• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 3.6x zoom 28mm - 100mm (35mm equiv.)

Advantages

Olympus XZ-2 over Sony RX100

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    1.80 vs 2.80 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony RX100 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.
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lighter weight
    240g vs 357g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster RAW shooting
    1.5 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.8 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.

  • Excellent high-ISO performance for such a compact model; Smart controls; Small body; Bright lens; 10fps full-res burst mode; Very fast shutter response; Excellent LCD.

  • Lens flare at night; Poor rendering of yellows; Slow flash recycling; Soft corners wide open; Continuous AF mode slow to lock.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Olympus XZ-2
Sony RX100 II
  • $435
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
  • $605
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100
Sony RX100 II
  • $449
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $605
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Olympus XZ-2
Sony RX100 III
  • $435
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Touchscreen
  • $788
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100
Sony RX100 III
  • $449
  • 1 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $788
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon G15

Olympus XZ-2
Canon G15
  • $435
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony RX100
Canon G15
  • $449
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Olympus XZ-2
Pentax MX-1
  • $435
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • 60p
  • Slow-motion videos
Sony RX100
Pentax MX-1
  • $449
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Integrated ND filter

Compared to Canon G16

Olympus XZ-2
Canon G16
  • $435
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $494
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
Sony RX100
Canon G16
  • $449
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
  • $494
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Fast startup
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