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Olympus XZ-1

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
21.7 bits
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 60.0 vs 34.0
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Around 80% better image quality
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Color depth Better color depth 21.7 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.9 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
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More than 5x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 644 ISO vs 117 ISO
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The G1X has excellent image quality 2.5 f-stops higher ISO than the XZ-1
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.8 EV vs 10.4 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Macro focus Much better macro capability 1 cm vs 20 cm
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Focus on subjects 20x closer to the lens
Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 110x64x42 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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2x smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 275 g vs 492 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 2.6"
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More than 30% thinner
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 320 shots vs 250 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $299.95 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $249 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X:10.8 EV
              XZ-1:10.4 EV
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1X:21.7 bits
              XZ-1:18.8 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X:60.0
              XZ-1:34.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $499

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $699 - $700

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $799

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $330 - $449

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $1,102

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $547

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $158 - $199

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $800

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $240 - $294

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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