The successor to the venerable XZ-1 comes with advanced imaging technology (taken straight from the OM-D/E-M5) and a very bright 28-112mm f1.8-2.8 lens. Introduced September 2012

More specs revealed about the Olympus XZ-10 camera and M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 Mk. II Lens.

Lens first: Everything appears unchanged, except for the new ZERO coating (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating), same as the one that adorns many of Olympus Prime Lenses. Availability set to March 2013. The lens is also slightly redesigned, it looks a bit less like a designer flower-vase now and more like a proper lens. 

As for the XZ-10, it is a smaller, lighter and cheaper successor to the similarly looking XZ-2, with little else in common. The lens is now a 5x optical zoom of 26-130mm F1.8-2.7, and the sensor is very sadly a smaller 1/2.3" 12 Megapixel story, that kinda puts this cam out of the 'prosumer' range we're covering at Estiasis. If this digicam is still of any interest to you, grab your Google transgorbler and head over to Digicame.info for the rest of the spec list. . . . read more

Olympus issues new firmware for the Stylus XZ-2

Firmware version 1.1 adresses just one thing: "Image processing while shooting with ISO bracketing was adjusted" . . . read more

DP Review Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras roundup: Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot S110 vs Fujfilm X10 vs Fujifilm XF1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F vs Sony RX100

"If you're looking for a balance of size, image quality (even in low light) and direct control, we'd recommend taking a long hard look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Sony RX100's 20MP sensor gives it an advantage when it comes to resolution and the size of the sensor keeps it competitive in low light. There are some compromises to be made in terms of size and lens range but these models offer a compelling degree of versatility, especially if this will be your only camera. . . . read more

Nikon P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 at Camera Hoarders: Very similar in image quality, but everything else is from two different worlds.

Nikon P7700 coolpix, black, front view.

"Olympus XZ-2 focuses a bit faster, and benefits from touch screen. Manual focus implementation is excellent; at the click of the front switch front control ring starts to rotate freely and operates MF. Macro focus is not perfect though – XZ-2 sometimes struggled to focus and gave me false positives.

Nikon is a bit slower to focus with more traditional manual focus implementation – it has to be selected via dedicated button amongst several focus options and then use rotating wheel surrounding multi-way controller at the back. It . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review at the Phoblographer: Not really bad, but being in the same category as the Sony RX100, it will have difficulties making it to the top of one's list.

AF is not in the same class as the competition or it’s Micro Four Thirds cousins

"It’s not all roses though. AF can be very sluggish in less than ideal light and the shutter lag may cause you to miss important moment. And, while customization is good, I found myself wishing the function buttons could perform tasks that were not an option in the menu. But, I think the XZ-2′s biggest challenges are it’s size and it’s price. This camera is coat pocketable but so are many of the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) bodies. If there really is no major difference in size between the two, I think most advanced users would prefer the larger sensor of a MFT camera over the small point and shoot sized . . . read more

Olympus XZ-2 review at DigitalVersus: However good it is, it has the misfortune of competing in the same class as the Sony RX100.

Olympus Stylus black, front side.

"The XZ-2 is a success for Olympus. The controls and general handling are particularly nice in this camera, plus image quality is good and there are plenty of advanced functions. However, the Sony RX100 is still one giant leap ahead of all expert compacts with small-format sensors. To compete, the Olympus XZ-2 can flaunt its lower price and its tilt screen, but will that be enough?"

Dpreview chooses and picks the top 5 compact cameras of 2012: The usual suspects and absentees (we're looking at YOU, Nikon)

Canon Powershot G15 Black Front

"In this short article, we've selected five of what we think are the best zoom compacts on the market right now, spanning the market from point-and-shoots to Raw-capturing high-end cameras. By 'zoom compact camera', we mean cameras with non-interchangeable zoom lenses, regardless of size. Of our top 5 selection we've summarized their major strengths, with links to previously-published content, including samples galleries. Here are the cameras we've selected (in alphabetical order). You can click to go directly to the camera you want to read about or just start at the top:" . . . read more

Olympus XZ-2 review at Tech Radar: Superfast lens, complicated menu, costs as much as a Dslr.

"Although handling the device isn't as straightforward as Canon's Powershots or as intuitive as Nikon's Coolpix range, it does offer a plethora of shooting choice to cater for all levels of shooter; with manual and semi-manual controls for advanced enthusiasts, a dedicated auto mode (iAuto) and scene selector for novices, plus an art palette for keen creatives. . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review at Digital Camera Info: Impressive hardware but confusing menus.

"It’s hard not to root for the scrappy little XZ-2. It packs a lot of desirable features into a compact package, and does it with a sense of style that’s distinctly Olympus (Olympian?). The XZ-2’s build quality and design are virtually unimpeachable, and the company has clearly put a lot of effort into trying to make it stand out from the pack. A . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review at PhotographyBlog: Should probably be on your shopping list.

"The XZ-2 ticks most of the boxes that any experienced photographer is looking for - “sensible” 12 megapixel count, a very fast lens, raw file support, a reliable 35 multi-point AF system and a well implemented manual exposure mode complete with an optional live histogram. Add in the high-resolution, tilting LCD screen, touchscreen controls, the . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review by Robin Wong: Good enough for street photography.

Robin Wong's reviews are really image sample heavy, and that's a good thing when the subject is cameras. He is also offering many of his real-life street images as full sized downloads. Good guy Robin:

"The Olympus XZ-2 performs very well in autofocus generally. The focusing was extremely fast at widest end of 28mm, but as I zoomed in to the longest end, 112mm, in some occasions, the lens hunts a little, but will always lock in focus. . . . read more

Olympus unveils the Stylus XZ-2, a pocket battleship with a very bright lens.

Olympus Press Release

STYLUS flagship sets standard for high-end compacts Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 takes category by storm

Ultra-bright, ultra-easy and ultra-high quality . . . read more

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