail with its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos way more aggressively. The more aged E-PL1s will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography highlights
60
manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
low MP (12 megapixels)
34
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detect autofocus
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Street photography factors
Panasonic FH7 Street photography factors
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen is fixed
67
image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch to focus
lighter than average (126 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Sports photography info
Panasonic FH7 Sports photography info
45
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
slow fps (3.0 frames per second)
low MP (12 megapixels)
low battery life (290 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
40
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
max fps low (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Travel photography advice
Panasonic FH7 Travel photography advice
52
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse recording
low battery life (290 CIPA)
low MP (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
71
lighter than average (126 grams)
includes touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Landscape photography information
Panasonic FH7 Landscape photography information
55
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
low MP (12 megapixels)
low battery life (290 CIPA)
lack of Time Lapse recording
43
reasonably wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Vlogging camera
30
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection autofocus
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic jack
34
reasonably wide (28mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
lighter than average (126 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic port
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic FH7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic FH7
 Olympus PEN E-PL1sPanasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus PEN E-PL1s Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FS22
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Released 2010-11-16 2011-09-07
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Truepic V Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Available lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.00 m 3.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 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 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 334g (0.74 pounds) 126g (0.28 pounds)
Physical dimensions 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
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 photographs 260 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at release $599 $149