Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Canon EOS M

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Canon EOS M

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Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Size
Really small
Compact 109x66x32 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
 
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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
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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More than 8x larger sensor
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
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
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 109x66x32 mm vs 113x65x48 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 298 g vs 346 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $235.79 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $63 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Image stabilization Image stabilization 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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0.1 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 Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              EOS M:1,040k dots
              XZ-2 iHS:920k dots
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              EOS M:11.2 EV
              XZ-2 iHS:11.3 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              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
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,098

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 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 T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $600 body only

              $579 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

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

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $159 - $398

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $580

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $1,000

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $330 - $449

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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