• 1 inch 115.3mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon S2 advantages over Olympus E-M10 II

  • Slower slow-motion
    1200 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 46 mm
    Thinner
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 8.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Olympus E-M10 II advantages over Nikon S2

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 2.85 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent value for the money; Professional-grade ergonomics; Incredibly good image quality for its class; Solid performance specs across the board; Loaded with features.

  • Kit lens may not be quite as sharp as previous kit lens from this line; Below average battery life; Somewhat confusing menu systems.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax Q7

Nikon S2
Pentax Q7
  • $259
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-M10 II
Pentax Q7
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Nikon S2
Olympus E-M10
  • $259
  • 1 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $574
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-M10 II
Olympus E-M10
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $574
  • 4/3

Compared to Nikon J4

Nikon S2
Nikon J4
  • $259
  • 1 inch
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $365
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Olympus E-M10 II
Nikon J4
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $365
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Pentax Q-S1

Nikon S2
Pentax Q-S1
  • $259
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-M10 II
Pentax Q-S1
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Nikon S2
Panasonic GX85
  • $259
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-M10 II
Panasonic GX85
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
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