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Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3

Portability
78
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
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Olympus SP-620 UZ front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 front
Portability
90
Imaging
48
Features
48
Overall
48

Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3 Key Specs

Olympus SP-620 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-525mm (F3.1-5.8) lens
  • 435g - 110 x 74 x 74mm
  • Launched January 2012
  • Replaced the Olympus SP-610UZ
Panasonic GF3
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 264g - 108 x 67 x 32mm
  • Released August 2011
  • Previous Model is Panasonic GF2
  • Successor is Panasonic GF5
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Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3 Overview

The following is a extensive review of the Olympus SP-620 UZ versus Panasonic GF3, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by brands Olympus and Panasonic. There is a considerable difference among the resolutions of the SP-620 UZ (16MP) and GF3 (12MP) and the SP-620 UZ (1/2.3") and GF3 (Four Thirds) have different sensor size.

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The SP-620 UZ was released 6 months after the GF3 which means that they are of a similar age. The two cameras feature different body design with the Olympus SP-620 UZ being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GF3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going into a complete comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the SP-620 UZ matches up versus the GF3 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-620 UZ over the Panasonic GF3

 SP-620 UZ GF3 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF3 over the Olympus SP-620 UZ

 GF3 SP-620 UZ 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus SP-620 UZ and Panasonic GF3

 SP-620 UZ GF3 
ReleasedJanuary 2012August 2011Same age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display size
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you are going to need to think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus SP-620 UZ enjoys external dimensions of 110mm x 74mm x 74mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 2.9") accompanied by a weight of 435 grams (0.96 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GF3 has measurements of 108mm x 67mm x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3") and a weight of 264 grams (0.58 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus SP-620 UZ versus Panasonic GF3 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have chosen at the time. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the SP-620 UZ against the GF3.

Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the SP-620 UZ and GF3 is 78 and 90 respectively.

Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be difficult to picture the gap in sensor dimensions just by researching technical specs. The picture underneath may provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SP-620 UZ and GF3.

As you can tell, each of the cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The SP-620 UZ due to its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF trickier and the Olympus SP-620 UZ will result in extra detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop images a good deal more aggressively.

Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-620 UZ Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic GF3 Portrait photography highlights
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megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focus
saves RAW files
external flash not possible
MP count low (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-620 UZ Street photography highlights
Panasonic GF3 Street photography highlights
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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
70
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
provides touch focus
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-620 UZ Sports photography details
Panasonic GF3 Sports photography details
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amazing zoom range (25-525mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
terrible battery (300 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-620 UZ Travel photography advice
Panasonic GF3 Travel photography advice
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megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
long zoom (525mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
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provides touch focus
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery (300 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-620 UZ Landscape photography advice
Panasonic GF3 Landscape photography advice
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fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
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manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3")
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
terrible battery (300 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus SP-620 UZ
Vlogging with Panasonic GF3
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fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focus
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic support
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has touchscreen
comes with face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
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Olympus SP-620 UZ vs Panasonic GF3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-620 UZ and Panasonic GF3
 Olympus SP-620 UZPanasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus SP-620 UZ Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2012-01-10 2011-08-11
Physical type Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III+ Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 160
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 23
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 25-525mm (21.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.1-5.8 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Available lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT Color LCD TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate - 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.00 m 6.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 435 grams (0.96 lb) 264 grams (0.58 lb)
Physical dimensions 110 x 74 x 74mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 2.9") 108 x 67 x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 50
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.1
DXO Low light score not tested 459
Other
Battery life - 300 shots
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $199 $360