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Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus 1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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Advantages of the Olympus Stylus 1

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High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.6 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life 410 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 51.0 vs 49.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Color depth Better color depth 20.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Zoom Slightly more zoom 10.7x vs 4x
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More than 7x more zoom
Lowest price Cheaper $199.99 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $99 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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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-2 iHS's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 216 ISO vs 179 ISO
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The XZ-2 iHS has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Smaller 113x65x48 mm vs 116x87x56 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight Lighter 346 g vs 402 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.9" vs 2.2"
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Around 20% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              Stylus 1:1,040k dots
              XZ-2 iHS:920k dots
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Light sensitivity Extremely good maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              11.8 MP
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              Stylus 1:20.7 bits
              XZ-2 iHS:20.4 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Stylus 1:179 ISO
              XZ-2 iHS:216 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Stylus 1:51.0
              XZ-2 iHS:49.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              Stylus 1:10.7x
              XZ-2 iHS:4x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              Stylus 1:$199.99
              XZ-2 iHS:$299.00
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              11.8 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Stylus 1:11.6 EV
              XZ-2 iHS:11.3 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Stylus 1:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              XZ-2 iHS:1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $362 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $499

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $464

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $419 - $499

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen

              Olympus Stylus 1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749 - $799

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

              Pro digicam

              $998

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $390 - $536

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 body only

              $749 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $170 - $399

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $335 - $591

              Sensor size Larger sensor
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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