Hands on with the Olympus XZ-2

Olympus XZ-2 First Looks

The XZ-2 is the latest addition to the Olympus range and sits at the top of their compact line up. Building on the success of the hugely popular XZ-1, the new model brings a wealth of updates that deliver superb results.

Ultra-Fast Focusing

The XZ2 inherits the same 5th generation TruePic processor as the OMD, which makes it fast and responsive. Pared with the new 12 megapixel high-sensitivity backlit CMOS sensor and a new 35-point Autofocus system (up from 11 on the XZ-1), it is responsive and accurate to use. Olympus call the autofocus system “ultra-fast”, and in my brief hands-on with the camera, it’s hard to disagree. Focusing is quick and accurate in a wide range of shooting situations.

Brilliant Optics

The real star of the show, however, is the i-ZUIKO DIGITAL lens, which offers a range of 24-112mm with a maximum aperture range of 1.8-2.5, which is capable of capturing amazing background blur with pleasing bokeh. The fast lens, paired with the ISO range of 100-1600 (expandable to 12,800), mean it can deliver shots with punch and depth even in the most dimly lit scenes.

Touch Control

The new 3” touch screen is another upgrade, with its 920,000 dots bringing a new level of detail and control, which, when partnered with the custom control ring, allows you to fine tune focus on macro shots, for example. The touch screen enables quick and easy selection and review of images, but you can also simply touch anywhere on  the screen to select the focus point and take a picture. The screen can be tilted horizontally to make capturing shots from low or high angles really simple.

There are two customisable function buttons and the lens control ring can be set to adjust aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation or flash exposure, depending on the shooting mode.

The Olympus XZ-2 sits comfortably in the hand, is compact in size but capable of delivering stunning shots and Full-HD video that is a match for many rivals with bigger sensors. It feels solid and well built, with some really nice finishes, such as the knurling on the lens control ring, for example.


Overall, it’s a worthy successor the XZ-2, with a potent combination of lens, sensor and processor that can deliver brilliant results in low-light situations. Why not pop into our showroom to see for yourself?

Park Verdict

An impressive compact camera, perfect for the discerning enthusiast.

We Love
♥   Super- fast autofocus
♥   Brilliant f/1.8 lens
♥   Versatile, tilting 3” touch screen
♥   Amazing low-light capability

Jon Penney
Park Cameras

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