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 Panasonic SZ5 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Panasonic SZ5 has external dimensions of 104 x 58 x 21 mm (4.09 x 2.28 x 0.83″) and weighs 136 g (0.30 lb / 4.80 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 Panasonic SZ5 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS. Panasonic SZ5 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 9mm narrower, 7mm shorter and 27mm thinner than Olympus XZ-2 iHS.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Panasonic SZ5 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Panasonic SZ5 is significantly lighter (210g ) than the Olympus XZ-2 iHS which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 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
Panasonic SZ5 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS's LCD screens has the same diagonal size of 3".
On the other hand, Olympus XZ-2 iHS features a Tilting screen
where you can change the angle of the screen to make it easier to shoot from waist or over the head levels whereas the Panasonic SZ5 has a fixed type screen which provides less flexibility in shooting positions compared to XZ-2 iHS.