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

4.26923 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

Post Effects to RAW files

I typically just shoot jpeg and do minor edits.  Well aware of all the pros of using RAW.  Something I dont understand is the in camera filter effects on my XZ-2. I know a lot are corny, but some look like fun to play with.  However, they really kill camera performance.  I wonder if I shoot RAW and then use the software that came with the camera (kinda embarrassed to say that I have not even installed it yet) can I apply the same effects more quickly?  I would hate to waste a good shot with playing with one of the arty filter.  So I guess the questions are: 1.  Does the included software have the same filters and effects as are built into the camera? 2.  If so, would applying them to a RAW image instead of a JPEG make much difference? 3.  And maybe, anyone know of a good camera that has good in camera edit capabilities?  Maybe a brand like Panasonic includes better "post production" in camera than Olympus?

ChiJeff5 asked
16 hours ago

ANSWERS

Yes, you can easily convert a RAW/filtered shot to a jpeg within Oly Viewer 3. OV3 has a drop down menu under the RAW edit mode from which you can pick an ART filter to assign. You can even combine ART filters in overlays if you wish. I find OV3 quite slow to add edits on my Win 7 Home Premium PC (YMMV). I stick to the speedier ACDSee 7 or even Picasa 3 which can read Oly RAW files and has some of the same type of ART filters. Really quite nice. Continue Reading

John McCormack answered
15 hours ago

Hi ChiJeff5, Firstly I would like to thank you , because you helped me find out something about my XZ-1 today, after almost 4 years :-) The reason for the chugging is the SD card , when I replaced my Sandisk Ultra card with a Extreme Pro Card ( 90MB/sec) the response was immediate. The camera cannot write the modified ART files to the card quick enough with a slower SD card. If you want to shoot Jpeg and do some quick PP as well as apply effects try the Snapseed Ap free on android and Apple.On a PC you can access this via google + Shooting in RAW has an advantage in that you can apply the art filters in sequential shooting,and apply multiple filters as well as correct images in PP The camera that has impressed me the most in processing RAW files in camera is the Fuji fixed lens enthusiast and mirrorless series from the X-10 onwards. 5 steps of noise reduction is just one of the many features. Below are some of the corrections available cheers Aaron Continue Reading

Aaron Sur answered
13 hours ago

Google has withdrawn snapseed for the desktop http://www.dpreview.com/articles/0257369694/google-shuts-down-desktop-version-of-snapseed Continue Reading

John McCormack answered
12 hours ago

QUESTION

Best Travel Camera Under USD 350,00

Hey all! I'll begin a trip to Europe March next year and would like to know which camera should I choose down to 350 bucks. I've seen some Pana LF1, Canon S110, Olympus ZX2, Fuji X1, but I can't make my mind on those... I would need a rugged camera that could provide me the best possible pictures, either at landscapes and at night, since I'll be camping most of the time. Another point is that I'll be cycle touring, meaning that space is a important mather, so I've discarded bridge and super zoom cameras. Sorry for my english and thanks in advance!

94Kern asked
9 days ago

ANSWERS

If you want to take shots at night you will need some kind of tripod for nightscapes or a flash for, say, people. You might be able to make do with a table top tripod if you can find somewhere on which to stand it for your shots. The on board flash will give poor results so I would get a camera with a hot shoe that can take an external flash if you find that you need one.  Of the cameras on your list I think that only the Olympus and the Fujifilm have hot shoes. Continue Reading

Chris R-UK answered
9 days ago

May I suggest a Nikon 1 V1 with a 10-30 lens. You can pick one up used in excellent condition for $250 and the 10-30 lens in similar shape for $90. The 10-30 is 27-80mm FOV equivalent. Its small and its good. Use a gorillapod for your tripod. My point is this, you will get better bang for the buck used than new. You give up the warranty. I know how tight space is in panniers. Good luck. Continue Reading

six34sigma answered
8 days ago

Sony RX100 will beat the S110 and ZX1 -- those are just worse. I'd also scratch the Fuji X1, since as far as I can tell, it doesn't exist (perhaps you meant X-S1? XF1? Etc.). LF1 will give more zoom than the RX100, and a viewfinder, but worse image quality, especially in low light and harsh light. Do get a cheap GorillaPod. It's tiny, and will be superuseful for those night shots. Continue Reading

Alphoid answered
8 days ago

QUESTION

Help needed... G16 or XZ-2?

Hello, I’m new to the forum so I think I will first introduce myself then ask questions. I’m Italian (so please excuse my poor English) and live Hello, I’m new to the forum so I think I will first introduce myself then ask questions. I'm Italian and live in a small coastal town with my wife and my two daughters (aged 11 and 7). I have some photographic background and know the basics but have limited practical experience. My first digital camera was a 3MP Sony CyberShot P72, then I upgraded to a Canon A720 that gave me great photos until it drowned in the sea of Greece last summer :-( I am going to buy a new camera and would like to receive some guidance. Most of my pictures are either shot outdoor in bright light (beach, mountain, etc.), or indoor in relatively low light (kid parties, school plays, family dinners). Most shots are candids, with some portraits, landscapes and street views. I usually print my best pictures, in most cases 5x7 or 8x10 inches (sometimes larger). What I’m ...

theEarl asked
10 days ago

ANSWERS

My pick is the XZ-2..especially if it's cheaper than the G16. Both are great cameras, but I think as a casual shooter you would probably enjoy the capacitive touch screen and tilting LCD on the XZ-2 vs. the G16 which has neither of those things (although it does have a small optical viewfinder). They both use the same Sony 12MP BSI-CMOS sensor so there isn't much difference between the two image quality wise. Perhaps the G16 is a little better at high ISOs but the XZ-2 isn't horrible in low light either. The JPEG colors that come out of the XZ-2 by default are a little muted compared to the G16 but they are also quite accurate and realistic, in my opinion. Continue Reading

pacnwhobbyist answered
10 days ago

Had both and the Olympus gets my vote, sharper lens, fast AF, but both are great! -- Jostian Continue Reading

Jostian answered
8 days ago

Tough call. Both are very good cameras. I had the G15 which is really a G16 but a little slower AF, same image quality. I also have an XZ-2 now and it's my third one. My daughter uses it, she's 14 years old and it's great for her. I don't use small sensor cameras anymore. The XZ-2 has some great features. You'll like the tilting screen, the touch feature is a take it or leave it option. I bought my XZ-2 for it's ability to accept the external Olympus VF4 which I had for my E-PL5 so, it was a natural. What I didn't like about the XZ-2 is that is feels somewhat cheap compared to the G15, being mostly plastic and rather lightweight. In addition, two of the three XZ-2's I had exhibited an odd behavior. Every once in a while, when I pressed the shutter release, the XZ-2 would take two shots instead of one. I have seen comments on the Olympus Compact Forum where others have noticed this problem. The XZ-2 also has difficulty focusing in low light for some reason, this has also been noted. ... Continue Reading

Scipio Degrate answered
8 days ago

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