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Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10

Portability
86
Imaging
55
Features
76
Overall
63
Olympus PEN E-PL8 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 front
Portability
91
Imaging
37
Features
46
Overall
40

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10 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
  • Announced September 2016
  • Old Model is Olympus E-PL7
  • Updated by Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic ZS10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 219g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Revealed January 2011
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22
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Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10 Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic ZS10, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the E-PL8 (16MP) and the ZS10 (14MP) is fairly similar but the E-PL8 (Four Thirds) and ZS10 (1/2.3") possess different sensor measurements.

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The E-PL8 was unveiled 5 years later than the ZS10 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-PL8 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS10 being a Compact camera.

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a simple summation of how the E-PL8 grades vs the ZS10 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL8 over the Panasonic ZS10

 E-PL8 ZS10 
RevealedSeptember 2016January 2011Fresher by 69 months
Focus manually More exact focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1037k460kCrisper display (+577k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS10 over the Olympus E-PL8

 ZS10 E-PL8 

Common features in the Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic ZS10

 E-PL8 ZS10 
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus E-PL8 has got exterior measurements of 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") having a weight of 357 grams (0.79 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS10 has specifications of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 219 grams (0.48 lbs).

See the Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic ZS10 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the E-PL8 versus the ZS10.

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL8 and ZS10 is 86 and 91 respectively.

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to visualize the difference between sensor sizing simply by reviewing a spec sheet. The photograph here might offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the E-PL8 and ZS10.

As you can see, both of these cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The E-PL8 having a larger sensor is going to make achieving bokeh easier and the Olympus E-PL8 will deliver extra detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The more modern E-PL8 provides an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL8
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS10
73
you can focus manually
decent MP (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
30
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-PL8
Street photography with Panasonic ZS10
84
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
supports touch to focus
good high ISO (25,600)
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
has touch focus
lighter than competition in class (219g)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZS10 Sports photography highlights
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
47
long zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery power (260 shots)
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 Travel photography details
Panasonic ZS10 Travel photography details
72
supports touch to focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
67
lighter than competition in class (219g)
has touch focus
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great zoom (384mm)
no Time Lapse function
low battery power (260 CIPA)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS10 as a Landscape photography camera
80
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
42
rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
low battery power (260 shots)
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL8 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS10 as a Vlogging camera
36
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
no mic jack
34
rather wide (24mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (219g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
no external mic support
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Olympus E-PL8 vs Panasonic ZS10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL8 and Panasonic ZS10
 Olympus PEN E-PL8Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus PEN E-PL8 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Also called as - Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2016-09-19 2011-01-25
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VII Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
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 16MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 80
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 81 23
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance - 3cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,037 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 8.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 5.00 m
Flash modes no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 357 gr (0.79 lb) 219 gr (0.48 lb)
Dimensions 115 x 67 x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Other
Battery life 350 photos 260 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $500 $350