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Olympus Stylus XZ-2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and screen. The image quality and lens are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the exposure and size. Views about the battery and flash are different.

portability, lens, image quality, screen, performance

value for money, low-light, size, exposure

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 (Black)


The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS was probably about $100 too expensive when it came out.

The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS features a great f1.8-2.5 lens, excellent photo quality and shooting options, and a well-designed body that's solidly constructed.

Its high ISO images are noisy. With no built-in Wi-Fi, getting wireless features will cost you extra. Battery charges in camera via proprietary USB cable.

The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS is an excellent bright lens enthusiast compact. At this point, though, you should skip it at its full $600 price.

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Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 Review


The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is a compact and powerful digicam. It provides higher image quality and better performance than you will find from most compact cameras; but, it comes at a cost with a MSRP of $599 USD. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Overall image quality is excellent for a compact ; Performance is outstanding ; LCD is bright, sharp and tilts ; Touch control of...

Flash has a tendency to blow out images ; WiFi capabilities are limited and more complicated than need be ; No audio input on camera ; Some special shooting modes did not work as hoped

The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is a compact and powerful digicam. It provides higher image quality and better performance than you will find from most compact cameras; but, it comes at a cost with a MSRP of $599 USD. Read more in our

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Olympus XZ-2


The Olympus XZ-2 ($599.99 direct) is one of the more expensive point-and-shoot cameras you'll find. Its image quality, fast lens, and excellent control layout go a long way toward justifying the high price. But the heart of the camera—a 1/1.7-inch...

Fast lens. Excellent control layout. Tilting touch-screen LCD. EVF option. Hot shoe. Raw shooting support

Expensive. No Wi-Fi or GPS. Noisy images at high ISOs

The Olympus XZ-2 has a bright lens and captures sharp photos, but it's too expensive and photos start to show some noise as you notch up the ISO.


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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Review


The premium compact camera you're about to experience is the Olympus XZ-2, coming in hard with a 12.3 megapixel 1/1.7” BSI CMOS sensor, an ultra-bright zoom lens at 28-112mm equivalent f/1.8-2.5, and a 3-inch touchscreen on the back with full tilting...

The touchscreen interface is simple and there when you want it, but you’ve got all the physical buttons and controls you could possibly want or need if you’re not all about the touch. The user interface is simple the understand, adjustments are simple,...


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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS


Olympus first introduced us to its XZ-series with the XZ-1, a sleek, powerful point-and-shoot. However the camera was overshadowed by the PEN series, which have easily become a tent pole for the camera manufacturer. Now the high-end point-and-shoot is...

Responsive vari-angle touchscreen ; Fast, bright, versatile lens ; Customization options to spare ; Full manual control

No dedicated ISO control ; Low-light capability could be better ; iAuto is disappointing

If you plan on using your smartphone for most on-the-go capture, but want something to create higher quality images with, consider the XZ-2. It won’t break the bank or weigh you down, but it will absolutely outperform your iPhone.


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Olympus XZ-2


The Olympus XZ-2 is a compact aimed at the demands of enthusiasts. Successor to the XZ-1, it sports the same 28-112mm equivalent 4x zoom with a bright f1.8-2.5 maximum aperture, but swaps its predecessor's 1/1.63in 10 Megapixel CCD sensor with a...

Fast, accurate AF ; Versatile three-mode lens ring ; Flip-out 3in 920k dot LCD touch-screen ; Accessory port for optional EVF

Poor high ISO noise performance ; Average continous shooting performance ; Touch-sceen inactive for movie recording ; Only 2 video modes

The Stylus XZ-2 provides a great balance between advanced control, capable handling, and ease of use that few of its competitors have achieved with equal success. In part, this is due to the way that they've cleverly limited the influence of the...

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS


A solid upgrade to the beloved XZ-1, but not the giant killer we hoped for.

Like the Olympians themselves, the Stylus XZ-2 iHS is fickle.

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Review


The Olympus Stylus XZ-2, the company's most recent premium compact, jettisons onto the market with its classic body design and its quite impressive f/1.8 lens. With 11 Art Filters and 5 Effects, 1080p full HD video and an accessory port for flashes and...

Excellent still image quality ; Fast maximum lens apertures ; Very good overall lens performance ; Removable/Interchangeable grips

Less than stellar zoom length ; High ISO pixel smudging ; Lengthy delay in image playback feature

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Review


Stylus is back! Where did it go? Dunno!

For a while there, Olympus branded its cameras solely by model number but since the launch of the PEN line it seems the company needed a more visible delineation, so it has engraved ‘STYLUS’ very faintly on the flash housing of this new camera.

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Amazon review summary for Olympus Stylus XZ-2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Olympus Stylus XZ-2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

portability, performance, lens, image quality, responsiveness

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical / Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:1/1.7''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus LI-90 B


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes