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

Samsung EX1 vs Olympus XZ-1

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Reasons to buy the Samsung EX1

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
320 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
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
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 4.5x 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 1 f-stop better
Battery life
Longer battery life
320 shots vs 240 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
275 g vs 386 g
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Around 30% lighter
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 16s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Samsung EX1

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
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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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 Very wide aperture Help
              f/1.8
              Screen type OLED screens Help
              Bright and vivid
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              XZ-11/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              EX11/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              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-110.4 EV
              EX111.1 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-118.8 bits
              EX119.2 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-1117 ISO
              EX1129 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              XZ-134.0
              EX140.0
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              XZ-1720p @ 30fps
              EX1480p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-14x
              EX13x

              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
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              XZ-16,400 ISO
              EX13,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              XZ-17 fps
              EX11.5 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $339

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $179

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $969

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Samsung EX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

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

              Samsung EX2F

              Pro digicam

              $258

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1

              Travel zoom

              $242

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Lighter
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $290

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

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