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Olympus XZ-2 review

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

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus XZ-2, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Olympus XZ-2 is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

JPEG images

Olympus XZ 2 review

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 100, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 800, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 1600, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 3200, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 6400, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 12800, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Raw images

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 100, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 800, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 1600, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 3200, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 6400, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Olympus XZ 2 review

ISO 12800, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyStylus
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
ColourBlack
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
HDMIYes
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
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelXZ-2
Product NameStylus XZ-2 Compact Camera
Product LineStylus
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV101020BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
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