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Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
63
Overall
57
Olympus PEN E-PM2 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 front
Portability
91
Imaging
38
Features
46
Overall
41

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10 Key Specs

Olympus E-PM2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 64 x 34mm
  • Introduced May 2013
  • Older Model is Olympus E-PM1
Panasonic ZS10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 219g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Launched January 2011
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22
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Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10 Overview

Lets examine more closely at the Olympus E-PM2 versus Panasonic ZS10, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the E-PM2 (16MP) and the ZS10 (14MP) is relatively similar but the E-PM2 (Four Thirds) and ZS10 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor size.

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The E-PM2 was brought out 2 years later than the ZS10 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-PM2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS10 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight into a detailed comparison, below is a brief summation of how the E-PM2 scores versus the ZS10 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PM2 over the Panasonic ZS10

 E-PM2 ZS10 
LaunchedMay 2013January 2011More recent by 29 months
Focus manually More precise focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS10 over the Olympus E-PM2

 ZS10 E-PM2 

Common features in the Olympus E-PM2 and Panasonic ZS10

 E-PM2 ZS10 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Screen resolution460k460kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera often, you have to consider its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-PM2 comes with outer measurements of 110mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.3") and a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS10 has proportions of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 219 grams (0.48 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-PM2 versus Panasonic ZS10 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have at the time. The following is the front view measurement comparison of the E-PM2 and the ZS10.

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-PM2 and ZS10 is 89 and 91 respectively.

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is difficult to see the gap between sensor measurements merely by reading a spec sheet. The graphic here may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PM2 and ZS10.

Clearly, both of these cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The E-PM2 because of its bigger sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Olympus E-PM2 will offer you more detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop shots a little more aggressively. The fresher E-PM2 is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic ZS10 Portrait photography factors
72
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
exports RAW files
30
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-PM2
Street photography with Panasonic ZS10
79
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
offers focus via touch
great high ISO (25,600)
fixed screen
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus via touch
lighter than competition in class (219 grams)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 Sports photography details
Panasonic ZS10 Sports photography details
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
has no phase detect auto focus
47
great zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
supports tracking focus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (260 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 Travel photography advice
Panasonic ZS10 Travel photography advice
66
offers focus via touch
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
no Time Lapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
68
lighter than competition in class (219g)
provides focus via touch
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
great reach (384mm)
no Timelapse recording
bad battery pack (260 shots)
does not contain selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS10 as a Landscape photography camera
74
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
42
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
bad battery pack (260 per charge)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 Vlogging information
Panasonic ZS10 Vlogging information
36
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
no mic support
34
decently wide (24mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (219 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
no microphone jack
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Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PM2 and Panasonic ZS10
 Olympus PEN E-PM2Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PM2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2013-05-21 2011-01-25
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
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 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 35 23
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-384mm (16.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range - 3cm
Total lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 460k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 8.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) 5.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 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)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 269 grams (0.59 lbs) 219 grams (0.48 lbs)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.3") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 932 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 images 260 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $448 $350