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Canon A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
93
Imaging
33
Features
10
Overall
23
Canon PowerShot A495 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49

Canon A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

Canon A495
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-122mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 62 x 31mm
  • Released January 2010
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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 A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Below, we are comparing the Canon A495 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Canon and Olympus. The sensor resolution of the A495 (10MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) is fairly similar but the A495 (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") come with totally different sensor dimensions.

Photography Glossary

The A495 was launched 3 years prior to the XZ-2 iHS and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go through a more detailed comparison, below is a quick overview of how the A495 grades against the XZ-2 iHS with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon A495 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 A495 XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Canon A495

 XZ-2 iHS A495 
RevealedDecember 2012January 2010More recent by 35 months
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution920k115kClearer display (+805k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon A495 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 A495 XZ-2 iHS 
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Canon A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera, you will need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Canon A495 has physical dimensions of 94mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) whilst the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") and a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

Check out the Canon A495 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you select at that moment. Below is the front view size comparison of the A495 compared to the XZ-2 iHS.

Canon A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the A495 and XZ-2 iHS is 93 and 85 respectively.

Canon A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Canon A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is tough to envision the contrast between sensor measurements just by reading a spec sheet. The graphic below might offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the A495 and XZ-2 iHS.

As you can see, each of the cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The A495 because of its tinier sensor will make shooting shallower DOF more difficult and the Olympus XZ-2 iHS will offer extra detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The older A495 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Canon A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A495 Portrait photography information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography information
19
no manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
46
focusing manually
comes with face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon A495 Street photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography highlights
46
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
66
screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
more heavy than others (346 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A495 Sports photography features
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography features
16
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
43
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (340 CIPA)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A495
Travel photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
50
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse function
megapixel count low (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
61
better than average battery power (340 per charge)
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than others (346 grams)
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A495 Landscape photography factors
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography factors
22
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
small screen (2.5")
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
55
focusing manually
fairly wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (340 shots)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A495 Vlogging advice
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging advice
21
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external microphone socket
36
fairly wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with external microphone socket
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
more heavy than others (346 grams)
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Canon A495 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A495 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Canon PowerShot A495Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Brand Name Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot A495 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2010-01-05 2012-12-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 35
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 37-122mm (3.3x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-5.8 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 2.5" 3"
Resolution of display 115 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 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)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 175 grams (0.39 lb) 346 grams (0.76 lb)
Dimensions 94 x 62 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 49
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 216
Other
Battery life - 340 shots
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID 2 x AA Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom, Face) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $109 $450