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Olympus XZ-2

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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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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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Overall 8
8.1

Expert Review

reviewed
3 December 2012
  • Summary: A solid upgrade to the beloved XZ-1, but not the giant killer we hoped for.
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Overall 8
7.5

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS Review

Digitaltrends
12 November 2012
  • Conclusion: All cameras that share a genre with the Stylus XZ-2 are a tough sell. They bridge the gap between stupid-simple point and shoots and MFT or DSLR devices – although they usually come with a hefty price tag. The XZ-2 is most assuredly a niche device, though camera buyers are becoming smarter and more able use them. Eschewing entry-level point-and-shoots for something you know you can’t do with your smartphone isn’t a bad choice.
  • Pros: Responsive vari-angle touchscreen, Fast, bright, versatile lens, Customization options to spare, Full manual control
  • Cons: No dedicated ISO control, Low-light capability could be better, iAuto is disappointing
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus XZ-2

Imaging Resource
17 September 2012
  • 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: 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 ...
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Overall 8
8.4

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: Initially, I was concerned that the size of the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 may be prohibitive, but while it may not be as small as other cameras, the addition of the tiltable screen is definitely an improvement over the original model. If only it could have been a millimetre or two slimmer. What I really like about the XZ-2 is the range of options in the custom menu, which means the user can really make it operate in the way that they wish.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review

Stuff.tv
2 April 2013
  • Summary: Olympus has taken last year's excellent XZ-1 night-owl cam, melted it down and forged the bigger and pricier XZ-2 from the remains. Somehow. So was it worth the bloody, sweaty hours in the gadget labs? Yes, and no. A new 12MP sensor combined with the TruePic VI processing found in Olympus' OM-D E-M5 makes for cleaner snaps than those of its predescessor, and the super-fast f/1.8 Zuiko lens is excellent in low light.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 (white)

Pocket Lint
30 January 2013
  • Conclusion: We're big fans of high-end compact cameras, and the XZ-2 really does excel at what it does. We like the style, the images, the available wide aperture settings and that awesome dual-function lens ring. In fact there's not much we don't like. A wider-angle lens would be welcome, as would a smaller body and - here's the likely purchase clincher - a smaller price too.
  • Pros: Dual-function lens ring, f/1.8-2.5 maximum aperture is great for dramatic shots, hotshoe and accessory port expansion possibilities, wireless flash options, tilt-angle LCD screen versatile for shooting, improved image quality despite slightly smaller sensor compared to predecessor, art filters are fun
  • Cons: Pricey, we'd like a wider-angle lens, slightly larger than predecessor and on the chunky side, plastic components to the built less luxury than an all-metal construction, rear d-pad easily knocked which throws exposure compensation out by default, did we menton that it's pricey?
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus’ newest high-end compact is a minor upgrade from the XZ-1

Good Gear Guide.au
25 December 2012
  • Summary: Olympus’ Stylus XZ-2 compact is about as advanced as a small-sensor compact camera can get. It’s great for enthusiast photographers who want to muck around with settings. Novice users might be daunted, but the XZ-2 is at the top of its class.
  • Pros: Bright, fast lens, close focus, Generally good image quality, Packed with controls
  • Cons: High price, No Wi-Fi or GPS, Loss of detail at high ISOs
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus XZ-2 review

TechRadar UK
13 November 2012
  • Summary: The heavyweight compact Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is more than just a point-and-shoot
  • Pros: Lens aperture range, Manual focus ring, Tilting touchscreen, Large back-illuminated CMOS sensor, The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 delivers much more than an average compact and essentially that's where its key strengths lie. The manual focus ring, customisable function toggling, manual and semi-manual modes, touch-screen technology, tilt screen and creative filter palette are the most impressive aspects of its advanced functionality.
  • Cons: LCD only tilts horizontally, No on-body macro mode, Tricky touchscreen focusing, Menu system complicated, Relatively expensive, Less intuitive to operate than many of its competitors, the XZ-2's menu systems aren't the most helpful or straightforward, and some of its operation processes are needlessly convoluted. Also, priced at £479.99/AU$649/US$599.99, it is in keeping with its high-end compact peers, yet the relatively expensive price tag may put some shoppers off.
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