• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 130.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 84.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus XZ-10 advantages over Canon G9X

  • More telephoto lens reach
    130 mm vs 84 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Canon G9X advantages over Olympus XZ-10

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.55 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Newer
    4 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.5 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Both provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Smallest 1-inch sensor camera available; Slips in a pants pocket almost unnoticed; Bright lens at wide-angle; Great image quality; Swift 6.5 fps JPEG burst shooting; Intuitive touch-screen control; In-camera Wi-Fi gets images onto your phone easily

  • Limited 3x zoom range; Tighter wide-angle than competitors; JPEG buffer limited to 10 frames; very slow bracketing / raw burst shooting; Touch-screen menus take lots of tapping; Poor battery life

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Olympus XZ-10
Sony RX100
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon G9X
Sony RX100
  • $404
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Fujifilm XF1

Olympus XZ-10
Fujifilm XF1
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $360
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon G9X
Fujifilm XF1
  • $404
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $360
  • 2/3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup

Compared to Fujifilm XQ1

Olympus XZ-10
Fujifilm XQ1
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $480
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon G9X
Fujifilm XQ1
  • $404
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $480
  • 2/3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Fujifilm XQ2

Olympus XZ-10
Fujifilm XQ2
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
Canon G9X
Fujifilm XQ2
  • $404
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon G9X Mark II

Olympus XZ-10
Canon G9X Mark II
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Hot shoe
  • $429
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon G9X
Canon G9X Mark II
  • $404
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $429
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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