Firmware version 1.3 turns this into a pocket monster.
Edward V. Hawk, Amazon
1 week ago
Summary: I was initially disappointed with this camera when I first got it. The focus issues other reviews have mentioned in low or even medium light were just frustrating to deal with. After the 1.3 version update (released earlier this year) - its fantastic. You can take not only usable, but fantastic photos in incredibly low light - even for an SLR. ISO 800 @ f1.8 is around1/50th of a second in a very, very dark bar, concert or room.
Summary: Was an excellent value at about 50% off the original price. Camera focuses quickly, has all the controls an advanced amateur wants, and takes excellent quality pictures. Beats lugging along DSLR and lenses on hiking trips.
Summary: Months ago, I sold my old Canon SX1 and shortly thereafter regretted no longer having a camera with a built-in "macro" close up feature, as I take a lot of close ups, often extreme close ups. In eventually looking for an alternative replacement for an "all in one" enthusiast-type camera (as a convenient carry around camera when I do not want to carry my pro class cameras and lenses), I sought a camera with a moderate sized sensor, minimal chromatic fringing, and able to...
Summary: Camera pack a lot of advanced features for this price. Everything can be set manually, it's good to carry around (not really for regular pockets). Professional reviews also praise it, and after this massive price cut this is ideal Advanced Point and Shoot camera!
Summary: I was amazed to actually see the menus and the features provided in this little wonder. It has almost all the features of the fantastic mirrorless OM-D camera of Olympus, except the sensor size and ability to change lenses. Speaking of lenses, the f/1.4 wide lens is just amazing to start with... In short its everything worth the price!
Summary: Since I had purchased a black body version for my wife, I decided to order the white color for myself, and am very happy with my decision. I was very much surprise that it arrived much sooner than was expected, and for that I am a happy person. Since I had viewed the customer pro's and con's on line prior to my order, most review were very positive, the reason for ordering this Olympus XZ-2 model.
Excerpt: Already have two Olympus DSLR's. This has almost all the same features including the menu structure in a compact camera and a wider aperture, but it's so much easier to carry around. In a side by side comparison the IQ of the E-620 is better than the xz-2, but the xz-2 still takes great pictures for most applications. I'm planning to take this on my next vacation and leave the DSLR's at home.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Short Lag Time
Summary: Now that the camera is heavily discounted, it is a very good buy because of its fast aperture lens, features and available manual controls. FN2 button works great. The camera feels solid and is well made.
I don't know about the XZ-2. Amazon never delivered it.
Ron Caimi, Amazon
18 March 2014
Summary: I ordered an Olympus XZ-2. Amazon delivered a pair of headphones i9n advance. Since I needed the camera before a trip I called and asked them to deliver another one the next day. They were all full of "I'm sorry for the mixup" but somehow, this company that can deliver items all over the world within 24 hours couldn't deliver another XZ-2 to me the next day. So, how is the XZ-2? I don't know. I'm sure its a great camera.