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Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49

Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

Nikon S5200
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-156mm (F) lens
  • 146g - 98 x 58 x 22mm
  • Announced January 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
  • Released December 2012
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Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Below is a extended overview of the Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Nikon and Olympus. There exists a big gap between the resolutions of the S5200 (16MP) and XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the S5200 (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") use totally different sensor sizes.

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The S5200 was announced 2 months later than the XZ-2 iHS so they are both of a similar generation. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a short introduction of how the S5200 matches up vs the XZ-2 iHS with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 S5200 XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Nikon S5200

 XZ-2 iHS S5200 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 S5200 XZ-2 iHS 
ReleasedJanuary 2013December 2012Similar generation
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

When you are intending to lug around your camera frequently, you'll need to consider its weight and size. The Nikon S5200 enjoys outside measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") with a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has specifications of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") and a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that time. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the S5200 and the XZ-2 iHS.

Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S5200 and XZ-2 iHS is 95 and 85 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to envision the difference between sensor measurements only by looking at a spec sheet. The visual here may offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the S5200 and XZ-2 iHS.

Clearly, each of these cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The S5200 using its tinier sensor will make getting shallow depth of field trickier and the Nikon S5200 will give extra detail with its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop images far more aggressively.

Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Portrait photography camera
30
good resolution (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
46
focusing manually
supports face detection focusing
exports RAW files
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 Street photography details
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography details
48
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
66
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
more heavy than average (346 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S5200
Sports photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
28
good resolution (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery life (160 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
43
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking autofocus
good battery power (340 per charge)
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 Travel photography advice
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography advice
68
good resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
lack of Time Lapse mode
low battery life (160 shots)
does not offer selfie friendly display
61
good battery power (340 CIPA)
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than average (346g)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography highlights
42
relatively wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual exposure
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
low battery life (160 shots)
lack of Time Lapse mode
55
focusing manually
quite wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
good battery power (340 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 Vlogging info
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging info
33
relatively wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
lack of external mic socket
36
quite wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external microphone support
display isn't selfie friendly
more heavy than average (346g)
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Nikon S5200 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Olympus
Model Nikon Coolpix S5200 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-01-29 2012-12-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.16 x 4.62mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 35
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-156mm (6.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture - f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus range - 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 146 gr (0.32 lbs) 346 gr (0.76 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 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 160 images 340 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL19 Li-90B
Self timer - Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Retail pricing $130 $450