Canon PowerShot S95 vs Olympus XZ-1

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

43

Olympus XZ-1

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

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
1.0 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S95.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus XZ-1.

competitors

Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Pro digicam

$699

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Sensor size Much larger sensor
Size Slightly larger
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$320

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Wide angle Better wide angle
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$499

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Supports 24p No 24p support

Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Pro digicam

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Pro digicam

$254

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Pro digicam

$699

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

discussion

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Olympus XZ-1
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Mike (6:51 PM, March 06, 2012)
I own and use both cameras. This is very odd advice. To address the low light issue first: The Olympus has a lens which is much faster, so the fact that the Canon has a sensor/processing engine about 1/3 stop less noisy is in no way going to lead to it having better low light ability (although the Olympus has a badly-designed exposure meter and requires between 1 and 2 stops of exposure compensation to be dialled in in low light). The Olympus lens is also optically slightly better than the Canon's in terms of corner sharpness, so if you know how to use it, is capable of slightly better image quality than the Canon. 
 
felipe (1:39 AM, February 14, 2012)
The canon feels like a toy camera, I had it for 2 weeks and took hundreds of pic. the image quality is very good but the olympus pic are great! I willl keep the olympus because is a lot more camera in any subject, the lens are incredible fast, 1.8f and 2.5f at max zoom, as far a low light situations the olympus is the king the canon shows more noise. 
 
Niunalias (9:00 AM, January 11, 2012)
I will pot to you whatewer you want that I will take better photos in low light with my xz-1 than you with your S95. (I have both cameras) and I can say to you that now I can shoot at 100-200 iso in practically all situations, raising to 400 in a candel situations, with the S95 I must raise till 800 to 1600. Iso 400 is fairy better than canon iso 800 not to mention iso 200 at xz-1.
This page is Canon powered ?
 
Guest (6:25 PM, December 04, 2011)
The Test is not fair at all.
For example: "At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures marginally more light (0,3 f-stops)"... noone is bothering about the wide end... as soon as u zoom in a bit, u got far smaller aperture at s95. You could write, that XZ-1 is only 0.5 f-stops slower at tele then Canon at the wide end. Sounds different, doesn't it?
And by the way: If snapsort cites dpreview.com, so please don't forget to mention, that S95 reached a score of 72% there (really good result, Silver Award) but the XZ-1 was even better with 74% (Gold Award)
The only real advantage of the canon is its smaller size.
 
Dexterus (7:16 PM, August 29, 2011)
yeah.. "should" Especially with it's dark F4.9 at longer end.
 
Charlie (2:10 PM, August 17, 2011)
I have had both and I sold the S95 because I like the colors that come out of the XZ-1 better. There's not much difference when it comes to handling the two - it's just a matter of getting used to your tool. I hate Photoshop so therefor the XZ-1 was the perfect choice for me. I just open the RAW file in Olympus Viewer 2 and save them as jpg's. Sometimes - if I've made a blunder - I change the white balance before I convert the file - thats all :) With the S95 there was always something I did not like and had to adjust :( You should try them both to see for yourself....
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:42 PM, May 06, 2011)
Snapsort recommends the Canon S95 because it has better image quality, it should take better photos in low light situations, it's smaller, lighter and cheaper.
Good luck in your search.
 
Nishith (1:22 PM, May 06, 2011)
i am considering Cannon S95 or Olympus xz-1. Can anyone advise which is better?
 
Eliedata (0:12 PM, February 05, 2011)
The XZ-1 sensor is 1/1.63" (not 1/1.7").