• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony RX100 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.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Better color depth
    22.6 vs 20.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    390 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
  • Thinner
    35 mm vs 48 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lighter weight
    240g vs 357g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    13 vs 4 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 vs 3 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus XZ-2 advantages over Sony RX100

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $448
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.80 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • 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 exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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.
  • 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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Sony RX100
Sony RX100 II
  • $445
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $594
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
Olympus XZ-2
Sony RX100 II
  • $256
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $594
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Sony RX100
Sony RX100 III
  • $445
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $793
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
Olympus XZ-2
Sony RX100 III
  • $256
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $793
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon G15

Sony RX100
Canon G15
  • $445
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $431
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus XZ-2
Canon G15
  • $256
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $431
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Sony RX100
Pentax MX-1
  • $445
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Integrated ND filter
Olympus XZ-2
Pentax MX-1
  • $256
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Sony RX100
Sony RX100 II
  • $445
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $594
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
Olympus XZ-2
Sony RX100 II
  • $256
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $594
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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