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Olympus XZ-2 Digital Camera (Black)

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  • Box Contents - Body, Li-ion battery Li-90B, Li-ion battery charger F2AC, USB Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2 CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty cardFeatures
  • 4X iZUIKO Zoom Lens - 4x wide-angle optical zoom and 4x digital zoom with a fast F1.8 Lens
  • iHS Technology - Powerful TruePic VI, SLR-quality Image Processor and a cutting edge BSI CMOS sensor improve image quality with spectacular low-light performance and blazing autofocus speed
  • 12MP HS BSI CMOS Sensor - Amazing 12 million pixels in the High-Sensitivity, High-Speed BSI CMOS sensor deliver unmatched image quality at low-light situations
  • Hi-res 3 LCD with High Quality User Interface - New design of the XZ-2's interface takes full advantage of the 3-in., 920,000-pixel VGA display
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.9 x 2.6 inches ; 12.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009AYJQ2U
  • Item model number: V101020BU000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 17, 2012

Product Description

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

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Customer Reviews

This little gem was recommended to me by my professional photographer father as my next camera. It did not disappoint. Read more ›
In eventually looking for an alternative replacement for an "all in one" enthusiast-type camera (as a…"Bonus" feature would be good quality 1080p video. Read more ›
About me. I'm not photo a equipment expert nor a professional photographer. I am a photo equipment enthusiast and love taking pictures. Read more ›
Point and shoot and get great photos! My purples and reds are true (a tremendous problem for several other digital cameras I have had in the past). Read more ›
I took some incredible low-light, hand-held, high-ISO shots inside dark cathedrals clinging to the cliffs of Cinque Terre with incredible results. I took jaw-dropping shots… Read more ›
I wanted a very good quality Point & Shoot for my office staff to take pic's of job sites. Left in auto, it is yet to take a decent picture. Read more ›
Great camera f1.8 very fast lens for great pictures and portable too. Read more ›
If you are looking for the same shallow depth of field…If you are looking for a fast lens in a great little point and shoot camera you will be very happy with this camera. Read more ›
So a DX DSLR with a zoom lense of 3.5-5.6 is a brighter lens (and narrower depth of field capable) than a compact with aperture rating of 1.8-2.5 using a sensor size of… Read more ›
I have an adequate DSLR outfit (Canon 6D, with a full range of lenses). To complement my Canon S100 and SX 280, I was looking for a P&S with a flexible screen for the… Read more ›
This camera is very nice, image quality is very good thanks to a great lens and an improved sensor from previous version. It's a joy to hold it in your hand, the grip is a… Read more ›
* 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… Read more ›
Maybe my larger hands and long fingers make it more difficult? That lever switch in the front, while high quality and functional, is just in a bad spot. My other issue… Read more ›
May be just my bad lucky of having a lemon?? The unit is fully functional. Just with awful result. Read more ›
Very good IQ for the sensor size and excellent features. I have the Ricoh GR and bought this for my girlfriend so that she could have a "smallish" camera with RAW… Read more ›
Now that the camera is heavily discounted, it is a very good buy because of its fast aperture lens, features and available manual controls. FN2 button works great. Read more ›
Nice look and feel and great features. Within five hours two intermittent problems appeared: barrel stopped retracting properly when camera turned off, and camera would not… Read more ›
Pros include: good photo quality indoors and out, shoots fast, good burst mode-important for kid photos, high ISO options, good flash, excellent touch screen (like a smart… Read more ›
- super menu makes it extremely easy to change settings - fantastic jpeg colors! Read more ›
I bought the Olympus XZ-2 after a comparison between others compact cameras. It is an excellent camera with sharp lens (f 1.8) and excellent color. The build quality is great. Read more ›
With…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. Read more ›
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… Read more ›
Truly gives wonderful, lifelike color and detail in images - that is the stellar thing and particularly compared to other cameras in the range. It also is comprehensive in… Read more ›
This camera has really gotten a bad rep... Have done a few shoots with my gx1 w/20mm and also this camera and then done comparisons with Aperture on my mac... The occ… Read more ›
And even though I have upgraded…After 14 months I now feel comfortable enough to use the camera's more advanced features, controls, and settings to get truly great results. Read more ›
Love this camera! Easy to use and still have much to learn. My piçtures have turned out great...The colors are so sharp. Read more ›
I've owned many cameras and this was is so easy to use. I am enjoying it, so far, with a lot of plans for great shots, this summer. Read more ›
I would recommend this camera to the amature or hobbyist. Nice feature set, fun to use, typically good photos. For me, this was a very good purchase. Read more ›
I'm not sure why I read about these negative reviews other than to think they are industry hatched. This camera has been splendid to use. The touchscreen has been cool. Read more ›
Camera was always easy to use and completely customizable for your preferences (to much to really even say - you could spend 30 minutes at a camera store before you figured… Read more ›
The display is great; very high rez - if you need/want to manually focus, it will auto zoom the display to help you get it spot on. Thankfully, you probably won't need to… Read more ›
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. Read more ›
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… Read more ›
I was thinking to buy an evf for it but I'm very happy I don't need to because the articulate display works great in sunlight (you can move it up and down) and has much… Read more ›
Pros include: good photo quality indoors and out, shoots fast, good burst mode-important for kid photos, high ISO options, good flash, excellent touch screen (like a smart… Read more ›
The only less than shining spot is the video quality: the camera focus hunts more than due when filming, and what's more, the click clicks of the focusing are clearly… Read more ›
It feels much more solid than its predecessor…I personally am not a manual focus person but if you are into manual focus, this is the best enthusiast compact you can buy. Read more ›
The controls are excellent, and the ring…This is also the first pocket camera on which manual focus is usable, thanks to the smooth focusing possible with the lens ring. Read more ›
Decided to upgrade to the XZ-2 and what a disappointment. The camera has huge problems focusing when you use the zoom. You can search online for "problem focusing with the… Read more ›
So I tried to make things easier for the focus algorithm: no more multizone crap, AF area is now center square only... As I mostly use center weighted exposure stuff too. Tr… Read more ›
It's all right there. At an incredible price for a large-sensored (1/1.7) point and shoot (compare G series, or P7800). Only competition is Canon S series because it is… Read more ›
Was an excellent value at about 50% off the original price. Camera focuses quickly, has all the controls an advanced amateur wants, and takes excellent quality pictures. Read more ›
I paid full price for it and kicked myself for it - I am not sure why all the discrepancies on the reviews and what the difference is between the camera versions, but I was… Read more ›
The lens is great, pretty sharp, falls off a little at the corners, bright across the zoom 1.8-2.5 can't be beat (although olympus will probably beat it on the replacement… Read more ›
Panasonic Lumix (?) 16MP compact long zoom point and shoot. Read more ›
--Excellent fast, bright zoom lens (gives nice DSLR-like "bokeh" effects to portraits) Read more ›
Pics are fine. Build quality is great. Read more ›
It is an excellent camera with sharp lens (f 1.8) and excellent color. The build quality is great. Read more ›
Now that the camera is heavily discounted, it is a very good buy because of its fast aperture lens, features and available manual controls. FN2 button works great. The… Read more ›
It might have the best user interface of any compact camera that has ever been created - bold statement, and I'm not including any of the micro interchangeable lens cameras… Read more ›
The camera has very good autofocus performance for the most part and in most shooting conditions. Shot to shot times are good. Read more ›
You can of course adjust the parameters as you see fit but even so, I still…The XZ-2, however, has a little bit better detail capture and much improved ISO performance. P… Read more ›

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131 of 146 people found the following review helpful By va1800 on November 16, 2012
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).
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By pliesenb on February 16, 2013
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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.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By S. Vogt on February 24, 2013
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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.
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