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Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34
Canon PowerShot A3200 IS front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49

Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

Canon A3200 IS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F) lens
  • 149g - 95 x 57 x 24mm
  • Revealed January 2011
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Revealed December 2012
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Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Following is a detailed overview of the Canon A3200 IS versus Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by brands Canon and Olympus. The image resolution of the A3200 IS (14MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) is relatively close but the A3200 IS (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") provide different sensor sizes.

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The A3200 IS was introduced 23 months earlier than the XZ-2 iHS which makes them a generation away from one another. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a complete comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the A3200 IS grades against the XZ-2 iHS in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon A3200 IS over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 A3200 IS XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Canon A3200 IS

 XZ-2 iHS A3200 IS 
RevealedDecember 2012January 2011More modern by 23 months
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kSharper screen (+690k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon A3200 IS and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 A3200 IS XZ-2 iHS 
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you are going to need to think about its weight and size. The Canon A3200 IS has outer measurements of 95mm x 57mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has specifications of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

Contrast the Canon A3200 IS versus Olympus XZ-2 iHS in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you choose during that time. Following is a front view scale comparison of the A3200 IS compared to the XZ-2 iHS.

Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the A3200 IS and XZ-2 iHS is 95 and 85 respectively.

Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's difficult to picture the contrast in sensor sizes only by viewing a spec sheet. The pic here will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the A3200 IS and XZ-2 iHS.

Clearly, each of the cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The A3200 IS using its smaller sensor is going to make shooting bokeh harder and the Canon A3200 IS will render extra detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The more aged A3200 IS will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A3200 IS Portrait photography info
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography info
33
decent MP (14MP)
includes face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
46
manual focus
features face detect focusing
saves RAW files
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon A3200 IS Street photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography highlights
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
66
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW files
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (346 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A3200 IS Sports photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography highlights
39
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
includes tracking autofocus
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
43
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features tracking focus
great battery (340 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A3200 IS
Travel photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
72
decent MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
missing Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
61
great battery (340 per charge)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (346 grams)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A3200 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Landscape photography camera
42
really wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
55
manual focus
really wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW files
great battery (340 CIPA)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A3200 IS Vlogging highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging highlights
34
really wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone socket
36
really wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes microphone port
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
more heavy than competition in class (346 grams)
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Canon A3200 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A3200 IS and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Canon PowerShot A3200 ISOlympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Make Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-01-05 2012-12-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 3968 x 2976
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 35
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus distance 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Smart Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 149 grams (0.33 lb) 346 grams (0.76 lb)
Physical dimensions 95 x 57 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 49
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.3
DXO Low light score not tested 216
Other
Battery life - 340 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NB-8L Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HCMMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $230 $450