Overall Rating:

4

Olympus Stylus XZ-2


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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...

Metering

On a bright autumn day, I found that the XZ-2’s metering created fairly bright images, and on a couple of occasions I had to reduce the exposure slightly. Given the range of controls on the camera, this was pretty easy to do. One thing to note, however, is that by default, when the XZ-2 is set to its ESP evaluative metering mode, the AF point isn’t taken into consideration. This can be changed in the camera’s custom menu, but whether you prefer this feature to be switched on or off it is good to have the option in a camera such as this. I found that leaving the AF metering link switched off produces more predictable results when shooting landscape images.

When you combine the above custom function, the centreweighted, spot, and highlight and shadow spot metering, the Olympus XZ-2 has a comprehensive metering selection, making it ideal for enthusiast photographers demanding that little bit more from a compact camera. Of course, the iAuto mode, which selects the scene mode, exposure setting and metering itself, is always on hand for those just wanting to point and shoot.

  • 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

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