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Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1

Portability
88
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45
Olympus Stylus SH-2 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 front
Portability
79
Imaging
70
Features
57
Overall
64

Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1 Key Specs

Olympus SH-2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 271g - 109 x 63 x 42mm
  • Released March 2015
  • Succeeded the Olympus SH-1
  • Refreshed by Olympus SH-3
Sony RX1
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0-22.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Launched February 2013
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Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1 Overview

Following is a comprehensive assessment of the Olympus SH-2 and Sony RX1, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Large Sensor Compact by companies Olympus and Sony. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the SH-2 (16MP) and RX1 (24MP) and the SH-2 (1/2.3") and RX1 (Full frame) have different sensor sizes.

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The SH-2 was unveiled 2 years after the RX1 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus SH-2 being a Compact camera and the Sony RX1 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before we go right into a detailed comparison, here is a short summation of how the SH-2 matches up versus the RX1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SH-2 over the Sony RX1

 SH-2 RX1 
LaunchedMarch 2015February 2013More modern by 25 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony RX1 over the Olympus SH-2

 RX1 SH-2 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Screen resolution1229k460kClearer screen (+769k dot)

Common features in the Olympus SH-2 and Sony RX1

 SH-2 RX1 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry around your camera often, you'll need to think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus SH-2 has got physical dimensions of 109mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") along with a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs) whilst the Sony RX1 has measurements of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") and a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are employing at that moment. The following is a front view measurement comparison of the SH-2 vs the RX1.

Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SH-2 and RX1 is 88 and 79 respectively.

Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's difficult to imagine the difference in sensor sizes simply by seeing specs. The pic here may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the SH-2 and RX1.

All in all, the two cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The SH-2 with its smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF tougher and the Sony RX1 will provide greater detail having an extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop shots more aggressively. The fresher SH-2 provides an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1 sensor size comparison

Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus SH-2
Portrait photography with Sony RX1
44
decent MP (16MP)
includes face detect focus
exports RAW formats
manual focus not available
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
82
has manual focus
high flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus SH-2 Street photography highlights
Sony RX1 Street photography highlights
70
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
supports touch focus
lighter than average (271 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
66
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
good high ISO (25,600)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
heavier than average in class (482 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SH-2 as a Sports photography camera
Sony RX1 as a Sports photography camera
51
amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
great battery power (380 shots)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
53
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
can't change focal length (35mm)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
bad battery life (270 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SH-2
Travel photography with Sony RX1
74
great battery power (380 shots)
lighter than average (271g)
supports touch focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.0)
62
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
good max aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery life (270 CIPA)
heavier than average in class (482g)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SH-2 Landscape photography features
Sony RX1 Landscape photography features
55
really wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (380 per charge)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
65
has manual focus
good max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (35mm)
does not have image stabilization
bad battery life (270 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SH-2 Vlogging highlights
Sony RX1 Vlogging highlights
35
really wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (271 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone socket
34
good max aperture (f2.0)
provides face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with external mic jack
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
heavier than average in class (482 grams)
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Olympus SH-2 vs Sony RX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SH-2 and Sony RX1
 Olympus Stylus SH-2Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
General Information
Make Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Stylus SH-2 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Released 2015-03-11 2013-02-19
Body design Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 35mm (1x)
Max aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/2.0-22.0
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Crop factor 5.8 1
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - Xtra FineTFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic and Optical (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 11.5 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 8.30 m (at ISO 3200) 6.00 m
Flash options Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/4000s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 271g (0.60 lbs) 482g (1.06 lbs)
Physical dimensions 109 x 63 x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 93
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 25.1
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 2534
Other
Battery life 380 pictures 270 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-92B NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $399 $2,798