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Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2

Portability
86
Imaging
55
Features
76
Overall
63
Olympus PEN E-PL8 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2 front
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
17
Overall
29

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 357g - 115 x 67 x 38mm
  • Introduced September 2016
  • Superseded the Olympus E-PL7
  • Updated by Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic FP2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 151g - 99 x 59 x 19mm
  • Launched January 2010
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Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Ultracompact by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the E-PL8 (16MP) and the FP2 (14MP) is fairly comparable but the E-PL8 (Four Thirds) and FP2 (1/2.3") provide different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL8 was brought out 6 years later than the FP2 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-PL8 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FP2 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before getting straight to a full comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the E-PL8 grades against the FP2 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL8 over the Panasonic FP2

 E-PL8 FP2 
LaunchedSeptember 2016January 2010More recent by 82 months
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1037k230kClearer display (+807k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP2 over the Olympus E-PL8

 FP2 E-PL8 

Common features in the Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic FP2

 E-PL8 FP2 
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to lug around your camera, you are going to need to take into account its weight and size. The Olympus E-PL8 features physical dimensions of 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") and a weight of 357 grams (0.79 lbs) and the Panasonic FP2 has specifications of 99mm x 59mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") along with a weight of 151 grams (0.33 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you choose at that time. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the E-PL8 and the FP2.

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL8 and FP2 is 86 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its difficult to picture the difference in sensor measurements merely by checking out technical specs. The photograph here should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL8 and FP2.

As you can tell, the two cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The E-PL8 featuring a larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field easier and the Olympus E-PL8 will show greater detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will let you crop images more aggressively. The more modern E-PL8 should have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 Portrait photography information
Panasonic FP2 Portrait photography information
73
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes face detection focus
supports RAW formats
28
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 Street photography features
Panasonic FP2 Street photography features
84
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
supports focus via touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
55
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
heavier than average (151g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-PL8
Sports photography with Panasonic FP2
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
lacks phase detect auto focus
35
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
max fps very slow (5.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FP2 as a Travel photography camera
72
supports focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
56
good megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than average (151g)
does not offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FP2 as a Landscape photography camera
80
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
33
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
no manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FP2 as a Vlogging camera
36
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no external mic port
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic socket
heavier than average (151 grams)
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Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic FP2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic FP2
 Olympus PEN E-PL8Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL8 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Introduced 2016-09-19 2010-01-06
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 200 80
RAW files
Min enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 81 9
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 35-140mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing range - 10cm
Total lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 1,037 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 8.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 4.90 m
Flash settings no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 357g (0.79 lb) 151g (0.33 lb)
Physical dimensions 115 x 67 x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") 99 x 59 x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 pictures -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail price $500 $80