Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27

Olympus PEN E-PL8 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 front

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 357g - 115 x 67 x 38mm
  • Revealed September 2016
  • Old Model is Olympus E-PL7
  • Updated by Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic FH27
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 152g - 99 x 57 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27 Overview

On this page, we will be reviewing the Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic FH27, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the E-PL8 (16MP) and the FH27 (16MP) is pretty well matched but the E-PL8 (Four Thirds) and FH27 (1/2.3") posses different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL8 was revealed 5 years later than the FH27 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-PL8 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FH27 being a Compact camera.

Before we go into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the E-PL8 matches up vs the FH27 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL8 over the Panasonic FH27

 E-PL8 FH27 
LaunchedSeptember 2016January 2011Fresher by 70 months
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1037k230kSharper screen (+807k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH27 over the Olympus E-PL8

 FH27 E-PL8 

Common features in the Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic FH27

 E-PL8 FH27 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera regularly, you will have to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus E-PL8 enjoys outside measurements of 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") along with a weight of 357 grams (0.79 lbs) and the Panasonic FH27 has specifications of 99mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 152 grams (0.34 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic FH27 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing at that time. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the E-PL8 versus the FH27.

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL8 and FH27 is 86 and 94 respectively.

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to picture the difference between sensor sizing purely by checking a spec sheet. The photograph underneath might give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL8 and FH27.

As you can see, both of these cameras have the same MP albeit different sensor sizing. The E-PL8 comes with the bigger sensor which will make getting shallower depth of field easier. The younger E-PL8 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 Portrait photography features
Panasonic FH27 Portrait photography features
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focus
delivers RAW files
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 Street photography factors
Panasonic FH27 Street photography factors
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
comes with touch focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers touch focus
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 Sports photography advice
Panasonic FH27 Sports photography advice
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
has no phase detect auto focus
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 Travel photography details
Panasonic FH27 Travel photography details
comes with touch focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
does not have selfie friendly display
offers touch focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 Landscape photography details
Panasonic FH27 Landscape photography details
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 Vlogging features
Panasonic FH27 Vlogging features
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
does not have external microphone port
reasonably wide (28mm)
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone port
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Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FH27 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic FH27
 Olympus PEN E-PL8Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus PEN E-PL8 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2016-09-19 2011-01-05
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII Venus Engine VI
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 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 25600 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW data
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 -
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 81 11
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,037 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen tech - TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 8.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 5.80 m
Flash options no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format H.264, Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 357g (0.79 pounds) 152g (0.34 pounds)
Physical dimensions 115 x 67 x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") 99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1")
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
Battery life 350 photographs 250 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $500 $229