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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic GF1

Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
43
Overall
46
Olympus PEN E-PL1s front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 front
Portability
85
Imaging
48
Features
47
Overall
47

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic GF1 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
  • Renewed by Olympus E-PL2
Panasonic GF1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 385g - 119 x 71 x 36mm
  • Introduced October 2009
  • Renewed by Panasonic GF2
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic GF1 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic GF1, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the E-PL1s (12MP) and the GF1 (12MP) is relatively comparable and they feature the same exact sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL1s was revealed 14 months later than the GF1 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the E-PL1s scores vs the GF1 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1s over the Panasonic GF1

 E-PL1s GF1 
IntroducedNovember 2010October 2009Fresher by 14 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF1 over the Olympus E-PL1s

 GF1 E-PL1s 
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic GF1

 E-PL1s GF1 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic GF1 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera often, you will need to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PL1s enjoys exterior 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) while the Panasonic GF1 has sizing of 119mm x 71mm x 36mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4") and a weight of 385 grams (0.85 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have attached during that time. The following is the front view overall size comparison of the E-PL1s and the GF1.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic GF1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-PL1s and GF1 is 86 and 85 respectively.

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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic GF1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is hard to envision the contrast in sensor sizing only by checking out a spec sheet. The visual here will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL1s and GF1.

As you can see, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same MP and you should expect comparable quality of photos although you have to factor the release date of the cameras into account. The more modern E-PL1s is going to have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic GF1 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic GF1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic GF1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Portrait photography advice
Panasonic GF1 Portrait photography advice
61
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
low resolution sensor (12MP)
60
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
megapixel count low (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-PL1s
Street photography with Panasonic GF1
74
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
no moving screen
64
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-PL1s
Sports photography with Panasonic GF1
45
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
terrible battery (290 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
45
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (380 CIPA)
low fps (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-PL1s
Travel photography with Panasonic GF1
52
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
terrible battery (290 per charge)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
59
better than average battery life (380 shots)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse function
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Landscape photography features
Panasonic GF1 Landscape photography features
55
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
terrible battery (290 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
61
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (380 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
lack of Timelapse function
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Vlogging highlights
Panasonic GF1 Vlogging highlights
30
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection autofocus
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic jack
25
offers face detection autofocus
does not contain selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone jack
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic GF1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic GF1
 Olympus PEN E-PL1sPanasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL1s Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2010-11-16 2009-10-14
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Truepic V Venus Engine HD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 10.00 m 6.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160 seconds 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), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG AVCHD Lite
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 334 grams (0.74 lbs) 385 grams (0.85 lbs)
Dimensions 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 119 x 71 x 36mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 54
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.2
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 513
Other
Battery life 290 photos 380 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/MMC
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $599 $400