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Olympus XZ-2 Digital Camera

$449.99
Compact Camera 12MP 4x Feb 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good quality lens
Olympus has good reviews for its cameras
Easy to use
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Good Quality Lens

Some Olympus XZ-2 owners concluded that the product had a good lens. Dp Review said “Versatile three-mode lens ring” in their review. Dp Review also said “Bright, fast lens, close focus”. Dp Review also said “Lens ring withwithout notches, advanced customisation options, tilt screen, etc”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three people considered that the Olympus XZ-2 had a good screen.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Olympus XZ-2 reviewers who purchased the product concluded that it was able to produce good images.

A few people reckoned that the product was good in low light. Expert review site Dpreview.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good low-light performance” . Four years ago Dp Review said “Impressive low light performance” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good picture resolution.

One customer who bought it considered that it had a good ISO range. Dp Review mentioned four years ago “Sensitivity handled well 800 ISO poses no problem) Lens is very good quality at all focal lengths” in their review of this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Olympus XZ-2 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus XZ-2 has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Weight & Dimensions

Not Good in Terms of Size

A number of customers who reviewed the Olympus XZ-2 thought it was heavy and bulky. Dp Review wrote “A bit on the bulky side”.

Heavy

The lightest low megapixel digital camera that is a similar age to this digital camera is 50g , the heaviest is 1.3kg, and the average weight is 260g. With a weight of 346 grams, the Olympus XZ-2 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Lens System

Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 11. At only 2.5, the Olympus XZ-2 has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera range from 1.8 to 22. With a maximum aperture number of only 1.8, the Olympus XZ-2 has one of the biggest maximum aperture numbers amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the Olympus XZ-2 has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 4.5mm and 38mm.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Olympus XZ-2 has a fairly standard optical zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 4x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Canon ELPH 100 HS, the Sony DSC-W510R, or the Fujifilm XF1 ($156.39) which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon P330 (5x), or the Canon N100 ($348.98) (5x) which is also higher rated.

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Light Exposure

Supports Eight ISO Sensitivities

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "100", "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus XZ-2 features voice recording, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus XZ-2 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Dp Review said four years ago “Poor high ISO noise performance”. Dp Review also said “Noisy images at high ISOs”.


Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus XZ-2 has an HDMI. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Camera

Features Brightness Adjustment

The Olympus XZ-2 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Olympus XZ-2 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus XZ-2 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus XZ-2 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports Live View

The Olympus XZ-2 supports live view. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also support live view.

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Features Calendar

The Olympus XZ-2 features calendar, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Features Histogram

The Olympus XZ-2 features histogram, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Reviews

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 4,447 user and expert reviews (including 84 verified purchases) for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has good reviews. We also found that Olympus has good reviews specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 100% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Olympus XZ-2 has an external flash connector. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have an external flash connector.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus XZ-2 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Canon SX50 HS which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Only 1280 X 960 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ-2 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This digital camera has a 1280 x 960 still image resolution(s), whereas most low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also has a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920. Across all cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 4032 x 3024.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus XZ-2 supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support video capability and we think the Canon SX50 HS which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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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 low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Samsung ZZBPWFR, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Olympus XZ-2 has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus XZ-2 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of digital cameras of this age and type is 1" and the largest is 3.5". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Olympus XZ-2 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the 230 HS, and the SX230 HS both from Canon is also worth considering.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Olympus XZ-2 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera do not have a touchscreen.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Olympus XZ-2 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (920,000 pixels) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera is 640 pixels, the highest is 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 420,000 pixels.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Olympus XZ-2 supports video recording, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus XZ-2 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also support Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon S110, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, or the Nikon P7700.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus XZ-2 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The video resolution of all digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Design

Easy to Use

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus XZ-2 was easy to use. Dpreview.com mentioned on expert website DP Review “Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control” in their review of the Olympus XZ-2. Dp Review said on DP Review “The camera uses the excellent touchsensitive Super Control Panel from the micro four thirds range” in their Olympus XZ-2 review. Dp Review also said “Excellent control layout”.

One customer thought it had a touch sensitive screen. Dp Review mentioned in their review on DP Review “High resolution, touchsensitive, tilting display”.

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Robust

One customer concluded that the Olympus XZ-2 was well made.

Good Product Quality

Some people wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Dp Review wrote four years ago “Accessory port expansion possibilities, wireless flash options, tilt-angle LCD screen versatile for shooting, improved image quality d”. Dp Review also said “Generally good image quality”. Dp Review also wrote “Excellent still image quality”.


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Released Over Four Years Ago

This digital camera was released in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus xz2white
Barcodes 04017386990463, 04545350041977, 04545350043933

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