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Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70

Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
26
Overall
33
Olympus VG-160 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front
Portability
87
Imaging
47
Features
70
Overall
56

Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70 Key Specs

Olympus VG-160
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 125g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Launched January 2012
Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Announced April 2017
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS60
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS80
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Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70 Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Olympus VG-160 and Panasonic ZS70, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Olympus and Panasonic. There is a significant difference between the image resolutions of the VG-160 (14MP) and ZS70 (20MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The VG-160 was introduced 6 years earlier than the ZS70 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a full comparison, below is a short introduction of how the VG-160 matches up versus the ZS70 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VG-160 over the Panasonic ZS70

 VG-160 ZS70 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Olympus VG-160

 ZS70 VG-160 
AnnouncedApril 2017January 2012Fresher by 64 months
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus VG-160 and Panasonic ZS70

 VG-160 ZS70 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions

Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus VG-160 features exterior measurements of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") with a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS70 has proportions of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") having a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have at the time. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the VG-160 compared to the ZS70.

Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the VG-160 and ZS70 is 96 and 87 respectively.

Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70 top view buttons comparison

Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be hard to see the contrast between sensor sizing purely by reviewing specs. The graphic below will give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the VG-160 and ZS70.

All in all, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Panasonic ZS70 to offer you more detail using its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also let you crop pictures much more aggressively. The older VG-160 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70 sensor size comparison

Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VG-160 Portrait photography details
Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography details
34
good MP (14 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
54
manual focus
megapixel count decent (20MP)
features face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus VG-160 Street photography highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Street photography highlights
56
lighter than competition (125 grams)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
76
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
has focus via touch
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus VG-160 Sports photography features
Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography features
27
good MP (14MP)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery (165 shots)
does not have phase detect AF
61
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
features tracking focus
good battery power (380 per charge)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VG-160 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZS70 as a Travel photography camera
66
lighter than competition (125 grams)
good MP (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (26mm)
no Time Lapse mode
low battery (165 per charge)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
79
good battery power (380 shots)
has focus via touch
megapixel count decent (20MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VG-160 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS70 as a Landscape photography camera
37
quite wide (26mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good MP (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
low battery (165 per charge)
no Time Lapse mode
62
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
exports RAW files
good battery power (380 shots)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VG-160 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Vlogging highlights
30
quite wide (26mm)
has face detection focusing
lighter than competition (125 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic support
74
reasonably wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have mic socket
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Olympus VG-160 vs Panasonic ZS70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VG-160 and Panasonic ZS70
 Olympus VG-160Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus VG-160 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-TZ90
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-01-10 2017-04-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 49
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range 7cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.80 m 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 180 (30,15 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 125 grams (0.28 pounds) 322 grams (0.71 pounds)
Dimensions 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
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 165 photographs 380 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-70B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $90 $450