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Olympus XZ-2 Digital Camera (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Super fast, bright i.ZUIKO f1.8 to f2.5 lens that uses high quality ZUIKO digital lenses
  • Pairs a powerful TruePic VI sensor with an SLR-quality image processor to dramatically improve image quality with spectacular low-light performance and blazing autofocus speed.
  • 3.0", 920K dot super high resolution Tilting Touch screen with FAST Touch Autofocus and shutter release just by touching the screen
  • Built in Accessory Port, Hybrid Control Ring and Function button and level for ultimate control
  • Special effects for your photos & HD Videos with Olympus' 11 in-camera Art Filters and Art Effects
  • Enjoy low light photography with the built-in pop up flash and increased ISO sensitivity to 12800
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Product Description

Style: Base

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

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.5 x 1.9 x 2.6 inches
Item Weight 12.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Item model number V101020BU000
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
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4.2 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,962 in Camera & Photo
#656 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Digital Cameras > Interchangeable Lens Cameras
#700 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com September 17, 2012

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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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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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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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