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