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Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Olympus SP-590 UZ front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 front
Portability
88
Imaging
44
Features
63
Overall
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Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60 Key Specs

Olympus SP-590 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-676mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 413g - 116 x 84 x 81mm
  • Launched January 2009
  • Renewed by Olympus SP-600 UZ
Panasonic ZS60
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 282g - 112 x 64 x 38mm
  • Revealed January 2016
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ80
  • Older Model is Panasonic ZS50
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS70
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Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60 Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a huge gap among the resolutions of the SP-590 UZ (12MP) and ZS60 (18MP) but they possess the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SP-590 UZ was unveiled 8 years earlier than the ZS60 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Olympus SP-590 UZ being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS60 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the SP-590 UZ matches up versus the ZS60 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-590 UZ over the Panasonic ZS60

 SP-590 UZ ZS60 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS60 over the Olympus SP-590 UZ

 ZS60 SP-590 UZ 
RevealedJanuary 2016January 2009Fresher by 85 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kCrisper display (+810k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus SP-590 UZ and Panasonic ZS60

 SP-590 UZ ZS60 
Manually focus More precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera regularly, you need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus SP-590 UZ features outside dimensions of 116mm x 84mm x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") having a weight of 413 grams (0.91 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS60 has measurements of 112mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 282 grams (0.62 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have during that time. Following is the front view proportions comparison of the SP-590 UZ and the ZS60.

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SP-590 UZ and ZS60 is 72 and 88 respectively.

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is tough to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing merely by looking through technical specs. The graphic below might provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SP-590 UZ and ZS60.

As you have seen, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different megapixels. You should anticipate the Panasonic ZS60 to render extra detail having an extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics a little more aggressively. The older SP-590 UZ will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus SP-590 UZ
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS60
37
has manual focus
exports RAW formats
can't use external flash
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
53
manual focus
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
supports face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Street photography factors
Panasonic ZS60 Street photography factors
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
71
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
supports touch focus
lighter than competitors in class (282 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZS60 Sports photography highlights
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long zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
57
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18MP)
supports tracking focus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SP-590 UZ
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS60
58
environment sealing
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
very long reach (676mm)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
74
lighter than competitors in class (282 grams)
supports touch focus
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS60 as a Landscape photography camera
46
has manual focus
reasonably wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
59
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS60 as a Vlogging camera
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reasonably wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
no external microphone support
35
reasonably wide (24mm)
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
lighter than competitors in class (282g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of microphone socket
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Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Panasonic ZS60 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-590 UZ and Panasonic ZS60
 Olympus SP-590 UZPanasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus SP-590 UZ Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60
Also called - Lumix DMC-TZ80
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2009-01-07 2016-01-05
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 18MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 64 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 49
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-676mm (26.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Features
Min shutter speed 15s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Max silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 8.00 m 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 640x480 3840x2160
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 413 grams (0.91 pounds) 282 grams (0.62 pounds)
Dimensions 116 x 84 x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") 112 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 37
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 19.3
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.6
DXO Low light rating not tested 109
Other
Battery life - 320 photos
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $249 $248