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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70

Portability
85
Imaging
48
Features
47
Overall
47
Olympus PEN E-PL2 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front
Portability
87
Imaging
47
Features
70
Overall
56

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 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
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-PL1s
  • New Model is Olympus E-PL3
Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Announced April 2017
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS60
  • Later Model is Panasonic ZS80
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a substantial gap among the image resolutions of the E-PL2 (12MP) and ZS70 (20MP) and the E-PL2 (Four Thirds) and ZS70 (1/2.3") have different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL2 was brought out 7 years prior to the ZS70 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-PL2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS70 being a Compact camera.

Before going into a detailed comparison, here is a simple summation of how the E-PL2 grades vs the ZS70 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL2 over the Panasonic ZS70

 E-PL2 ZS70 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Olympus E-PL2

 ZS70 E-PL2 
AnnouncedApril 2017February 2011Newer by 75 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k460kSharper display (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-PL2 and Panasonic ZS70

 E-PL2 ZS70 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Display size3"3"Same display sizing

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to travel with your camera regularly, you should take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-PL2 enjoys outer dimensions of 114mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") with a weight of 362 grams (0.80 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS70 has dimensions of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") and a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Underneath is a front view physical size comparison of the E-PL2 vs the ZS70.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL2 and ZS70 is 85 and 87 respectively.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by viewing technical specs. The pic here should give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL2 and ZS70.

As you have seen, each of these cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The E-PL2 due to its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field simpler and the Panasonic ZS70 will result in greater detail having its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images way more aggressively. The more aged E-PL2 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic ZS70 as a Portrait photography camera
60
manual focus
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
low MP (12MP)
54
has manual focus
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
includes face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS70 as a Street photography camera
73
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
screen is fixed
76
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
supports focus by touch
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography highlights
45
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
low MP (12 megapixels)
not so great battery life (280 per charge)
has no phase detect AF
61
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
includes tracking focus
better than average battery life (380 shots)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS70 Travel photography features
51
built-in flash
no Timelapse function
not so great battery life (280 per charge)
low MP (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
79
better than average battery life (380 shots)
supports focus by touch
decent megapixels (20MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
rather wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL2
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS70
61
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
low MP (12MP)
not so great battery life (280 shots)
no Timelapse function
62
has manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (380 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-PL2
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS70
29
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focusing
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone port
74
rather wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have microphone jack
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic ZS70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL2 and Panasonic ZS70
 Olympus PEN E-PL2Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
Also called - Lumix DMC-TZ90
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2011-02-11 2017-04-19
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Truepic V Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS BSI-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 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4032 x 3024 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 49
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-720mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing range - 3cm
Available lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.00 m 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes 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
Fastest flash sync 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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 format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 362 grams (0.80 lb) 322 grams (0.71 lb)
Physical dimensions 114 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
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 380 pictures
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 recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $0 $450