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Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10

Portability
72
Imaging
33
Features
32
Overall
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Olympus SP-565UZ front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 front
Portability
93
Imaging
41
Features
34
Overall
38

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 Key Specs

Olympus SP-565UZ
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-520mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 413g - 116 x 84 x 81mm
  • Released January 2009
Panasonic SZ10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 177g - 99 x 60 x 30mm
  • Announced January 2015
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Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 Overview

Here, we are looking at the Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. There is a huge difference among the resolutions of the SP-565UZ (10MP) and SZ10 (16MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The SP-565UZ was unveiled 7 years earlier than the SZ10 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a detailed comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the SP-565UZ grades vs the SZ10 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-565UZ over the Panasonic SZ10

 SP-565UZ SZ10 
Focus manually Very exact focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ10 over the Olympus SP-565UZ

 SZ10 SP-565UZ 
AnnouncedJanuary 2015January 2009More modern by 72 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus SP-565UZ and Panasonic SZ10

 SP-565UZ SZ10 
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry around your camera often, you are going to need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus SP-565UZ provides external measurements of 116mm x 84mm x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") with a weight of 413 grams (0.91 lbs) whilst the Panasonic SZ10 has dimensions of 99mm x 60mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 177 grams (0.39 lbs).

Check out the Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 in the latest Camera with 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 have attached during that time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the SP-565UZ against the SZ10.

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the SP-565UZ and SZ10 is 72 and 93 respectively.

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to picture the contrast in sensor sizes only by researching technical specs. The image below will give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the SP-565UZ and SZ10.

As you have seen, both of those cameras feature the identical sensor size but different resolution. You should anticipate the Panasonic SZ10 to render extra detail having an extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos way more aggressively. The more aged SP-565UZ will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic SZ10 as a Portrait photography camera
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has manual focus
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
36
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ Street photography factors
Panasonic SZ10 Street photography factors
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
70
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (177 grams)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ Sports photography factors
Panasonic SZ10 Sports photography factors
33
long zoom range (26-520mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
34
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.4 frames per second)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery (200 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SP-565UZ
Travel photography with Panasonic SZ10
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built-in flash
really wide (26mm)
very long reach (520mm)
no Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
67
lighter than competition in class (177 grams)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
great reach (288mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
low battery (200 shots)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ Landscape photography factors
Panasonic SZ10 Landscape photography factors
40
has manual focus
really wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse recording
42
relatively wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
low battery (200 per charge)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-565UZ as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic SZ10 as a Vlogging camera
24
really wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
no external mic port
32
relatively wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
lighter than competition in class (177 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone socket
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Olympus SP-565UZ vs Panasonic SZ10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-565UZ and Panasonic SZ10
 Olympus SP-565UZPanasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus SP-565UZ Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-01-15 2015-01-06
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 64 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 143 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-520mm (20.0x) 24-288mm (12.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.1-6.3
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 2.5 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 1s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 1.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.40 m (ISO 200) 5.20 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye, off
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 @ 30 fps/15 fps, 320 x 240 @ 30 fps/15 fps 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 413 grams (0.91 pounds) 177 grams (0.39 pounds)
Physical dimensions 116 x 84 x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") 99 x 60 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 30 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 18.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 68 not tested
Other
Battery life - 200 images
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type xD Picture Card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $400 $200