Summary: Sure you can buy much better cameras out there. For much more $$$$. For $200 this camera is absolutely a STEAL. I took it on a trip to South America as my ONLY camera and could not have been happier with the results. Image quality comes very close to a lot of DSLRs out there, and in a lot of settings this compact shooter managed to outdo my sister's DSLR.
Summary: I bought this camera to carry around in my bag everyday hoping to take more photos since I rarely take my dslr with me. Overall a very nice camera. Great build quality, performance and handling. The lcd is great but wish it was a bit brighter since on very sunny days it can be a bit difficult to use in direct sunlight though the tilting mecanism can help you get better view.
Summary: No longer state of the art, hence available at bargain prices. Perfectly adequate little point-and-shoot for serious photographers who want something small to carry around for unexpected photo-ops and who, like me, don't have a phone with good photo features. Bonus: It works with the Olympus flash-shoe EVF attachment (not included, of course).
Summary: The reviews about poor focus in low light were right on. However, it does take great pictures otherwise. Will take me a long time to figure out all the bells and whistles. I was really glad to get it at an amazing discount, as I don't think it is worth the original price.
And it's also true that the manual (which is not included as a hard copy) is not all that great at explaining those menus
13 February 2015
Summary: Sooooo many options. It's true what they say about Olympus menus (convoluted and obtuse). And it's also true that the manual (which is not included as a hard copy) is not all that great at explaining those menus. Very nice photos, though.
Excerpt: I really like this cam. Nice UI, after I learned how it works. Good screen. With large aperture, it`s possible to get som bokeh. Not bad for a small sensorcam. The only flaw is that saving my own preferences is rather tricky. I have to start from the beginning, even it`s a minor setting I want to save.
Great camera for times I want to leave my DSLR at home.
David T "davenet", Amazon
22 January 2015
Summary: I finally got out and snapped some photos with this little camera. It's bigger than some point and shoot models, but I got it because of the fantastic features and manual controls I can enable, should I decide to shoot manual. I got some great photos. I used it on a tripod with no problems. Navigating the controls is pretty straight forward. I still need to become familiar with many of the settings but out of the gate I am quite happy with my purchase so far.
Summary: At this price, this is the best camera bargain you will ever see. It is not a simple point & shoot, and will take some time to learn what it is capable of doing. Good build quality & many features.
I like the many features built in so that many effects ...
13 January 2015
Summary: I like the many features built in so that many effects can be done with the camera itself. But for versatility, I still think a DSLR is better with the size of the XZ-2 not really a pocket size.