Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7

Olympus SH-50 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 front

Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7 Key Specs

Olympus SH-50
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 269g - 112 x 63 x 42mm
  • Introduced January 2013
Panasonic G7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 410g - 125 x 86 x 77mm
  • Introduced May 2015
  • Previous Model is Panasonic G6
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Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7 Overview

The following is a complete assessment of the Olympus SH-50 versus Panasonic G7, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the SH-50 (16MP) and the G7 (16MP) is very close but the SH-50 (1/2.3") and G7 (Four Thirds) have different sensor sizing.

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The SH-50 was manufactured 3 years earlier than the G7 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus SH-50 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic G7 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting into a thorough comparison, here is a concise view of how the SH-50 scores versus the G7 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SH-50 over the Panasonic G7

 SH-50 G7 

Reasons to pick Panasonic G7 over the Olympus SH-50

 G7 SH-50 
IntroducedMay 2015January 2013Newer by 28 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k460kCrisper display (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Olympus SH-50 and Panasonic G7

 SH-50 G7 
Manually focus More exact focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera often, you should take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus SH-50 has external dimensions of 112mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.7") having a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs) while the Panasonic G7 has proportions of 125mm x 86mm x 77mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 3.0") having a weight of 410 grams (0.90 lbs).

Check out the Olympus SH-50 versus Panasonic G7 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the SH-50 and the G7.

Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SH-50 and G7 is 88 and 71 respectively.

Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to visualize the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by researching specs. The pic here may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the SH-50 and G7.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras have the same megapixel count but different sensor dimensions. The SH-50 has got the smaller sensor which should make achieving shallow DOF harder. The more aged SH-50 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7 sensor size comparison

Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SH-50 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic G7 Portrait photography factors
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus SH-50 Street photography advice
Panasonic G7 Street photography advice
image stabilization (Optical)
offers touch to focus
lighter than competition (269g)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
screen articulates
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
supports touch to focus
good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SH-50 Sports photography features
Panasonic G7 Sports photography features
amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
no image stabilization
low battery power (350 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SH-50 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic G7 Travel photography highlights
lighter than competition (269 grams)
offers touch to focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
supports touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
low battery power (350 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SH-50 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic G7 Landscape photography advice
focusing manually
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
no image stabilization
low battery power (350 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SH-50 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic G7 as a Vlogging camera
really wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (269 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone jack
selfie friendly screen
screen is touchscreen
features face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external microphone jack
no image stabilization
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Olympus SH-50 vs Panasonic G7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SH-50 and Panasonic G7
 Olympus SH-50Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus SH-50 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2013-01-08 2015-05-19
Body design Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VI -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias 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 4592 x 3448
Maximum native ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW pictures
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 49
Lens mount type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Highest aperture f/3.0-6.9 -
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Amount of lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Range of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 12.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.00 m 9.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288) 3840 x 2160 (30, 25, 24, 20fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 269 gr (0.59 lb) 410 gr (0.90 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 63 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.7") 125 x 86 x 77mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Battery life - 350 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID SLB-10A -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, Pet Auto Shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $300 $800