Olympus XZ-2 Review

 
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Model Name: Olympus Stylus XZ-2 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
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Successor:  
General
Model Number: XZ-2
Camera Format: Mid-Sized
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $599.99
Street Price: $263.56
Date Available: 2012-11-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 12.6 oz (357 g)
includes batteries
Size: 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.9 in.
(113 x 65 x 48 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 12.0
Sensor Format: 1/1.7 inch
Sensor size: 43.32mm2 (7.6mm x 5.7mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 1.92 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:  
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: Yes
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score: 49
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 20.4
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 11.3
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 216
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 3968 x 2976 (11.8 MP, 4:3),
2560 x 1920 (4.9 MP, 4:3),
1280 x 960 (1.2 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG, 12-bit RAW
Continuous-mode frames/second: 5.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (30p)
1280x720 (30p)
Movie File Format: .MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264), Linear PCM, 16-bit, 48kHz stereo audio
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a
Lens: i.Zuiko Digital ED; 11 elements in 8 groups
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28.0 - 112.0 mm
Zoom Ratio: 4.00x
Aperture Range: f/1.8 (W) / f/2.5 (T) - f/8
Normal Focus Range: 60 cm to Infinity
23.6 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 1 - 60 cm
0.4 - 23.6 in
Filter Thread: n/a
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection: 35-area multiple AF (All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target)
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type: Optional VF-2 or VF-3 external EVF
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 920,000 dots (307,200 px)
Touchscreen: Yes
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 12800
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: AUTO ISO 100 - 12800 (customizable, Default 100-1600) Manual ISO 100 - 12800, 1/3 EV steps
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Underwater Auto, One-Touch
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/2000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 324-zone Digital ESP, Center-weighted Average, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Scene (Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait,Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Multiple Exposure, Beach & Snow, Underwater - Wide, Underwater - Macro), HDR , 11 Art Filters and 5 Art Effects
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off.
Flash Guide Number: 5.2
Flash Range Description: ISO 1600: W:0.6 to 11.1m / T:0.6 to 8.5m
Max Flash Sync:  
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control: Full TTL exposure
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: 12-bit RAW
Movie File Format: .MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264), Linear PCM, 16-bit, 48kHz stereo audio
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional RM-UC1 Remote cable
Connections (extended): Dedicated Multi-connector (USB/AV/Remote); Micro HDMI Type-D, Accessory Port
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 1.21
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 1.27
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): 7
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 1.62
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 5.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 4
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 5.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 3
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 4.9
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 3
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.12
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.11
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.069
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.18
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.033
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time: 1.8
Play -> Record Time: 1.4
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 3.2
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary Li-90B
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary Li-90B Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: No
Internal Charging Supported: Yes
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 310
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 3-inch 920K-dot tilting touchscreen LCD, Full HD movies, hybrid control ring, HDR backlit correction, 11 Art Filters and 5 Art Effects, FlashAir compatible, removable grip, accessory port. Body available in black only.

Olympus XZ-2



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