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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Hands-On

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Hands-On - We go hands on with the new Olympus Stylus XZ-2 premium compact camera with new tilting screen.

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Category : Digital Cameras
Product : Olympus XZ-2
Price : £280
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Olympus Xz 2 Hands On (4)

The new Olympus XZ-2 updates the Olympus XZ-1, and provides a number of updates and new features that have been designed after listening to feedback from XZ-1 users. 

Olympus Xz 2 Cross Section (2)
Olympus XZ-2 Cross Section 

The Olympus XZ-2 updates the XZ-1, with a new detachable grip, a new switch to control the lens ring function, a new 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, and a new 3 inch tilting touch screen. Although the new RRP of £479 certainly makes it more expensive than it's pre-decessor, the XZ-1, as the XZ-1 was introduced at £399.

Olympus XZ-2 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Olympus XZ-2 Specifications

Max Aperturef/1.8 - f/2.5
35mm equivalent28mm - 112mm
Optical Zoom4x
Image Sensor
Pixels12.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)3968
Pixels (H)2976
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/1.7 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution920,000 dots
Touch ScreenYes
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Manual
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLi-90B
CIPA Rating340
Box Contents
Box ContentsBody, Lens cap, Li-90B , F-2AC , USB cable, Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, CD-ROM(OLYMPUS Viewer2), Instruction manual, Warranty car

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Photographs taken using the Olympus XZ-2

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21 Sep 2012 4:34PM
This updated Olympus looks like it could be a real contender for 'Serious Compact', but it's up against some big name opposition !Wink

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