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Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34
Olympus Stylus 7040 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
39
Overall
37

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8 Key Specs

Olympus 7040
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 144g - 95 x 56 x 26mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Also referred to as mju 7040
Panasonic ZS8
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 210g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Announced July 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ18
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS7
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Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8 Overview

Here is a extended overview of the Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the 7040 (14MP) and the ZS8 (14MP) is relatively close and they use the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The 7040 was unveiled 18 months earlier than the ZS8 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise summary of how the 7040 scores vs the ZS8 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 7040 over the Panasonic ZS8

 7040 ZS8 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS8 over the Olympus 7040

 ZS8 7040 
AnnouncedJuly 2011January 2010Fresher by 18 months

Common features in the Olympus 7040 and Panasonic ZS8

 7040 ZS8 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera, you'll have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus 7040 enjoys outer measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 144 grams (0.32 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS8 has proportions of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 210 grams (0.46 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the 7040 against the ZS8.

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 7040 and ZS8 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its tough to envision the gap in sensor sizing just by looking through specs. The visual here will offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the 7040 and ZS8.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same resolution so you can expect comparable quality of pictures although you need to take the launch date of the cameras into account. The older 7040 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8 sensor size comparison

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 7040 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic ZS8 as a Portrait photography camera
28
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
30
megapixel count decent (14MP)
no manual focus
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus 7040 Street photography information
Panasonic ZS8 Street photography information
57
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (210g)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 7040 Sports photography advice
Panasonic ZS8 Sports photography advice
39
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
max frames per second low (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
47
long zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
includes tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 7040 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZS8 as a Travel photography camera
65
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.0)
69
lighter than others in class (210g)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (24mm)
long zoom (384mm)
no Time Lapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 7040 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS8 as a Landscape photography camera
42
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not available
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Timelapse recording
44
pretty wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 7040 Vlogging info
Panasonic ZS8 Vlogging info
29
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone socket
30
pretty wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (210g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic port
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Olympus 7040 vs Panasonic ZS8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 7040 and Panasonic ZS8
 Olympus Stylus 7040Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus 7040 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Also Known as mju 7040 Lumix DMC-TZ18
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2010-01-07 2011-07-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-196mm (7.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 2cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.70 m 5.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 144 grams (0.32 lb) 210 grams (0.46 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 56 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" 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
Battery life - 340 images
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SC/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $299 $275