Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10

Olympus Stylus SP-100 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 front

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10 Key Specs

Olympus SP-100
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Increase to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.9-6.5) lens
  • 594g - 122 x 91 x 133mm
  • Revealed January 2014
Panasonic G10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 388g - 124 x 90 x 74mm
  • Released August 2010
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Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10 Overview

Following is a complete assessment of the Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a huge gap between the sensor resolutions of the SP-100 (16MP) and G10 (12MP) and the SP-100 (1/2.3") and G10 (Four Thirds) offer different sensor dimensions.

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The SP-100 was announced 3 years after the G10 which is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus SP-100 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic G10 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple summary of how the SP-100 matches up against the G10 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-100 over the Panasonic G10

 SP-100 G10 
ReleasedJanuary 2014August 2010More modern by 43 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic G10 over the Olympus SP-100

 G10 SP-100 

Common features in the Olympus SP-100 and Panasonic G10

 SP-100 G10 
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Screen resolution460k460kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry around your camera often, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus SP-100 comes with outer dimensions of 122mm x 91mm x 133mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 5.2") and a weight of 594 grams (1.31 lbs) and the Panasonic G10 has sizing of 124mm x 90mm x 74mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 2.9") with a weight of 388 grams (0.86 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are using at that time. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the SP-100 compared to the G10.

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SP-100 and G10 is 63 and 72 respectively.

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very hard to visualize the difference between sensor sizes only by reading technical specs. The pic here will help give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the SP-100 and G10.

As you have seen, each of these cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The SP-100 using its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF more difficult and the Olympus SP-100 will offer you more detail with its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots more aggressively. The fresher SP-100 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Portrait photography information
Panasonic G10 Portrait photography information
manual focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
includes face detect focus
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
low resolution (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Street photography information
Panasonic G10 Street photography information
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
heavier than competition (594 grams)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus SP-100
Sports photography with Panasonic G10
long zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
includes tracking focus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Travel photography information
Panasonic G10 Travel photography information
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
long reach (1200mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (594 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
better than average battery power (380 shots)
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
low resolution (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Landscape photography information
Panasonic G10 Landscape photography information
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (380 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-100 Vlogging details
Panasonic G10 Vlogging details
reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with mic socket
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
heavier than competition (594g)
includes face detect autofocus
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone support
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Olympus SP-100 vs Panasonic G10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-100 and Panasonic G10
 Olympus Stylus SP-100Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus Stylus SP-100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2014-01-29 2010-08-09
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Highest boosted ISO 12800 -
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW data
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens mount type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 24-1200mm (50.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.9-6.5 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Available lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display tech TFT LCD TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 920 thousand dots 202 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.52x
Lowest shutter speed 30s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/1700s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 7.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 11.00 m
Flash modes Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/160s
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Optional None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 594g (1.31 lb) 388g (0.86 lb)
Physical dimensions 122 x 91 x 133mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 5.2") 124 x 90 x 74mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 52
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.2
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 411
Battery life 330 pictures 380 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-92B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $400 $550