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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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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 only caution I would give to someone considering this camera is to be sure the zoom will be enough for you. The zoom on the XZ-2 goes from 28-112mm (equiv) and the lens (f1.8 maximum aperture) is bright, sharp and accurate--also helps in low light. [That zoom doubles with the "2xs digital teleconverter" that you can enable through the button menu, so basically 28-224mm that way. See below*). For some people, that 28mm at the wide end will not be quite wide enough and others may want more telephoto than 112mm. However, the range is as good as or better than others in its class, and the aperture (f1.8 also makes it a better combination in terms of overall range and image quality in a relatively small package). In my opinion, at under $300, the Olympus XZ-2 compares favorably with the Panasonic and Sony cameras that are several hundred dollars more.
I like the colors, particularly on the "vivid" setting, and, although I generally always like to tweak settings (prefer multi-metering and spot metering to center, for example), I've been surprised how well iAUTO does. It's really great to throw it into iAUTO confident that I won't miss the shot. "P" is also good, even if you don't have time to change any setting.
*Digital Teleconverter. If you look in the Menu to change the Buttons (FN1 /FN2)you can select the Digital Teleconverter (x2). It doubles whatever focal length you've chosen--so you effectively get 224mm at the long end (it's digital, but not bad--and really good in a pinch, when you can't quite get close enough). I set it as one FN setting and save it in Custom 1. For normal use, I have FN1 set to "AEL (Auto Exposure Lock)" and use it with Spot Metering (for those interested. The regular Spot metering is fine but lately I've been using the shadow one to get a bit darker areas, still with some detail. Plus it's right next to "Multi" so it's easy to switch. There's also a "Spot Metering-Highlight" option for when you're at the snow or beach and need details in very bright surfaces.)
The rings that surround the lens are also an unusual and versatile feature. If you flip the switch at the bottom right of the lens, you can turn the ring for manual focus. If you flip the switch the other way, you can use the ring to select the aperture. In the Menu, you can also customize a button that sits in the middle of that switch. I have mine set to Picture Mode for general uses and Scene Mode for my Custom 1 settings (the custom seting with the digital teleconverter selected).
Tip: You can set the image quality to "Superfine", but it's not easy to find. First push the MENU button. Then scroll down to the Custom Menu (the little gear icon fourth icon down on the left side of the LCD). Use the right side of the Control Dial to enter that menu. Then scroll all the way to the bottom, to "Color/WB" and push "OK" (center button of the Control Dial).
This takes you to the Color/WB menu. Scroll down to the icon below "Color Space". It's a picture with the word "Set". Push the right side of the Control Dial again to enter that menu, then scroll through the settings, using M or L and SF.
Now, to record whatever image quality setting you want, return to the LCD, push the "OK" button on the Control Dial to see the regular menu (right side of LCD)... Scroll down, go past the aspect ratio choice (I set mine to 4:3), then push "OK" to enter the menu and select the one you want. Half-pressing the shutter will take you back to the LCD and you'll see the change already there. The XZ-2 also shoots in RAW, either alone or in combination with others. (I started with "M:SF" but now use "L:SF" or "L:SF + RAW").
This is a great little camera, with two custom modes if you find a combination of settings you want to save, and fun features in the ART and SCN Modes (including HDR when there's backlighting and a Double Exposure feature. The Panorama was a little disappointing, using the old "stitch" method where you have to line up the shots yourself. But it comes out okay.)
Flash. There's a pop-up flash that stays nicely out of the way, only turning on if you press the button to raise it. You can also use a hot shoe, or buy an EVF or a Clearviewer (about half that price). But the tilt screen (both up and down) is really good--nice and clear--and helps with many kinds of shots including in direct sun.
As mentioned above, I also was surprised by the sophistication and versatility of the design--like the dials around the lens that can be turned to select the aperture or--with a flip of a switch under them--to use for manual focus. Another surprise, since I use spot metering so often, was that Olympus included three kinds of spot metering--never seen that before in a P&S. There's regular and then if you're in a situation like snow or sand, one where you can meter off a highlight and preserve more detail/better balance. There's also a third one for metering off shadows. Very nice!
The only disadvantages are that it doesn't zoom very far and, while it fits easily in a big coat pocket or a purse, and isn't really "pocketable" otherwise. But it's a great little camera--I love the nice mostly metal build, the well thought out design and, best of all, the image quality. (Good auto-focus and low light performance as well. Action shots aren't its specialty, but there's a burst mode and a fast lens, so for me, that's good enough.)
ETA: I didn't mind the "lens cap on a string" or that it pops off whenever you turn on the camera. But when I saw this alternative capGeneric Lens cap for Olympus XZ-1 XZ-2 for $6 I thought I'd try it. It's a funny concept--basically the "leaves" are just very lightweight so the lens gently pushes them out of the way as it extends, no electronics involved. Olympus has their own version that is $20--it doesn't stick out as far (this adds about 1/2") and has 4 leaves instead of 3, but seems to have more gaps between them than this cheaper one does. I think this cap looks much better--more professional to not have the cap popping and hanging there--and you don't have to remember to take it off before taking a picture. It just screws in, fits well, no disadvantage that I can see (other than adding about 1/2" to the lens--but it's not really "pocketable" anyway). I'm keeping the regular one with me, too, in case of a very dusty or sandy place because the leaves--even Olympus' own design--don't protect quite as well as a solid cap. But, for me, this generic, inexpensive cover made a nice, improvement over the one it came with.
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.
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")