Olympus XZ-1

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Olympus XZ-1

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Canon PowerShot G10

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Canon PowerShot G10

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Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G10

True resolution
High true resolution
14.6 MP
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon G10

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Battery life Much longer battery life 1000 shots vs 320 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 14.6 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 50% 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 Slightly lower noise at high ISO 156 ISO vs 117 ISO
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The G10 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 37.0 vs 34.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The XZ-1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.4 EV vs 10 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Slightly smaller 110x64x42 mm vs 109x78x46 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $299.95 vs $714.00
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The best price we've seen is $414 cheaper (2.4x less)
Weight Lighter 275 g vs 390 g
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Around 30% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.7" vs 1.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G10:10 EV
              XZ-1:10.4 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G10:19 bits
              XZ-1:18.8 bits
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G10:156 ISO
              XZ-1:117 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G10:37.0
              XZ-1:34.0
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              G10:480p @ 30fps
              XZ-1:720p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G10:5x
              XZ-1:4x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G10:1,600 ISO
              XZ-1:6,400 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G10:461k dots
              XZ-1:614k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G10:0.7 fps
              XZ-1:7 fps
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G10:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              XZ-1:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $335 - $673

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $329

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $249

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot G10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $550

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $829

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $870

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $148

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $239 - $294

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $400

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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