Francis Carver: Bloody hell and back.....
A really small, 1/1.7-inch sensor camera....
With only an amusingly small 4x range zoom lens....
Without a viewfinder of any type..... and without a 3.5mm jack for an external microphone.
That records video clips in only a single frame rate.
And despite of all these shortcomings, the Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS is going to be listed for US$599.99.
I guess I am not getting this one at all, either. Quickly, somebody from the Oly camp pls explain what it is that we must just love with this cutie-pie new baby?
What we love is the lense and sensor combination. Stop living in specs.
Having a large sensor is not everything. Some people have already explained it here, but having a large sensor and constrained glass (like many cameras in this price range) does not work.
I dont know if you've noticed lately, but the camera's in high end phones - like the iphone and the Samsung Galaxy S3, are able to take some really fanastic photos. You are artificially restricting your camera choices by focusing on the sensor. Small cameras do not pair well with big sensors, regardless of what you might think.