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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35

Portability
85
Imaging
48
Features
47
Overall
47
Olympus PEN E-PL2 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 front
Portability
89
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 362g - 114 x 72 x 42mm
  • Revealed February 2011
  • Replaced the Olympus E-PL1s
  • Later Model is Olympus E-PL3
Panasonic ZS35
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 305g - 107 x 62 x 32mm
  • Released January 2014
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ55
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS30
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS40
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Overview

Here, we will be looking at the Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There is a sizable difference among the sensor resolutions of the E-PL2 (12MP) and ZS35 (16MP) and the E-PL2 (Four Thirds) and ZS35 (1/2.3") posses different sensor measurements.

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The E-PL2 was unveiled 3 years before the ZS35 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-PL2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS35 being a Compact camera.

Before diving into a in depth comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the E-PL2 matches up versus the ZS35 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL2 over the Panasonic ZS35

 E-PL2 ZS35 
Manual focus Very exact focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS35 over the Olympus E-PL2

 ZS35 E-PL2 
ReleasedJanuary 2014February 2011Newer by 35 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Olympus E-PL2 and Panasonic ZS35

 E-PL2 ZS35 
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera regularly, you will have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-PL2 has got outside measurements of 114mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 362 grams (0.80 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS35 has proportions of 107mm x 62mm x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 305 grams (0.67 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have attached during that time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the E-PL2 and the ZS35.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the E-PL2 and ZS35 is 85 and 89 respectively.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to picture the gap in sensor dimensions just by viewing specs. The image here will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL2 and ZS35.

All in all, both the cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The E-PL2 having a bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF less difficult and the Panasonic ZS35 will render more detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures way more aggressively. The more aged E-PL2 will be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic ZS35 as a Portrait photography camera
60
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW files
low MP (12MP)
37
decent megapixels (16MP)
offers face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Street photography info
Panasonic ZS35 Street photography info
73
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
fixed screen
68
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (305g)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS35 as a Sports photography camera
45
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
max fps low (3.0 fps)
low MP (12MP)
not so great battery life (280 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
53
excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS35 Travel photography features
51
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
not so great battery life (280 shots)
low MP (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
68
lighter than competition (305 grams)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
great reach (480mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL2
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS35
61
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
low MP (12 megapixels)
not so great battery life (280 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
44
reasonably wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-PL2
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS35
29
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focus
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic jack
34
reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (305g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
missing mic port
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL2 and Panasonic ZS35
 Olympus PEN E-PL2Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-TZ55
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2011-02-11 2014-01-06
Body design 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 alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 11 21
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-480mm (20.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance - 3cm
Total lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating TFT LCD (180 degree tilt) with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.00 m 6.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
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 362g (0.80 lbs) 305g (0.67 lbs)
Physical dimensions 114 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 107 x 62 x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 573 not tested
Other
Battery life 280 pictures -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $0 $300