Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1

Olympus Stylus SP-100 front
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 front

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1 Key Specs

Olympus SP-100
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Push to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.9-6.5) lens
  • 594g - 122 x 91 x 133mm
  • Launched January 2014
Panasonic S1
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Boost to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 1021g - 149 x 110 x 97mm
  • Launched February 2019
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Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1 Overview

Below is a detailed comparison of the Olympus SP-100 versus Panasonic S1, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Pro Mirrorless by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a substantial gap between the resolutions of the SP-100 (16MP) and S1 (24MP) and the SP-100 (1/2.3") and S1 (Full frame) provide different sensor dimensions.

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The SP-100 was unveiled 6 years prior to the S1 and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus SP-100 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic S1 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going into a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the SP-100 matches up against the S1 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-100 over the Panasonic S1

 SP-100 S1 

Reasons to pick Panasonic S1 over the Olympus SP-100

 S1 SP-100 
LaunchedFebruary 2019January 2014More recent by 60 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimensions3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2100k460kClearer display (+1640k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus SP-100 and Panasonic S1

 SP-100 S1 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to lug around your camera, you'll need to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus SP-100 provides external measurements of 122mm x 91mm x 133mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 5.2") having a weight of 594 grams (1.31 lbs) while the Panasonic S1 has sizing of 149mm x 110mm x 97mm (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8") along with a weight of 1021 grams (2.25 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are utilizing at the time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the SP-100 compared to the S1.

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SP-100 and S1 is 63 and 54 respectively.

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is tough to imagine the difference between sensor measurements just by going over specs. The visual underneath might give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the SP-100 and S1.

As you can plainly see, both cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The SP-100 using its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field more challenging and the Panasonic S1 will offer you more detail having an extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics more aggressively. The older SP-100 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Portrait photography features
Panasonic S1 Portrait photography features
manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
supports face detection focusing
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
you can focus manually
high flash sync speed (1/320s)
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports face detect focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus SP-100
Street photography with Panasonic S1
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
heavier than competition in class (594 grams)
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW files
provides touch focus
environment proofing
good ISO range (51,200)
more heavy than others (1,021g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus SP-100
Sports photography with Panasonic S1
excellent zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
quiet shooting (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
environment proofing
terrible battery pack (380 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-100 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic S1 as a Travel photography camera
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (24mm)
very long reach (1200mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (594g)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.9)
environment proofing
has bluetooth
provides touch focus
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
terrible battery pack (380 per charge)
more heavy than others (1,021 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic S1 Landscape photography factors
manual focus
really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Time Lapse mode
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
good sized screen (3.2 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
no anti aliasing filter
good ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
has dual storage slots
terrible battery pack (380 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus SP-100
Vlogging with Panasonic S1
really wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external mic socket
slow max aperture (f2.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
heavier than competition in class (594g)
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have microphone jack
display isn't selfie friendly
more heavy than others (1,021g)
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Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-100 and Panasonic S1
 Olympus Stylus SP-100Panasonic Lumix DC-S1
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus SP-100 Panasonic Lumix DC-S1
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2014-01-29 2019-02-01
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 6400 51200
Maximum enhanced ISO 12800 204800
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW format
Min enhanced ISO - 50
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 225
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount fixed lens Leica L
Lens focal range 24-1200mm (50.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/2.9-6.5 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Available lenses - 30
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inch 3.2 inch
Resolution of display 460k dot 2,100k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 920k dot 5,760k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Min shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/1700 secs 1/8000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed - 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/320 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Optional Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 594 gr (1.31 lbs) 1021 gr (2.25 lbs)
Physical dimensions 122 x 91 x 133mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 5.2") 149 x 110 x 97mm (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 95
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.5
DXO Low light score not tested 3333
Battery life 330 photographs 380 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-92B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal -
Storage slots One Two
Price at release $400 $2,498