Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Olympus 7030 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Olympus 7030 has external dimensions of 93 x 56 x 26 mm (3.66 x 2.2 x 1.02″) and weighs 140 g (0.31 lb / 4.94 oz) (including batteries). Olympus XZ-2 iHS has external dimensions of 113 x 65 x 48 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 1.89″) and weighs 346 g (0.76 lb / 12.20 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Olympus 7030 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS. Olympus 7030 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 20mm narrower, 9mm shorter and 22mm thinner than Olympus XZ-2 iHS.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Olympus 7030 is significantly lighter (206g ) than the Olympus XZ-2 iHS which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Olympus Stylus 7030 (mju 7030) nor Olympus XZ-2 iHS provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Compact Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Olympus XZ-2 iHS's 3.00" LCD screen is slightly larger than Olympus 7030's 2.7" screen.
In addition to the size advantage, Olympus XZ-2 iHS LCD screen also has a Tilting feature
where you can change the angle of the screen to make it easier to shoot from waist or over the head levels. On the other hand, Olympus 7030 has a fixed type screen which provides less flexibility in shooting positions compared to XZ-2 iHS.