• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28mm - 112mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28mm - 140mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus XZ-2 advantages over Canon G15

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $420
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    216 vs 165 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.46 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.0 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Canon G15 advantages over Olympus XZ-2

  • More lens zoom
    5.0x vs 4.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer battery life
    More info 770 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 4 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.2 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    20 vs 3 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Both provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Good image quality for its class; Fast, bright f/1.8-2.5 i.ZUIKO 4x zoom lens; Dual-purpose front Control Ring lets you select aperture or focus manually; three-inch articulating LCD touch-screen monitor.

  • Pricier than many enthusiast compacts; Image detail starts dropping off at ISO 800 and noise becomes problematic at ISO 3200; Lens cover pops off as zoom lens extends, when you turn the camera on.

  • Solid built and ergonomic, comfortable feel; Excellent f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens; Improved AF speed; Advanced photographic features, including PASM dial and RAW capture.

  • LCD screen no longer articulated; Optical viewfinder not very accurate and exhibits parallax; No WiFi or GPS.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-2
Olympus XZ-1
  • $261
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Canon G15
Olympus XZ-1
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Fujifilm X10

Olympus XZ-2
Fujifilm X10
  • $261
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $350
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G15
Fujifilm X10
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Longer battery life
  • $350
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Olympus XZ-2
Pentax MX-1
  • $261
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag
  • $448
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Canon G15
Pentax MX-1
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $448
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon G16

Olympus XZ-2
Canon G16
  • $261
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $391
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
Canon G15
Canon G16
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $391
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Canon N100

Olympus XZ-2
Canon N100
  • $261
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • RAW file ability
  • $342
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Wi-Fi
Canon G15
Canon N100
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $342
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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