Excerpt: After having the G15 and the S110 (still have it) I decided to get the XZ2 (purely due to the gorgeous design and great price, down from Euro 599 to Euro 279), I had the XZ1 and loved it but the low light IQ was only average, the video quality was poor, and the AF was only ok i.t.o speed and accuracy in low light conditions. The XZ2 is a different animal though, I've had it 2 weeks now and thought I should give a quick review.
Excerpt: I bought this camera with portability in mind. I wanted to start a daily photography blog since I've moved to the city to start my college career but simply couldn't bring my DSLR everywhere in addition to all the books I have to carry everyday. The quality of the pictures are great and though it isn't the smallest camera, it's definitely more convenient than my DSLR.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: Despite every attempt to see how this handles from on-line reviews and pictures, on receiving it I discovered to my horror that despite the excellent image quality this camera is *tiny*, as in minuscule, as in I would have to tie my shutter finger into a knot to be able to hit the shutter. I literally found it unusable.<br /><br />If you have very small hands, this might work well for it certainly is built to a high level of quality.
Picture were hit or miss, new 1.3 firmware seems to be a great improvement
Deepa Mohan, Amazon
25 December 2013
Summary: I previously owned mostly Panasonics (a simple point and shoot and lx5), but after I had some problems with both of my panasonic cameras after a year of working, I decided to try olympus this time. The interface and menus seem a lot more complicated, and less intiutive on the olympus, I mostly shoot in the iAuto mode, and the pictures seem inconsistent. Even consecutively shot picture will have a slightly different color tinge etc.
Take a look at the Olympus Stylus XZ-2. I dare you...
R. Jones "Coffee Hound", Amazon
9 December 2013
Summary: About me. I'm not photo a equipment expert nor a professional photographer. I am a photo equipment enthusiast and love taking pictures. I have good eyes, good senses, and steady hands and I know quality when I see it. I look at 100% Crops, but I'm not a pixel peeper by any stretch. Here's some of the good stuff I've owned and used: Canon 60D; Canon Pro 1; Canon T4i; Pentax K-5; Pentax K-20; Canon G1X; Canon s95 and s100; Canon SX-40; Sony Apha Nex-6; Sony RX100; Olympus...
Camera makers and reviewers are misleading the consumer.
William Cho, Amazon
2 December 2013
Summary: It seems most people do not realize the scale factor must be applied to maximum aperture ratings. So a DX DSLR with a zoom lense of 3.5-5.6 is a brighter lens (and narrower depth of field capable) than a compact with aperture rating of 1.8-2.5 using a sensor size of 1/1.6. The camera companies only refer the zoom range to a 35mm film camera but they purposely do not multiply. Because they cannot say it is a 1.8 camera.