Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
90
Imaging
38
Features
40
Overall
38
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49

Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

Canon SX210 IS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-392mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 220g - 103 x 61 x 38mm
  • Introduced June 2010
  • Old Model is Canon SX200 IS
  • Successor is Canon SX230 HS
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
  • Released December 2012
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Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Its time to look closer at the Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Canon and Olympus. The image resolution of the SX210 IS (14MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) is relatively close but the SX210 IS (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") have totally different sensor sizing.

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The SX210 IS was launched 3 years earlier than the XZ-2 iHS which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a step-by-step comparison, here is a simple summation of how the SX210 IS grades vs the XZ-2 iHS in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX210 IS over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 SX210 IS XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Canon SX210 IS

 XZ-2 iHS SX210 IS 
ReleasedDecember 2012June 2010More modern by 30 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k230kCrisper screen (+690k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon SX210 IS and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 SX210 IS XZ-2 iHS 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera, you will want to consider its weight and proportions. The Canon SX210 IS has exterior measurements of 103mm x 61mm x 38mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") along with a weight of 220 grams (0.49 lbs) whilst the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has measurements of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") with a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have at that time. Following is a front view proportions comparison of the SX210 IS compared to the XZ-2 iHS.

Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the SX210 IS and XZ-2 iHS is 90 and 85 respectively.

Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to envision the gap in sensor sizes simply by looking through a spec sheet. The image underneath will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the SX210 IS and XZ-2 iHS.

As you can see, the 2 cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The SX210 IS due to its smaller sensor will make getting bokeh tougher and the Canon SX210 IS will render extra detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop shots way more aggressively. The more aged SX210 IS will be behind in sensor innovation.

Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX210 IS Portrait photography details
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography details
38
manual focus
good MP (14MP)
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
46
has manual focus
features face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon SX210 IS Street photography features
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography features
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (220g)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
66
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
heavier than others (346g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SX210 IS
Sports photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
44
amazing zoom range (28-392mm 14.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
44
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features tracking focus
great battery pack (340 shots)
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SX210 IS
Travel photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
68
lighter than others (220 grams)
good MP (14MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
very long reach (392mm)
no Time Lapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.1)
61
great battery pack (340 CIPA)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than others (346g)
low MP (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX210 IS
Landscape photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
49
manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
55
has manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
great battery pack (340 CIPA)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX210 IS Vlogging advice
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging advice
30
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (220 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
does not offer selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic socket
36
relatively wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have mic port
display isn't selfie friendly
heavier than others (346g)
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Canon SX210 IS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX210 IS and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Canon PowerShot SX210 ISOlympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Brand Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2010-06-16 2012-12-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Peak resolution 4320 x 3240 3968 x 2976
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 35
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-392mm (14.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 15 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/3200 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 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 file format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 220 grams (0.49 lbs) 346 grams (0.76 lbs)
Physical dimensions 103 x 61 x 38mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 images
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NB-5L Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/MMCplus HC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $226 $450