Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
95
Imaging
41
Features
34
Overall
38
Olympus VH-410 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49

Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

Olympus VH-410
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 152g - 102 x 60 x 21mm
  • Launched August 2012
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • 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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Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both sold by Olympus. There exists a crucial gap between the sensor resolutions of the VH-410 (16MP) and XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the VH-410 (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") boast totally different sensor sizing.

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The VH-410 was announced 3 months earlier than the XZ-2 iHS and they are of a similar generation. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a simple view of how the VH-410 matches up vs the XZ-2 iHS with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VH-410 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 VH-410 XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Olympus VH-410

 XZ-2 iHS VH-410 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k460kSharper screen (+460k dot)

Common features in the Olympus VH-410 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 VH-410 XZ-2 iHS 
ReleasedAugust 2012December 2012Similar generation
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera often, you'll need to take into account its weight and size. The Olympus VH-410 features external measurements of 102mm x 60mm x 21mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 152 grams (0.34 lbs) and the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has specifications 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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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you use during that time. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the VH-410 compared to the XZ-2 iHS.

Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the VH-410 and XZ-2 iHS is 95 and 85 respectively.

Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Normally, its tough to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions purely by reading through a spec sheet. The image below will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the VH-410 and XZ-2 iHS.

As you can see, the 2 cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The VH-410 using its tinier sensor will make achieving shallow DOF more difficult and the Olympus VH-410 will give you more detail with its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop shots a good deal more aggressively.

Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VH-410 Portrait photography advice
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography advice
36
good resolution (16MP)
supports face detection autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
46
you can focus manually
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Olympus VH-410 Street photography information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography information
63
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has touch focus
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
66
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
sensor is small (1/1.7")
heavier than competition (346 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus VH-410 Sports photography advice
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography advice
41
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
44
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (340 shots)
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VH-410 Travel photography information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography information
69
has touch focus
good resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (26mm)
no Time Lapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
61
better than average battery life (340 per charge)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (346 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VH-410 Landscape photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography highlights
44
decently wide (26mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse function
55
you can focus manually
rather wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (340 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VH-410 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Vlogging camera
33
decently wide (26mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic socket
36
rather wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic socket
screen isn't selfie friendly
heavier than competition (346 grams)
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Olympus VH-410 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VH-410 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Olympus VH-410Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus VH-410 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-08-21 2012-12-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III+ -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
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
Number of focus points - 35
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus distance 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.70 m 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
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 (30,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 180 (30,15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected 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 152 grams (0.34 pounds) 346 grams (0.76 pounds)
Physical dimensions 102 x 60 x 21mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 - 340 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model LI-50B Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $186 $450