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Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8

Portability
88
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45
Olympus Stylus SH-2 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
39
Overall
37

Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8 Key Specs

Olympus SH-2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 271g - 109 x 63 x 42mm
  • Launched March 2015
  • Superseded the Olympus SH-1
  • Newer Model is Olympus SH-3
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
  • Revealed July 2011
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ18
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS7
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Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8 Overview

Here is a in depth comparison of the Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the SH-2 (16MP) and the ZS8 (14MP) is relatively similar and they possess the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The SH-2 was manufactured 3 years later than the ZS8 and that is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a in-depth comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the SH-2 matches up against the ZS8 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SH-2 over the Panasonic ZS8

 SH-2 ZS8 
RevealedMarch 2015July 2011Fresher by 45 months
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS8 over the Olympus SH-2

 ZS8 SH-2 

Common features in the Olympus SH-2 and Panasonic ZS8

 SH-2 ZS8 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry your camera, you're going to have to factor its weight and size. The Olympus SH-2 provides exterior measurements of 109mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") having a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS8 has specifications of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") along with a weight of 210 grams (0.46 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have during that time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the SH-2 against the ZS8.

Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the SH-2 and ZS8 is 88 and 92 respectively.

Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very hard to visualise the gap between sensor sizing simply by reading specifications. The graphic below will offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the SH-2 and ZS8.

To sum up, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Olympus SH-2 to offer more detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures much more aggressively. The newer SH-2 will have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8 sensor size comparison

Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus SH-2
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS8
44
good megapixels (16MP)
includes face detection focusing
supports RAW files
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
30
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus SH-2
Street photography with Panasonic ZS8
70
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
comes with focus via touch
lighter than competition (271g)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (210g)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus SH-2
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS8
51
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery pack (380 shots)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
47
great zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
has tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SH-2 Travel photography information
Panasonic ZS8 Travel photography information
74
good battery pack (380 shots)
lighter than competition (271 grams)
comes with focus via touch
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
long zoom (600mm)
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
69
lighter than competition (210g)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
great zoom (384mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SH-2 Landscape photography details
Panasonic ZS8 Landscape photography details
55
fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16MP)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (380 per charge)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
44
really wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SH-2 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS8 as a Vlogging camera
35
fairly wide (25mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (271g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not posses selfie friendly display
does not have external microphone socket
30
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (210g)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic jack
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Olympus SH-2 vs Panasonic ZS8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SH-2 and Panasonic ZS8
 Olympus Stylus SH-2Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus SH-2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-TZ18
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2015-03-11 2011-07-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VII Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Max aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 11.5 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 8.30 m (at ISO 3200) 5.00 m
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4
Mic input
Headphone input
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 271g (0.60 lbs) 210g (0.46 lbs)
Dimensions 109 x 63 x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
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 380 shots 340 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-92B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $399 $275