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Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40

Portability
79
Imaging
37
Features
65
Overall
48
Olympus Stylus 1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 front
Portability
68
Imaging
37
Features
40
Overall
38

Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Key Specs

Olympus 1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-300mm (F2.8) lens
  • 402g - 116 x 87 x 57mm
  • Introduced November 2013
  • Successor is Olympus 1s
Panasonic FZ40
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 494g - 120 x 80 x 92mm
  • Released July 2010
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FZ45
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Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Overview

Below is a extended analysis of the Olympus 1 versus Panasonic FZ40, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the 1 (12MP) and the FZ40 (14MP) is relatively close but the 1 (1/1.7") and FZ40 (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor dimensions.

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The 1 was unveiled 3 years later than the FZ40 and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before we go right into a in depth comparison, here is a quick view of how the 1 grades versus the FZ40 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 1 over the Panasonic FZ40

 1 FZ40 
ReleasedNovember 2013July 2010More recent by 41 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k230kClearer screen (+810k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ40 over the Olympus 1

 FZ40 1 

Common features in the Olympus 1 and Panasonic FZ40

 1 FZ40 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you'll need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus 1 has outside dimensions of 116mm x 87mm x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2") accompanied by a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs) while the Panasonic FZ40 has proportions of 120mm x 80mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 494 grams (1.09 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are using at that time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the 1 and the FZ40.

Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 1 and FZ40 is 79 and 68 respectively.

Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be tough to visualise the gap in sensor measurements only by researching a spec sheet. The visual below might give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the 1 and FZ40.

Clearly, each of these cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The 1 with its bigger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic FZ40 will provide you with extra detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop photographs way more aggressively. The younger 1 will have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40 sensor size comparison

Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus 1
Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ40
48
has manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000 seconds)
offers face detection focus
delivers RAW files
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
46
has manual focus
resolution is good (14MP)
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus 1 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FZ40 as a Street photography camera
70
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
boasts touch focus
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
51
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than others (494 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 1 Sports photography details
Panasonic FZ40 Sports photography details
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
good battery life (410 per charge)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect auto focus
43
great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
max frames per second low (2.0 frames/s)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 1 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FZ40 as a Travel photography camera
61
good battery life (410 per charge)
boasts touch focus
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
missing Timelapse recording
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
54
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than others (494 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 1 Landscape photography information
Panasonic FZ40 Landscape photography information
49
has manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (410 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse recording
51
has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
delivers RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 1 Vlogging advice
Panasonic FZ40 Vlogging advice
32
rather wide (28mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone port
23
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic port
heavier than others (494 grams)
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Olympus 1 vs Panasonic FZ40 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 1 and Panasonic FZ40
 Olympus Stylus 1Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus 1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-FZ45
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2013-11-25 2010-07-21
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VI Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
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 25 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-300mm (10.7x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8 f/2.8-5.2
Macro focus distance 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 9.50 m
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/2000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p); high speed: 640 x 480 (120p), 320 x 240 (240p) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD Lite
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 402 gr (0.89 lbs) 494 gr (1.09 lbs)
Physical dimensions 116 x 87 x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2") 120 x 80 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 51 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.6 not tested
DXO Low light score 179 not tested
Other
Battery life 410 pictures -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $700 $420