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Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V

Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
42
Overall
45
Olympus PEN E-P2 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V front
Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
50
Overall
45

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V Key Specs

Olympus E-P2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 355g - 121 x 70 x 36mm
  • Announced April 2010
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-P1
  • Successor is Olympus E-P3
Sony HX20V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 254g - 107 x 62 x 35mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Old Model is Sony HX10V
  • Later Model is Sony HX30V
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Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Olympus E-P2 and Sony HX20V, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Olympus and Sony. There is a crucial difference between the image resolutions of the E-P2 (12MP) and HX20V (18MP) and the E-P2 (Four Thirds) and HX20V (1/2.3") boast different sensor dimensions.

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The E-P2 was introduced 3 years prior to the HX20V which is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-P2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony HX20V being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick overview of how the E-P2 grades versus the HX20V when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

Photography Glossary
	
	

Reasons to pick Olympus E-P2 over the Sony HX20V

 E-P2 HX20V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX20V over the Olympus E-P2

 HX20V E-P2 
ReleasedJuly 2012April 2010More modern by 27 months
Display resolution922k230kSharper display (+692k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-P2 and Sony HX20V

 E-P2 HX20V 
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry around your camera, you should think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-P2 features exterior measurements of 121mm x 70mm x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") along with a weight of 355 grams (0.78 lbs) and the Sony HX20V has proportions of 107mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") having a weight of 254 grams (0.56 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you select at the time. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the E-P2 against the HX20V.

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the E-P2 and HX20V is 86 and 90 respectively.

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its hard to visualize the difference between sensor sizes simply by looking at specifications. The pic underneath may give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the E-P2 and HX20V.

To sum up, the two cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The E-P2 using its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF simpler and the Sony HX20V will resolve greater detail using its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more aged E-P2 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Portrait photography information
Sony HX20V Portrait photography information
60
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
45
has manual focus
resolution is good (18MP)
supports face detect focus
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Street photography highlights
Sony HX20V Street photography highlights
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
fixed screen
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (254 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Sports photography information
Sony HX20V Sports photography information
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
not so great battery power (300 shots)
has no phase detect autofocus
49
great zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (18MP)
supports tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-P2
Travel photography with Sony HX20V
43
lack of Time Lapse recording
not so great battery power (300 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
69
lighter than others in class (254 grams)
resolution is good (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long reach (500mm)
no Time Lapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-P2 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX20V as a Landscape photography camera
60
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
not so great battery power (300 shots)
lack of Time Lapse recording
50
has manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (18 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-P2 as a Vlogging camera
Sony HX20V as a Vlogging camera
29
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection autofocus
screen is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic support
34
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others in class (254 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
display is not selfie friendly
no mic socket
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Olympus E-P2 vs Sony HX20V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P2 and Sony HX20V
 Olympus PEN E-P2Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
General Information
Brand Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus PEN E-P2 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2010-04-22 2012-07-20
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic V BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4032 x 3024 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-500mm (20.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.2-5.8
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Available lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology HyperCrystal LCD with AR(Anti-Reflective) coating XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 7.10 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180s -
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) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
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 BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 355 gr (0.78 pounds) 254 gr (0.56 pounds)
Physical dimensions 121 x 70 x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 505 not tested
Other
Battery life 300 images 320 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-1 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $799 $397