Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10

Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 front
Portability
91
Imaging
38
Features
46
Overall
41

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10 Key Specs

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
  • Launched December 2012
Panasonic ZS10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 219g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Launched January 2011
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10 Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the ZS10 (14MP) is relatively comparable but the XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") and ZS10 (1/2.3") posses totally different sensor size.

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The XZ-2 iHS was revealed 24 months after the ZS10 which makes them a generation away from one another. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a in depth comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the XZ-2 iHS matches up vs the ZS10 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Panasonic ZS10

 XZ-2 iHS ZS10 
LaunchedDecember 2012January 2011More modern by 24 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k460kSharper screen (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS10 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 ZS10 XZ-2 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic ZS10

 XZ-2 iHS ZS10 
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS comes with physical measurements of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") having a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS10 has sizing of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") along with a weight of 219 grams (0.48 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Below is a front view proportions comparison of the XZ-2 iHS compared to the ZS10.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the XZ-2 iHS and ZS10 is 85 and 91 respectively.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is hard to visualise the contrast in sensor sizes just by checking out specifications. The picture below may provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the XZ-2 iHS and ZS10.

Plainly, both the cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The XZ-2 iHS having a bigger sensor will make getting shallower DOF less difficult and the Panasonic ZS10 will produce greater detail because of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The younger XZ-2 iHS will have an advantage in sensor tech.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography info
Panasonic ZS10 Portrait photography info
46
focusing manually
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
30
good megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS10 as a Street photography camera
66
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than average in class (346 grams)
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch focus
lighter than others (219 grams)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography advice
Panasonic ZS10 Sports photography advice
44
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking focus
good battery pack (340 CIPA)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
47
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (260 shots)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZS10 as a Travel photography camera
61
good battery pack (340 shots)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than average in class (346g)
MP count low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
68
lighter than others (219g)
boasts touch focus
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (24mm)
long reach (384mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
terrible battery power (260 per charge)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography advice
Panasonic ZS10 Landscape photography advice
55
focusing manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (340 CIPA)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have Timelapse mode
42
decently wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
terrible battery power (260 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging advice
Panasonic ZS10 Vlogging advice
36
reasonably wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes microphone jack
screen isn't selfie friendly
more heavy than average in class (346g)
34
decently wide (24mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others (219g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
missing external mic port
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic ZS10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic ZS10
 Olympus XZ-2 iHSPanasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus XZ-2 iHS Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Also called - Lumix DMC-TZ20 / Lumix DMC-TZ22
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-12-18 2011-01-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3968 x 2976 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 12800 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 35 23
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Highest aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 920 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 8.60 m (ISO 800) 5.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 346 grams (0.76 lbs) 219 grams (0.48 lbs)
Physical dimensions 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 49 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 216 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 photos 260 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID Li-90B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $450 $350