|April 3, 2019|
A few years ago I purchased the [Olympus XZ-2](https://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/compacts/oly_xz2) camera to use as my primary video camera for low-light pictures. Since I got the iPhone XS Max, I haven't used the Olympus XZ-2 as much. I was thinking for my next trip, is it still worth packing the Olympus XZ-2?
A look at the specs between the two cameras. These are taken from the official spec documents from each manufacturer. (For the iPhone XS Max I am only focusing on the back lens.)
|Product Type||1.7" CMOS sensor|
|Aspect ratio||1.33 (4:3)|
|Lens||Olympus lens 6 to 24 mm, f1.8 to 2.5 (Equivalent to 28 to 112 mm on a 35 mm film)|
|Shutter Speed||1/2000-60 sec., Bulb shooting (Maximum 16 minutes at ISO 100)|
|Shooting Range||0.05 m (2 inch) to (W), 0.2 m (8 inch) to (T) (Normal/Macro) 0.01 m (0.4 inch) to 0.6 m (2 ft.) (super macro mode)|
|ISO sensitivity||100-12800 (1/3 EV step)|
|Type||Back-illuminated Sensor (1.4µm)|
|Aspect ratio||4,032 x 3,024 (4:3)|
|Resolution||7 MP Front Camera|
|Wide Lens||12 MP, f/1.8, 4.25 mm, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF|
|Telephoto Lens||12 MP, f/2.4, 6 mm, 1/3.4", 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom|
|Lens Equivalent||26 to 55 mm on a 35 mm film|
|Aperture||Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 and Telephoto: ƒ/2.4|
|Shutter Speed||1/22000 (Wide) 1/45000 (Telephoto)|
|Shooting Range||2.87 mm to infinity (There are additional third-party kits to purchase micro mode.)|
The best night photos require the lowest aperture. So, while the iPhone XS Max may take great pictures, if I am taking night shots, I might be better packing the Olympus XZ-2 for better quality night photos. This is especially true for low light video photography.
The Olympus XZ-2 is just slightly better in low light conditions.
The Olympus XZ-2 was announced on September 17, 2012. The iPhone XS Max looks to be a good camera replacement. I think the nice thing about the Olympus XZ-2 is how the back screen can detach making it easy to see the screen when it is high or low.
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