Olympus XZ-2 Review

4.5
November 1, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Specifications

Type

  • Body material

    Metal

Image Sensor

  • Type

    1/1.7'' CMOS

  • Effective pixels

    12 Megapixels

  • Filter array

    Primary colour filter (RGB)

  • Aspect ratio & area

    4:3 /

  • Full resolution

    12.76 Megapixels

Lens

  • Focal length (equiv. 35mm)

    28 - 112mm

  • Maximum aperture

    1.8 - 2.5

  • Focal length

    6.0 - 24.0mm

  • Optical zoom

    4x

Engine

  • Type

    TruePic VI

Live View

  • Displayed information

    • Shooting information
    • Face / Eye detection mode
    • Focus mode
    • AF frame display
    • AF confirmation mark
    • Aperture
    • Battery check
    • Exposure compensation value
    • Flash intensity
    • Flash mode
    • Flash status
    • Super FP
    • Histogram
    • Eye-Fi condition
    • Shutter speed
    • Spot metering area
    • Number of storable pictures
    • White Balance
    • Tone control
  • AF type

    Contrast detection system

  • 100% field of view

    100%

  • Magnification mode

    Yes

Image Stabiliser

  • Type

    Sensor shift

  • Modes

    Two-dimensional

Focusing System

  • Method

    Contrast Detection AF system

  • Focus areas

    35 points / Automatic and manual selection

  • AF lock

    Yes , Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode

  • Modes

    • Manual focus
    • Single AF
    • Continuous AF
    • AF Tracking
    • Face Detection AF
    • SuperMacro mode
  • AF illuminator

    Yes

  • Standard mode

    0.6m - ∞ (wide) / 0.6m - ∞ (tele)

  • Macro mode

    0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 0.3m - ∞ (tele)

Exposure System

  • Modes

    • Programme automatic
    • Shutter priority
    • Aperture priority
    • Manual
    • i-Auto
    • Scene Modes
    • Movie
    • Art Filter
  • Exposure compensation

    +/- 3EV ( 1/3 steps )

  • Exposure bracketing

    2 / 3 frames ( +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps )

  • Enhancement function

    Mechanical Image Stabiliser

  • Face Detection Technology

  • Shadow Adjustment Technology

Scene Modes

  • Number of scene modes

    16

  • Modes

    • Portrait
    • e-Portrait
    • Landscape
    • Night Scene
    • Night Scene with portrait
    • Sunset
    • Sports
    • Documents
    • Panorama
    • Fireworks
    • Beach and Snow
    • Underwater Macro
    • Multi-Exposure
    • Underwater Wide
    • Backlight HDR

Multi-Exposure

  • Max. number of frames

    2 frames (shooting)

  • Frame assistance

    Live View

Light Metering

  • Method

    TTL open aperture light metering

  • Detection range

    0 - 20 EV Digital ESP, centre-weighted average metering, spot metering

  • Modes

    • ESP light metering
    • Spot metering
    • Centre weighted metering
    • Highlight
    • Shadow

Art Filter

  • Modes

    • Cross Process
    • Diorama
    • Dramatic Tone
    • Gentle Sepia
    • Grainy Film
    • Key Line
    • Light Tone
    • Pale & Light Colour
    • Pin Hole
    • Pop Art
    • Soft Focus
  • Variation / Effect

    Available

Sensitivity

  • Auto

    ISO 100 - 12800 (customisable, default ISO 100 - 1600)

  • Manual

    ISO 100 - 12800 (adjustable in 1/3 EV step)

Shutter

  • Self timer

    12s / 2s

Shutter Speeds

  • Shutter speed range

    1/2000 - 60s (up to 16 min in Bulb mode)

White Balance

  • AUTO WB system

    Yes

  • One-touch white balance

    2 custom settings can be registered

  • White balance adjustment

    +/- 7 in each A-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB, preset WB mode & one-touch WB)

  • Custom WB

    1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)

  • Preset values

    • Tungsten
    • Flourescent 1
    • Sunlight
    • Flash
    • Overcast
    • Shade
    • Under Water Auto

Sequence Shooting

  • Speed

    5fps

  • Recordable frames

    200

Image Processing

  • Colour space

    sRGB / AdobeRGB

  • Sharpness + Contrast

    5 levels

  • Saturation

    5 levels

  • Black & White filter

    Yellow, Orange, Red, Green

  • Black & White toning

    Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode

  • Picture mode

    Vivid, Natural, Muted, Black & White.

  • Gradation

    4levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)

Internal Flash

  • Type

    pop-up

  • Modes

    • AUTO
    • TTL-Auto
    • Manual

External Flash Control

  • Type

    TTL Auto for Olympus dedicated flash, Auto or Manual

  • Modes

    • Auto
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction
    • Slow synchronisation
    • Fill-in for exclusive flash
    • Manual

Wireless Flash Control

  • Control method

    Triggered by built-in flash light

  • Compatible external flash

    FL-36R, FL-50R, FL-300R, FL-600R

  • Modes

    • Auto
    • FP TTL Auto
    • FP Manual

Monitor

  • Monitor type

    Tiltable LCD - Touch Panel

  • Monitor size

    7.6cm / 3.0'' (3:2)

  • Resolution

    920000 dots

  • Colour balance

    +/- 7 levels

  • Brightness adjustment

    +/- 7 levels

Level Gauge

  • Detection

    2-axis

  • Display

    Rear LCD monitor

Recording Formats

  • RAW

    12bit

  • RAW & JPEG

    Yes parallel recording

  • JPEG

    Yes

  • Aspect ratio

    4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6

Image Size

  • RAW

    3968 x 2976 / 19.3MB / frame

  • Large

    3968 x 2976 Fine (compression: 1/4) 5.9MB / frame

  • 3968 x 2976 Normal (compression: 1/8) 2.7MB / frame

  • Middle

    2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.1MB / frame

  • Small

    1280 x 960 Normal (compression: 1/8) 1.1MB / frame

Still Image Recording

  • EXIF

    2.2

  • PIM

    III

  • DPOF

    Yes

  • DCF

    Yes

Movie Recording System

  • Recording format

    MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264)

  • Image Stabilisation Mode

    Yes Digital Image Stabilisation

  • HD Movie quality

    1080P / 30fps Recording time: 29min.

  • 720P 30p, 9Mbps (MOV) 29min.

  • Frame rate

    30fps

  • Art Filter

    • Cross Process
    • Diorama
    • Dramatic Tone
    • Gentle Sepia
    • Grainy Film
    • Key Line
    • Light Tone
    • Pale & Light Colour
    • Pop Art
    • Pin Hole
    • Soft Focus

Sound Recording System

  • Internal microphone

    Stereo

  • External microphone

    Optional

  • Recording format

    Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz, Wave Format Base

  • Image footage

    4s

View Images

  • Modes

    • Index
    • Calendar
    • Zoom
    • Slide show
    • Movie
    • Single
  • Auto rotation

    Yes

  • Histogram in playback mode

    Yes

  • Shooting information

    Off / On

  • Image protect mode

    Yes

Erase / Protect / Copy Function

  • Erase modes

    Single, All, Selected

  • Image protect mode

    Single

Image Editing

  • RAW data edit

    Yes

  • Red-eye reduction

    Yes

  • Sepia

    Yes

  • Resize

    Yes

  • Correction of saturation

    Yes

  • Shadow Adjustment

    Yes

  • Trimming

    Yes

  • e-Portrait

    Yes

  • Aspect ratio

    -

Menu

  • Menu languages in camera

    39 languages (Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese (BR + PT), German, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Korean, Simple Chinese, Traditional Chinese,Thai, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian, Indonesian, Hebrew, Malay, Vietnamese)

Customisation Options

  • My Mode

    2 settings storable

  • Fn Button

    Yes

Interface

  • Media

    SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible) Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting

  • HDMI™

    Yes Micro connector (Type D) *

  • USB 2.0 High Speed

    Yes

  • Combined V & USB output

    Yes NTSC or PAL selectable

  • Wireless connectivity

    • Eye-Fi Card compatible
    • FlashAir
  • * "HDMI", the HDMI logo and "High-Definition Multimedia Interface" are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

Other Features

  • Panorama function

    Smart Panorama

Power Supply

  • Battery

    LI-90B Lithium-Ion Battery

  • Sleep mode

    Available (1min, 3min, 5min)

  • Live View shooting

    Approx. 310images (100% with Live View)

Environment

  • Temperature

    0 - 40°C operating temperature / -20 - 60°C storage temperature

  • Humidity

    30 - 90% operation humidity / 10 - 90% storage humidity

Size

  • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    113 x 65.4 x 48mm (without protrusions)

  • Weight

    346g (including battery and memory card)

Exterior

  • Grip

    Exchangable

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