Olympus Stylus XZ-2
Price as Reviewed:£479.00
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...
Image: Noise reduction is very obvious in this ISO 400 image
Thankfully, Olympus has been sensible with the improved resolution of the new XZ-2, increasing it by around 1.5 million pixels. The 12.76-million-pixel, 1/1.7in (7.6×5.7mm) back-illuminated CMOS sensor should offer improvements in image quality, rather than big increases in detail resolution. Given the size of the sensor, this is a wise decision from Olympus, and one that bodes well when we look at image quality more closely later.
However, like all other high-end compact cameras, the XZ-2 will face stiff competition from the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 and its large, 1in-type, 20.2-million-pixel sensor. The sensors in most other high-end compacts all seem somewhat underwhelming compared to the size and resolution of the RX100.
Powering the XZ-2 is a version of the TruePic VI processing system found in Olympus’s OM-D E-M5. This newer processor should help to reduce image noise, while speeding up the camera’s functions. When combined, the new sensor and processor provide a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800, which is 1EV greater than the ISO 100-6400 range of the XZ-1.
One feature that has remained the same is the 6-24mm (28-112mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.5mm lens. On the XZ-1, this lens has proven to be very sharp, although it does suffer from curvilinear distortion. Sadly, the XZ-2 suffers identically, and JPEG files aren’t corrected for this in-camera.
Most of the other major new features of the XZ-2 are to do with the camera’s build and handling, and the LCD screen, so more on these later.
- 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
- RRP: £479.99
- 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