• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)

Advantages

Olympus XZ-2 over Pentax MX-1

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Less shutter lag
    0.115 vs 0.241 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster RAW shooting
    0.8 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode

Pentax MX-1 over Olympus XZ-2

  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 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.

  • Good image quality for a compact camera in its class; Sharp, bright f/1.8-2.5 lens with 4x optical zoom; Cool retro-styled design with brass top and bottom plates; Tilting LCD; Exposure compensation dial; Speedy and accurate autofocus; Full HD video recording.

  • Image detail starts dropping off noticeably above ISO 800, and noise becomes problematic at ISO 3200 and beyond; Sluggish cycle times and burst performance; Issues with purple fringing in some shooting scenarios; Heavier and larger than other cameras in its class.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X10

Olympus XZ-2
Fujifilm X10
  • $416
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $600
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Pentax MX-1
Fujifilm X10
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
  • $600
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon P7700

Olympus XZ-2
Nikon P7700
  • $416
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag
  • $497
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • 60p
Pentax MX-1
Nikon P7700
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less shutter lag
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $497
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • External Mic

Compared to Canon G15

Olympus XZ-2
Canon G15
  • $416
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Pentax MX-1
Canon G15
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon G16

Olympus XZ-2
Canon G16
  • $416
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $494
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
Pentax MX-1
Canon G16
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bulb shutter
  • $494
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Canon N100

Olympus XZ-2
Canon N100
  • $416
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots RAW
  • Manual focus
  • $352
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Pentax MX-1
Canon N100
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots RAW
  • 60p
  • $352
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Touchscreen
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