• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon D90 advantages over Olympus XZ-2

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.50 vs 1.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 1.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    22.7 vs 20.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    977 vs 216 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.5 vs 11.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 850 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 4 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    10 vs 3 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus XZ-2 advantages over Nikon D90

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    48 mm vs 77 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    6 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.0 fps vs 4.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 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
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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

  • 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 Nikon D300S

Nikon D90
Nikon D300S
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • External Mic Jack
  • More cross-type AF points
Olympus XZ-2
Nikon D300S
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony DSLR-A550

Nikon D90
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus XZ-2
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony DSLR-A500

Nikon D90
Sony DSLR-A500
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus XZ-2
Sony DSLR-A500
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus XZ-1

Nikon D90
Olympus XZ-1
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus XZ-2
Olympus XZ-1
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Nikon D90
Pentax MX-1
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus XZ-2
Pentax MX-1
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Hot shoe
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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