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Olympus XZ-2 Digital Camera

12MP 4x CMOS Feb 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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24 Reasons For

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”.

Olympus Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Olympus has good average reviews for its compact cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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 Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus XZ-2 supports Full HD video. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the XZ-2 do not support Full HD video.

Alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at include the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Fujifilm X100T[plb_3180325_price], or the Nikon 1 J2[plb_1907086_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus XZ-2 supports video capability, unlike most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago which do not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support video capability and we think the Canon PowerShot G12[plb_1514037_price], the Nikon 1 J2[plb_1907086_price], and the Sony DSC-RX100M3[plb_2305908_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the XZ-2, the Olympus XZ-2 has a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G15[plb_1556973_price], or the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price].

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash which you might want to look at including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 EK-GC200[plb_2187885_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus XZ-2 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the XZ-2 also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G15[plb_1556973_price], or the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price].

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 EK-GC200[plb_2187885_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

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

There are a number of other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might want to consider including the PowerShot G15[pl_1556973_price], or the PowerShot G15[pl_1556973_price] both from Canon or the Nikon 1 J2[plb_1907086_price] which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this Olympus digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot G12[plb_1514037_price] (MMC|MMC+|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Olympus digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on cameras that are a comparable age to the XZ-2.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Olympus digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the XZ-2. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Features Two Image Quality Adjustments

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of image adjustment modes than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera features a Sharpness image quality adjustment, which is the most commonly featured image quality adjustment featured on similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The image quality adjustment "Saturation" is also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The Olympus XZ-2 has a quite long slowest camera shutter speed (60 seconds) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the XZ-2. Digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the XZ-2 have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 4s and 250s.

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Has Eight White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the XZ-2. The white balances "Custom modes", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the XZ-2. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera supports 3 and 200 ISO sensitivitys, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XZ-2. The ISO sensitivitys "100", "200", "400", "800", "1600", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this digital camera.

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MOV Video Formats Supported

This camera supports a H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is the most commonly supported video formats supported on digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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

This digital camera has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on cameras of this age and spec. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Face detection", "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus XZ-2 has a TFT display which is better than most compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Most cameras of this age and spec have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This camera's display (TFT) is in fact the best display across all cameras of this type and age.

Across comparable types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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13 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 Wi-Fi

The Olympus XZ-2 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the XZ-2 also do not support wi-Fi.

Other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to consider include the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], or the Canon PowerShot G7[plb_2475998_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus XZ-2 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the XZ-2 are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D

The Olympus XZ-2 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the XZ-2 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus XZ-2 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the XZ-2 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Megapixel

The Olympus XZ-2 has a quite low megapixel (only 12 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the XZ-2. The lowest megapixel of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 10MP and the highest is 29MP.

If this Olympus camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to look at the Olympus Stylus SH-1[plb_2287348_price] (16MP) which is also higher rated.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the XZ-2 range from 1.8 to 16, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4. At only 1.8, the Olympus XZ-2 has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the XZ-2.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

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

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Very Few Total Megapixels

Comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the XZ-2 have total megapixelss of between 12MP and 33MP, and the average total megapixels is 18MP. The Olympus XZ-2 has a quite few total megapixels (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 Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera has a Manual light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on compact cameras that were released around the same time as the XZ-2. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this Olympus camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.2 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only 3968 X 2976 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ-2 has a higher image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a 3968 x 2976 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras of this type and age have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the XZ-2 is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus XZ-2

Released Over Four Years Ago

Olympus released the XZ-2 over four years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus XZ-2 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the XZ-2.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the Nikon 1 J2[plb_1907086_price], and the Canon PowerShot G15[plb_1556973_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price] (4.8") which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The Olympus XZ-2 has a relatively typical weight (346 grams) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the Canon PowerShot G15[plb_1556973_price], the Nikon 1 J2[plb_1907086_price], and the Fujifilm FinePix X20[plb_2070137_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

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

Alternative 4x optical zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X20[plb_2070137_price].

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot G7[plb_2475998_price] (4.2x and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
External Flash Connector
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
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

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

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