Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1

Portability
95
Imaging
41
Features
35
Overall
38
Fujifilm FinePix T500 front
 
Olympus XZ-1 front
Portability
88
Imaging
36
Features
51
Overall
42
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Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1 Overview

In this article, we will be comparing the Fujifilm T500 and Olympus XZ-1, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies FujiFilm and Olympus. There exists a substantial gap among the resolutions of the T500 (16MP) and XZ-1 (10MP) and the T500 (1/2.3") and XZ-1 (1/1.63") possess different sensor measurements.

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The T500 was revealed 24 months later than the XZ-1 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a thorough comparison, below is a concise overview of how the T500 scores versus the XZ-1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1 Key Specs

Fujifilm T500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 0
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F) lens
  • 136g - 99 x 57 x 26mm
  • Introduced January 2013
Olympus XZ-1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 275g - 111 x 65 x 42mm
  • Revealed January 2011
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Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera often, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Fujifilm T500 comes with exterior dimensions of 99mm x 57mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs) while the Olympus XZ-1 has sizing of 111mm x 65mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") having a weight of 275 grams (0.61 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are employing at that moment. Below is the front view over all size comparison of the T500 against the XZ-1.

Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the T500 and XZ-1 is 95 and 88 respectively.

Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to visualise the difference between sensor measurements just by going over specs. The photograph underneath may give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the T500 and XZ-1.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The T500 using its tinier sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field more difficult and the Fujifilm T500 will offer you extra detail having an extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos a little more aggressively. The younger T500 will have an edge in sensor innovation.

Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm T500 Portrait photography info
Olympus XZ-1 Portrait photography info
36
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
supports face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
45
focusing manually
supports face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm T500 Street photography info
Olympus XZ-1 Street photography info
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (136 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
low max ISO (0)
59
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
heavier than competition in class (275g)
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm T500 Sports photography info
Olympus XZ-1 Sports photography info
45
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
39
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking focus
great battery (320 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm T500 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus XZ-1 as a Travel photography camera
76
lighter than competitors (136 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great zoom (288mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
62
great battery (320 CIPA)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (275 grams)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm T500 Landscape photography advice
Olympus XZ-1 Landscape photography advice
42
rather wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
low max ISO (0)
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function
55
focusing manually
rather wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
great battery (320 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm T500 Vlogging info
Olympus XZ-1 Vlogging info
35
rather wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
lighter than competitors (136 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic port
31
rather wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect autofocus
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic support
heavier than competition in class (275g)
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Fujifilm T500 vs Olympus XZ-1 Specifications

General Information
Make
FujiFilm
Olympus
Model type
Fujifilm FinePix T500
Olympus XZ-1
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2013-01-07
2011-01-26
Physical type
Compact
Compact
Sensor Information
Processor
-
TruePic V
Sensor type
CCD
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
1/1.63"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
44.9mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3440
3664 x 2752
Highest native ISO
-
6400
Min native ISO
100
100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
-
11
Cross type focus points
-
-
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-288mm (12.0x)
28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture
-
f/1.8-2.5
Macro focusing range
-
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
4.5
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inches
3 inches
Screen resolution
230 thousand dots
614 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology
-
OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed
8s
60s
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000s
1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate
-
2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
-
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
-
8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash options
-
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
1280x720
Video format
H.264, Motion JPEG
Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
None
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
136g (0.30 pounds)
275g (0.61 pounds)
Dimensions
99 x 57 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
111 x 65 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
34
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
18.8
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
10.4
DXO Low light rating
not tested
117
Other
Battery life
-
320 photographs
Battery style
-
Battery Pack
Battery ID
-
Li-50B
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
-
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
1
1
Launch cost
$0
$567