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 review


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Our verdict

Initially, I was concerned that the size of the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 may be prohibitive, but while it may not be as small as other cameras, the addition of the tiltable screen is definitely an improvement over the original model. If only it could have been a millimetre or two slimmer.

What I really like about the XZ-2 is the range of options in the custom menu, which means the user can really make it operate in the way that they wish. It may not be as comprehensive as a DSLR, but there is certainly more flexibility compared to other cameras, and I particularly like the new control lever at the front of the body.

Image quality is good, particularly from raw files, but it would seem an oversight that JPEG images aren’t corrected in-camera.

Overall, the XZ-2 is a great compact camera, and those with the XZ-1 should consider upgrading. However, there is a huge amount of competition, and the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is still spoiling the party for everyone else.


External mic:Yes – optional SEMA-1
Video:1080p 30fps MOV H.264
White Balance:Auto, 7 presets, Kelvin plus custom setting
Built-in Flash:Yes
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Output Size:3968 x 2976 pixels
Viewfinder Type:N/A – optional VF-2 EVF
White Balance Bracket:No
LCD:3in touchscreen with 920,000 dots
Sensor:12-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
Max Flash Sync:1/2000sec with pop-up flash
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Lens:28-112mm (equivalent) f/1.8-2.5 4x zoom
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion LI-90B battery
Weight:346g (including battery and memory card)
Exposure Modes:i-Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 16 scene modes, 11 art filters
AF array:35 points or 255 points in magnified view
Drive Mode:Approx 5fps for up to 200 JPEG images
Shutter Speeds:60-1/2000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus up to 16mins
Colour Space:sRGB/AdobeRGB
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
ISO:ISO 100-12,800
DoF Preview:Yes, via Live Guide
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, continuous, macro, super macro, AF tracking, face detection
Dimensions:113 x 65.4 x 48mm
Metering System:ESP evaluative metering, spot metering, centreweighted, highlight and shadow
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
  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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