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Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung TL500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 

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
Battery life
Longer battery life
320 shots vs 240 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
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
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 TL500

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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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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              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
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-1:10.4 EV
              TL500:11.1 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-1:18.8 bits
              TL500:19.2 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-1:117 ISO
              TL500:129 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              XZ-1:34.0
              TL500:40.0
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              XZ-1:720p @ 30fps
              TL500:480p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-1:4x
              TL500:3x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              TL500:3,200 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
              TL500:1.5 fps
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              XZ-1:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              TL500:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              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
              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
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              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-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $340 - $348

              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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              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
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $659

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $305

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $148

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Samsung TL500 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

              $569

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $478 - $529 body only

              $598 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

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

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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.