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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

For

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

Against

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

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Olympus XZ-2 with the Olympus XZ-1, Panasonic LX7 and Canon G12.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Olympus XZ-2 review

These results show that the Olympus XZ-2's JPEG files have a greater signal to noise ratio than those from the Olympus XZ-1, Panasonic LX7 and Canon G12 at lower sensitivities, but at ISO 1600 and above, the Panasonic and the Canon beat it, while the XZ-1 comes in last.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Olympus XZ-2 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Olympus XZ-2 are significantly stronger, starting off slightly below the Panasonic LX7 at ISO 100, before beating the Panasonic, Olympus XZ-1 and the Canon G12 at every other sensitivity setting - and by a long way, too.

JPEG dynamic range

Olympus XZ-2 review

JPEG results for dynamic range again put the Olympus XZ-2 ahead of the pack at the lower-to-mid ISO settings, before it then tails off at ISO 1600 and above, being beaten again by the Panasonic LX7 and Canon G12, with the Olympus XZ-1 coming in with the lowest dynamic range of the group.

Raw dynamic range

Olympus XZ-2 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Olympus XZ-2 are much stronger again, showing a significantly greater dynamic range than the Olympus XZ-1, Panasonic LX7 and Canon G12 at every setting. The Panasonic comes in second, followed by the Canon and XZ-1, which produce very similar results here.

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
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 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