• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $381 Average Retail $600 MSRP
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 5.0x zoom 28mm - 140mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $510 Average Retail $500 MSRP

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Advantages

Olympus XZ-2 over Canon G16

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Less shutter lag
    0.115 vs 0.314 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open by holding the shutter button down

Canon G16 over Olympus XZ-2

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Lens zoom ratio
    5.0x vs 4.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Longer shutter
    250 vs 60 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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.

  • AF speed vastly improved; Increased continuous frames per second (JPEGs at 12.5fps vs 10fps in G15); Solid build and ergonomic, comfortable feel; Excellent f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens; Advanced photographic features, including PASM dial and RAW capture; Dedicated ISO button; Customizable buttons; Excellent macro mode; 1080p/60fps Full HD video.

  • LCD screen not articulated; Larger design makes it not very pocketable; Optical viewfinder not very accurate; RAW burst shooting still slow; Wi-Fi is clunky to set-up & no remote shooting capabilities; No built-in GPS.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X10

Olympus XZ-2
Fujifilm X10
  • $381
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $509
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G16
Fujifilm X10
  • $510
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $509
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon G15

Olympus XZ-2
Canon G15
  • $381
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $446
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G16
Canon G15
  • $510
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi
  • $446
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • 24p

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Olympus XZ-2
Pentax MX-1
  • $381
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Hot shoe
  • $345
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
Canon G16
Pentax MX-1
  • $510
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $345
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bulb shutter

Compared to Fujifilm X20

Olympus XZ-2
Fujifilm X20
  • $381
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $533
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon G16
Fujifilm X20
  • $510
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $533
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Canon N100

Olympus XZ-2
Canon N100
  • $381
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Hot shoe
  • $360
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wider angle lens
Canon G16
Canon N100
  • $510
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $360
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wider angle lens
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