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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60

Portability
85
Imaging
48
Features
47
Overall
47
Olympus PEN E-PL2 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 front
Portability
88
Imaging
44
Features
63
Overall
51

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60 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
  • Released February 2011
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-PL1s
  • New Model is Olympus E-PL3
Panasonic ZS60
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 282g - 112 x 64 x 38mm
  • Launched January 2016
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ80
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS50
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS70
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60 Overview

In this write-up, we are evaluating the Olympus E-PL2 and Panasonic ZS60, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a crucial gap between the image resolutions of the E-PL2 (12MP) and ZS60 (18MP) and the E-PL2 (Four Thirds) and ZS60 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL2 was launched 5 years prior to the ZS60 which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-PL2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS60 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight into a in depth comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the E-PL2 scores against the ZS60 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL2 over the Panasonic ZS60

 E-PL2 ZS60 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS60 over the Olympus E-PL2

 ZS60 E-PL2 
LaunchedJanuary 2016February 2011Newer by 59 months
Display resolution1040k460kCrisper display (+580k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-PL2 and Panasonic ZS60

 E-PL2 ZS60 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera, you need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-PL2 comes with physical measurements of 114mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") along with a weight of 362 grams (0.80 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS60 has dimensions of 112mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 282 grams (0.62 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have attached during that time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the E-PL2 vs the ZS60.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL2 and ZS60 is 85 and 88 respectively.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions purely by reading through specifications. The image here will provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL2 and ZS60.

Plainly, both of these cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The E-PL2 because of its larger sensor will make shooting shallower DOF less difficult and the Panasonic ZS60 will resolve greater detail utilizing its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images far more aggressively. The more aged E-PL2 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic ZS60 as a Portrait photography camera
60
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focus
saves RAW files
low megapixels (12MP)
53
manual focus
decent MP (18MP)
supports face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS60 as a Street photography camera
73
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
fixed screen
71
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
provides focus by touch
lighter than competition in class (282g)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS60 as a Sports photography camera
45
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
low fps (3.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (12MP)
terrible battery (280 shots)
no phase detect auto focus
57
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18MP)
supports tracking autofocus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZS60 as a Travel photography camera
51
built-in flash
no Time Lapse function
terrible battery (280 shots)
low megapixels (12MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
74
lighter than competition in class (282g)
provides focus by touch
decent MP (18MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
long reach (720mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic ZS60 Landscape photography advice
61
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
terrible battery (280 CIPA)
no Time Lapse function
59
manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (18 megapixels)
exports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Vlogging info
Panasonic ZS60 Vlogging info
29
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect focus
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic socket
35
rather wide (24mm)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (282g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone support
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS60 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL2 and Panasonic ZS60
 Olympus PEN E-PL2Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-TZ80
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2011-02-11 2016-01-05
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Truepic V Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4032 x 3024 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 49
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-720mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance - 3cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.00 m 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
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
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160s -
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) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone 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 None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 362 gr (0.80 pounds) 282 gr (0.62 pounds)
Dimensions 114 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 112 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 55 37
DXO Color Depth rating 21.4 19.3
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.2 10.6
DXO Low light rating 573 109
Other
Battery life 280 shots 320 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $0 $248