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Olympus XZ-2 review

The heavyweight compact Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is more than just a point-and-shoot

Our Verdict


  • Lens aperture range
  • Manual focus ring
  • Tilting touchscreen
  • Large back-illuminated CMOS sensor


  • LCD only tilts horizontally
  • No on-body macro mode
  • Tricky touchscreen focusing
  • Menu system complicated
  • Relatively expensive

Images taken using the XZ-2 at the base ISO have clean details and accurate colour interpretation. This continues up to ISO 800 when noise becomes noticeable and finer details are lost.

Tonal graduation is threatened after ISO 1600, and at ISO 2500 there's lots of noise.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review

At ISO 3200 coloured specs fill the lighter segments of the frame as well as darker areas, and at ISO 6400 most shooters are likely to agree that the results were unusable.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review

We found that JPEG images captured at sensitivities in excess of ISO 8000 have badly muted colours, degraded textures and blurred details, and by ISO 12800 the images are so mutated that they look more akin to black and white oil paintings than digital images.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review

However, the good news is that the XZ-2 shoots in raw format, easing improvements in post-production, and with such a fast lens it is unlikely that these higher sensitivities will be needed very often.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review

The camera offers a range of metering options and on the whole these perform well in conjunction with manual and semi-manual modes.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review

We only noticed a slight bias for exposing for the shadows in iAuto, resulting in some areas of the frame being overexposed.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review

White balance can scarcely be faulted throughout its portfolio, and with so many picture control options also on hand, shooters have little excuse for error.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review

The XZ-2 did fall victim to chromatic aberrations, as do most compacts, but it deals with them better than many, with only minor fringing in particularly high-contrast parts of the frame.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review

The pop-up flash offers users a pleasing array of options, each proving effective without over-bleaching subjects or dramatically altering colours, and, elsewhere, red-eye reduction flash kept its promise.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyStylus
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe, Eye Detect, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, MOV
Weight (Approximate)346 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Flash Memory Capacity39 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3968 x 2976
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLI-90B
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Eye-Fi Card, Flash Air
Height65.4 mm
Width113 mm
Depth48 mm
Autofocus Points35
Focal Length6 mm to 24 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelXZ-2
Product NameStylus XZ-2 Compact Camera
Product LineStylus
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV101020BE000
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Point. Shoot. Be amazed.

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.

Battery Life310 Shot
Package Contents
  • Stylus XZ-2 Compact Camera
  • LI-90B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-AVC3 Audio/Video Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • Lens Cap
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Limited Warranty2 Year
Built-in DevicesWireless Flash Control, Speaker, Microphone