At first glance, The Olympus XZ-2's most appealing feature might just be its 4x optical zoom lens. With a maximum aperture range of F1.8-2.5 it remains bright throughout the zoom range, reducing the need to boost ISO in low light situations. The XZ-2 is also equipped with a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor capable of full 1080p HD video and 5 frames per second burst shooting. A tilting 3.0 inch LCD is provided, as is compatible with Olympus' optional electronic viewfinder. Unlike its predecessor, the XZ-2 offers a sizable front hand grip that can be removed to make the camera pocket-friendlier.
Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Compact Camera
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“ The XZ-2 marries a fast lens with a useful zoom range and a degree of customization that makes it quick and enjoyable to use. Add its good image quality and excellent JPEG engine to the equation and the whole package looks extremely tempting.”
- 12MP 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor
- 5 frames per second continuous shooting
- 4x F1.8-2.5 optical zoom lens (28-112mm equivalent)
- ISO 100-12,800
- 1080 HD video
- Articulated 3.0 inch touchscreen LCD with 920,000 dots
- Removable front hand grip
- 12-bit Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
- Pop-up flash with hotshoe
- Sensor-shift image stabilization
- SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
|Max resolution||3968 x 2976|
|Other resolutions||2560 x 1920, 1280 x 960|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||13 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)|
|ISO||Auto (100 -1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–112 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F1.8 - F2.5|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Normal focus range||60 cm (23.62″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Number of focus points||35|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Viewfinder type||Electronic (optional)|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||8.60 m (ISO 800)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot-shoe, wireless)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(2 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (-/+ 7 steps in A-B/G-M axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Storage included||55 MB|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini HDMI type-D)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional RM-UC1)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion Li-90B rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||340|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||346 g (0.76 lb / 12.20 oz)|
|Dimensions||113 x 65 x 48 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 1.89″)|
I bought the Olympus XZ-2 after an exhaustive comparison between 4 cameras. The XZ-2, Canon G15, Sony XR100, Nikon P7700. I chose the XZ-2 because it has excellent color rendition. More accurate than any of the others I tested. The resolution and lens sharpness is excellent for a point and shoot. The menu system is well thought out. The build quality is great. The Nikon P7700 and the Sony RX100 were close contenders. But ultimately I felt the quality of images (flesh tones in particular) were ...
a pure "expert" ....
i'm a XZ Olympus lover.... So, after 19 months of happiness with the "old man" XZ-1, the brand new "2" was a natural choice for me. same excellent features like: Optic quality/ colours output/ flash with RC mode and you can put an EVF IN THE SAME TIME not like an EPL / Very well made and good macro modes, and ice on the cake: ND filter and 100 iso minimum (great for harsh light condition, or waterfall shoot). improve features: flip screen of course ;) with a better resolution and colours ...
A great camera
The Olympus XZ-2 iHS is my carry around camera. Fast bright lens, fast focus. I have had this camera since it was introduced and is an excellent backup to my Olympus E-5 and E-3 cameras.
Best compact I've owned so far. At first I was disappointed because I expected better but the more I use it the better it gets. I love the touchscreen, it fits easily into a jacket pocket, the flash is powerful and is very flexible. The focus is fast and accurate, only minor problems in low light, other cameras have bigger focusing problems! The image quality is good although I was hoping for better. At high iso it has a rather harsh needle pattern spoiling the image a bit. Other cameras ...
XZ-2 beginners guide
Hi all, I'm new into what you might call auto-off shooting, and would like to set up my XZ-2 in order to have most important controls easily available when shooting on Manual. However; I find the user manual a bit messy her. Hence I was wondering; do some of you know about any "get started on advanced settings" guide on the XZ-2 or any other Olympus with similar menu system? I know this sounds a bit contradictionary - hoping still that someone could guide me to some goodies. Thank you in advance. Best regards, Lars
Yes you are missing something. If you want SF [Super Fine] go to: menu/4th down to custom menul/accroos and down to G/ok/down to set/ok Now you see 4 sets of pairs of settings. Each represents a size in pixels, and a compression level. If you want super fine just go to the second figure in each pair, and using up and down buttons just cycle through B[basic], N[Normal], F[Fine] and SF, SF being Super Fine. Press menu to confirm. Sorry if this sounds complex but you will get used to it. The images below trace the sequence through the menu. Hope this helps. Enjoy Ken C Continue Reading
6 Posts, welcome aboard. Hopefully someone with an XZ-2 will answer you. I put a setup/settings thread together for the Stylus 1. Perhaps XZ-2 menus/settings are similar, if so, you may get a clue of something on the XZ-2 here http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3729814 Continue Reading
Color Space to Black and White or Convert in Post From Color
Do most cameras take better pics (maybe better tonal range) when set to black and white than you would see if you converted a color pic to black and white in post using something easy like Google's Picasa or Flickr's editor? This would be for jpegs, I know RAW its a non issue.
I prefer to shoot in colour then convert to B+W in PP. The reason for this is so I can adjust individual colours to influence the shade of grey it becomes. e.g. Red turns out very dark to black when converted to B+W. Before conversation, I can change the hue and/or brightness of a red rose to make a more pleasing print. (A bride shouldn't be holding black flowers!) Continue Reading
I find FastStone Image Viewer useful for this..one can simply convert to greyscale then choose "Adjust Colors" which allows one to adjust colour balance, brightness, contrast etc. by using slider controls. FastStone has some other very good functions too, and it's Freeware! Continue Reading
It depends, My Nikon’s black and white conversion is pretty good, better than what I was getting at first on my computer. I haven’t looked at Picasa’s or Flickr’s conversion, so I don’t know if they are better or not. A good black and white converter, in my opinion, has these properties: (1) The converted image has a full range of tones from pure black to pure white. (2) There is good shadow and highlight detail. (3) There is good texture and local contrast. Continue Reading
XZ-2 Customs (User settings)
Am I missing something? If I saved some settings in C-mode, I should be able to add some tweaks without erase the settings and start over? I read the manual but I can`t find any answers. Or is it impossible? It is very annoying to restart everything. It is a nice camera when you know the flaws Peter