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 Sony W710 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Sony W710 has external dimensions of 97 x 55 x 20 mm (3.82 x 2.17 x 0.79″) and weighs 114 g (0.25 lb / 4.02 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 Sony W710 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS. Sony W710 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 16mm narrower, 10mm shorter and 28mm 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.
Sony W710 is significantly lighter (232g ) than the Olympus XZ-2 iHS which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710 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" LCD screen is slightly larger than Sony W710'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, Sony W710 has a fixed type screen which provides less flexibility in shooting positions compared to XZ-2 iHS.