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Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
43
Overall
40
Casio Exilim EX-ZR15 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

Casio EX-ZR15
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 176g - 102 x 59 x 27mm
  • Released January 2012
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
  • Announced December 2012
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Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Casio and Olympus. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the EX-ZR15 (16MP) and XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the EX-ZR15 (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") provide different sensor sizing.

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The EX-ZR15 was revealed 11 months earlier than the XZ-2 iHS so they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a complete comparison, here is a brief view of how the EX-ZR15 scores vs the XZ-2 iHS with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Casio EX-ZR15 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 EX-ZR15 XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Casio EX-ZR15

 XZ-2 iHS EX-ZR15 
AnnouncedDecember 2012January 2012More recent by 11 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution920k461kSharper display (+459k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Casio EX-ZR15 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 EX-ZR15 XZ-2 iHS 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to think about its weight and proportions. The Casio EX-ZR15 features outside dimensions of 102mm x 59mm x 27mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 176 grams (0.39 lbs) while 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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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the EX-ZR15 and the XZ-2 iHS.

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the EX-ZR15 and XZ-2 iHS is 93 and 85 respectively.

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is tough to imagine the difference between sensor measurements purely by going over specs. The photograph underneath should give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the EX-ZR15 and XZ-2 iHS.

All in all, both of these cameras have different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The EX-ZR15 using its tinier sensor is going to make getting bokeh tougher and the Casio EX-ZR15 will offer greater detail because of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The older EX-ZR15 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 Portrait photography features
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography features
40
has manual focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
has face detection focusing
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
46
focusing manually
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 Street photography factors
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography factors
57
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
66
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
small sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than competition in class (346g)
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Sports Comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 Sports photography information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography information
44
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
great battery (325 per charge)
max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
43
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking focus
great battery life (340 shots)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Casio EX-ZR15
Travel photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
67
great battery (325 CIPA)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
61
great battery life (340 CIPA)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (346 grams)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Landscape photography camera
49
has manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16MP)
great battery (325 shots)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
55
focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (340 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Vlogging camera
33
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic support
36
relatively wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has mic socket
does not offer selfie friendly display
heavier than competition in class (346g)
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Casio EX-ZR15 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Casio EX-ZR15 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Casio Exilim EX-ZR15Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Brand Name Casio Olympus
Model type Casio Exilim EX-ZR15 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2012-01-09 2012-12-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Exilim Engine 5.0 -
Sensor type 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 alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 35
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-196mm (7.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focusing distance 2cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 4.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 461 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology Super Clear TFT color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.20 m 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 512 x 384 (30, 240 fps), 224 x 160 (480 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic 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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 176 grams (0.39 lbs) 346 grams (0.76 lbs)
Physical dimensions 102 x 59 x 27mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 325 shots 340 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-110 Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $249 $450