• 2/3 inch 58.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Fujifilm XQ2 advantages over Olympus E-PL8

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Olympus E-PL8 advantages over Fujifilm XQ2

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 2/3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 2.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm XF1

Fujifilm XQ2
Fujifilm XF1
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $380
  • 2/3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
Olympus E-PL8
Fujifilm XF1
  • $280
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $380
  • 2/3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus XZ-10

Fujifilm XQ2
Olympus XZ-10
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus E-PL8
Olympus XZ-10
  • $280
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Internal flash
  • Integrated ND filter

Compared to Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm XQ2
Fujifilm XQ1
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • $480
  • 2/3 inch
Olympus E-PL8
Fujifilm XQ1
  • $280
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $480
  • 2/3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Fujifilm XQ2
Olympus E-PL7
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL7
  • $280
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $399
  • 4/3

Compared to Olympus E-PL9

Fujifilm XQ2
Olympus E-PL9
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL9
  • $280
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
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