• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $379 Average Retail $600 MSRP
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 2.9x zoom 24mm - 70mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $788 Average Retail $800 MSRP

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Advantages

Olympus XZ-2 over Sony RX100 III

  • Lens zoom ratio
    4.0x vs 2.9x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony RX100 III 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.
  • 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
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    3 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • High-res screen
    1229k vs 920k dots
    Better screen fidelity makes you a better photographer
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.2 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    20 vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.9 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • $379
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $458
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100
  • $788
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $458
  • 1 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Olympus XZ-2
Sony RX100 II
  • $379
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
  • $591
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100 III
Sony RX100 II
  • $788
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $591
  • 1 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Canon G15

Olympus XZ-2
Canon G15
  • $379
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $412
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony RX100 III
Canon G15
  • $788
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $412
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Olympus XZ-2
Pentax MX-1
  • $379
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag
  • $379
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • 60p
  • Slow-motion videos
Sony RX100 III
Pentax MX-1
  • $788
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $379
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Canon G16

Olympus XZ-2
Canon G16
  • $379
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $505
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
Sony RX100 III
Canon G16
  • $788
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $505
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Hot shoe
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