Samsung TL500

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Samsung TL500

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Olympus XZ-1

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Olympus XZ-1

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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
 

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
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 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
Overall image quality Better image quality 40.0 vs 34.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $299.00 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $201 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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              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
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              XZ-1:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              TL500:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-1:4x
              TL500:3x

              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              XZ-1:6,400 ISO
              TL500:3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              XZ-1:7 fps
              TL500:1.5 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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
              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
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $362 - $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
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $540

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $295 - $429

              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 S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $309 - $340

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $329

              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 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

              $172 - $399

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

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $335 - $591

              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 TL500 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180 - $300

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

              Samsung EX2F

              Pro digicam

              $420

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000

              Travel zoom

              $240

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,199 - $3,399 body only

              $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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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.