Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Olympus XZ-1

Nikon Coolpix P7100 vs Olympus XZ-1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7100

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1900 ms startup delay
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Tunnel
 

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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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Advantages of the Nikon P7100

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External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality
Better image quality
41.0 vs 34.0
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More than 20% better image quality
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
921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
165 ISO vs 117 ISO
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The P7100 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.7 EV vs 10.4 EV
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0.6 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 (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
19.4 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 1.3 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The XZ-1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
111×65×42 mm vs 114×77×45 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
275 g vs 395 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.99 vs $395.00
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The best price we've seen is $195 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              P7100f/2.8
              XZ-1f/1.8
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              P710010.7 EV
              XZ-110.4 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              P710019.4 bits
              XZ-118.8 bits
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              P71006,400 ISO
              XZ-1None
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              P7100165 ISO
              XZ-1117 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              P710041.0
              XZ-134.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P71007.1x
              XZ-14x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              P71002.0 cm
              XZ-11.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              P71001.3 fps
              XZ-17 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              P71003,200 ISO
              XZ-16,400 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $163

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $986

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $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
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $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
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures

              Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $375

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500 - $547

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $513

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $781

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $638

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $319

              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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