Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5

Olympus Stylus 1s front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 front

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5 Key Specs

Olympus 1s
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-300mm (F2.8) lens
  • 402g - 116 x 87 x 57mm
  • Launched April 2015
  • Superseded the Olympus 1
Panasonic F5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 121g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2013
Photography Glossary

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Olympus 1s versus Panasonic F5, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the 1s (12MP) and the F5 (14MP) is pretty comparable but the 1s (1/1.7") and F5 (1/2.3") use totally different sensor sizes.

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The 1s was revealed 2 years later than the F5 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus 1s being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic F5 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief summation of how the 1s grades versus the F5 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 1s over the Panasonic F5

 1s F5 
RevealedApril 2015January 2013Fresher by 28 months
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kSharper screen (+810k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic F5 over the Olympus 1s

 F5 1s 

Common features in the Olympus 1s and Panasonic F5

 1s F5 
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera, you need to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus 1s provides external measurements of 116mm x 87mm x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2") and a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs) while the Panasonic F5 has sizing of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs).

Look at the Olympus 1s versus Panasonic F5 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the 1s compared to the F5.

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 1s and F5 is 79 and 96 respectively.

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to envision the contrast in sensor sizing just by going through specifications. The visual underneath may give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the 1s and F5.

To sum up, the two cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The 1s having a bigger sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Panasonic F5 will provide extra detail because of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will let you crop shots a little more aggressively. The newer 1s will have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5 sensor size comparison

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus 1s
Portrait photography with Panasonic F5
has manual focus
offers face detection focus
supports RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus 1s Street photography highlights
Panasonic F5 Street photography highlights
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
includes touch focus
small sensor size (1/1.7")
lighter than others (121g)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 1s Sports photography information
Panasonic F5 Sports photography information
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
great battery pack (450 shots)
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect auto focus
decent MP (14MP)
supports tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus 1s
Travel photography with Panasonic F5
great battery pack (450 shots)
includes touch focus
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
long reach (300mm)
low MP (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
lighter than others (121 grams)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 1s Landscape photography advice
Panasonic F5 Landscape photography advice
has manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (450 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low MP (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
really wide (28mm)
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7")
lack of manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus 1s
Vlogging with Panasonic F5
quite wide (28mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone port
really wide (28mm)
lighter than others (121 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic support
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Olympus 1s vs Panasonic F5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 1s and Panasonic F5
 Olympus Stylus 1sPanasonic Lumix DMC-F5
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus 1s Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2015-04-13 2013-01-07
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
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 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 3968 x 2976 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 12800 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 35 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-300mm (10.7x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 f/3.2-6.5
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 1,040k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 8 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 7.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.30 m (at ISO 1600) 5.70 m
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 402 gr (0.89 pounds) 121 gr (0.27 pounds)
Dimensions 116 x 87 x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Battery life 450 images 250 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-50 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $699 $100