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Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200

Portability
90
Imaging
37
Features
36
Overall
36
Olympus SZ-10 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 front
Portability
86
Imaging
54
Features
66
Overall
58

Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200 Key Specs

Olympus SZ-10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-504mm (F3.1-4.4) lens
  • 215g - 106 x 67 x 38mm
  • Released February 2011
Panasonic ZS200
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 340g - 111 x 66 x 45mm
  • Introduced February 2018
  • Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ200
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS100
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Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200 Overview

Below is a in-depth review of the Olympus SZ-10 and Panasonic ZS200, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Large Sensor Compact by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. There is a sizable difference among the sensor resolutions of the SZ-10 (14MP) and ZS200 (20MP) and the SZ-10 (1/2.3") and ZS200 (1") posses totally different sensor sizing.

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The SZ-10 was revealed 8 years before the ZS200 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus SZ-10 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic ZS200 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before diving right into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple summary of how the SZ-10 scores vs the ZS200 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-10 over the Panasonic ZS200

 SZ-10 ZS200 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS200 over the Olympus SZ-10

 ZS200 SZ-10 
IntroducedFebruary 2018February 2011More recent by 85 months
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Display resolution1240k460kClearer display (+780k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus SZ-10 and Panasonic ZS200

 SZ-10 ZS200 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200 Physical Comparison

When you are going to lug around your camera, you need to consider its weight and measurements. The Olympus SZ-10 offers physical measurements of 106mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.5") along with a weight of 215 grams (0.47 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS200 has proportions of 111mm x 66mm x 45mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 340 grams (0.75 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Here is a front view dimension comparison of the SZ-10 compared to the ZS200.

Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the SZ-10 and ZS200 is 90 and 86 respectively.

Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its tough to see the difference in sensor measurements only by checking out specifications. The graphic below will give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the SZ-10 and ZS200.

Plainly, both cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The SZ-10 with its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field more challenging and the Panasonic ZS200 will provide greater detail because of its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics more aggressively. The older SZ-10 will be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200 sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Portrait photography information
Panasonic ZS200 Portrait photography information
33
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
includes face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
65
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
offers face detect focus
exports RAW files
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Street photography details
Panasonic ZS200 Street photography details
60
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (215g)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
77
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW files
offers touch focus
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Sports photography info
Panasonic ZS200 Sports photography info
40
great zoom range (28-504mm 18.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
includes tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
low battery (220 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF
70
incredible zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
offers tracking focus
better than average battery power (370 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS200 Travel photography features
65
lighter than competition in class (215g)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
great zoom (504mm)
no Timelapse function
low battery (220 per charge)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
76
better than average battery power (370 shots)
has bluetooth
offers touch focus
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (24mm)
very long zoom (360mm)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Landscape photography info
Panasonic ZS200 Landscape photography info
40
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
low battery (220 CIPA)
no Timelapse function
70
has manual focus
really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (370 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SZ-10 Vlogging factors
Panasonic ZS200 Vlogging factors
31
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect focusing
lighter than competition in class (215 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone jack
35
really wide (24mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
lack of mic support
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Olympus SZ-10 vs Panasonic ZS200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-10 and Panasonic ZS200
 Olympus SZ-10Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus SZ-10 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200
Also called - Lumix DC-TZ200
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Released 2011-02-08 2018-02-13
Physical type Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III+ Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD MOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4288 x 3216 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 1600 12800
Max boosted ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW data
Min boosted ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 49
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-504mm (18.0x) 24-360mm (15.0x)
Max aperture f/3.1-4.4 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 2.7
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 1,240 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,330 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.10 m 6.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) -
Max video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 215 grams (0.47 lbs) 340 grams (0.75 lbs)
Physical dimensions 106 x 67 x 38mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.5") 111 x 66 x 45mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 pictures 370 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $300 $800