Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
91
Imaging
38
Features
37
Overall
37
Canon PowerShot D20 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49

Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

Canon D20
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.8) lens
  • 228g - 112 x 71 x 28mm
  • Introduced June 2013
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
  • Introduced December 2012
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Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Let's examine more closely at the Canon D20 versus Olympus XZ-2 iHS, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Canon and Olympus. The resolution of the D20 (12MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) is very well matched but the D20 (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") come with different sensor dimensions.

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The D20 was revealed 7 months later than the XZ-2 iHS so they are both of a similar age. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a in depth comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the D20 scores versus the XZ-2 iHS when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon D20 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 D20 XZ-2 iHS 
IntroducedJune 2013December 2012Fresher by 7 months

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Canon D20

 XZ-2 iHS D20 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution920k461kSharper display (+459k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon D20 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 D20 XZ-2 iHS 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon D20 enjoys exterior dimensions of 112mm x 71mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.1") and a weight of 228 grams (0.50 lbs) whilst the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has proportions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") along with a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have chosen at the time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the D20 and the XZ-2 iHS.

Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the D20 and XZ-2 iHS is 91 and 85 respectively.

Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its hard to imagine the gap between sensor sizing merely by checking technical specs. The graphic here will offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the D20 and XZ-2 iHS.

As you have seen, the two cameras enjoy the same exact MP but different sensor sizing. The D20 features the tinier sensor which is going to make achieving shallow DOF tougher. The fresher D20 should have an advantage in sensor technology.

Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon D20 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Portrait photography camera
34
you can focus manually
features face detect focusing
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
46
has manual focus
provides face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon D20 Street photography details
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography details
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
66
screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition (346 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon D20 Sports photography information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography information
35
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
44
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking autofocus
good battery (340 per charge)
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon D20 Travel photography features
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography features
61
weather proof
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
61
good battery (340 shots)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (346g)
megapixel count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon D20 Landscape photography features
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography features
45
you can focus manually
pretty wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
no manual exposure
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording
55
has manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
good battery (340 CIPA)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon D20 Vlogging information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging information
33
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
missing mic socket
36
fairly wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone jack
display is not selfie friendly
more heavy than competition (346 grams)
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Canon D20 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon D20 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Canon PowerShot D20Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Company Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot D20 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-06-18 2012-12-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 -
Sensor type CMOS 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 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 3968 x 2976
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 35
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.9-4.8 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 4.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 461k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech PureColor II TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash options Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 228 gr (0.50 pounds) 346 gr (0.76 pounds)
Dimensions 112 x 71 x 28mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.1") 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 photographs
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-6L Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2, 10, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Retail price $299 $450