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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||340 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||12,800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||55|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Type||via hot-shoe, wireless|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection, iESP, Spot, Tracking, Face Detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|HDMI Type||Mini HDMI type-D|
|ISO Range||Auto (100 -1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.56 x 1.89 x 4.45 inches|
|Item Weight||0.76 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8 - F2.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||112 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,968|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Optional RM-UC1|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.35 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion Li-90B rechargeable battery & charger|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic (optional)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||2.8 in||5 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.89 x 4.45 x 2.56 in||1.35 x 4.03 x 2.41 in||1.67 x 4.35 x 2.55 in||1.65 x 4.37 x 2.56 in||2.24 x 4.61 x 2.76 in||1.21 x 3.86 x 2.28 in|
|Item Weight||0.76 lb||7.84 ounces||1.1 lbs||0.61 lb||0.77 lb||7.4 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12 megapixels||12 megapixels||10 megapixels||10 megapixels||12 megapixels||12 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (30 fps, 18Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9Mbps)||1280 x 720||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (70, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (120 fps), 320 x 112 (200 fps)||1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (optional)||None||fixed LCD||Electronic (optional)||Optical (tunnel)||fixed LCD|
Combine the ease-of-use of a point and shoot with the image quality of a more advanced camera and you get the Olympus XZ-2. This premium compact helps you push the creative envelope with an arsenal of amazing technology. A super-fast f1.8 iZuiko lens and a large, high-sensitivity BSI (Backside-Illuminated) CMOS Sensor help capture brilliant low light shots. Experienced photographers will love how the XZ-2's full manual controls are effortless to access and use. Feed your creative side with 11 Art Filters and 5 Effects, one-touch HD video and an accessory port for flashes and viewfinders. The XZ-2 Pro features packed in one awesomely creative compact. 1080P Full HD Movie with Art Filters - The XZ-2's easy-to-reach record button on the back of the camera body makes recording videos a breeze Hybrid Control Ring & Customization - The world's first hybrid control ring allows users to easily assign function settings to their preferences Live Guide - Allows you to preview effects as you adjust them - before the image is even captured Live Control - allows you to see the image and the controls all at onceSpecifications Camera Type - Compact Digital Camera Image Sensor - 1/1.7 CMOS Sensor, 7.341 mm (H) x 5.506 mm (V) Lens - 4x Optical Zoom, 6.0mm to 24.0mm (28mm to 112mm) Focal Length (35mm equivalent) LCD Monitor - 3.0 Tilting Monitor with Capacitive Touch-control (Approx. 920k dots) Live View - Image Sensor Type, Approx. 100% FOV Finder Type - Optional Electronic Viewfinder (VF-2, VF-3) Mic/Speaker - Stereo/Mono Flash - Pop-up Flash, Hot Shoe (Wireless Flash Control Capable) Recording Media - SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I & Eye-Fi compatible) Still Image Size - Up to 3968 x 2976 Video Mode - Up to MOV - Full HD 1920 1080, 30p Formats - Image - JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG; Video - MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264) ISO sensitivity - ISO 100 - 12800 Interfaces - Dedicated Multi-connector, US
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The controls are excellent, and the ring around the lens makes it a pleasure to change the settings. This is also the first pocket camera on which manual focus is usable, thanks to the smooth focusing possible with the lens ring.
The image quality is excellent: in the open, during the day, there is not much difference between the quality I get from this camera and the quality I get from a DSLR. The RAW files are also very good, and allow a good degree of manipulation with photo editing programs (Capture One is my favorite).
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 audible in the video. The only solution I have found is to switch to manual focus when filming.
I use the "natural" setting for colors. I'm glad that I have the opportunity to change saturation in camera. The screen is fairly accurate in color reproduction, or should I say I am not terribly surprised when I get my images on to the mac. Sure, on a bright sunny day, its harder to see the screen as it is with any camera in this situation. I touch screen my focus point and trust that my settings are correct and I'm hardly every disappointed.
Get an additional OLYMPUS battery (LI-90B) and charger (sadly mine was stolen, along with the case), you'll need it. The battery is small and on heavy use is not good for more than 4 hours or so.
Given the small sensor size (1/1.7") the camera does really well. But as is common with smaller cameras, the lens is a bit of a let down when shooting wide angle and any aperture wider than f4. The images are soft. Stopping down to f5 and details sharpen us nicely. It seems the further you down through f8 it just gets better and better.
If you can get a used one, even here on Amazon Warehouse for like $200, and you want a small shooter, it's a good deal. Sadly, there is no EVF. The downloadable PDF manual is good but not in enough detail for answer all questions clearly. Although I shot 400+ images and only used about 30% battery, you may want to pickup a second battery and an external charger. In camera charging may be a trend but it's not nice or practical.
Use these custom settings I found on the Internet and have verified: for Monochrome : Picture Mode -> Monotone -> Contrast +2, Sharpness +1, for Color: Picture Mode -> Vivid -> Contrast +1, Saturation +1, Gradation Normal
Some of the settings I have seen suggest to reduce noise filter that is applied. I tried those and generally do NOT agree with that. IQ suffers. There may be cases, say for Bulb or long night time exposures where you want to try reducing noise reduction or noise filter. But I would not reduce noise filter for normal daytime shooting.
ONE thing to note, when comparing my digital Nikon (6mpx APS-C) images from 2006, this camera with it's 1/1.7" sensor clearly and soundly produces better images than good cameras from ten years ago. For this reason, and given the solid performance of cameras like this, and the Sony RX line, I feel that the 1" sensor will be THE primary enthusiast format in the next 5 years. This is really going to put the squeeze on M 4/3. IQ of a 1" RX sensor of 2015 is roughly on parity (or better by 14 points at dxomark) than M 4/3 sensors from 2009. I agree that M 4/3 will trying to keep increasing quality but they only recently are seen to break out of the 16mpx ceiling. Given the IQ coming out of 1" sensors with fixed lenses, it remains to be seen whether there is any compelling argument for an ILC at the 1" size. Nikon may have sensed the potential in going to CX in the J1 and skipping M 4/3 all together. But there is a danger in being too far ahead of market as we have seen. The recent announcement of the Nikon DL bodies with 1" sensor seems to be where Nikon is readjusting course.
Here is another set for color from Olympus XZ-1 tips from Jonathon Donahue.
Start with Program mode instead of I- Auto, Aperture, Shutter, or Manual.
On the screen menu that you see after pressing the back OK button --
1. Select Auto-ISO. The XZ-1 will try really, really hard not to go over ISO 200 -- and that extra stop, from, say ISO 100 to 200, will give you super low-light pictures, with a camera-set shutter speed fast enough to handhold.
2. Next, going down the menu, select 1 Vivid. Then press the little Menu button on the back. Go to Picture Mode, select Vivid. Press the right arrow key, and set Contrast to +1, Sharpness 0, Saturation +1, Gradation - Normal. Important: do NOT set Gradation to
Auto, or some other stuff will stop working.
3. Next, select white balance - Underwater (the fish icon). On the back-button Menu, go to WB, press the OK button to select the fish icon, then press the right-arrow. Leave A (amber) at 0, in the middle... but set G (green) to -1.
Between this and the Vivid setting above, you'll get beautiful pictures, indoor and out, daytime, twilight, and in the dark.
This one can be completely silent and unobtrusive (non mechanical shutter, so not sound, and the view screen tilts so I can pretend I'm just adjusting the camera while taking candid photos), is very responsive and fast, focuses quickly, and does well in low light. I've used it to "document" many places I've visited without anyone getting that "nervous/camera shock" look. The F1.8 lens lets plenty of light in, and is 4x zoom, a DSLR lens like this would cost about what I paid for this camera (I bought it used "almost new")