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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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28 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 1,701 expert and user reviews for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically for its compact cameras.

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”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Unlike most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XZ-2 which do not support video recording, the Olympus XZ-2 supports video recording.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video recording to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the PowerShot G15[pl_1556973_price], and the PowerShot G12[pl_1514037_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Ricoh GR[plb_1596652_price], the Canon PowerShot G15[plb_1556973_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000[plb_1828874_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the XZ-2, the Olympus XZ-2 has an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the PowerShot G15[pl_1556973_price], or the PowerShot SX700 HS[pl_2354770_price] both from Canon or the Ricoh GR[plb_1596652_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus XZ-2 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the XZ-2 also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider including the Ricoh GR[plb_1596652_price], the Canon PowerShot G15[plb_1556973_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000[plb_1828874_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the PowerShot G15[pl_1556973_price], or the PowerShot G15[pl_1556973_price] both from Canon.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot G12[plb_1514037_price] (MMC|MMC+|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-HX300[plb_1543709_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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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 compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Olympus camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on compact cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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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 of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently featured image adjustment mode is Contrast, but this image adjustment mode is not featured on this camera. The image adjustment modes Saturation and Sharpness are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Olympus camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The average maximum camera shutter speed of cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 41s, and the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 250s. The Olympus XZ-2 has a fairly long maximum camera shutter speed (60 seconds) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XZ-2. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XZ-2. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of audio formats than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this digital camera.

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Has Five Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the XZ-2. The photo effects "Muted", "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on cameras of this spec and age. 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 most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most compact cameras that are a similar age to it have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

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

A ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction across similar types of digital 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 comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on digital cameras that have been around for 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 camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera supports 3 and 200 ISO speeds, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. The ISO speeds "100", "200", "400", "800", "1600", "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 are a similar age to the XZ-2 have between 9 and 50 auto focus points.

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Features Four Auto Focus

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

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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13 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One Olympus XZ-2 owner said in their reviews that the product was not cheap. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review three years ago “Relatively expensive” in their review. One person reckoned that the Olympus XZ-2 was not good value for money. Dp Review wrote in their Olympus XZ-2 review “Pricey, we'd like a wider-angle lens, slightly larger than predecessor” .

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

Most cameras that are a similar age to the XZ-2 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus XZ-2 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to consider include the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS[plb_2354770_price], or the Fujifilm X100T[plb_3180325_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Olympus XZ-2 is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Olympus XZ-2 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XZ-2 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus XZ-2 does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the XZ-2 also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS[plb_2354770_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

Across all the cameras that have been available for a similar time to the XZ-2 the megapixel counts range from 10MP to 29MP, and the average megapixel count is 16MP. With a megapixel count of only 12 megapixels, the Olympus XZ-2 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst cameras of this age.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price] (12.1MP), the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II[plb_2402815_price] (13.1MP), or the Olympus Stylus SH-1[plb_2287348_price] (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of only 1.8, the Olympus XZ-2 has a very big maximum aperture compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XZ-2. The average maximum aperture of digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the XZ-2 is 8.6, and the maximum apertures range from 1.8 to 22.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Olympus XZ-2 has a greater number of camera file systems than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.2 are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Has Seven Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Olympus XZ-2 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on cameras of this age and spec. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Manual", "Movie", "Program", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The least total megapixel count of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the XZ-2 is 12MP, the most is 33MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP. With a total megapixel count of only 12.76 megapixels, the Olympus XZ-2 has a fairly few total megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the XZ-2.

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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 the 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution found on most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The image resolution of all cameras of a comparable age and type to the XZ-2 ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus XZ-2

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Olympus XZ-2 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the XZ-2.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Sony DSC-HX300[plb_1543709_price], the Canon PowerShot G15[plb_1556973_price], and the Ricoh GR[plb_1596652_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 346 grams, the Olympus XZ-2 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-RX100M2[plb_1610616_price] (222g).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on compact cameras that are a comparable age to it.

Other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX300[plb_1543709_price], the Canon PowerShot G15[plb_1556973_price], or the Ricoh GR[plb_1596652_price].

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus XZ-2 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the XZ-2.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II[plb_2402815_price] (5x and higher rated), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price] (7.1x and higher rated), or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000[plb_1828874_price] (12.5x and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
External Flash Connector
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Digital SLR
Special Features

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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