Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Olympus XZ-1 vs Samsung EX2F

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Reasons to buy the Samsung EX1

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 320 shots vs 240 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
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 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 275 g vs 386 g
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Around 30% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 16s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Samsung EX1

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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.1 EV vs 10.4 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 40.0 vs 34.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size Slightly smaller 114x63x29 mm vs 110x64x42 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/1.8
              Screen type OLED screens Help
              Bright and vivid
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              XZ-1:$499.99
              EX1:$482.97
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-1:10.4 EV
              EX1:11.1 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-1:18.8 bits
              EX1:19.2 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-1:117 ISO
              EX1:129 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              XZ-1:34.0
              EX1:40.0
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              XZ-1:720p @ 30fps
              EX1:480p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-1:4x
              EX1:3x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              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
              XZ-1:6,400 ISO
              EX1:3,200 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              XZ-1:7 fps
              EX1:1.5 fps
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              XZ-1:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              EX1:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              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
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $360 - $568

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $507

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              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

              $159 - $199

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

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              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180 - $250

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung EX2F

              Samsung EX2F

              Pro digicam

              $470

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $449 body only

              $450 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Size Significantly larger

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