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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220

Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220 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
  • Launched December 2012
Sony W220
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 30-120mm (F2.8-7.1) lens
  • 147g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220 Overview

In this write-up, we are looking at the Olympus XZ-2 iHS versus Sony W220, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Olympus and Sony. The image resolution of the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the W220 (12MP) is very similar but the XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") and W220 (1/2.3") possess different sensor measurements.

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The XZ-2 iHS was revealed 4 years later than the W220 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise summation of how the XZ-2 iHS matches up versus the W220 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Sony W220

 XZ-2 iHS W220 
LaunchedDecember 2012January 2009More recent by 48 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution920k230kSharper display (+690k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W220 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 W220 XZ-2 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Sony W220

 XZ-2 iHS W220 
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220 Physical Comparison

When you are going to lug around your camera, you should take into account its weight and size. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS has outer dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") having a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs) while the Sony W220 has specifications of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 147 grams (0.32 lbs).

See the Olympus XZ-2 iHS versus Sony W220 in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the XZ-2 iHS compared to the W220.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the XZ-2 iHS and W220 is 85 and 95 respectively.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220 Sensor Comparison

Often, its hard to imagine the contrast between sensor measurements just by reading specifications. The graphic underneath might give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the XZ-2 iHS and W220.

Plainly, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact resolution but different sensor measurements. The XZ-2 iHS includes the larger sensor which is going to make obtaining shallow depth of field less difficult. The younger XZ-2 iHS provides an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography details
Sony W220 Portrait photography details
46
you can focus manually
provides face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
27
manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Street photography camera
Sony W220 as a Street photography camera
66
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition (346 grams)
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography info
Sony W220 Sports photography info
43
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking focus
great battery pack (340 per charge)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
no phase detect AF
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography information
Sony W220 Travel photography information
61
great battery pack (340 CIPA)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (346 grams)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
51
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (30mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Landscape photography with Sony W220
55
you can focus manually
quite wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (340 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
no Timelapse recording
32
manual focus
has image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (30mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Vlogging camera
Sony W220 as a Vlogging camera
36
quite wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with microphone port
display is not selfie friendly
more heavy than competition (346 grams)
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (30mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external microphone port
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Sony W220 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Sony W220
 Olympus XZ-2 iHSSony Cyber-shot DSC-W220
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-12-18 2009-01-08
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 35 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 30-120mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/2.8-7.1
Macro focusing range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 1s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed - 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 8.60 m (ISO 800) 7.10 m (Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Red-eye, Flash Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (8 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone 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 346 gr (0.76 pounds) 147 gr (0.32 pounds)
Dimensions 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
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 -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID Li-90B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $450 $160