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Olympus Stylus XZ-2
Ilse Jurriën : September 24th 2012 - 14:15 CET
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OlympusPhotokina 2012 - Olympus XZ-2 digital compact camera : Like the award-winning XZ-1 before it, the new Olympus Stylus XZ-2 brings startling quality imaging to the pocket-sized camera category with the class-brightest lens right across the zoom range. Only this time the Olympus XZ-2 also boasts customisable controls that make it easier for ambitious photographers to get exactly the shot they want - and fast. That’s in addition to a new touch-sensitive tilt screen, the powerful TruePic VI image processor, Full HD movie recording and FlashAir compatibility for sharing images directly on your social network. The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is the sort of powerhouse compact camera professionals and hobby enthusiasts have been longing for.

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 bridge camera
The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is the flagship camera for Olympus’ new Stylus range of compact cameras. The Olympus Stylus XZ2 boasts a super-bright zoom lens with a 1.8 f-stop at a 28mm wide angle. Remarkably the Olympus XZ-2 lens retains much of this brightness with magnification, registering an unbeatable 1:2.5 at maximum 4x zoom. The result is expressive background defocusing and sophisticated bokeh, plus the flexibility to use short, blur-free exposure times in low light. The scope of shots open to Olympus Stylus XZ-2 owners is excellent. From 1cm macros to expansive landscapes, the large-aperture lens combines with the 1/1.7” high sensitivity back-lit CMOS sensor and the same TruePic VI processor used in Olympus’ O-MD system camera. The result is true-to-life colour, rich detail and low noise - for photos of the very highest quality. The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 captures effortlessly up to ISO 12800. Even in very poor conditions, gradation in dark and light areas of the image is good.

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Olympus XZ-2 body and controls
Usability is another feature that sets the Stylus XZ-2 apart. Olympus has incorporated a customisable hybrid control ring that makes shooting faster and more intuitive. Without taking your eye off your subject, you can use the ring to adjust the zoom or focus in analogue mode or to fine-tune key program parameters in digital mode. A catch next to the ring lets you toggle between the analogue and digital ring modes using your second finger. In digital mode, you can adjust aperture, exposure and program shift in addition to flash and exposure compensation. As if that weren’t enough DSLR-style tweakability, you also have the option to assign your favourite digital functions to a second button on the back of the Olympus Stylus XZ-2. Another bonus for seasoned photographers is the fast-response autofocus that you activate with a simple tap on the 920,000-dot, 3-inch hypercrystal LCD. This intuitive display is tiltable to help with shooting low down or above head height.

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 accessories
The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 gives you the freedom to explore your creativity and share on your social network of choice. You can apply 11 Art Filters to Full HD movies and still photos and post the results via a wireless FlashAir SD card using your familiar smartphone interface. To adapt the Olympus Stylus XZ2 to your specific needs, take a look at the wide range of creative and practical accessories, including a matching external flash, electronic viewfinder, body jacket and - from mid-November 2012 - the Olympus PT-054 underwater housing that’s waterproof down as deep as 45 metres. There’s also a sleek, matching black LC-63A lens cap that opens and closes automatically whenever you activate the camera.

Olympus Stylus XZ2

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 price & availability
The Olympus XZ-2 comes in the color black and will be available from late October 2012. The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 price is set at €550 Euro. Availability of optional Olympus accessories may differ from country to country. Check the Olympus website in your region for more details.

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review
As soon as we receive a Olympus XZ-2 test sample, we will publish a sample photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review. Also take a look at our Olympus XZ-1 review.
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