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Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H

Portability
69
Imaging
35
Features
27
Overall
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Olympus SP-600 UZ front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H front
Portability
52
Imaging
76
Features
87
Overall
80

Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H Key Specs

Olympus SP-600 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-420mm (F3.5-5.4) lens
  • 455g - 110 x 90 x 91mm
  • Introduced February 2010
  • Succeeded the Olympus SP-590 UZ
  • Renewed by Olympus SP-610UZ
Panasonic S1H
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 5952 x 3988 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 1052g - 151 x 114 x 110mm
  • Revealed August 2019
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Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Olympus SP-600 UZ and Panasonic S1H, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the SP-600 UZ (12MP) and S1H (24MP) and the SP-600 UZ (1/2.3") and S1H (Full frame) boast different sensor size.

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The SP-600 UZ was revealed 10 years prior to the S1H and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus SP-600 UZ being a Compact camera and the Panasonic S1H being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting right into a in-depth comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the SP-600 UZ grades versus the S1H with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-600 UZ over the Panasonic S1H

 SP-600 UZ S1H 

Reasons to pick Panasonic S1H over the Olympus SP-600 UZ

 S1H SP-600 UZ 
RevealedAugust 2019February 2010More recent by 116 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3.2"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution2330k230kClearer screen (+2100k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus SP-600 UZ and Panasonic S1H

 SP-600 UZ S1H 
Manual focus More accurate focus

Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you should take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus SP-600 UZ features outer measurements of 110mm x 90mm x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6") and a weight of 455 grams (1.00 lbs) and the Panasonic S1H has measurements of 151mm x 114mm x 110mm (5.9" x 4.5" x 4.3") and a weight of 1052 grams (2.32 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus SP-600 UZ and Panasonic S1H in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you choose at the time. Underneath is a front view size comparison of the SP-600 UZ versus the S1H.

Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SP-600 UZ and S1H is 69 and 52 respectively.

Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to picture the contrast in sensor measurements merely by seeing a spec sheet. The graphic below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the SP-600 UZ and S1H.

Clearly, both of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The SP-600 UZ with its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF trickier and the Panasonic S1H will produce greater detail because of its extra 12 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The older SP-600 UZ will be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-600 UZ Portrait photography information
Panasonic S1H Portrait photography information
27
focusing manually
no manual control
can't use external flash
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
85
you can focus manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/320s)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-600 UZ as a Street photography camera
Panasonic S1H as a Street photography camera
36
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
69
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
boasts focus via touch
environment sealing
great high ISO (51,200)
heavier than competition in class (1,052 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-600 UZ Sports photography details
Panasonic S1H Sports photography details
31
incredible zoom range (28-420mm 15.0 x zoom)
supports tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
76
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent mode (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
environment sealing
terrible battery life (400 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-600 UZ as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic S1H as a Travel photography camera
51
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
great zoom (420mm)
missing Timelapse recording
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
64
environment sealing
supports bluetooth
boasts focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
terrible battery life (400 shots)
heavier than competition in class (1,052g)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus SP-600 UZ
Landscape photography with Panasonic S1H
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focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
81
you can focus manually
change lenses (Leica L mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
great high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
2 card slots
terrible battery life (400 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-600 UZ Vlogging factors
Panasonic S1H Vlogging factors
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relatively wide (28mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone support
70
screen is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection autofocus
high quality video (5952 x 3988 pxls)
includes external mic support
heavier than competition in class (1,052g)
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Olympus SP-600 UZ vs Panasonic S1H Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-600 UZ and Panasonic S1H
 Olympus SP-600 UZPanasonic Lumix DC-S1H
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus SP-600 UZ Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2010-02-02 2019-08-28
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 1600 51200
Highest enhanced ISO - 204800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Lowest enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
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 143 225
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Leica L
Lens zoom range 28-420mm (15.0x) -
Max aperture f/3.5-5.4 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Amount of lenses - 30
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 2.7" 3.2"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 2,330 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 5,760 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1/2 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per sec 9.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.10 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/320 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 5952 x 3988 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1280x720 5952x3988
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 455 grams (1.00 lb) 1052 grams (2.32 lb)
Physical dimensions 110 x 90 x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6") 151 x 114 x 110mm (5.9" x 4.5" x 4.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Other
Battery life - 400 pictures
Battery style - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II supported)
Card slots Single 2
Launch cost $189 $3,998