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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
30
Overall
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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5 Key Specs

Olympus SP-820UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 22-896mm (F3.4-5.7) lens
  • 485g - 117 x 78 x 93mm
  • Launched August 2012
  • Superseded the Olympus SP-820UZ
  • Refreshed by Olympus SP-820UZ
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
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ8
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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5 Overview

In this article, we are comparing the Olympus SP-820UZ versus Panasonic ZS5, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the SP-820UZ (14MP) and the ZS5 (12MP) is very close and they possess the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SP-820UZ was brought out 2 years after the ZS5 which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving in to a detailed comparison, below is a quick overview of how the SP-820UZ grades against the ZS5 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-820UZ over the Panasonic ZS5

 SP-820UZ ZS5 
RevealedAugust 2012June 2010Newer by 27 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS5 over the Olympus SP-820UZ

 ZS5 SP-820UZ 

Common features in the Olympus SP-820UZ and Panasonic ZS5

 SP-820UZ ZS5 
Manual focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera, you will have to take into account its weight and size. The Olympus SP-820UZ features exterior dimensions of 117mm x 78mm x 93mm (4.6" x 3.1" x 3.7") having a weight of 485 grams (1.07 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS5 has specifications of 103mm x 60mm x 32mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are working with at the time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the SP-820UZ vs the ZS5.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the SP-820UZ and ZS5 is 69 and 92 respectively.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions purely by researching specs. The picture underneath should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the SP-820UZ and ZS5.

All in all, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different MP. You should expect to see the Olympus SP-820UZ to provide you with extra detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop pics far more aggressively. The fresher SP-820UZ provides an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Portrait photography details
Panasonic ZS5 Portrait photography details
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decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
offers face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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includes face detection focus
no manual focus
external flash not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Street photography information
Panasonic ZS5 Street photography information
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screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
heavier than average (485g)
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (214g)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Sports photography information
Panasonic ZS5 Sports photography information
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excellent zoom range (22-896mm 40.7 x zoom)
decent megapixels (14MP)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
max fps very slow (2.0 frames per second)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS5 Travel photography features
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decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (22mm)
very long zoom (896mm)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than average (485g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
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lighter than competitors in class (214g)
built-in flash
quite wide (25mm)
long reach (300mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Landscape photography factors
Panasonic ZS5 Landscape photography factors
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really wide (22mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
manual mode not possible
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Time Lapse function
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quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inch)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Vlogging details
Panasonic ZS5 Vlogging details
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really wide (22mm)
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
no mic support
heavier than average (485g)
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quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
lighter than competitors in class (214 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic support
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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic ZS5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-820UZ and Panasonic ZS5
 Olympus Stylus SP-820UZPanasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5
Also called - Lumix DMC-TZ8
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-08-21 2010-06-16
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 11
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 22-896mm (40.7x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.4-5.7 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1300 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 15.00 m 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 180 (30, 240 fps) 1280 x 720 (30fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 485g (1.07 lbs) 214g (0.47 lbs)
Dimensions 117 x 78 x 93mm (4.6" x 3.1" x 3.7") 103 x 60 x 32mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $299 $300