With its predecessor having attained something of a cult status, Olympus’s latest high-end compact camera, the Stylus XZ-2, has a lot to live up to. Read the Olympus Stylus ZX-2 review...

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 at a glance:

  • 12.76-million-pixel, 1/1.7in CMOS sensor
  • 3in, 920,000-dot tilting LCD screen
  • ISO 100-12,800
  • Street price around £479

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review – Introduction

At the time of the Olympus XZ-1’s release, photographers praised the high-end compact camera as an excellent alternative to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and Canon PowerShot G12, which were both seen as top-of-the-range compact cameras for enthusiast photographers. Now, 21 months on, the competition is even more fierce..

Announced in September at the photokina trade show, the new Olympus Stylus XZ-2 will have to strike the right chord to exceed the popularity of its predecessor. With this in mind, the XZ-2 has undergone a redesign and received a range of new features that should, once again, see Olympus challenge the likes of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 and the Canon PowerShot G15 for the compact crown.

  1. 1. Olympus Stylus XZ-2 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Metering
  5. 5. Autofocus
  6. 6. Dynamic range
  7. 7. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. White balance and colour
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD and video
  10. 10. Our verdict
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