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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic TS5

Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
43
Overall
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Olympus PEN E-PL1s front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
43
Overall
41

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic TS5 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL1s
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 334g - 115 x 72 x 42mm
  • Launched November 2010
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-PL1
  • Updated by Olympus E-PL2
Panasonic TS5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Launched July 2013
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FT5
  • Superseded the Panasonic TS4
  • Replacement is Panasonic TS6
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic TS5 Overview

Here, we will be looking at the Olympus E-PL1s versus Panasonic TS5, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Waterproof by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There is a sizeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the E-PL1s (12MP) and TS5 (16MP) and the E-PL1s (Four Thirds) and TS5 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL1s was introduced 3 years prior to the TS5 and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-PL1s being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic TS5 being a Compact camera.

Before diving into a thorough comparison, here is a short highlight of how the E-PL1s grades against the TS5 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1s over the Panasonic TS5

 E-PL1s TS5 
Manually focus Very accurate focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS5 over the Olympus E-PL1s

 TS5 E-PL1s 
LaunchedJuly 2013November 2010More recent by 32 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic TS5

 E-PL1s TS5 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic TS5 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to lug around your camera frequently, you should think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-PL1s has got physical dimensions of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") with a weight of 334 grams (0.74 lbs) while the Panasonic TS5 has proportions of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") and a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-PL1s versus Panasonic TS5 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilising at the time. Following is a front view scale comparison of the E-PL1s and the TS5.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic TS5 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the E-PL1s and TS5 is 86 and 91 respectively.

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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic TS5 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's difficult to envision the contrast between sensor measurements just by looking at specs. The graphic below will help offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL1s and TS5.

All in all, the 2 cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The E-PL1s having a bigger sensor will make getting shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic TS5 will give you more detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop shots way more aggressively. The older E-PL1s is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic TS5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Portrait photography features
Panasonic TS5 Portrait photography features
61
has manual focus
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
MP count low (12MP)
32
resolution is good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Street photography info
Panasonic TS5 Street photography info
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
no articulating screen
62
image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Sports photography highlights
Panasonic TS5 Sports photography highlights
45
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
MP count low (12MP)
low battery life (290 shots)
no phase detect AF
48
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
weather sealing
great battery pack (370 shots)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-PL1s
Travel photography with Panasonic TS5
52
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low battery life (290 per charge)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
73
great battery pack (370 CIPA)
weather sealing
resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Landscape photography advice
Panasonic TS5 Landscape photography advice
55
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
MP count low (12 megapixels)
low battery life (290 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
52
quite wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
weather sealing
great battery pack (370 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic TS5 as a Vlogging camera
30
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focusing
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic socket
32
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
no mic support
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic TS5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic TS5
 Olympus PEN E-PL1sPanasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus PEN E-PL1s Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-FT5
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Waterproof
Launched 2010-11-16 2013-07-12
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Truepic V -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
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 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
Max resolution 4032 x 3024 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-128mm (4.6x)
Highest aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1300s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 10.00 m 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic 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 334g (0.74 lb) 214g (0.47 lb)
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 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 pictures 370 pictures
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 shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
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