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Olympus XZ-2
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Olympus XZ-2 Digital Camera

12MP 4x CMOS Feb 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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26 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 1,704 expert and user reviews, Olympus has good reviews for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically for its compact cameras compared to other brands.

Good Quality Lens

A few Olympus XZ-2 reviewers who reviewed the Olympus XZ-2 mentioned that it had a good lens. Three years ago Dp Review said “Versatile three-mode lens ring”. Dp Review also mentioned “Bright, fast lens, close focus”. Dp Review also wrote “Lens ring withwithout notches, advanced customisation options, tilt screen, etc”.

Easy to Use

A number of Olympus XZ-2 reviewers who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use. Expert review site Dpreview.com mentioned in their review of the Olympus XZ-2 “Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control”. Dp Review said three years ago “The camera uses the excellent touchsensitive Super Control Panel from the micro four thirds range”. Dp Review also said “Excellent control layout”.

One Olympus XZ-2 owner concluded that the Olympus XZ-2 had a touch sensitive screen. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review three years ago “High resolution, touchsensitive, tilting display”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some customers agreed that it had a good screen.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Olympus XZ-2 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images.

Some Olympus XZ-2 owners who purchased it thought it was good in low light. Expert review site Dpreview.com wrote “Good low-light performance”. Dp Review wrote in their review of the Olympus XZ-2 “Impressive low light performance”.

One customer who purchased it said that it had a good ISO range. Dp Review said in their Olympus XZ-2 review on DP Review “Sensitivity handled well 800 ISO poses no problem) Lens is very good quality at all focal lengths”. One person mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution.

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Robust

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it was well made.

Good Product Quality

Several people who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Dp Review said on DP Review three years ago “Accessory port expansion possibilities, wireless flash options, tilt-angle LCD screen versatile for shooting, improved image quality d”. Dp Review also wrote “Generally good image quality”. Dp Review also mentioned “Excellent still image quality”.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Olympus XZ-2 supports video recording, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the XZ-2 do not support video recording.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video recording to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the PowerShot G15, and the PowerShot G12 ($675.12) both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the XZ-2, the Olympus XZ-2 supports Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Canon PowerShot G15, or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000 which has better reviews; or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR800 which is cheaper.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus XZ-2 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the XZ-2.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G15, the Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000, and the Sony DSC-HX300 ($540.86) is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the XZ-2, the Olympus XZ-2 has an image stabiliser.

Other digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at include the Casio Exilim EX-ZR800 which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot G15, or the Sony DSC-HX300 ($540.86) which has better reviews.

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Features Two Image Adjustment Modes

The number of image adjustment modes featured on the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently featured image adjustment mode is Contrast, but this image adjustment mode is not featured on this Olympus camera. The image adjustment modes Saturation and Sharpness are also featured on this camera.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XZ-2.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The Olympus XZ-2 has one of the longer maximum camera shutter speeds (60 seconds) amongst compact cameras of this age. The average maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the XZ-2 is 46s.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Olympus camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Five Photo Effects

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of photo effects than most similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the XZ-2. The photo effects "Muted", "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the XZ-2. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Olympus XZ-2 has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

A ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is in fact the best light exposure correction across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the XZ-2.

A ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction across similar types of camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the XZ-2. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and 12800 are also supported by this digital camera.

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35 Auto Focus Points

35 auto focus points

The Olympus XZ-2 is a 35 auto focus point digital camera. Most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the XZ-2 have between 9 and 255 auto focus points.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports a H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Features Five Auto Focus

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras of a similar age and spec to the XZ-2. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Contrast Detection Auto Focus", "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on cameras of this type and age.

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11 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two Olympus XZ-2 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was not noisy. Dp Review mentioned in their review of this digital camera on DP Review “Poor high ISO noise performance”. Dp Review also said “Noisy images at high ISOs”.

Not Good in Terms of Size

Several Olympus XZ-2 owners who purchased the Olympus XZ-2 mentioned that it was not heavy and bulky. Dp Review said three years ago “A bit on the bulky side” in their Olympus XZ-2 review.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Olympus XZ-2 does not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1, or the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II ($649.00) which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XZ-2 are not 3D compatible. The Olympus XZ-2 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus XZ-2 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the XZ-2 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus XZ-2 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this type and age also do not have a GPS.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The Olympus XZ-2 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 12 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the XZ-2. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have megapixel counts of between 10MP and 29MP.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 (12.1MP), the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II ($649.00) (13.1MP), or the Olympus Stylus SH-1 ($377.71) (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

The maximum apertures of compact cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 1.8 to 22. At only 2.5, the Olympus XZ-2 has a quite big maximum aperture compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the XZ-2.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact cameras that are a similar age to the XZ-2. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

The total megapixel counts of digital cameras that are a comparable age to the XZ-2 range from 12MP to 33MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP. The Olympus XZ-2 has a fairly few total megapixel count (only 12.76 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only 3968 X 2976 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ-2 has a 3968 x 2976 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Most cameras of a similar age and spec to it have a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all digital cameras of this spec and age ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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6 Other reasons to consider the Olympus XZ-2

Released Over Three Years Ago

Olympus released the XZ-2 over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Olympus XZ-2 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the XZ-2.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the PowerShot G1X, or the PowerShot G15 both from Canon or the Sony DSC-HX300 ($540.86).

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the PowerShot G1X, or the PowerShot G1X both from Canon which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot G12 ($675.12) (MMC|MMC+|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Sony DSC-HX300 ($540.86) (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The Olympus XZ-2 has a pretty typical weight (346 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony DSC-RX100M2 ($549.99) (222g).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

There are a number of other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider including the PowerShot G1X, or the PowerShot G15 both from Canon or the Sony DSC-HX300 ($540.86) which has better reviews.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Olympus XZ-2 has a pretty standard optical zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other 4x optical zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G1X is also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II ($649.00) (5x and higher rated), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 (7.1x and higher rated), or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000 (12.5x and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

25 November 2013

Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control. Good low-light performance, the ability to shoot Raw, and accessible... Read more…

Dual functions lens ring
Wide aperture range
Impressive low light performance
Speedy AF
RAW format support
Video mode records zooming noise
Battery charging mechanism
Poor high ISO noise performance
Average continous shooting performance
Touch-sceen inactive for movie recording
15 January 2014

Vid normal fokusering visar skärmen bara ett utsnitt av bildmitten, så att man kan fokusera exakt. Det funkar fint. I övrigt är kameran utrustad med en vridbar skärm. Olympus XZ-2 har ingen... Read more…

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

L'Olympus Stylus X 2 iHS dispose d'une trs bonne optique 1.82.5, d'une excellente qualit d'image et d'options de prise de vue intressantes, ainsi que d'un botier bien conu et solidement construit
Jako obrazu, rozbudowane menu, jasny obiektyw, obecno tzw
Gorcej stopki", odchylany wywietlacz
Les images sont bruites dans les ISO levs
Sans WiFi integr, pouvoir utiliser des fonctionnalits sans fil obligera quelque dpenses supplmentaires
Le rechargement par batterie passe par un cble USB propritaire
Dla niektrych powikszenie optyczne moe by zbyt mae, nieestetycznie zaprojektowane menu, brak wizjera

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dixz2w, olympus xz2, olympus xz2w, olympus xz2wh, olympus xz2whi, olympus xz2whit, olympus xz2white
Barcodes 04017386990463, 04545350041977, 04545350043933
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