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OlympusSTYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (14)
  • Good in low light (14)
  • Large clear LCD (14)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
  • Easy to use (12)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (5)
  • No viewfinder (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (12)
  • Travel (12)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Low light (9)
  • Weddings (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Choice

I'm writing this review after having conducted an exhaustive search for the best high end point and shoot.The cameras I tested were the Olympus XZ-2, the Nikon P7700, the Sony RX100 and the...Read complete review

I'm writing this review after having conducted an exhaustive search for the best high end point and shoot.The cameras I tested were the Olympus XZ-2, the Nikon P7700, the Sony RX100 and the Canon G15.It was a very close call between the P7700 and the XZ-2.What clinched it for me was the color accuracy of the XZ-2.It does a better job on skin tones. (Better than any of the other cameras)When the Olympus gets an accurate focus lock on, the clarity is stunning.It does occasionally miss that perfect focus though. The Nikon hit it more consistently.The RX 100 is getting a lot of favorable reviews and it was impressive.But it didn't seem sharper than the XZ-2 and it's color accuracy was not better than the Olympus either. I preferred the look of macro shots from the XZ-2.I did a comparison with the XZ-2 and my Canon 5D Mark II.Yes the Mark II is significantly better. But then it costs more with the set up I use.Overall the XZ-2 is a great camera.I'm very pleased with it. And Im very picky.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Greatly Disappointed in Stylus XZ-2

In shooting outdoors in good light, the camera takes fine, sharp photos. However, when shooting indoors with regular light to low light, the camera is terrible. In more than half of my...Read complete review

In shooting outdoors in good light, the camera takes fine, sharp photos. However, when shooting indoors with regular light to low light, the camera is terrible. In more than half of my attempts to take photos, say, of my grandchildren, the camera is worse than slow, it simply fails to focus at all! In addition, when it takes a picture indoors, there is a great deal of noise and graininess.

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4.0

Incredible imaging, Unexcusable Ergos

By Islandhopper3

from Key Largo, FL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Poor ergonomics

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

I wanted this camera for street photography. Everything I read about it indicated it was exactly what I was looking for, and the sample photos were far and away better than the other compacts I was considering. Ignoring the premium price, I placed my order, and within a few days was unpacking my very own XZ-2. The first thing I noticed about the camera was its weight. It felt as heavy as my DSLR, but most of that weight on the left side (as it's used). The right side of the camera is not as thick as the left, even with the screw-on finger grip, and the effect of the camera's design is that the user, during one-hand operation must counter-balance the camera's unevenly distributed weight, while also focusing, and activating the shutter release in a manner that does not produce unwanted camera movement, or result in the the camera/image not being level, or unusual hand fatigue. I considered keeping the camera because the images were so very, very good, but in the end I couldn't justify paying a premium price for a compact I would not likely be comfortable using without both hands. Even so, I'm giving the XZ-2 a 4 Star rating because it would be a phenomenal camera for someone who didn't need one-hand operation.

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5.0

XZ-2 is on sale - and it's great

By Haris

from Visoko, Bosnia

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Short Lag Time

Cons

  • Limited Zoom
  • Video

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

It's a great camera. Only thing I didn't like is the video. Not too many options, and quality is average...

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  • No

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4.0

A Pocket Camera with Form and Function

By RemingtonTay

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder
  • Poor Flash

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

My dept uses this camera to take pictures of event we hold. Its wide lens and open aperture allows for great indoor and low light images. Not to mention its a well designed camera with a retro appeal to it.

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5.0

Great camera

By ken the shredder

from Potomac, MD

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

The quality of the photos that this camera takes is unbelievably awesome!

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5.0

An excellent P&S….

By Dante

from San Ramon, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Colors Repro
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Sharp clear images
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact
  • Solid build

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

    I purchased this P&S as a complement to my Olympus Micro Four Third Pen EP-2 because they both share Zuiko optics. I wanted to be sure my pictures would have the same accurate color reproduction and overall clarity of subject matter. I'm enjoying all the features of this camera & it's very user friendly if you're already accustomed to using Olympus brand cameras. Menu is easy to learn & navigate. The ergonomics are very good and the build quality is solid. Auto focus is relatively quick & shutter lag is minimal. The quick set up instruction manual is just for a quick set up as the name suggests. I downloaded the Olympus instruction manual from their website and glad I did.
    Olympus also offers excellent technical support either by phone or thru their website.
    My camera arrived on schedule per B&H's confirmation of my order ship date and it was well packaged. I did have some questions about my camera after delivery and B&H was quick to respond in a very courteous and professional manner.
    B&H is a reliable and reputable company.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Nice!

    By Larry Womack

    from CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

    This is a great step up from my ZX-1. The tilting LCD comes is quite handy. The build is very solid.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great little camera!

    By Mr. Mark

    from New Mexico

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

    easy to use, tilting viewer is very convenient, can be used manually.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Perfect for everyday use

    By Emily

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Macro
    • Travel

    Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

    I bought this camera with portability in mind. I wanted to start a daily photography blog since I've moved to the city to start my college career but simply couldn't bring my DSLR everywhere in addition to all the books I have to carry everyday. The quality of the pictures are great and though it isn't the smallest camera, it's definitely more convenient than my DSLR. I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone looking for a nice camera to bring around at all times.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Nice Camera for the price

    By LauraZ

    from Chicago

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

      I bought this camera for my niece for use at concerts. She loves it!

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      • Yes

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      2.0

      Beware the size

      By Dave

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

            Despite every attempt to see how this handles from on-line reviews and pictures, on receiving it I discovered to my horror that despite the excellent image quality this camera is *tiny*, as in minuscule, as in I would have to tie my shutter finger into a knot to be able to hit the shutter. I literally found it unusable.

            If you have very small hands, this might work well for it certainly is built to a high level of quality.

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            • No

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            5.0

            A lot of camera in such a compact space

            By Bob's Radio Ranch

            from Austin, Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Feature-packed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Lens Cap Arrangement

            Best Uses

            • Excellent Macro Shots
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

            Week three of owning and shooting and still blown away by the light capture of this new CMOS. The colors are brilliant, the auto-white balance true.
            I love this camera! Not fond of the lens cover arrangement. Don't let the price alarm you. You definitely see it in performance and goodies not normally seen in this range.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            This is really a wonderful camera...

            By Utku67

            from istanbul

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light

            Cons

            • Not Small Enough

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

            Man featuers of tgıs camera are almost at pro level. The only problem I have is that it is not as small as Sony RX-100. Other than this everything is excellent. The autofocus amazşngly fast and really very very accurate. Color production is also excellent.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Portable Camera

            By MJ

            from Troy, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

            I got this as an alternative to the OMD. Not that the OMD is bulky (love that camera), but sometimes if I'm on a trip or just driving around I wanted a camera with a good lens/picture quality that was pretty versatile for a variety of shots without carrying extra lenses.

            I had the XZ-1 and upgraded to this camera. The XZ-1 was great but the XZ-2 feels more solid, has great features and lens like the 1; like the nice wide app. Also with the hotshoe you can add accessories like a viewfinder.

            If you're looking for a camera that takes great pics to carry around instead of a DSLR or mirror less this is a great option.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Right designed for me.

            By Aegis the Bone Collector

            from West Lafayette, IN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Double Dial Control
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Good macro performance
            • Great Extensibility
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact
            • Touch screen

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

            I previously owned the Canon EOS Rebel T3 camera, which is actually a small-sized DSRL and quite a bounty of lenses, from the Canon L lenses to the Olympus OM lenses (which requires electronic adapter[so-called EMF] to be attched on). I am satisfied on the overall image quality of this APS-C DSLR, however as I frequently take it out for shooting, I found that nothing is sillier than carrying a heavy DSLR and its whole bunch of accessories around on vacation -- that is weary and weird! As a result I start to find a backup compact system.

            I first tried Powershot G1X, which is also producted by Canon -- attracted by its large APS-C sensor (only a little bit smaller than Canon's APS-C DSLR, even larger than Olym and Pana's M43 chips) -- and the outcome was nothing but disappointment. I mean, G1X is a great camera itself, but not did I realize it does not fit in my requirement until I really have it in hand. It's big (almost bulky for a compact system, never slim enough for my belt pouch or shirt pocket), the OVF is not efficient, the position of playback button is rediculous (pesonally I'd like to see it just beside the rear controll dial), the optics is just the despair of me -- on telescope end the aperture ends up on annoying 5.8 -- immediately overcomes the advance of a large sensor. Also the macro function is terrible -- it can focus no more than 20cm, even in Wide Macro! Finally I decided to sell it and find another.

            And there I found the XZ-2.

            After the failure on G1X I renewed my philosophy. Sensor size IS important, but it appears to be nothing without either a satisfying lens or properly designed ergonomics, sometimes even extensibility. XZ-2 passed all the quizzes.

            It has a 1/1.7 sensor -- yes it's small, but large enough to hold 12MP up to ISO 400 without any noise with its super fast lens (one of the fastest in its class, only junior to Pana LX7 and Samsung EX2). The ergonomics and controlling is fantastic! Double dial controls, 2 more customizable Fn button and a focusing level in the front nicely fill up the lack of AEL/AFL button on its predecessor, and the hyrid ring is a Masterpiece. Hot shoe and accessory port allow you to customize this camera however you want. And its size -- just right to fit my pouch! Now I can carry it everyday on belt, without a cumbersome camera bag all day around.

            It has performanced even better than I expected so far, thank you so much Olympus! You can always concentrate in order for best mixture. Now I am waiting for new M43 bodies (none of currently existing ever meet my demand, especially on price, size and control) so that accessories counld be totally shared with this tiny flagship in point-and-shoot.

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            5.0

            Nice camera , good size

            By Fred

            from Boston

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

            Spare camera street

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
            • Similar:
            • canon g 15

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            5.0

            Fantastic Choice

            By Brick Daddy

            from New York

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Clever Menu System
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Realistic Color

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Shooting People
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

              I'm writing this review after having conducted an exhaustive search for the best high end point and shoot.The cameras I tested were the Olympus XZ-2, the Nikon P7700, the Sony RX100 and the Canon G15.It was a very close call between the P7700 and the XZ-2.What clinched it for me was the color accuracy of the XZ-2.It does a better job on skin tones. (Better than any of the other cameras)When the Olympus gets an accurate focus lock on, the clarity is stunning.It does occasionally miss that perfect focus though. The Nikon hit it more consistently.The RX 100 is getting a lot of favorable reviews and it was impressive.But it didn't seem sharper than the XZ-2 and it's color accuracy was not better than the Olympus either. I preferred the look of macro shots from the XZ-2.I did a comparison with the XZ-2 and my Canon 5D Mark II.Yes the Mark II is significantly better. But then it costs more with the set up I use.Overall the XZ-2 is a great camera.I'm very pleased with it. And Im very picky.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              2.0

              Greatly Disappointed in Stylus XZ-2

              By stevez

              from Efrat, Israel

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Fails To Focus Indoors
              • Poor Flash
              • Poor Image Quality
              • Poor Image Stabilization
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black):

              In shooting outdoors in good light, the camera takes fine, sharp photos. However, when shooting indoors with regular light to low light, the camera is terrible. In more than half of my attempts to take photos, say, of my grandchildren, the camera is worse than slow, it simply fails to focus at all! In addition, when it takes a picture indoors, there is a great deal of noise and graininess.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 6
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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