Olympus Stylus 1 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Olympus Stylus 1

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Olympus XZ-2 iHS

52

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Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus 1

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1300 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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

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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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$338.58 vs $457.00
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The best price we've seen is $118 cheaper (around 30% less)
Weight
Slightly 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
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              Stylus 11,040k dots
              XZ-2 iHS920k dots
              Light sensitivity Extremely good maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              Stylus 1f/2.8
              XZ-2 iHSf/1.8
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              11.8 MP
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              Stylus 11/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              XZ-2 iHS1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              Stylus 1410 shots
              XZ-2 iHS340 shots
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Stylus 1$457.00
              XZ-2 iHS$338.58
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              Stylus 120.7 bits
              XZ-2 iHS20.4 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Stylus 1179 ISO
              XZ-2 iHS216 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Stylus 111.6 EV
              XZ-2 iHS11.3 EV
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Stylus 151.0
              XZ-2 iHS49.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              Stylus 110.7x
              XZ-2 iHS4x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Stylus 11/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              XZ-2 iHS1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 - $449 body only

              $499 - $521 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $468 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Olympus Stylus 1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $340 - $398

              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
              Fujifilm X30

              Fujifilm X30

              Pro digicam

              $440 - $599

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus 1s

              Olympus Stylus 1s

              Super zoom

              $699

              Battery life Longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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