• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.6 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony A850 advantages over Olympus XZ-2

  • Larger sensor
    35mm 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
    ~ 5.94 vs 1.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    23.8 vs 20.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,415 vs 216 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 880 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More pixels
    24.6 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    23 vs 4 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus XZ-2 advantages over Sony A850

  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    48 mm vs 81 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    6 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    357g vs 850g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 3.0 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

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Sony A900

Sony A850
Sony A900
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Olympus XZ-2
Sony A900
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus XZ-1

Sony A850
Olympus XZ-1
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
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 Canon 5D Mark III

Sony A850
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2520
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Olympus XZ-2
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2520
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A99

Sony A850
Sony A99
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Olympus XZ-2
Sony A99
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Sony A850
Pentax MX-1
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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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