Summary: If you're looking for a compact camera to get better pictures from your cell phone, this is a good one. And for the price, it's practically a steal. PROS: - well built - nifty front lens ring used to change aperture - touch screen; just point and the camera shoots! - super menu makes it extremely easy to change settings - fantastic jpeg colors! CONS: - no viewfinder. good luck taking pictures at high noon.
Summary: I have a hard time comfortably holding this camera. Maybe my larger hands and long fingers make it more difficult? That lever switch in the front, while high quality and functional, is just in a bad spot. My other issue relates to the software and interface. I think it lacks thoughtful organization. I am used to my Pentax. I was able to quickly learn Sony, Nikon, and Canon interfaces. This Olympus interface is proving to be hard to understand.
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.
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.
Summary: Just returned from holiday in Italy. Gave this XZ-2 a good workout. My comments: the good: 1) fast lens takes great pics in low light, with no flash. 2) Swing out lcd screen. Used this 2-4 times a day. But when you need it for the overhead or ground level pic, it is great. Would be nice if it opened to 180 for 'selfies.' 3) touch screen for focus. BUT, see below. 4) fits in pocket of baggy jeans, barely. 5) took most pics in 'p' program mode; jpg only.
Summary: Nice camera, but it has one major flaw!! It wont focus lock at 3x zoom or farther when in inside home, light conditions!! I hope this can be fixed with a firmware update. Pros: Solid build quality Excellent lcd screen with accurate color representation Sharp, fast lens. Nice JPEG's (I shoot raw though) Works awesome with the vf-2 evf Con (only one I can think of): Won't lock focus at tele end of lens when light starts to dissipate (ie. Inside a house with lights on).
Great high-end point and shoot - but you pay a premium price for it
26 December 2012
Summary: This camera is very nice, image quality is very good thanks to a great lens and an improved sensor from previous version. It's a joy to hold it in your hand, the grip is a welcome addition compared to previous version. Also seems to have a very good built quality. Tilt screen is also very helpful. It's low-light capabilities are also improved with better image quality at higher ISOs compared to the XZ-1.
Summary: All have their strengths and weaknesses but upon consideration I felt the XZ-2 struck the right balance of cost to features. Strengths Great colour reproduction Cost – only the MX-1 was cheaper at time of purchase Picture quality – lens and sensor gave good results in low light Still supported with firmware updates (unlike the MX-1) Hotshoe Plenty of features Uses touch screen technology but not fully as possible compared to Samsung cameras Weaknesses Autofocus is...
Summary: This camera is very nice, image quality is very good thanks to a great lens and an improved sensor from previous version. It's a joy to hold it in your hand, the grip is a welcome addition compared to previous version. Also seems to have a very good built quality. Tilt screen is also very helpful.
Nella media delle prosumer sul mercato, con pregi e difetti.
2 June 2014
Summary: Pregi: basso rumore anche a 400 iso, display orientabile, autofocus veloce e preciso, possibiità di uso in manuale, a priorità di tempi o diaframmi. Difetti: impossibilità di scegliere oltre ai tempi e/o diaframmi anche gli iso. Colori meno naturali di Canon o Nikon. Non proprio tascabiile.