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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1

Portability
86
Imaging
48
Features
43
Overall
46
Olympus PEN E-PL1s front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 front
Portability
97
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 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
  • Later Model is Olympus E-PL2
Panasonic XS1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 103g - 94 x 54 x 14mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 Overview

On this page, we are analyzing the Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a sizeable gap between the image resolutions of the E-PL1s (12MP) and XS1 (16MP) and the E-PL1s (Four Thirds) and XS1 (1/2.3") provide different sensor measurements.

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The E-PL1s was brought out 3 years before the XS1 which is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-PL1s being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic XS1 being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a in-depth comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the E-PL1s matches up against the XS1 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1s over the Panasonic XS1

 E-PL1s XS1 
Manually focus Very exact focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic XS1 over the Olympus E-PL1s

 XS1 E-PL1s 
IntroducedJanuary 2013November 2010Newer by 26 months

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic XS1

 E-PL1s XS1 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal display measurements
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch display Neither offers Touch display

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to travel with your camera often, you'll need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-PL1s offers outside measurements of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") and a weight of 334 grams (0.74 lbs) and the Panasonic XS1 has dimensions of 94mm x 54mm x 14mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.6") along with a weight of 103 grams (0.23 lbs).

Check out the Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising at that time. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the E-PL1s compared to the XS1.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-PL1s and XS1 is 86 and 97 respectively.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to visualize the difference between sensor dimensions simply by going over specifications. The pic underneath should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the E-PL1s and XS1.

Plainly, both of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The E-PL1s due to its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Panasonic XS1 will offer you extra detail having its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The more aged E-PL1s is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Portrait photography info
Panasonic XS1 Portrait photography info
60
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
30
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Street photography advice
Panasonic XS1 Street photography advice
74
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
no articulating screen
64
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (103 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Sports photography advice
Panasonic XS1 Sports photography advice
45
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
slow fps (3.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
bad battery life (290 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect AF
41
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers tracking focus
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Travel photography features
Panasonic XS1 Travel photography features
52
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
bad battery life (290 shots)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
69
lighter than competitors (103g)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
does not have Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic XS1 as a Landscape photography camera
55
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen is small (2.7")
low megapixels (12MP)
bad battery life (290 per charge)
lack of Timelapse recording
39
pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7")
manual exposure not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL1s Vlogging information
Panasonic XS1 Vlogging information
30
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focusing
does not offer selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone socket
31
pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (103 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone socket
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Olympus E-PL1s vs Panasonic XS1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1s and Panasonic XS1
 Olympus PEN E-PL1sPanasonic Lumix DMC-XS1
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus PEN E-PL1s Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2010-11-16 2013-01-07
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Truepic V -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 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 files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 11 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/2.8-6.9
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Total lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 10.00 m 4.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 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)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 334g (0.74 pounds) 103g (0.23 pounds)
Physical dimensions 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 94 x 54 x 14mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.6")
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 photos 260 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $599 $130