Olympus Stylus SH-2 vs Sony DSC-RX100

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Olympus Stylus SH-2
Sony DSC-RX100

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Reasons For

7 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 number Edit
Olympus Stylus SH-2 is 20 maximum aperture, but the Sony DSC-RX100 is only a 4.9 maximum aperture digital camera (15.1 bigger).
Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 600mm. That's 454mm longer than the Sony DSC-RX100 (146mm).
3mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-RX100 is a 28mm minimum focal length digital camera (3mm longer).
£477 cheaper
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is £476.90 cheaper than the Sony DSC-RX100.
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.
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 87% (based on 165 reviews).
8 Reasons For
Higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a megapixel 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 megapixels Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a total megapixels 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 number 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 (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a display resolution (numeric) 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.

Thirty-four more awards
The Sony DSC-RX100 has 35 awards, but the Olympus Stylus SH-2 has 1 award.
User reviews are a little better
The Sony DSC-RX100 has an average user review score of 91% based on 763 reviews, whereas the Olympus Stylus SH-2 has an average rating of 87% (based on 9 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
A lot lower megapixel Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a megapixel 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 megapixels Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a total megapixels 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 number 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 (numeric) Edit
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a display resolution (numeric) 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.

Fewer awards
Whilst the Olympus Stylus SH-2 has received 1 award, the Sony DSC-RX100 has received 35 awards.
A little Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is 87%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony DSC-RX100 is 91% (based on 763 reviews).
8 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 number Edit
Sony DSC-RX100 is only 4.9 maximum aperture, but the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a 20 maximum aperture digital camera (15.1 smaller).
454mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 146mm. That's 454mm shorter than the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (146mm).
3mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony DSC-RX100 is a 28mm minimum focal length digital camera, whereas the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera (3mm shorter).
£477 more expensive
The Sony DSC-RX100 is more expensive than the Olympus Stylus SH-2 by £476.90.
Fewer sellers
Only 1 store sell the Sony DSC-RX100, but 6 shops sell the Olympus Stylus SH-2. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
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 87%, whereas the average expert rating of the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is 90% (based on 1 review).

Awards

1 Award
optyczne.pl: Editor's Choice
35 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
3dnews.ru: Innovative Design
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
CNET.co.uk: Editor's Choice
CNET.com: Editor's Choice
CNET.com.au: Editor's Choice
Cnetfrance.fr: Editor's Choice
Digital Versus: 5 Star
digitalartsonline.co.uk: Editor's Choice
digitallife.se: Recommended
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
DP Review: Silver
Ephotozine: Recommended
fotovideo.nu: Recommended
Good Gear Guide.com.au: Editor's Choice
insidegeeks.net: Recommended
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
ljudochbild.se: Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 5 Star
M3.idg.se: Recommended
macworld.co.uk: Editor's Choice
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
pc-magazin.de: Top Product
pcforalla.idg.se: Good Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
player.de: Buying Tip
Pocket Lint: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
tbreak.ae: Editor's Choice
techindustriya.com: Editor's Choice Gold Award
Techradar: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold

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Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
16MP 20.2MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 13.2 x 8.8
Total Megapixels
16.8MP 20.9MP
BEST
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
24x
BEST
3.6x
Digital Zoom
4x 54x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
20
BEST
4.9
Minimum Aperture Number
3 1.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
600mm
BEST
146mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
25mm
BEST
28mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 108 28 - 146
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
11/10 7/6

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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 (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.1 - ∞ / 4.0 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Super Macro Focusing Range
0.03 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
ISO Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400 Unknown - Click to provide data
ISO Sensitivity (min)
125 Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Spot
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Flash on
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Flash on
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
0.4 - 4 0.55 - 6.3
Flash Range (wide)
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
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
240fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 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 At 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 Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 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 Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,000 pixels 1,229,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Sunny
 Daylight
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Sunny
 Daylight
Photo Effects
 Art
 Black&White
 Negative film
 Art
 Black&White
 Negative film
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,10
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 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 Modes
 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 Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
LI-92B NP-BX1
Battery Life (max)
1.7h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
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
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery charger included
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

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

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

Technical Details

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