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Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
 
Sony ZV-E10 front
Portability
86
Imaging
72
Features
92
Overall
80

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Announced September 2012
Sony ZV-E10
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Increase to 51200)
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 343g - 115 x 64 x 45mm
  • Introduced July 2021
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10 Overview

Here, we will be contrasting the Olympus E-PL5 and Sony ZV-E10, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by brands Olympus and Sony. There exists a large gap among the image resolutions of the E-PL5 (16MP) and ZV-E10 (24MP) and the E-PL5 (Four Thirds) and ZV-E10 (APS-C) posses totally different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The E-PL5 was launched 9 years earlier than the ZV-E10 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the E-PL5 grades versus the ZV-E10 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Sony ZV-E10

 E-PL5 ZV-E10 

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-E10 over the Olympus E-PL5

 ZV-E10 E-PL5 
IntroducedJuly 2021September 2012Fresher by 107 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen resolution920k460kCrisper screen (+460k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL5 and Sony ZV-E10

 E-PL5 ZV-E10 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PL5 has physical measurements of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) whilst the Sony ZV-E10 has sizing of 115mm x 64mm x 45mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.8") with a weight of 343 grams (0.76 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus E-PL5 and Sony ZV-E10 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 at that moment. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the E-PL5 compared to the ZV-E10.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL5 and ZV-E10 is 88 and 86 respectively.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to envision the gap in sensor sizing simply by looking through a spec sheet. The visual underneath will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL5 and ZV-E10.

Clearly, both of these cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The E-PL5 because of its smaller sensor will make achieving shallow DOF more challenging and the Sony ZV-E10 will result in extra detail utilizing its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The older E-PL5 will be behind in sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Portrait photography advice
Sony ZV-E10 Portrait photography advice
71
has manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has face detection focus
supports RAW formats
83
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Street photography advice
Sony ZV-E10 Street photography advice
85
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
features touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
82
screen articulates fully
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
has focus by touch
very good ISO range (32,000)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-PL5
Sports photography with Sony ZV-E10
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
77
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
good battery power (440 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Travel photography camera
Sony ZV-E10 as a Travel photography camera
75
features touch to focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
no Time Lapse recording
88
good battery power (440 CIPA)
supports bluetooth
has focus by touch
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony ZV-E10 as a Landscape photography camera
74
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
no Time Lapse recording
81
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
very good ISO range (32,000)
exports RAW files
good battery power (440 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Vlogging camera
Sony ZV-E10 as a Vlogging camera
78
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
no external mic support
82
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
includes face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 1920 pxls)
has mic port
does not have image stabilization
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony ZV-E10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL5 and Sony ZV-E10
 Olympus PEN E-PL5Sony ZV-E10
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model Olympus PEN E-PL5 Sony ZV-E10
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2012-09-17 2021-07-30
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 32000
Maximum boosted ISO - 51200
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 35 425
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Total lenses 107 150
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fully Articulated
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 8.0fps 11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 1920 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 1920 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x1920
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 325g (0.72 lb) 343g (0.76 lb)
Physical dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 115 x 64 x 45mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 889 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 photographs 440 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-5 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $400 $699