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Olympus XZ-2

Olympus XZ-2
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Camera Labs Recommended hardwarezone.com.ph Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
A multi award winning and good spec compact camera, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 8 further awards from other expert sites
Compact 12MP 4x Yes Feb 2013
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Olympus XZ-2 Review

With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Olympus XZ-2 number 932 across all digital cameras.
92
Reviews
27 Reviews + 9 Awards
67
Features
Good Features
62
Age
5 Years Old
69
Overall Score
Good

Why Has it Scored 69?

It has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 82%, based on 27 reviews. This digital camera has received nine awards including a "Highly Recommended" award from Lydogbillede.dk plus three other sites and a "Recommended" award from Hardwarezone.com.ph plus one other site. Praktica cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Olympus digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2018.
Customers report good lens quality, great product quality and good picture quality.
The XZ-2 has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Average optical zoom
\<br> just one touch to focus & shoot \
\<br> accessorise it up \\the xz-2 is more than a high-end compact. it\'s a system camera with an accessory port for add-ons to fit your needs.\
\<br> full HD movie \\want to impress with your filmmaking get brilliant image quality, gorgeous stereo sound, and creative movie effects.\
\<br> get creative \\spice up your still or movie with one of eleven art filters and see the results immediately on the brilliant LCD display.\
\<br> share with friends & family \\share your photos and videos straight from your xz-2 to your social networks wherever you are.\
\<br> tilt your LCD display for true-to-life images from any angle. \\measuring 3 inches and featuring VGA resolution for crystal-clear brilliance, this LCD touch panel monitor also tilts so you can easily frame your shots even at awkward angles and tricky vantage points.\
\<br> capture all the highs and lows of life. \
\<br> focus & shoot in a split second all with the tip of your finger. \\the xz-2 combines one of the fastest autofocus and with a fast-response touchscreen heralding a whole new style of shooting. it lets you focus and shoot in an instant with your fingertips. so you can capture all the perfection of those fleeting moments.\
\<br> the hybrid lens ring gives instant access to your favourite settings. \\from perfect zooming or fine manual focusing in analogue mode, to adjustment of the aperture, shutter speed and more in digital mode all with a simple twist of the lens ring. plus there are customisation fn buttons that you can program to those functions you use most.\
Has an image stabilizer
\<br> all your favourite functions in one ring \
\<br> capture awesome shots even in dim lighting conditions. \\the extra-wide aperture of this i.zuiko DIGITAL 28-112mm 1:1.8-2.5 lens (35mm equiv.) allows maximum light into your camera. you ll really notice the benefit of this in dim conditions, achieving sharp images even without a tripod or flash. you ll also get arty defocusing effects similar to that of an SLR camera.\
\<br> bright prospects for your shots \
\<br> IHS technology: equipped for better quality images. \\it\'s no wonder the xz-2 produces such remarkable images: with its truepic VI image processing engine used in our leading OM-D model, plus a high-sensitivity, 12 MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor that makes full use of the superior lens performance.\
Powered for premium image quality. \
\<br> extra exposure control \\thanks to an in-built ND filter, you can adjust the exposure time to make the most out of any scene you shoot.\
Lower than average megapixels
Only 3968 x 2976 pixels image resolution

Olympus XZ-2 Video Reviews

How Big is the Olympus XZ-2?

The Olympus XZ-2 is 113mm wide and 65.4mm tall. It is 48mm deep and weighs 346g.

Olympus XZ-2 front dimensions
Olympus XZ-2 size in context

Olympus XZ-2 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Nine Industry Awards

This digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review sites Lydogbillede.dk, Ljudochbild.se, Lydogbilde.no and PhotographyBlog.com all of whom thought that this camera was great.

This Olympus camera was given a "Recommended" award by both websites Hardwarezone.com.ph and Camera Labs, both of which said that this camera was very good.

The author at one additional expert review site thought that this camera was brilliant and gave it their highest award. This was from Photoreview.com.au who gave it an "Editor's Choice".

The authors at two other expert review sites both said that this Olympus camera was very good. Fotomaniak.pl gave this camera a "5 Star" award and 01net.com gave it a "4 Star" award.

Good Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 82% based on 27 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Techradar, Digital Versus and Pocket Lint.

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Olympus Has Very Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 6,556 expert and user reviews (including 1,442 verified purchases) for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has very good ratings. 90% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

Two people who reviewed the Olympus XZ-2 concluded that it had a good lens.

Users Report Great Product Quality

Two customers who reviewed the product thought it was good quality.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images and two customers agreed that the Olympus XZ-2 had a good image sensor.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Two owners who purchased the Olympus XZ-2 agreed that it was compact.

  • It packs many desirable features into a compact package…
    Reviewed.com December 2012
  • Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control…

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

Four owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use.

  • Ease of use that few of its competitors have achieved with equal success…
  • The controls and general handling are particularly nice in this camera, plus image quality is good…
  • Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control…
  • Excellent control layout go a long way toward justifying the high price.
    Pcmag.com (PC Mag) November 2012
  • It is a delight to use and its versatility is extended with the accessory sharing with the micro four thirds cameras…
    Dpexpert.com.au December 2012
  • This model is a delight to use and its versatility is extended with the sharing of accessories with the micro four thirds cameras…

Age

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since February 2013.

Features

Only 3968 X 2976 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Olympus XZ-2 is 3968 x 2976 pixels. That's 26% lower image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. Digital cameras resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Lower Than Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the Olympus XZ-2 of only 12MP is lower than average when compared to most other cameras. It is lower than 87% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. The average megapixels of all cameras is 16MP, with the lowest being 0.3MP and the highest being 80MP.

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Average Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the Olympus XZ-2 of 4x is relatively typical compared to most other cameras. It is bigger than 54% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found resolution on cameras.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus XZ-2 has an image stabilizer, as do 78% of cameras.

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Average Minimum Aperture Number

The Olympus XZ-2's minimum aperture number of 2.5 is fairly standard compared to most other cameras. It is larger than 79% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The ISO sensitivities (max) of digital cameras range from 200 to 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 14,000. The maximum ISO sensitivity of the Olympus XZ-2 of 12,800 is in the highest 24% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Heavier Than Average

The Olympus XZ-2's weight of 346g is in the heaviest 33% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. Across all the digital cameras the weights range from 50g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Olympus XZ-2 has a built-in flash. 68% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Olympus XZ-2 features contrast adjustment, unlike 83% of digital cameras which do not feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus XZ-2 features saturation adjustment, which is unusual. 87% of digital cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Supports Live View

The Olympus XZ-2 supports live view, which is unusual. 83% of cameras do not support live view.

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Only 1280 X 960 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ-2 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1280 x 960. That's 58% lower still image resolution than a 1712 x 1712 camera, which is the most common resolution supported by cameras. The best resolution of all cameras is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Olympus XZ-2 has an external flash connector. 86% of cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Olympus XZ-2 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. 76% of cameras do not support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080|1280 x 720 pixels, which is the most commonly supported resolution on cameras.

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Features Calendar

The Olympus XZ-2 features calendar, which is unusual. 87% of cameras do not feature calendar.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Olympus XZ-2 features brightness adjustment. 78% of cameras do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Olympus XZ-2 has an HDMI port, unlike 72% of cameras which do not have an HDMI port.

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Longer Than Average Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Olympus XZ-2's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28mm is longer than 82% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Tripod Mount

The Olympus XZ-2 has a tripod mount, unlike 73% of cameras which do not have a tripod mount.

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Bigger Than Average Image Sensor Size

The image sensor size of the Olympus XZ-2 of 0.588" is in the biggest 6% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. The average image sensor size of all cameras is 0.47", with the smallest being 0.25" and the biggest being 1.5".

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Olympus XZ-2 of 3" is fairly standard compared to most other cameras. It is in the largest 91% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Olympus XZ-2 supports video capability, which is unusual. 67% of cameras do not support video capability.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Olympus XZ-2 has a touchscreen, unlike 83% of cameras which do not have a touchscreen.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

olympus v101020bu000, olympus xz2white

Barcodes:

00017856323467, 00050332183902, 04017386990463, 04545350041977, 04545350043933

Frequently Asked Questions About the Olympus XZ-2

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