Samsung TL500 vs Olympus XZ-1

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Reasons to buy the Samsung TL500

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Battery life
Longer battery life
320 shots vs 240 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
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 2 f-stops better
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 16s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Weight
Lighter
275 g vs 386 g
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Around 30% lighter
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 TL500

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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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1.4 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
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Slightly smaller
114×63×29 mm vs 111×65×42 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
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/1.8
              Screen type OLED screens Help
              Bright and vivid
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-1117 ISO
              TL500129 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-118.8 bits
              TL50019.2 bits
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-110.4 EV
              TL50011.1 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              XZ-134.0
              TL50040.0
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              XZ-1720p @ 30fps
              TL500480p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-14x
              TL5003x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              XZ-11/2000s
              TL5001/1500s
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              XZ-16,400 ISO
              TL5003,200 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              XZ-17 fps
              TL5001.5 fps
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              XZ-11/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              TL5001/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED 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
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $260

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

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

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $449

              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

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot N100

              Canon PowerShot N100

              Pro digicam

              $215 - $349

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $197

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

              Samsung TL500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX500

              Samsung NX500

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $686 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Slightly larger
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung EX2F

              Samsung EX2F

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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              Windman_ (2:36 PM, October 13, 2011)
              TL500/EX1 is great at daylight. images are crisp colors are very well maintained but when it is dark, it pushes iso level harsly. it has screen that is very good quality-when ambient light is low ,but under bright sun light it is hard to see images. video quality is good, but resolution is low. for this price it is a good investment which can accompany to DSLR during trips. I strongly sugget using a polarizer filter with an adaptor tube all times.