Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35

Olympus PEN E-PM2 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 front

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35 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
  • Released May 2013
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-PM1
Panasonic ZS35
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 305g - 107 x 62 x 32mm
  • Announced January 2014
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ55
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS30
  • Renewed by Panasonic ZS40
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Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Overview

The following is a extended comparison of the Olympus E-PM2 and Panasonic ZS35, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the E-PM2 (16MP) and the ZS35 (16MP) is very well matched but the E-PM2 (Four Thirds) and ZS35 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor size.

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The E-PM2 was brought out 7 months earlier than the ZS35 and they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-PM2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic ZS35 being a Compact camera.

Before we go straight into a full comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the E-PM2 grades vs the ZS35 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PM2 over the Panasonic ZS35

 E-PM2 ZS35 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS35 over the Olympus E-PM2

 ZS35 E-PM2 
AnnouncedJanuary 2014May 2013Newer by 7 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Olympus E-PM2 and Panasonic ZS35

 E-PM2 ZS35 
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Display resolution460k460kSame display resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Physical Comparison

When you are going to travel with your camera often, you will need to consider its weight and size. The Olympus E-PM2 has external dimensions of 110mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.3") having a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS35 has specifications of 107mm x 62mm x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") and a weight of 305 grams (0.67 lbs).

Examine the Olympus E-PM2 and Panasonic ZS35 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the E-PM2 and the ZS35.

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the E-PM2 and ZS35 is 89 and 89 respectively.

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's tough to visualise the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by looking at technical specs. The pic here might give you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PM2 and ZS35.

As you can tell, each of the cameras posses the exact same resolution but not the same sensor dimensions. The E-PM2 uses the larger sensor which will make obtaining shallower depth of field easier. The more aged E-PM2 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic ZS35 Portrait photography advice
focusing manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features face detection focus
saves RAW files
resolution is good (16MP)
offers face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 Street photography highlights
Panasonic ZS35 Street photography highlights
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
supports focus via touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
no moving screen
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (305 grams)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 Sports photography info
Panasonic ZS35 Sports photography info
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect auto focus
long zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 Travel photography info
Panasonic ZS35 Travel photography info
supports focus via touch
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no Timelapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly display
lighter than competition in class (305 grams)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
very long reach (480mm)
missing Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic ZS35 Landscape photography advice
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
no Timelapse mode
fairly wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PM2 Vlogging factors
Panasonic ZS35 Vlogging factors
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
no external microphone port
fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (305g)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone socket
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Olympus E-PM2 vs Panasonic ZS35 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PM2 and Panasonic ZS35
 Olympus PEN E-PM2Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PM2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35
Alternative name - Lumix DMC-TZ55
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-05-21 2014-01-06
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
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 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 25600 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW pictures
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 35 21
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-480mm (20.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance - 3cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display tech - TFT LCD (180 degree tilt) with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Min shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 8.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) 6.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250 secs -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 269 grams (0.59 lbs) 305 grams (0.67 lbs)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.3") 107 x 62 x 32mm (4.2" x 2.4" 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
Battery life 360 images -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $448 $300