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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200

Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
 
Samsung PL200 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
22
Overall
31

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200 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
  • Announced December 2012
Samsung PL200
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-217mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 170g - 100 x 60 x 21mm
  • Released July 2010
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200 Overview

Here, we are matching up the Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Samsung. The resolution of the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the PL200 (14MP) is very close but the XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") and PL200 (1/2.3") provide totally different sensor measurements.

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The XZ-2 iHS was revealed 2 years after the PL200 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a in depth comparison, here is a brief summary of how the XZ-2 iHS matches up against the PL200 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Samsung PL200

 XZ-2 iHS PL200 
ReleasedDecember 2012July 2010More modern by 30 months
Manual focus More accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution920k230kSharper display (+690k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Samsung PL200 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 PL200 XZ-2 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Samsung PL200

 XZ-2 iHS PL200 
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS offers outside dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") along with a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs) whilst the Samsung PL200 has sizing of 100mm x 60mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8") along with a weight of 170 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the XZ-2 iHS vs the PL200.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the XZ-2 iHS and PL200 is 85 and 94 respectively.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to visualise the gap in sensor sizes purely by viewing specifications. The image here may give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the XZ-2 iHS and PL200.

Plainly, the 2 cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The XZ-2 iHS with its larger sensor will make shooting shallower DOF easier and the Samsung PL200 will render greater detail because of its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The newer XZ-2 iHS is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Portrait photography with Samsung PL200
46
you can focus manually
comes with face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
28
good megapixels (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography information
Samsung PL200 Street photography information
66
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
more heavy than average in class (346g)
57
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Sports photography camera
Samsung PL200 as a Sports photography camera
43
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking focus
better than average battery (340 CIPA)
low MP (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
has no phase detect AF
38
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography details
Samsung PL200 Travel photography details
61
better than average battery (340 per charge)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than average in class (346 grams)
low MP (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
58
good megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography details
Samsung PL200 Landscape photography details
55
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (340 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
doesn't have Timelapse mode
37
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging highlights
Samsung PL200 Vlogging highlights
36
decently wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has microphone support
display is not selfie friendly
more heavy than average in class (346 grams)
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
no external mic port
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Samsung PL200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Samsung PL200
 Olympus XZ-2 iHSSamsung PL200
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Samsung
Model type Olympus XZ-2 iHS Samsung PL200
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-12-18 2010-07-21
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 35 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 31-217mm (7.0x)
Maximal aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/3.3-5.5
Macro focusing range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 920k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 8.60 m (ISO 800) 4.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 800 x 592 (20 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
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 None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 346g (0.76 lb) 170g (0.37 lb)
Physical dimensions 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") 100 x 60 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 pictures -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID Li-90B BP70A
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC'/MMC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail pricing $450 $0