Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Canon EOS M

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Olympus XZ-2 iHS

65

Canon EOS M

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Size
Really small
Compact (109×66×32 mm)
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS M.
Explore our gallery of 37 sample photos taken by the Olympus XZ-2 iHS.

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Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
65.0 vs 49.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 11.8 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
827 ISO vs 216 ISO
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The EOS M has excellent image quality: 1.9 f-stops higher ISO than the XZ-2 iHS
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size
Slightly smaller
109×66×32 mm vs 113×65×48 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Weight
Slightly lighter
298 g vs 346 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Battery life
Longer battery life
340 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              EOS M1,040k dots
              XZ-2 iHS920k dots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              EOS M11.2 EV
              XZ-2 iHS11.3 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              EOS M65.0
              XZ-2 iHS49.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M3

              Canon EOS M3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $284 body only

              $350 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Size Significantly larger

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $206

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Touch screen No touch screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Olympus Stylus 1

              Olympus Stylus 1

              Pro digicam

              $398 - $626

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $381

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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