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Olympus XZ-2 Digital Camera (Black)


12MP Resolution BSI 1/1.63 CMOS Sensor: The XZ-2 uses a large 1/1.63 12MP resolution BSI-CMOS image sensor that provides enhanced low light performance and image quality over its predecessor 24-96mm f/1.8-2.5 i.ZUIKO DIGITAL Lens (35mm Equivalent): The i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens is a compact version of the Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL interchangeable lenses and is designed specifically for compact cameras like the XZ-2 3.0 Swivel Touch Screen LCD Display: Not only does the XZ-2 have a 3.0 touch-screen display, but the LCD also swivels – flipping out from the camera to provide better viewing angles while shooting Olympus iHS Technology: The XZ-2 uses Olympus’ iHS technology for greatly enhanced picture quality & super-fast camera response time. It combines the powerful TruePic VI image processor with backside illuminated CMOS sensor for high image quality & processing speed while keeping noise levels low TruePic VI Image Processor: The camera’s high resolution image quality is supported by the TruePic VI image processor, as it renders images similar to what your eyes see and is faster than the previous versions of TruePic processors Dual IS Image Stabilization: Using a combination of high ISO sensitivity and sensor-shift image stabilization, the XZ-2 reduces camera shake by detecting motion during shooting and helps ensure the capture of sharp images Full HD 1080p Video Recording: Record videos from the palm of your hand in Full HD. Recording can begin instantly with the press of a single dedicated Movie button so you’ll never miss that critical moment In-Camera Panorama: Capture three images at once and stitch them together to create one amazing panoramic picture by simply pressing the shutter button and slowly panning across a scene 11 Art Filters: With eleven in-camera Art Filters you can explore your artistic side while taking both still shots and Full HD video. The Art Filters can be applied as you shoot, with no additional software or equipm

  • 12MP Resolution BSI 1/1.17″ CMOS Sensor: The XZ-2 uses a large 1/1.17″ 12MP resolution BSI-CMOS image sensor that provides enhanced low light performance and image quality over its predecessor
  • 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 i.ZUIKO DIGITAL Lens (35mm Equivalent): The i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens is a compact version of the Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL interchangeable lenses and is designed specifically for compact cameras like the XZ-2
  • 3.0″ Swivel Touch Screen LCD Display: Not only does the XZ-2 have a 3.0″ touch-screen display, but the LCD also swivels – flipping out from the camera to provide better viewing angles while shooting
  • Olympus iHS Technology: The XZ-2 uses Olympus’ iHS technology for greatly enhanced picture quality & super-fast camera response time. It combines the powerful TruePic VI image processor with backside illuminated CMOS sensor for high image quality & processing speed while keeping noise levels low
  • TruePic VI Image Processor: The camera’s high resolution image quality is supported by the TruePic VI image processor, as it renders images similar to what your eyes see and is faster than the previous versions of TruePic processors

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  1. 43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great little camera – *nearly* a replacement for your ILC… but focus issues, February 16, 2013
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    Paul Liesenberg “pablo” (bay area, california) –

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    Many years ago I owned an Olympus OM4. Then convenience won over. I got a Canon Prima 115 (which took awesome snapshots) and then the digital era dawned, and I had a number of compacts ans semi-compacts (Leica Digilux, Canon G and S series). One day, the Olympus E-PL1 came out, and I decided I wanted to explore more options. An E-P2 followed. Then the OMD EM5. And a stable of lenses. I am a huge fan of M43, which combines great tools for the job at hand (lens quality and decent sensor size) with convenient portability. But even the OMD EM5 sometimes is too cumbersome to carry around. Yet with phone cameras becoming decent snapshot tools, in my opinion you do need a very special compact camera to make it worth taking around. Something that offers you creative options in a compact format. Enter the Olympus XZ series.

    For my compact needs, for several years, I had a camera that did the job awesomely, and probably still could: the Canon S90. And if I didn’t own a number of Olympus M43 cameras, the Canon S series would be my go-to choice. I loved the S90. But I did get the XZ-1. I replaced the S90 with the XZ-1 because I simply grew into the Olympus on-camera and off-camera process. If I use it with my M43, why not use it in my compact? No the XZ-1 is not the most compact “compact”, but it’s still compact enough that I lost it while on a trip. I forgot it in a restaurant and naturally someone with a good eye for quality snatched it.

    So I recently (and unwillingly) replaced the XZ-1 with the XZ-2. The same things I loved about the XZ-1 are things I love in the XZ-2, namely:

    * Lens quality and IQ: enough has been written about this. No, it will not beat your $4K Nikon with a $1k lens in low light, but hey, I am not even sure why people waste so much time debating this stuff on the web. fact is, in many conditions a good compact like the Canon S series and the Olympus XZ series (and others) take pictures that are truly all the quality you need, come on. You can blow them up to the size of a billboard. Amazing how far camera tech has come.

    * Between the very fast lens (pretty unique for it to stay fast throughout the range) and the creative tools and the post-processing on-camera tools you can do very, very cool stuff in a very streamlined process, provided you learn the features of the camera (mandatory with Olympus cameras in general, imho).

    * While there is a lot of talk about the difference between the XZ-1 and the XZ-2 sensor, I honestly couldn’t care less. I find the differences minute and find both cameras can take amazing pictures. And I do own the OMD EM5 and the Oly 75:1.8 and Panny 25:1.4 lenses, among others, so I am not comparing lightly.

    * The *is* one big performance difference between the XZ-1 and XZ-2, and the XZ-1 actually wins it: the XZ-2 has very erratic focus behavior, especially at short range in the higher (>75mm) range. I attribute this to the fact that the XZ-1 had normal, macro and super-macro focus choices, whereas the XZ-2 did away with regular macro, trusting the cameras intelligence to establish what is required… and it fails often. Ugh. Hopefully this is something they fix in firmware asap. Update 3/25/13: it seems that either I have configured something or have somehow adapted to the XZ-2 ways, and now I rarely encounter the focus issue. So there seem to be ways around it.

    * This is a very personal thing, but it makes the XZ choice easy for me: I truly like the Olympus post-processing tools. One tool I love (and which subjects I photograph also love) is the Olympus ePortrait tool. Think me crazy, but it is the main reason I picked XZ over anything else. It makes taking smooth, flattering portraits so easy. Your own mileage might vary there: I know you can do the same thing in Photoshop Elements (which I also own to do other stuff), but it takes *longer*. The Oly ePortrait is smart and under-marketed and perhaps under-used by owners.

    * The noticeable difference between the XZ-1 and XZ-2 is video. The XZ-1 took HD video, but the limit was 7 minutes. With the XZ-2 you get nearly 30mins if your SD card size allows for it.

    * The XZ-1 however beats the XZ-2 when it comes to feeling “compact”. I know this is personal choice, but I have very little use for articulated screens, nor for the grip. I would have preferred the abilities of the XZ-2 to be packed in a body that feels even more compact than the XZ-1, not less.

    * First thing I did was to remove the silly huge lugs Olympus mounted on this camera and which further pulverize the illusion of it being any more portable than the OMD: exactly the same lugs, and I did remove them from the OMD too. And only a cheap neck-strap, not a wrist-strap included? The XZ-1 only included a wrist-strap).

    * As a scuba diver, the underwater cases for the XZs are great, and the very open lens all the way through the focal range is…

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  2. 116 of 132 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Olympus XZ-2 vs. Nikon D7000 and Canon G1X, November 16, 2012
    By 
    va1800 (Baltimore, Maryland) –

    This review is from: Olympus XZ-2 Digital Camera (Black) (Electronics)
    Hello everyone, I was on a trip in Kobe, Japan recently when I saw this Olympus XZ-2 in one of the stores. Being a long-time Nikon/Canon person and looking for a pocketable camera, I decided to give Olympus a try and bought the XZ-2 with the optional automatic lens cap. I used this camera extensively during my trip and I wanted to share my experiences.

    I’m no pro photographer – I just love taking pictures. Some of the gear I had in the past are Canon XSI with the kit lens, Canon 50D, and several Canon point-and-shoots including Canon S95. Some lenses I had were Canon 50mm f/1.8, Canon 50mm f/1.4, Canon 24-70mm, Canon 24-105mm, Canon 70-300mm, and Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8. I recently switched to Nikon – currently I have a Nikon D7000, a Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens, and a Nikon 16-85mm lens. As the usual story goes, I also wanted something small and light where I could take with me instead of my D7000, so I purchased a Canon G1X as well – hoping that it would destroy my S95 in the IQ department. The G1X turned out to be a bad experience for me. First, it’s not really pocketable – it’s apparently smaller than the D7000, but you cannot carry it inside a belt bag. Second, it does not have the usual Canon colors – there is something wrong with the G1X colors, it’s just not pleasant. Third, the camera is slow, I mean really slow as an 80-year old grandma. Fourth, forget about macro – it’s just not a G1X thing. And fifth, it has a slow zoom; f/5.8 exactly on the tele end. The only thing G1X does really well is noise at high ISO – ISO 1600 pictures are virtually noise-free.

    Comparing the XZ-2 to G1X, XZ-2 is considerably smaller (though it has great ergonomics). In fact, XZ-2 is even smaller (apparently, not thinner) than a Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone (I posted a picture of them next to each other). With an after-market hand-strap, I can easily carry the XZ-2 in a belt bag. The camera is fast and responsive, unlike the G1X. It has a super fast f/1.8-2.5 lens so it rarely needs to go up to high ISO’s. Note that G1X and XZ-2 have the exact same zoom range: 28-112 equivalent. But G1X is f/5.8 on the tele end whereas XZ-2 is f/2.5. This means that, on the tele end, in a situation where XZ-2 needs ISO 400, G1X would need ISO 2000. Thus, even though XZ-2′s high ISO capabilities are not as good as G1X, it does not really need that kind of capability thanks to its fast lens. Regarding macro, XZ-2 can focus as close as 1cm, which is worlds better than the G1X.

    Now, the most critical difference: XZ-2 colors and auto white balance just blow those of G1X out of the water – as simple as that. XZ-2 has the same imaging processor as in the crazy-popular Olympus OM-D, so now I understand. With both my Canons and Nikons, I have to use the standard picture style for people pictures and the vivid picture style for travel and scenery; both with some amber shift, to get the colors I like. In XZ-2, I almost always get beautiful, jaw-dropping, splendid, fantastic, great, awesome colors with just the neutral picture style with no tweaking what-so-ever.

    Can XZ-2 beat Nikon D7000? Of course not. Even at ISO 100, D7000 pictures are sharper and cleaner with much better dynamic range than XZ-2. But that is not the point. You would take XZ-2 to places only where you can’t bring along your DSLR gear. And as far as that purpose is concerned, XZ-2 gets the job done nicely.

    Some other fun things I like about XZ-2: It has a dual-mode ring around the lens. Just grap it for a program shift – it’s that easy. In addition, it’s got a beautiful high-res tilting screen with excellent color tonality. And the best part is, it is touchscreen! Yes! That’s what I’m talking about. I can scroll through images with the swipe of a finger, I can zoom in and out, and I can set the focus point by touching on the screen. If I want, I can set the camera to focus first and then immediately take the picture. Brilliant. Thank you Olympus. Once you start using a touchscreen camera, you will never want to go back (just imagine the last non-touchscreen mobile phone you had).

    To wrap things up, Olympus XZ-2 is a great little fun camera that I can whole-heartedly recommend to fellow enthusiasts. It’s not the cheapest point-and-shoot around, but I believe it is worth it. I suspect that XZ-2 will be a popular carry-everywhere camera once it is released in the U.S.

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  3. 31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A great camera overall but a worthwhile upgrade from the XZ-1?, February 24, 2013
    By 
    S. Vogt

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    I think the Olympus XZ-2 is a great, if overpriced camera but there is one key aspect that upgraders from the XZ-1 might think about before going to this model.

    The camera feels solid and well made and comfortable to shoot with. It’s a little bigger with its predecessor so it’s not as compact. But it’s not as big as the Nikon P7700. The LCD is decent on back. The touch screen works very well for touch shutter/touch focus. However, one thing I’ve noticed that autofocus performance suffers a bit using the touchscreen vs. using the shutter button on top. It’s not really bad but you do notice it. I suspect a firmware upgrade might fix that.

    The dial up front is great. It feels much more solid than its predecessor and now, like on Canon’s S-series, you can customize it to adjust whichever settings you want. I personally am not a manual focus person but if you are into manual focus, this is the best enthusiast compact you can buy. With a flip of that switch on the front of the camera, the lens ring can be used to manually focused and it works very well. Battery life could use some improvement, it seems like it drains very quickly when using the touch screen.

    The camera has very good autofocus performance for the most part and in most shooting conditions. Shot to shot times are good. And I encountered no delays when shooting in RAW and writing to the card (but it is advisable to use a Class 10 SD to maximize performance). The lens is a little slow to zoom in and out, which other enthusiast compacts have that issue, but some don’t (Canon G15).

    The menu system could use some streamlining, to be honest. I really hate having to dig into the menu system to adjust things like exposure compensation when other cameras in this price range have it as a physical dial. It’s highly recommended that you read the manual first to find out where everything is. It’s also important to read the manual, so you can understand the depth of the features on this cameras. Olympus really went all out to put an enthusiast feature set on this camera.

    As far as image quality is concerned….I would say the camera overall does have a noticeable improvement over its predecessor in a lot of areas. But one area which I think the XZ-1 still does better is color performance. Not that the XZ-2 is terrible in that regard, but the XZ-2′s colors just lack the punch that the XZ-1 had and aren’t as contrasty. You can of course adjust the parameters as you see fit but even so, I still think the XZ-1 has better colors in most instances. The XZ-2, however, has a little bit better detail capture and much improved ISO performance. Photos at ISO800 on the XZ-2 look much cleaner than from the XZ-1 and much more detail is retained. However, with such a fast lens, it’s possible that you may rarely have to use ISO800 for shooting. The camera also has a tendency to overexpose, so it’s important that you dial in some negative exposure compensation.

    I think the XZ-2 is a solid camera and competitive in a number of areas. But if you are an existing XZ-1 user thinking about getting the XZ-2, there’s a chance you still might like your daylight photos from the XZ-1 better due to the reasons mentioned above. You just have to decide whether the other aspects of the camera make it a worthwhile upgrade. If you’re deciding between this and the Sony RX100…I think the Sony RX100 has better image quality but the XZ-2 provides a more enjoyable shooting experience overall (and still produces decent photos). You might find that XZ-2 offers a lot more features for the money and deem it worthwhile to sacrifice sensor size for a camera that packs a lot more into it.

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