Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera Review
The XZ-2 is a solid upgrade to the beloved XZ-1, but it falls behind in terms of image quality.
When it arrived at the beginning of 2011, the Olympus XZ-1 was a very impressive camera. It was also a clear signal that Olympus was gunning for the throne in the advanced compact segment—a window left open by the decline of Canon's formidable G series. The XZ-1 shared the styling, handling, and seriousness of the company's PEN line of Micro Four Thirds cameras, giving it a decidedly upmarket feel. Now, nearly two years later, the XZ-2 arrives amid a changed landscape. Not only has Canon's G series returned to prominence, but there are strong challenges from Nikon, Samsung, and Panasonic as well. The XZ-2 retains its ancestor's most impressive feature—its f/1.8 zoom lens—and attempts to build on it with a new 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, an innovative dual-mode lens ring, and a tilting touchscreen LCD.
The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS will be available in early November, in black, for $599.99.
Before you buy the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS, take a look at these other point & shoot cameras.
- Product Tour
- Photo Gallery
- Image Quality
- Noise Reduction
- Dynamic Range
- Low Light
- Ease of Use
- Video Features
News and Features
Quit fumbling with bulky detachable smartphone lenses.
Surprising no one, tech gadgets reign supreme.
Looking for the best Black Friday deals? These apps will help
Get everything you need without overspending with these camera deals.
Chosen from over 1,000 entries, this photo reveals nature at her best.
Focusing on the basics, Leica's latest ditches video and live view.
From professional DSLRs to pocket-sized powerhouses, these are the best cameras of the year.
Sony brings one of the A7R II's best features to its low-cost cousin.
The X-series gets another prime, and a new teleconverter to boot.