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

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

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
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

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
Weight
Lighter
275 g vs 390 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$499.99 vs $829.95
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The best price we've seen is $330 cheaper (around 40% less)
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
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G10:$829.95
              XZ-1:$499.99
              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
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G10:156 ISO
              XZ-1:117 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $507

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $829

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $659

              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 G10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $520

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Screen size Smaller screen
              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
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $410

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              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
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $239 - $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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

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