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Olympus XZ-2

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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS a very good camera made better by a price drop

CNET
7 days ago
  • Summary: The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS is an excellent bright lens enthusiast compact. At this point, though, you should skip it at its full $600 price.
  • Cons: Its high ISO images are noisy. With no built-in Wi-Fi, getting wireless features will cost you extra. Battery charges in camera via proprietary USB cable.
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Olympus XZ-2

imaging-resource.com
24 November 2013
  • Conclusion: The Olympus XZ-2 improves upon the popular XZ-1 with several key upgrades, including a brand new 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. However, thankfully, the new model keeps the fast, bright f/1.8-2.5 i.ZUIKO zoom lens which made its predecessor stand out against other enthusiast compact cameras.
  • Pros: New 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS sensor delivers improved resolution and better low-light capabilities than its predecessor, Fast, bright i.ZUIKO f/1.8-2.5 lens surprisingly produces good corner to corner sharpness, Wide aperture across the whole 4x zoom range (28-112mm) provides a greater range of shooting options, Three-inch articulating LCD touchscreen that's a very accurate viewfinder, Dual-purpose front Control Ring can select aperture or be used to manually ...
  • Cons: Image quality deteriorates at higher ISOs, with loss of detail at ISO 800 and up, and significant noise and smudging starting at ISO 3200, Noticeable barrel distortion in JPEGs, Darker skin tones show strong warm push, Slightly crowded rear control layout makes it too easy to hit the wrong button in the heat of shooting, Not quite pocketable, Lens cap pops off when powered up, LCD screen overpowered by bright sunlight, Low power flash, Lackluster cycle times, Pricier ...
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Overall 8
8.4

Olympus XZ-2

Camera Labs
1 June 2013
  • Summary: The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is a 12 Megapixel advanced compact with a stabilised 28-112mm equivalent optical zoom. It has a flip-up 3in 920k dot LCD screen and hotshoe with accessory port that can take an optional viewfinder. With PASM exposure modes as well as intelligent Auto and the same Art modes as the Olympus PEN Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system range, it's a very capable compact that's also fun and easy to use.
  • Pros: Fast, accurate AF., Versatile three-mode lens ring., Flip-out 3in 920k dot LCD touch-screen., Accessory port for optional EVF.
  • Cons: Poor high ISO noise performance., Average continous shooting performance., Touch-sceen inactive for movie recording., Only 2 video modes.
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Digital Camera Review: Olympus XZ-2

techlicious.com
14 April 2013
  • Excerpt: The XZ-2's 12MP sensor, 4x zoom lens, image processor and fast auto focus speed combine for impressive photo quality from a camera this compact. The 28-112mm equivalent lens is super fast at f/1.8-2.5 and the resulting pictures have minimal noise, accurate tone and look really good at full size. However, don't look to this camera if you're uncomfortable out of auto mode. This is more for people who know how to work manual settings to their advantage.
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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 Review

thinkdigit.com
12 April 2013
  • Summary: The Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 is a wonderful successor to the older XZ-1 and fulfills all the qualities expected from a flagship product. The image quality is great, AF speeds are impressive and the wide apertures ensure that you do not have to ramp up the ISO settings even under low lighting conditions while shooting handheld. Using the Fn1 and Fn2 buttons speeds up camera navigation and the 3-inch 920k dot LCD screen does not cause any visibility issues under sunlight.
  • Pros: Dual functions lens ring, Wide aperture range, Impressive low light performance, Speedy AF, RAW format support
  • Cons: Video mode records zooming noise, Battery charging mechanism
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Overall 8
8.4

Olympus XZ-2

Camera Labs
1 April 2013
  • Summary: The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is a 12 Megapixel advanced compact with a stabilised 28-112mm equivalent optical zoom. It has a flip-up 3in 920k dot LCD screen and hotshoe with accessory port that can take an optional viewfinder. With PASM exposure modes as well as intelligent Auto and the same Art modes as the Olympus PEN Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system range, it's a very capable compact that's also fun and easy to use.
  • Pros: Fast, accurate AF., Versatile three-mode lens ring., Flip-out 3in 920k dot LCD touch-screen., Accessory port for optional EVF.
  • Cons: Poor high ISO noise performance., Average continous shooting performance., Touch-sceen inactive for movie recording., Only 2 video modes.
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Olympus XZ-2

Steve's Digicams
25 February 2013
  • Excerpt: There are too many flagships to keep track of these days, but here's the latest one. Filed under Olympus' "flagship point-and-shoot", meet the STYLUS XZ-2 , which boats many of the same technologies from Olympus' Micro Four Thirds and dSLR cameras. Basically, this is the point-and-shoot camera for dSLR enthusiasts who want high resolution images while holding a convenient compact digicam.
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Expert Review

photo.net
31 January 2013
  • Excerpt: The Olympus XZ-2 iHS is the successor to the Olympus XZ-1. The lens is the same (35mm equivalent) 28-112/1.8-2.5, but the Zx-2 adds a new 12 MP back illuminated CMOS sensor, a control ring around the lens, a tilting (touch sensitive) higher resolution LCD , 1080 HD video, stereo sound recording and more focus zones (35 vs. 11). I’m not 100% sure exactly what the “iHS” designation stands for.
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A solid upgrade to the beloved XZ-1, but not the giant killer we hoped for.

cameras.reviewed.com
3 December 2012
  • Conclusion: It's hard not to root for the scrappy little XZ-2. It packs many desirable features into a compact package, and does it with a sense of style that's distinctly, dare we say it, Olympian. The XZ-2's build quality and design are virtually unimpeachable, and the company has clearly put great effort into trying to make it stand out from the pack. A removable front grip, an innovative hybrid lens ring, and a tilting touchscreen are the most notable fruits of its labor.
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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus XZ-2

PC Magazine
30 November 2012
  • Conclusion: The Olympus XZ-2 has a bright lens and captures sharp photos, but it's too expensive and photos start to show some noise as you notch up the ISO.
  • Pros: Fast lens. Excellent control layout. Tilting touch-screen LCD. EVF option. Hot shoe. Raw shooting support.
  • Cons: Expensive. No Wi-Fi or GPS. Noisy images at high ISOs.
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