Summary: Nice look and feel and great features. Within five hours two intermittent problems appeared: barrel stopped retracting properly when camera turned off, and camera would not focus. Then the barrel got stuck. Disconcerting in a brand new item. I have returned it for a refund. I would be tempted to try another, hoping that this was a lemon. Will wait to see what others have experienced.
Summary: I have an adequate DSLR outfit (Canon 6D, with a full range of lenses). To complement my Canon S100 and SX 280, I was looking for a P&S with a flexible screen for the occasional low-level shots. I came across the XZ-2, and when I saw the manual focus option, I decided to give it a try. The camera performs beyond my expectations. The manual-focus option, from about 1 cm to infinity, is better than what I'd hoped for.
Summary: Terrific camera. Purchased this as an addition to my dSLR equipment for situations regarding child portraits. Technical needs: RAW capture, high ISO low light image quality, tilting LCD, f1.8 max aperture, manual controls, rapid continuous shooting. After a month of use, this camera exceeds my expectations. The touch screen capability comes in very handy when you need to get down low for the image. The Fn buttons and control ring make changing settings a snap.
Summary: I'm an enthusiast and very-part-time pro. I bought this camera to replace an aging Panasonic LX5. But who am I kidding? The LX5 was still exceptional. I bought this camera because I wanted it. And because I was spending two weeks in Europe. I took nearly 2000 photos with my XZ-2 while I was overseas, and the results were beyond my expectations. And, as an enthusiastic owner of the LX5 (and the LX3 before it), my expectations were high.
Summary: I'm not sure why I read about these negative reviews other than to think they are industry hatched. This camera has been splendid to use. The touchscreen has been cool. The camera reaction fast. I love the fast lens on this thing. My god, evening, morning, night, a great bright lens. Concluding, this is the best camera in the category as far as I can tell. Love it! and for so many more reasons..
Summary: I wanted a very good quality Point & Shoot for my office staff to take pic's of job sites. Left in auto, it is yet to take a decent picture. Took to Europe, came back with a collection of crummy pic's as well (in auto). It will take great shots if you are smart enough to use it in the various modes, but not what I wanted at all from a Point & Shoot.
Excerpt: i'm a XZ Olympus lover.... So, after 19 months of happiness with the "old man" XZ-1, the brand new "2" was a natural choice for me. same excellent features like: Optic quality/ colours output/ flash with RC mode and you can put an EVF IN THE SAME TIME not like an EPL / Very well made and good macro modes, and ice on the cake: ND filter and 100 iso minimum (great for harsh light condition, or waterfall shoot).
Summary: If you are looking for a standard compact camera (point and shoot) this is not for you. If you are a bit of a geek with a creative spirit this is the camera for you. At first I didn't think I would like this camera but it is truly a "computer" with layers to uncover of creativity. I am so thankful I gave it a chance because you really need to probe and experiment with the internal settings to truly enjoy it.