Olympus XZ-1 vs Canon PowerShot G10

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Olympus XZ-1

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Canon PowerShot G10

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Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G10

True resolution
High true resolution
14.6 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2000 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

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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
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  1. 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
Slightly 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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
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 4 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.4 EV vs 10 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$206.00 vs $834.00
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The best price we've seen is $628 cheaper (4x less)
Size
Slightly smaller
111×65×42 mm vs 109×78×46 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
275 g vs 390 g
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Around 30% lighter
Longest exposure
Significantly 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
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1010 EV
              XZ-110.4 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1019 bits
              XZ-118.8 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G10156 ISO
              XZ-1117 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1037.0
              XZ-134.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              G10480p @ 30fps
              XZ-1720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G105x
              XZ-14x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G100.7 fps
              XZ-17 fps
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G101,600 ISO
              XZ-16,400 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G10461k dots
              XZ-1614k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $976

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $333

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot G10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $529

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $781

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G7

              Canon PowerShot G7

              Digicam

              $789

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $405

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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