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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
14 March 2014
  • 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.
  • Pros: The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS features a great f1.8-2.5 lens, excellent photo quality and shooting options, and a well-designed body that's solidly constructed.
  • 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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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 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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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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Overall 8
8.4

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Review

Digital Camera Review
19 November 2012
  • Excerpt: The Olympus Stylus XZ-2, the company's most recent premium compact, jettisons onto the market with its classic body design and its quite impressive f/1.8 lens. With 11 Art Filters and 5 Effects, 1080p full HD video and an accessory port for flashes and viewfinders, it's sure to grab the attention of avid photographers. But with a hefty price tag of $599.99, will its limited 4x iZuiko lens and heavy overall design be able to win over point and shoot enthusiasts?
  • Pros: Excellent still image quality, Fast maximum lens apertures, Very good overall lens performance, Removable/Interchangeable grips
  • Cons: Less than stellar zoom length, High ISO pixel smudging, Lengthy delay in image playback feature
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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.com
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 (white) review

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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