Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
93
Imaging
42
Features
45
Overall
43
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49

Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

Canon SX600 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1280 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.8-6.9) lens
  • 188g - 104 x 61 x 26mm
  • Launched January 2014
  • Renewed by Canon SX610 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
  • Introduced December 2012
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Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

On this page, we will be analyzing the Canon SX600 HS versus Olympus XZ-2 iHS, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Canon and Olympus. There exists a significant gap between the resolutions of the SX600 HS (16MP) and XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the SX600 HS (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") posses totally different sensor size.

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The SX600 HS was revealed 13 months later than the XZ-2 iHS which makes them a generation apart from one another. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a detailed comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the SX600 HS grades versus the XZ-2 iHS with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX600 HS over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 SX600 HS XZ-2 iHS 
IntroducedJanuary 2014December 2012More recent by 13 months

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Canon SX600 HS

 XZ-2 iHS SX600 HS 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k461kCrisper screen (+459k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon SX600 HS and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 SX600 HS XZ-2 iHS 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen size
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera regularly, you have to think about its weight and size. The Canon SX600 HS enjoys exterior measurements of 104mm x 61mm x 26mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 188 grams (0.41 lbs) whilst the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has specifications 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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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the SX600 HS compared to the XZ-2 iHS.

Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SX600 HS and XZ-2 iHS is 93 and 85 respectively.

Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to visualise the difference between sensor measurements merely by looking at specifications. The visual below should provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the SX600 HS and XZ-2 iHS.

Plainly, the 2 cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The SX600 HS having a tinier sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field harder and the Canon SX600 HS will give greater detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs more aggressively. The more recent SX600 HS is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon SX600 HS
Portrait photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
45
manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
features face detection focusing
no manual exposure
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
46
focusing manually
supports face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon SX600 HS Street photography details
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography details
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (188g)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
66
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than others (346g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX600 HS as a Sports photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Sports photography camera
42
incredible zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
low frames per second (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
44
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking focus
good battery power (340 per charge)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX600 HS Travel photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography highlights
70
lighter than competition (188 grams)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (25mm)
long zoom (450mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.8)
61
good battery power (340 per charge)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than others (346g)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX600 HS
Landscape photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
48
manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.8)
no manual exposure
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
does not have Timelapse recording
55
focusing manually
pretty wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
good battery power (340 CIPA)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX600 HS Vlogging information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging information
35
decently wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1280 resolution)
lighter than competition (188 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have external microphone jack
36
pretty wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes mic socket
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
heavier than others (346 grams)
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Canon SX600 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX600 HS and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Canon PowerShot SX600 HSOlympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Brand Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot SX600 HS Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2014-01-06 2012-12-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 4+ -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS 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 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 35
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-450mm (18.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.8-6.9 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 461k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology PureColor II G (TFT) -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m (50 cm � 3.5 m (W) / 1.0 m � 2.0 m (T)) 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash settings Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro 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 1920 x 1280 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1280 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 188g (0.41 lbs) 346g (0.76 lbs)
Physical dimensions 104 x 61 x 26mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.0") 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 290 images 340 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-6LH Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $249 $450