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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.

October 31, 2012
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Usability

In many ways, the XZ-2 provides a Micro Four Thirds user experience in a fixed-lens body. The menu systems and touch interface are all but exactly alike, and the body shape is more like a PEN than ever. This similarity, of course, comes at a price: it means the camera lacks the immediate ease of use of some competing models, like the Canon G15 or Samsung EX2F. The menu system is deep and at times less than clear, some of the UI's best features are hidden by default, and the handling is a disappointment (though still good). However, advanced amateurs and pros using the XZ-2 as a backup body will certainly appreciate the degree of fine control the camera affords.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Photo Gallery
  5. Image Quality
  6. Sharpness
  7. Color
  8. Noise Reduction
  9. Dynamic Range
  10. Low Light
  11. Distortion
  12. Video
  13. Usability
  14. Ease of Use
  15. Handling
  16. Controls
  17. Speed
  18. Features
  19. Extras
  20. Video Features
  21. Conclusion
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