• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28mm - 112mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24mm - 70mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus XZ-2 advantages over Sony RX100 III

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More lens zoom
    4.0x vs 2.9x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony RX100 III advantages over Olympus XZ-2

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    495 vs 216 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    13 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    48 vs 4 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 3 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in 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

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.

  • Pocket-friendly design; Popup electronic viewfinder; Bright lens across the zoom range; Great performance with very fast autofocus; Very high resolution gives lots of detail in good light; High ISO noise levels much better than most pocket camera rivals; Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Feels a little unbalanced without an accessory grip; Not as much telephoto reach as its siblings; Noise processing is heavier-handed than in earlier models; Quite pricey for a fixed-lens camera

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Olympus XZ-2
Sony RX100
  • $264
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $443
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100
  • $790
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
  • $443
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Olympus XZ-2
Sony RX100 II
  • $264
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $591
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100 II
  • $790
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $591
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Canon G7X

Olympus XZ-2
Canon G7X
  • $264
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $642
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 III
Canon G7X
  • $790
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $642
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Olympus XZ-2
Panasonic LX100
  • $264
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $790
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 III
Panasonic LX100
  • $790
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Thinner
  • $790
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon G15

Olympus XZ-2
Canon G15
  • $264
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony RX100 III
Canon G15
  • $790
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
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