Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung EX2F

Winner
Olympus XZ-2 iHS

53

Samsung EX2F

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung EX2F

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.4
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1700 ms startup delay
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid

galleries

Explore our gallery of 37 sample photos taken by the Olympus XZ-2 iHS. Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Samsung EX2F.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The XZ-2 iHS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
340 shots vs 260 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
20.4 bits vs 20 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
49.0 vs 48.0
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Samsung EX2F

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.4 vs f/1.8
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At its widest zoom, the EX2F 's lens captures much more light (0.7 f-stops)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Digital, Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Smaller
111x62x28 mm vs 113x65x48 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.9"
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Around 40% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12 MP vs 11.8 MP
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$262.49 vs $344.52
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The best price we've seen is $82 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
319 g vs 346 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              XZ-2 iHSf/1.8
              EX2F f/1.4
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              XZ-2 iHS11.8 MP
              EX2F 12 MP
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              XZ-2 iHS1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
              EX2F 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-2 iHS20.4 bits
              EX2F 20 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-2 iHS11.3 EV
              EX2F 11.5 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-2 iHS216 ISO
              EX2F 209 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              XZ-2 iHS49.0
              EX2F 48.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-2 iHS4x
              EX2F 3.3x

              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
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              XZ-2 iHS1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
              EX2F 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Stylus 1

              Olympus Stylus 1

              Pro digicam

              $457 - $626

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $57

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Samsung EX2F Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung TL500

              Samsung TL500

              Pro digicam

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $192 body only

              $320 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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