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.


Body type
Body type Compact
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
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
  • 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 types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 55 MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini HDMI type-D)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Optional RM-UC1)
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


User Reviews

4.27604 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:

    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


What advanced P&S makes sense at a pricepoint under the DLSR range?

Skip to paragraph 3 to avoid the backstory... I currently own two Sony cameras, a DSC-P150 that I got about 10 years ago and a DSC-H7 that I got about 6 years ago. The P150 has been a tank and is still going strong, in spite of a broken battery door and a couple of artifacts on the sensor. I haven't ever been truly happy with the H7. It never has given me the quality or the control that I desired. Sony is great, but I hesitate to get another. I just don't like their quirks. I do not feel like it is the right time to sink my savings into a DSLR (as badly as I would love interchangeable lenses and manual focus). I have come to the conclusion that I don't really want to carry one around on trips due the physical pain it would cause and the risk of making myself a target (I am about 5'1" and as I have been told "too easy to pick up and run away with") My research has led me to a shortlist of options, but I am open to other ideas. CSCs seem just as expensive as DSLRs, so I haven't ...

Caitlin66 asked
13 days ago


I'd put a new or used Sony RX100 high on your list. I'd prefer an MX-1 to an XZ-2, but marginally. The XZ-2 has the advantage of being able to use optional EVFs and has a hotshoe ( but I would never try using an external flash mounted on such a small camera ). The MX-1, to me, looks like a better lens and a bit more solid. The G16 I'd prefer to the G15 ( again for the lens ). I think they're a bit chunky myself, but they have some nice features. The other option would be a used or new MILC. I'd look at the Olympus E-PM2 which you'd find for your price range. I'd consider it a better camera than all the others. Continue Reading

darklamp answered
13 days ago

For me the big question is whether the OP wants a viewfinder. she mentions it as a plus but doesn't cut out the two cameras that don't have one built in. I won't comment on the others because I only know the Fuji and Canon from personal experience. As far as sensor size is concerned they are almost identical and t What is the difference in the lenses? The spec indicates that the G15 & G16 are identical in that respect. Personally I bought a G15 because the new features in the G16 didn't really mean much to me and there was a big price difference. Other people might want the new stuff. I've played with the Fuji X10 and didn't find it enough better than the G15 to justify the slight extra bulk. Its quite complicated to get the most out of its EXR sensor. The X20, on the other hand, has a vastly better viewfinder that displays key information including the focus area. It has a more 'normal' sensor than the X10. When it comes to controls I prefer a manual zoom (X20) to a power zoom ... Continue Reading

AlbertInFrance answered
13 days ago

I'll try to remember to do a selfie in the morning to demonstrate. The G15 will fit most of my shirt pockets. Maybe we have bigger ones here in Europe. I used to be able to get a standard can of Coke in my Scout leader uniform shirt pockets. Continue Reading

AlbertInFrance answered
9 days ago


Set Program Mode "Lines" on XZ-2

Not sure if "lines" is the right term, but here goes...  My Pentax DSLR, and probably many others, has a setting for adjusting the Program mode algorithms.  You could set it to lean towards fast shutter or slow shutter, for example.  I am wondering if there is something like that on my XZ-2.  I would like to use P, make a few adjustments to color and white balance, and save it as a custom profile.  But I want this P to error on the side of fast shutter and smaller aperture while boosting ISO a little more readily than normal.  I would like to use this profile for quick street shots. I know the best solution would be to probably just use auto ISO and S mode with something like 1/300.  Or maybe just "Sports" mode with file format set to RAW. Any thoughts?

ChiJeff5 asked
1 month ago


I'm afraid you won't find anything comparable on the XZ-2.  I think Pentax (and Ricoh) have by far the best ergonomics/controls of any camera line; I miss a lot of the features since I abandoned SLRs and the Ricoh GX series. I think the best you can do with the XZ-2 is set it to P then shift the program line with the front dial.  The camera tends to keep the ISO low, so you may want to set it at a higher value rather than auto. Continue Reading

UncaMikey answered
1 month ago


WiFi and XZ-2

Anybody have any luck with the wifi sd cards and the XZ-2?  I know there are maybe three options, the EyeFi, the Toshiba, and maybe another.  Anyone have any luck?  It looks like Olympus pushes the Toshiba card.  Any particular reason?

ChiJeff5 asked
1 month ago


I have both the EyeFi mobile and a PQI aircard working with my XZ-2 Continue Reading

Ken Gosden answered
1 month ago

I use the eye-fi with my Stylus 1 and it works great. I have it turned off while I am shooting to save the battery and just enable it in the camera menu when I am ready to download. The Stylus 1 has a menu option specifically for the Eye-Fi. Continue Reading

Loraine Arnold answered
1 month ago

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