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Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic S5

The Olympus Evolt E-500 and the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in September 2005 and September 2020. The E-500 is a DSLR, while the S5 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on a Four Thirds (E-500) and a full frame (S5) sensor. The Olympus has a resolution of 8 megapixels, whereas the Panasonic provides 24 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Olympus E-500
versus
Panasonic S5
Olympus E-500   Panasonic S5
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Four Thirds lenses Leica L mount lenses
8 MP, Four Thirds Sensor 24 MP, Full Frame Sensor
no Video 4K/60p Video
ISO 100-400 (100 - 1,600) ISO 100-51,200 (50 - 204,800)
Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
2.5 LCD, 215k dots 3.0 LCD, 1840k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fully flexible touchscreen
2.5 shutter flaps per second 7 shutter flaps per second
Lens stabilization onlyIn-body stabilization
not weather sealedWeathersealed body
750 shots per battery charge440 shots per battery charge
130 x 95 x 66 mm, 479 g 133 x 98 x 82 mm, 714 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Olympus Evolt E-500 and the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Olympus E-500 and the Panasonic S5 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic S5
Compare E-500 versus S5 top
Comparison E-500 or S5 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Panasonic S5 is notably larger (6 percent) than the Olympus E-500. Moreover, the S5 is substantially heavier (49 percent) than the E-500. It is noteworthy in this context that the S5 is splash and dust-proof, while the E-500 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

Concerning battery life, the E-500 gets 750 shots out of its BLM-1 battery, while the S5 can take 440 images on a single charge of its DMW-BLK22 power pack. The power pack in the S5 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Olympus E-500 130 mm 95 mm 66 mm 479 g 750 n Sep 2005 599 i
2.
 
Panasonic S5 133 mm 98 mm 82 mm 714 g 440 Y Sep 2020 1,999 i
3.
 
Nikon Z6 134 mm 101 mm 67 mm 675 g 310 Y Aug 2018 1,999 i
4.
 
Olympus E-450 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 440 g 500 n Mar 2009 499 i
5.
 
Olympus E-620 130 mm 94 mm 60 mm 521 g 500 n Feb 2009 699 i
6.
 
Olympus E-420 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 440 g 500 n Mar 2008 599 i
7.
 
Olympus E-520 136 mm 92 mm 68 mm 535 g 750 n May 2008 699 i
8.
 
Olympus E-410 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 435 g 500 n Mar 2007 699 i
9.
 
Olympus E-510 136 mm 92 mm 68 mm 538 g 750 n Mar 2007 799 i
10.
 
Olympus E-330 140 mm 87 mm 72 mm 637 g 750 n Jan 2006 999 i
11.
 
Olympus E-400 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 435 g 500 n Sep 2006 699 i
12.
 
Olympus E-300 147 mm 85 mm 64 mm 624 g 750 n Sep 2004 799 i
13.
 
Panasonic S1 149 mm 110 mm 97 mm 1017 g 400 Y Feb 2019 2,499 i
14.
 
Panasonic S1H 151 mm 114 mm 110 mm 1052 g 400 Y May 2019 3,999 i
15.
 
Panasonic GH5 139 mm 98 mm 87 mm 725 g 410 Y Jan 2017 1,999 i
16.
 
Panasonic L10 135 mm 96 mm 78 mm 556 g 450 n Aug 2007 599 i
17.
 
Sony A7 II 127 mm 96 mm 60 mm 599 g 350 Y Nov 2014 1,999 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The E-500 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 70 percent) than the S5, which puts it into a different market segment. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Olympus E-500 features a Four Thirds sensor and the Panasonic S5 a full frame sensor. The sensor area in the S5 is 276 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 2.0 and 1.0. The sensor in the E-500 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the S5 offers a 3:2 aspect.

Olympus E-500 and Panasonic S5 sensor measures

With 24MP, the S5 offers a higher resolution than the E-500 (8MP), but the S5 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 5.94μm versus 5.30μm for the E-500) due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the S5 is a much more recent model (by 14 years and 11 months) than the E-500, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the S5 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Panasonic S5 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the S5 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 30 x 20 inches or 76.2 x 50.8 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 24 x 16 inches or 61 x 40.6 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 20 x 13.3 inches or 50.8 x 33.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Olympus E-500 are 16.3 x 12.2 inches or 41.5 x 31.1 cm for good quality, 13.1 x 9.8 inches or 33.2 x 24.9 cm for very good quality, and 10.9 x 8.2 inches or 27.6 x 20.7 cm for excellent quality prints.

Unlike the E-500, the S5 has the capacity to capture high quality composite images (96MP) by combining multiple shots after shifting its sensor by miniscule distances. This multi-shot, pixel-shift mode is most suitable for photography of stationary objects (landscapes, studio scenes).

The Olympus Evolt E-500 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 400, which can be extended to ISO 100-1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 are ISO 100 to ISO 51200, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 50-204800.

E-500 versus S5 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Olympus E-500 Four Thirds 8.0 3264 2448none...... ..
2.
 
Panasonic S5 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/60p25.114.52697 94
3.
 
Nikon Z6 Full Frame 24.3 6048 40244K/30p25.314.33299 95
4.
 
Olympus E-450 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.510.5512 56
5.
 
Olympus E-620 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 3024none21.310.3536 55
6.
 
Olympus E-420 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.510.4527 56
7.
 
Olympus E-520 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.410.4548 55
8.
 
Olympus E-410 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.110.0494 51
9.
 
Olympus E-510 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.210.0442 52
10.
 
Olympus E-330 Four Thirds 7.4 3136 2352none...... ..
11.
 
Olympus E-400 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none...... ..
12.
 
Olympus E-300 Four Thirds 8.0 3264 2448none...... ..
13.
 
Panasonic S1 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/60p25.214.53333 95
14.
 
Panasonic S1H Full Frame 24.0 6000 40006K/30p...... ..
15.
 
Panasonic GH5 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/60p23.913.0807 77
16.
 
Panasonic L10 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.310.8429 55
17.
 
Sony A7 II Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.913.62449 90

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The S5 indeed provides for movie recording, while the E-500 does not. The highest resolution format that the S5 can use is 4K/60p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the S5 has an electronic viewfinder (2360k dots), while the E-500 has an optical one. Both systems have their advantages, with the electronic viewfinder making it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, whereas the optical viewfinder offers lag-free viewing and a very clear framing image. The viewfinder in the S5 offers a wider field of view (100%) than the one in the E-500 (95%), so that a larger proportion of the captured image is visible in the finder. In addition, the viewfinder of the S5 has a higher magnification (0.74x vs 0.45x), so that the size of the image transmitted appears closer to the size seen with the naked human eye. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Olympus E-500 and Panasonic S5 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Olympus E-500optical n 2.5 215 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
2.
 
Panasonic S52360 n 3.0 1840 full-flex Y 1/8000s 7.0 n Y
3.
 
Nikon Z63690 Y 3.2 2100 tilting Y 1/8000s 12.0 n Y
4.
 
Olympus E-450optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
5.
 
Olympus E-620optical n 2.7 230 swivel n 1/4000s 4.0 Y Y
6.
 
Olympus E-420optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
7.
 
Olympus E-520optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y Y
8.
 
Olympus E-410optical n 2.5 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
9.
 
Olympus E-510optical n 2.5 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y Y
10.
 
Olympus E-330optical n 2.5 215 tilting n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
11.
 
Olympus E-400optical n 2.5 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
12.
 
Olympus E-300optical n 1.8 134 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
13.
 
Panasonic S15760 Y 3.2 2100 full-flex Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y
14.
 
Panasonic S1H5760 Y 3.2 2330 swivel Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y
15.
 
Panasonic GH53680 n 3.2 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 12.0 n Y
16.
 
Panasonic L10optical n 2.5 207 swivel n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
17.
 
Sony A7 II2400 n 3.0 1230 tilting n 1/8000s 5.0 n Y

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The E-500 has one, while the S5 does not. While the built-in flash of the E-500 is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

The S5 has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the E-500 does not have a selfie-screen.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, the S5 is one of those camera that have an additional electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Panasonic S5 has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

The E-500 writes its imaging data to Compact Flash or xD Picture cards, while the S5 uses SDXC cards. Both cameras feature dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Olympus Evolt E-500 and Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Olympus E-500Y-----2.0---
2.
 
Panasonic S5YstereomonoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
3.
 
Nikon Z6YstereomonoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
4.
 
Olympus E-450Y-----2.0---
5.
 
Olympus E-620Y-----2.0---
6.
 
Olympus E-420Y-----2.0---
7.
 
Olympus E-520Y-----2.0---
8.
 
Olympus E-410Y-----2.0---
9.
 
Olympus E-510Y-----2.0---
10.
 
Olympus E-330Y-----2.0---
11.
 
Olympus E-400Y-----2.0---
12.
 
Olympus E-300Y-----2.0---
13.
 
Panasonic S1YstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
14.
 
Panasonic S1HYstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
15.
 
Panasonic GH5YstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
16.
 
Panasonic L10Y-----2.0---
17.
 
Sony A7 IIYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-

It is notable that the S5 offers wifi support, which can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location. In contrast, the E-500 does not provide wifi capability.

The S5 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Panasonic. In contrast, the E-500 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the E-500 was succeeded by the Olympus E-510. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Olympus and Panasonic websites.

Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Olympus E-500 and the Panasonic S5? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Arguments in favor of the Olympus Evolt E-500:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 235g or 33 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (750 versus 440) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (70 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in September 2005).

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Advantages of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (24 vs 8MP), which boosts linear resolution by 77%.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • High quality composites: Can combine several shots after pixel-shifting its sensor.
  • Better image quality: Is equipped with a larger and more technologically advanced sensor.
  • Richer colors: The sensor size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger sensor captures a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger sensor produces good images even in poorly lit environments.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 4K/60p video.
  • More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
  • More complete view: Has a viewfinder with a larger field of view (100% vs 95%).
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.74x vs 0.45x).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.5") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1840k vs 215k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a full-flex screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (7 vs 2.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Better sealing: Is splash and dust sealed for shooting in inclement weather conditions.
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (3.2 vs 2.0).
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More modern: Reflects 14 years and 11 months of technical progress since the E-500 launch.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the S5 is the clear winner of the contest (28 : 7 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

E-500 07:28 S5

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Olympus E-500 and the Panasonic S5 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the E-500 or the S5 perform in practice. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Olympus E-500..76/100+ +.... Sep 2005 599 i
2.
 
Panasonic S54.5/5+ +88/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2020 1,999 i
3.
 
Nikon Z65/5..89/1004.5/55/5 Aug 2018 1,999 i
4.
 
Olympus E-450......4/54/5 Mar 2009 499 i
5.
 
Olympus E-6203/588/10072/1004.5/55/5 Feb 2009 699 i
6.
 
Olympus E-420..85/100+ +4/54.5/5 Mar 2008 599 i
7.
 
Olympus E-520..87/100+ +4.5/54.5/5 May 2008 699 i
8.
 
Olympus E-410..86/100+ +4/54.5/5 Mar 2007 699 i
9.
 
Olympus E-510..89/100+ +3.5/54.5/5 Mar 2007 799 i
10.
 
Olympus E-330....+o.. Jan 2006 999 i
11.
 
Olympus E-400..85/100..4/54/5 Sep 2006 699 i
12.
 
Olympus E-300....+o4.5/5 Sep 2004 799 i
13.
 
Panasonic S14.5/5+ +88/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2019 2,499 i
14.
 
Panasonic S1H....90/100.... May 2019 3,999 i
15.
 
Panasonic GH54.5/5+ +85/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2017 1,999 i
16.
 
Panasonic L10..85/100+3.5/54/5 Aug 2007 599 i
17.
 
Sony A7 II5/5+82/1004.5/55/5 Nov 2014 1,999 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Olympus E-500 vs Panasonic S5

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Olympus E-500 Panasonic S5
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Four Thirds lenses Leica L mount lenses
    Launch Date September 2005 September 2020
    Launch Price USD 599 USD 1,999
    Sensor Specs Olympus E-500 Panasonic S5
    Sensor Technology CCD CMOS
    Sensor Format Four Thirds Sensor Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm 35.6 x 23.8 mm
    Sensor Area 224.9 mm2 847.28 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 21.6 mm 42.8 mm
    Crop Factor 2.0x 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 8 Megapixels 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3264 x 2448 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.30 μm 5.94 μm
    Pixel Density 3.55 MP/cm2 2.83 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability no Video 4K/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 400 ISO 100 - 51,200 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 1,600 ISO 50 - 204,800 ISO
    Image Processor TruePic Venus
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 94
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 25.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 14.5
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 2697
    Screen Specs Olympus E-500 Panasonic S5
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.45x 0.74x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.5inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 215k dots 1840k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fully flexible screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Olympus E-500 Panasonic S5
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 2.5 shutter flaps/s 7 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterno E-Shutterup to 1/8000s
    Time-Lapse Photographyno IntervalometerIntervalometer built-in
    Image StabilizationLens stabilization onlyIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CF or XD cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots Dual card slots
    Connectivity Specs Olympus E-500 Panasonic S5
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 3.2
    HDMI Port no HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port no MIC socket External MIC port
    Headphone Socket no Headphone port Headphone port
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Olympus E-500 Panasonic S5
    Environmental Sealingnot weather sealedWeathersealed body
    Battery Type BLM-1 DMW-BLK22
    Battery Life (CIPA)750 shots per charge440 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 130 x 95 x 66 mm
    (5.1 x 3.7 x 2.6 in)
    133 x 98 x 82 mm
    (5.2 x 3.9 x 3.2 in)
    Camera Weight 479 g (16.9 oz) 714 g (25.2 oz)

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