Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS

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Point. Shoot. be Blown Away

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS A fast lens, CMOS compact camera - A compact Olympus camera that captures 12MP images along with Full HD 1080p movies using a 1/1.7 inch back illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensor. It comes with a 27-108mm wide-to-telephoto 4x optical (35mm equivalent) zoom lens, featuring a fast f/1.8-2.5 aperture for crisp, detailed shots even in poor-lighting conditions. You can set up and acquire photos with a single finger tap using the swiveling 3.0" 910k-dot resolution touch screen, with the knowledge the dual image stabilizer technology will persist in keeping your images sharp and crisp.

The Olympus' iHS Technology uses a combination BSI CMOS sensor and a XZ-2's VI TruePic Processor to dispense improved response time, photo quality, and other intelligent functions. Scrutinize how easily the Track AF follows your subject all through the frame. The XZ-2 iHS's Dual image stabilizer technology, which combines sensor-shift IS along with high ISO sensitivity, puts the best settings into action for any particular scene keeping you from ending up with blurred images. The XZ-2 makes use of a bright and fast i.ZUIKO f/1.8-2.5 lens and along with high ISO sensitivity as high as 6400. Using both facilitates clear, detailed photo capture under poor-light situations.

For added control over your pictures, the XZ-2 features a mode dial built-in along with the ability to capture images using RAW format. The mode dial lets you to quickly toggle as your situation becomes different without the need to change individual settings or navigate camera menus. Shooting RAW images lets you to acquire, examine and edit detail-rich uncompressed files when using editing software instead of letting the camera take control.

Eleven on-board art filters provide creative work options, while the built-in panorama mode lets you acquire ultra wide-angle scenes simply by shooting three successive images as you slowly span the camera over the scene, with no tripod necessary. An on-board accessory port lets you to attach available lights, flashes, viewfinders and microphones. Sep 17, 2012 ✓

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 3968 x 2976  
Other resolutions 2560 x 1920, 1280 x 960  
Image ratio w:h 4:3  
Effective pixels 12.0 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 12.8 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
ISO Auto (100 -1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800  
White balance presets 7  
Custom white balance Yes (2)  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Uncompressed format RAW  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28 112 mm  
Optical zoom 4  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Normal focus range 60 cm (23.62")  
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39")  
Number of focus points 35  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 920,000  
Touch screen Yes  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F1.8 - F2.5  
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash range 8.6 m (ISO 800)  
External flash Yes (via hot-shoe, wireless)  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless  
Continuous drive Yes  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 3 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing (2 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing Yes (-/+ 7 steps in A-B/G-M axis)  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Storage included 55 MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Mini HDMI type-D)  
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected  
Remote control Yes (Optional RM-UC1)  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion Li-90B rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 340  
Weight (inc. batteries) 346 g (0.76 lb / 12.20 oz)  
Dimensions 113 x 65 x 48 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 1.89")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS None


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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS Compact Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 4.5