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Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
89
Imaging
38
Features
36
Overall
37
Olympus SZ-12 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

Olympus SZ-12
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Launched 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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Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Olympus SZ-12 versus Olympus XZ-2 iHS, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both produced by Olympus. The resolution of the SZ-12 (14MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) is very similar but the SZ-12 (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") use totally different sensor sizes.

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The SZ-12 was launched 11 months before the XZ-2 iHS which means that they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going in to a detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the SZ-12 matches up vs the XZ-2 iHS with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-12 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 SZ-12 XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Olympus SZ-12

 XZ-2 iHS SZ-12 
AnnouncedDecember 2012January 2012Fresher by 11 months
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution920k460kCrisper display (+460k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus SZ-12 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 SZ-12 XZ-2 iHS 
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry your camera regularly, you're going to have to consider its weight and measurements. The Olympus SZ-12 has got outside measurements of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") with a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs) while the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has proportions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") having a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you select at that moment. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the SZ-12 compared to the XZ-2 iHS.

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SZ-12 and XZ-2 iHS is 89 and 85 respectively.

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's tough to envision the gap between sensor sizing simply by reviewing a spec sheet. The photograph here will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the SZ-12 and XZ-2 iHS.

As you can see, both cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The SZ-12 due to its tinier sensor will make getting shallow depth of field more challenging and the Olympus SZ-12 will deliver extra detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The older SZ-12 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 Portrait photography info
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography info
34
good resolution (14MP)
offers face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
46
you can focus manually
supports face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 Street photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography highlights
60
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (226g)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
66
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than others in class (346g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Sports photography camera
41
amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14MP)
offers tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery (220 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
44
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (340 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 Travel photography information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography information
65
lighter than competitors in class (226 grams)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
no Timelapse mode
terrible battery (220 CIPA)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
61
better than average battery pack (340 shots)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than others in class (346g)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Landscape photography camera
40
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
terrible battery (220 per charge)
no Timelapse mode
55
you can focus manually
pretty wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (340 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus SZ-12
Vlogging with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
31
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focusing
lighter than competitors in class (226g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone support
36
pretty wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external microphone port
does not have selfie friendly screen
more heavy than others in class (346 grams)
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Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-12 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Olympus SZ-12Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus SZ-12 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-01-10 2012-12-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3
Highest Possible resolution 4288 x 3216 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 35
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/1700s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 226 grams (0.50 lb) 346 grams (0.76 lb)
Dimensions 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") 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 220 photographs 340 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-50B Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $350 $450