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...
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.