Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1

Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
 
Ricoh WG-M1 front
Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
22
Overall
32

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1 Key Specs

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
  • Introduced December 2012
Ricoh WG-M1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 1.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • (1×)mm (F2.8) lens
  • 190g - 66 x 43 x 89mm
  • Announced September 2014
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1 Overview

Following is a extended comparison of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS versus Ricoh WG-M1, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Waterproof by competitors Olympus and Ricoh. The sensor resolution of the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the WG-M1 (14MP) is pretty close but the XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") and WG-M1 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor measurements.

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The XZ-2 iHS was announced 21 months prior to the WG-M1 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick overview of how the XZ-2 iHS grades against the WG-M1 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Ricoh WG-M1

 XZ-2 iHS WG-M1 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3"1.5"Bigger screen (+1.5")
Screen resolution920k115kSharper screen (+805k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-M1 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 WG-M1 XZ-2 iHS 
AnnouncedSeptember 2014December 2012More modern by 21 months

Common features in the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Ricoh WG-M1

 XZ-2 iHS WG-M1 
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and size. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS features outer measurements of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") with a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs) and the Ricoh WG-M1 has specifications of 66mm x 43mm x 89mm (2.6" x 1.7" x 3.5") accompanied by a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

Compare the Olympus XZ-2 iHS versus Ricoh WG-M1 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising at that time. Below is the front view size comparison of the XZ-2 iHS vs the WG-M1.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the XZ-2 iHS and WG-M1 is 85 and 91 respectively.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is hard to visualise the gap in sensor sizes just by researching specifications. The pic here will give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the XZ-2 iHS and WG-M1.

Plainly, each of these cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The XZ-2 iHS using its bigger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Ricoh WG-M1 will result in more detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The more aged XZ-2 iHS will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Portrait photography with Ricoh WG-M1
46
manual focus
comes with face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
30
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Street photography camera
Ricoh WG-M1 as a Street photography camera
66
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
very small sensor (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (346 grams)
53
environment proof
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
max ISO too low (800)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography features
Ricoh WG-M1 Sports photography features
44
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking focus
good battery pack (340 shots)
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
has no phase detect autofocus
38
megapixel count decent (14MP)
environment proof
better than average battery (350 CIPA)
focal length is fixed ((1×)mm)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Travel photography with Ricoh WG-M1
61
good battery pack (340 CIPA)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (346 grams)
resolution not great (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
64
better than average battery (350 shots)
environment proof
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Landscape photography with Ricoh WG-M1
55
manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
screen is a good size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (340 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
lack of Timelapse mode
35
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
environment proof
better than average battery (350 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed ((1×)mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (1.5 inches)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
max ISO too low (800)
no RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh WG-M1 as a Vlogging camera
36
relatively wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes microphone socket
display is not selfie friendly
more heavy than competition in class (346g)
26
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
lack of microphone port
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Ricoh WG-M1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Ricoh WG-M1
 Olympus XZ-2 iHSRicoh WG-M1
General Information
Brand Olympus Ricoh
Model Olympus XZ-2 iHS Ricoh WG-M1
Type Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Introduced 2012-12-18 2014-09-12
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3968 x 2976 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 12800 800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 35 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) (1×)
Maximal aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/2.8
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 1.5 inch
Screen resolution 920 thousand dot 115 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds -
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds -
Continuous shooting speed - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.60 m (ISO 800) no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB 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 (30p), 1280 x 960 (50p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 848 x 480 (60p, 120p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 346g (0.76 lb) 190g (0.42 lb)
Dimensions 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") 66 x 43 x 89mm (2.6" x 1.7" x 3.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 49 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 216 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 images 350 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model Li-90B DB-65
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) -
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC microSD/microSDHC, internal
Storage slots 1 1
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