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.”

Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto (100 -1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (2)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–112 mm
Optical zoom 4×
Maximum aperture F1.8 - F2.5
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 60 cm (23.62)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points 35
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen Yes
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
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)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 55 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini HDMI type-D)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Optional RM-UC1)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None

Reviews

User Reviews

4.36364 out of 5 stars
  • thomasbricker1, Jan 6, 2013 GMT:
    Excellent Choice

    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 ...

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  • imrryr38, Jun 16, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • Robert Melnyk, Dec 13, 2013 GMT:
    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.

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  • ludwik123, Feb 28, 2014 GMT:
    Review

    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 ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Minimum Shutter Speed in Aperture Priority Mode - Fixed ISO

Hello there, Recently I acquired a XZ-2 as a backup camera and I must say I really love it. But I did stumble upon something weird and I want to check with you if this is working as intended or there is a problem with the camera. Let's take a very low light situation, for example nighttime. The camera is set as follows: Mode: Aperture Priority ISO: 100 (fixed, not AUTO) Aperture 1.8 Exposure Compensation set to 0. Metering mode: any of them (spot, center, matrix) The issue which I encountered is that the minimum shutter speed the camera will reach will be 2, at which point it will start blinking and not go further. This clearly is not enough for some night situations and it will severely underexpose the image. The only way to go beyond that 2 shutter speed limit is to close the aperture. For example, at an aperture of F4, I will have a minimum shutter speed of 2.5 seconds, but again it will not be enough. Now, I know that my camera can go over that limit, as for example, in manual ...

RazvanAlex asked
11 days ago

ANSWERS

I have come across this type of question on previous occasions so it  relates not just to your camera. I have an XZ-2 with firmware 1.3 and my camera behaves exactly as you describe. So yes, there are limitations to certain exposure combinations and there is no reason to suspect that your camera has a fault. You can sleep soundly tonight! You have a very competent camera that just gets better the more you get to know it. [And don't let the double exposure trick phase you either, since even according to Olympus themselves, there is no cure.] Ken C Continue Reading

Ken Croft answered
11 days ago

Hey Ken, Thank you very much for your response! I got puzzled a bit as on my dSLR, in that modem, there is no limitation like this as it can go to quite a number of seconds in Aperture Priority mode. But now I understand this is a standard for XZ-2. Besides, there is always the M mode which I am very fond of. Yes, it is a great camera and I am starting to love it more each day! Thanks again! Razvan Continue Reading

RazvanAlex answered
10 days ago

True, I ran into the same limitation. In any case, I think M mode is better suited for long exposures, where you are using a tripod etc. Enjoy your camera. Continue Reading

arnof answered
9 days ago

QUESTION

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.

ChiJeff5 asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

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

PenPix answered
1 month ago

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

Alleg1 answered
1 month ago

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

Mark Scott Abeln answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

Is the panasonic GX1 the cheap and best camera for beginners?

I am looking to buy a new camera primarily for my wife and also for my occasional use My hands shake a lot and image stabilization is a big criteria for me. Also I would love to have manual zoom options which I can play around with. outdoors and zoom would be a plus but I am not sure if I can carry around huge lens for that purpose. I have a canon s3 IS and have rarely used it despite the fact that it takes good pictures and videos. My wife (primary user of the camera) could be taking lots of spontaneous photos, so quick auto-focus would be a key requirement. she will primarily be taking pictures of kids indoors, garden/scenery outdoors and lots of clothes(she sells dress materials on the side) indoors. so image quality indoors needs to be good. accurate colours and texture (glossy colurs should not come across as dull and vice versa) What do you suggest keeping above requirements in mind? I did a brief research of the available options in India As I see it at close to less than ...

marees asked
21 days ago

ANSWERS

I just purchased the G5. I initially ordered the GX1 in amazon India, but the seller sent a note that the compact 14mm f2.5 lens was not available, only the 14-42 lens was available. The price of the missing lens if ordered separately costs a bomb in India (more than the advertised camera kit price) so I hastily dropped the idea of buying the GX1. The same product was also advertised in snapdeal India, but I chose to buy the G5 from snapdeal, as I didnt want to test snapdeal's return/refund policies so lets see how the G5 goes... Ah I just noticed that the Fuji XF1 is selling Rs 1000 cheaper (12000) ~ $190 Very tempting price and bought it immediately before I could change my mind. So now I have booked 2 cameras Panasonic G5 (Rs 19k) ~$300 & Fuji XF1 (Rs 12k)~$200 Continue Reading

marees answered
19 days ago

$300 for a G5 with 14-42 is a bargain anywhere, but keep in mind that the fast prime lenses for m4/3 don't have Image Stabilization, and there is no IS in the body of the G5 or GX1. It's the newer Panasonic GX7 that has the in-body IS. If Image Stabilization is critical, you'll only have it with the Panasonic zoom lenses. Continue Reading

BBbuilder467 answered
19 days ago

At present in India, the GX7 seems costlier than Olympus EM5 / EM10, which I thought have a good image stabilization. However the Olympus cameras themselves are 2.5x to 3x the price of Panasonic G5, so the G5 seems the more all round option now? I agree the lens prices of Panasonic are costlier than Olympus / Nikon, but right now I have not given much thought about adding new lenses. maybe once I get used to the camera and discover the features and limitations, or if I get a very good deal then I might think of buying new lenses. Continue Reading

marees answered
16 days ago
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