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Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34
Olympus Stylus 7040 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
30
Overall
33

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5 Key Specs

Olympus 7040
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 144g - 95 x 56 x 26mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Other Name is mju 7040
Panasonic ZS5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 214g - 103 x 60 x 32mm
  • Revealed June 2010
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ8
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Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5 Overview

Following is a in depth overview of the Olympus 7040 and Panasonic ZS5, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the 7040 (14MP) and the ZS5 (12MP) is fairly well matched and they use the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The 7040 was launched 5 months before the ZS5 and they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a in depth comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the 7040 grades vs the ZS5 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 7040 over the Panasonic ZS5

 7040 ZS5 
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS5 over the Olympus 7040

 ZS5 7040 

Common features in the Olympus 7040 and Panasonic ZS5

 7040 ZS5 
RevealedJanuary 2010June 2010Similar generation
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry around your camera frequently, you're going to have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus 7040 provides exterior dimensions of 95mm x 56mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 144 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS5 has proportions of 103mm x 60mm x 32mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") and a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you choose during that time. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the 7040 compared to the ZS5.

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 7040 and ZS5 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very tough to visualise the contrast between sensor sizes only by reading through a spec sheet. The pic below may offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the 7040 and ZS5.

Clearly, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You should anticipate the Olympus 7040 to resolve more detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics much more aggressively.

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5 sensor size comparison

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 7040 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic ZS5 Portrait photography highlights
28
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
27
supports face detection focus
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus 7040 Street photography factors
Panasonic ZS5 Street photography factors
57
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (214g)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus 7040
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS5
39
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
supports tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
31
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 7040 Travel photography details
Panasonic ZS5 Travel photography details
65
megapixel count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
63
lighter than average (214 grams)
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 7040 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic ZS5 Landscape photography factors
42
reasonably wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse function
33
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 7040 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS5 Vlogging highlights
29
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic port
31
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
lighter than average (214 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone jack
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Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 7040 and Panasonic ZS5
 Olympus Stylus 7040Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus 7040 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5
Also called mju 7040 Lumix DMC-TZ8
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2010-01-07 2010-06-16
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 64 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-196mm (7.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focus distance 2cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1300s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.70 m 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None 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 144 grams (0.32 lbs) 214 grams (0.47 lbs)
Dimensions 95 x 56 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") 103 x 60 x 32mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SC/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $299 $300