Olympus Stylus SH-2 vs Sony DSC-RX100

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Olympus Stylus SH-2
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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Hugely bigger optical zoom Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has an optical zoom of 24x, but the Sony DSC-RX100 is only a 3.6x optical zoom digital camera (20.4x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Hugely smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a maximum aperture of 20, but the Sony DSC-RX100 is only a 4.9 maximum aperture digital camera (15.1 bigger).
Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a 600mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 454mm longer than the Sony DSC-RX100 (146mm).
3mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a minimum focal length of 25mm, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100 is a 28mm minimum focal length digital camera (3mm longer).
Expert reviews are a little better
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has an average expert review score of 90% based on 1 review, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100 has an average rating of 88% (based on 158 reviews).
10 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a megapixel count of 20.2MP, but the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is only a 16MP digital camera (4.2MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

20% more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a total megapixel count of 20.9MP, however the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is only a 16.8MP digital camera (4.1MP less).
50x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a digital zoom of 54x, whereas the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (50x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

67% smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 1.8 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 1.2 smaller than the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (1.8).
Vastly higher display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a display resolution of 1,229,000 pixels, however the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is only a 460,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (769,000 pixels lower).
13% lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 240g digital camera. That's 31g lighter than the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (240g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

£3 cheaper
The Sony DSC-RX100 is £3.10 cheaper than the Olympus Stylus SH-2.
Available from 5 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
More popular
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 13947 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Olympus Stylus SH-2 ranks No. 117175.
Thirty-six more awards
The Sony DSC-RX100 has 37 awards, but the Olympus Stylus SH-2 has 1 award.

Reasons Against

10 Reasons Against
A lot lower megapixel count Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a megapixel count of 16MP, but the Sony DSC-RX100 is a 20.2MP digital camera (4.2MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

25% less total megapixel count Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a total megapixel count of 16.8MP, however the Sony DSC-RX100 is a 20.9MP digital camera (4.1MP more).
Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a digital zoom of 4x, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100 is a 54x digital zoom digital camera (50x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

40% larger minimum aperture Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 1.2 larger than the Sony DSC-RX100 (1.8).
Lower display resolution Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a display resolution of 460,000 pixels, however the Sony DSC-RX100 is a 1,229,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (769,000 pixels higher).
12% heavier Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a 271g digital camera. That's 31g heavier than the Sony DSC-RX100 (240g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

£3 more expensive
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is more expensive than the Sony DSC-RX100 by £3.10.
Fewer sellers
Only 8 stores sells the Olympus Stylus SH-2, but 13 retailers sell the Sony DSC-RX100. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Worse selling
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 ranks No. 117175 by sales volume, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100 ranks No. 13947.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Olympus Stylus SH-2 has received 1 award, the Sony DSC-RX100 has received 37 awards.
6 Reasons Against
Six times smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has an optical zoom of 3.6x, but the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a 24x optical zoom digital camera (20.4x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a maximum aperture of 4.9, but the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a 20 maximum aperture digital camera (15.1 smaller).
454mm shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 146mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 454mm shorter than the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (146mm).
3mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a minimum focal length of 28mm, whereas the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera (3mm shorter).
Ten months older
The Sony DSC-RX100 is older than the Olympus Stylus SH-2 by ten months.
A little Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Sony DSC-RX100 is 88%, whereas the average expert rating of the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is 90% (based on 1 review).

Awards

1 Award
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What Digital Camera: Gold

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel Count
16MP 20.2MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 3264 x 2448
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
 5472 x 3080
 3888 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2056
 2592 x 1944
 2736 x 1824
 4608 x 3456
 3264 x 2448
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
 5472 x 3080
 3888 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2056
 2592 x 1944
 2736 x 1824
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3648
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 13.2 x 8.8
Total Megapixel Count
16.8MP 20.9MP
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
24x
BEST
3.6x
Digital Zoom
4x 54x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
20
BEST
4.9
Minimum Aperture
3 1.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
600mm
BEST
146mm
Minimum Focal Length
25mm
BEST
28mm
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 108 28 - 146
Lens Structure
11/10 7/6

Focusing

Auto Focus
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.1 - ∞ / 4.0 - ∞c Unknown - Click to provide data
Super Macro Focusing Range
0.03 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 125
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25
 Auto
 64
 80
 125
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
6,400 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum ISO Speed
125 Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Spot
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Flash on
 Slow synchronization
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Flash on
 Slow synchronization
Tele Flash Range
0.4 - 4 0.55 - 6.3
Flash Range
0.1 - 9.4 0.3 - 17.1

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
240fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MOV
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
BEST
 1920x1080@60fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
Internal Memory
37MB Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
460,000 pixels 1,229,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Sunny
 Daylight
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Sunny
 Daylight
Photo Effect
 Art
 Black&White
 Negative film
 Art
 Black&White
 Negative film
Self-Timer
2,12 2,10
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
BEST
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Cuisine
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Self-portrait
 Sunset
 Sports
 Twilight
 Beach
 Snow
 Cuisine
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Self-portrait
 Sunset
 Sports
 Twilight

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
271g 240g
BEST
Height
63.2mm 35.9mm
Depth
42.4mm 58.1mm
Width
108.8mm 101.6mm

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
LI-92B NP-BX1
Maximum Battery Life
1.7h Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
380 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Viewer 3 Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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