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

Samsung EX1

Winner
Samsung EX1

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Olympus XZ-1

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Olympus XZ-1

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung EX1

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 

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
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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 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 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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Wide angle Significantly 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
Overall image quality Better image quality 40.0 vs 34.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.1 EV vs 10.4 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
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
Color depth Better color depth 19.2 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
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 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
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        XZ-1:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
        EX1:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        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
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
        Missing that film look
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        XZ-1:6,400 ISO
        EX1:3,200 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        XZ-1:7 fps
        EX1:1.5 fps

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus XZ-2 iHS

        Olympus XZ-2 iHS

        Pro digicam

        $599

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $479 - $498

        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Pro digicam

        $500

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

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $318 - $400

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Pro digicam

        $323 - $425

        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
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $325

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Pentax MX-1

        Pentax MX-1

        Pro digicam

        $234

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Thickness Is thicker

        Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus Stylus XZ-10

        Olympus Stylus XZ-10

        Pro digicam

        $186 - $399

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $338 - $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

        Samsung EX1 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Samsung EX2F

        Samsung EX2F

        Pro digicam

        $329

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $248 - $300

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

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