Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 8
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Expandability
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 8.25
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Excellent still image quality
    • Fast maximum lens apertures
    • Very good overall lens performance
    • Removable/Interchangeable grips
  • Cons

    • Less than stellar zoom length
    • High ISO pixel smudging
    • Lengthy delay in image playback feature

Quick Take

The Olympus XZ-2 is a classically designed point and shoot with a super fast lens and a hefty price tag to match.

The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is a good camera for anyone looking for a high performing point and shoot. The 11 Art Filters, five effects, 1080p full HD video and accessory port for flashes and viewfinders make it a dream for avid photographers. The camera is priced at $600 at the time of the review, and features a 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, high resolution 3-inch tilt LCD screen and a 28mm-112mm focal range. It also has an ISO range of 100-12,800, but DigitalCameraReview found the image quality starts to diminish at an ISO of 800. DCR also noted the camera\’s greatest asset to be the speed of its lens apertures, performing at f/1.5 maximum at wide angle and f/2.5 minimum at telephoto range.

\"OlympusThe device is heavier than most of its competitors at 4.45 x 2.57 x 1.89-inches and weighing almost .75 pounds. DCR noted a selling feature of the camera to be its removable grips, but was disappointed that Olympus only designed two sizes of grips for the device. DCR found that the camera wasn\’t particularly intuitive when in manual mode, but found the camera\’s menus to be easy to navigate. DCR was pleased the camera has a full manual exposure mode but was disappointed there was no direct button to access ISO settings.¬† DCR found the LCD tilt screen to perform above average in bright outdoor conditions for image composition and capture work.

The startup time of the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is one second and the single shot-to-shot time is also one second. DCR had good battery results with the Li-90 Li-ion battery, but noted that the battery must be charged in the camera. The camera has five focus mode settings and a 4x zoom lens, which DCR found to perform dependably. DCR noted very good still image quality and \”beyond acceptable\” overall video quality.

Overall, DCR commented that the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is at the top of its class of premium compact cameras and was impressed with the quality of still images, speed of the lens apertures and overall lens performance. However, DCR did note that well the zoom range is on par with competitive cameras, it lacks telephoto range. DCR said the Olympus Styles XZ-2 is \”easy to use and hard to put down.\”


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