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Olympus 1s vs Panasonic ZS20

Portability
79
Imaging
38
Features
66
Overall
49
Olympus Stylus 1s front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
46
Overall
41

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic ZS20 Key Specs

Olympus 1s
(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
  • Released April 2015
  • Succeeded the Olympus 1
Panasonic ZS20
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 206g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Announced April 2012
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ30
  • Old Model is Panasonic ZS15
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS25
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Olympus 1s vs Panasonic ZS20 Overview

Here, we will be evaluating the Olympus 1s versus Panasonic ZS20, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the 1s (12MP) and the ZS20 (14MP) is relatively comparable but the 1s (1/1.7") and ZS20 (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor sizes.

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The 1s was revealed 3 years after the ZS20 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus 1s being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS20 being a Compact camera.

Before we go into a full comparison, here is a concise view of how the 1s grades versus the ZS20 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 1s over the Panasonic ZS20

 1s ZS20 
AnnouncedApril 2015April 2012More modern by 37 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kSharper screen (+580k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS20 over the Olympus 1s

 ZS20 1s 

Common features in the Olympus 1s and Panasonic ZS20

 1s ZS20 
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic ZS20 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry around your camera often, you will want to think about its weight and size. The Olympus 1s features 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 ZS20 has specifications of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have attached during that time. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the 1s vs the ZS20.

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic ZS20 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 1s and ZS20 is 79 and 92 respectively.

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Olympus 1s vs Panasonic ZS20 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to see the contrast in sensor sizes purely by checking out specifications. The image below should give you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the 1s and ZS20.

Plainly, both of those cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The 1s having a bigger sensor will make achieving bokeh easier and the Panasonic ZS20 will produce extra detail because of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The younger 1s will have an edge in sensor tech.

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic ZS20 sensor size comparison

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic ZS20 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 1s vs Panasonic ZS20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 1s Portrait photography details
Panasonic ZS20 Portrait photography details
46
you can focus manually
features face detection focus
saves RAW files
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
30
good resolution (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus 1s Street photography highlights
Panasonic ZS20 Street photography highlights
71
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
features focus via touch
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports focus via touch
lighter than competitors in class (206g)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus 1s
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS20
44
image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery (450 per charge)
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect auto focus
47
amazing zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (260 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 1s Travel photography details
Panasonic ZS20 Travel photography details
64
better than average battery (450 shots)
features focus via touch
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
great zoom (300mm)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
68
lighter than competitors in class (206g)
supports focus via touch
good resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
very long zoom (480mm)
does not have Timelapse function
not so great battery pack (260 shots)
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 1s Landscape photography information
Panasonic ZS20 Landscape photography information
53
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (450 shots)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
42
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
not so great battery pack (260 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus 1s
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS20
32
decently wide (28mm)
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone support
34
relatively wide (24mm)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (206g)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have external microphone port
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Olympus 1s vs Panasonic ZS20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 1s and Panasonic ZS20
 Olympus Stylus 1sPanasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus 1s Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-TZ30
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2015-04-13 2012-04-26
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 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 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 35 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-300mm (10.7x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 5cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.9
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 15s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.30 m (at ISO 1600) 6.40 m
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone 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 BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 402g (0.89 lbs) 206g (0.45 lbs)
Physical dimensions 116 x 87 x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2") 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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
Other
Battery life 450 pictures 260 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-50 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $699 $349