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...
Viewfinder, LCD and video
Despite the tiltable 3in, 920,000-dot screen adding some depth to the XZ-2’s body compared to the XZ-1, I find the mechanism useful to have, particularly for shooting below waist height.
The screen is excellent, with a resolution improved over that of the XZ-1, and the touchscreen focus and shutter feature are useful. In fact, these are the only features set up to use the touchscreen; there are no other on-screen buttons or controls, which is good thing on a camera such as this.
The touchscreen has clearly necessitated the use of thinner glass in front of the screen, as the on-screen image appears closer than on the XZ-1. This has improved the screen in other ways, too. For instance, it is less reflective, with a higher angle of view. Olympus also claims that the screen has an anti-fingerprint coating, which doesn’t work quite as well as it should given that fingerprints are clearly visible on the surface when the screen is off. When it is on, however, they disappear even when viewing the screen at acute angles. It really is an excellent LCD screen. It is also worth remembering that the XZ-2 has the option of using an electronic viewfinder, which is a boon for enthusiast photographers.
Video capture is much improved since the previous model, at up to 1080p for a duration of 29mins. This is an increase from the 720p for 7mins possible with the XZ-1. The file format has also changed, so that the new camera records .MOV files with H.264 compression.