Features & Controls

Featured on the XZ-2 is an i.Zuiko 4x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 28-112mm and maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.5. This allows the camera to perform above and beyond in low-light situations as well as allowing for a much shallower depth of field than you will find on most compact digicams. Around the lens is a hybrid control ring, allowing you assign and control functions, or by pressing the Fn2 button, you can also manually control the focus or zoom. Sensor-shift image stabilization helps to keep the blur and shake out of your images

Processing and capturing the images is a 12-Megapixel High Sensitivity BSI CMOS imaging sensor and Olympus's TruePic IV image processor. Together, combined with the low-light lens increases its image quality tremendously in all lighting situations. This processor allows the camera to shoot in several burst and creative shooting modes that are not possible for most cameras.

Focus Range:
W: 5cm to infinity,T: 20cm to infinity
Super Macro:1cm to 60cm,Wide-angle edge fixing

Assisting with low-light shooting is a small, powerful and very adjustable pop-up internal flash unit. It has a range of up to approx. 33ft. at ISO 1600. Along with a variety of shooting modes, you can also manually adjust the power output which is great for fill and other creative photography.

Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with a tiltable, 3.0-inch, 920,000 dot Touch LCD screen. Its high resolution gives you a great deal of detail, while its adjustable brightness and color temperature make sure that the screen looks just the way you want it to. If you still pick up some glare or need to shoot over or under something, the movable screen can easily be adjusted to meet your needs.

Controls on top: To the far left you will find the power switch. In the center is the shutter release coupled with the zoom control and the dedicated video recording button underneath. Finally to the far right is mode dial with the main shooting modes of: iAuto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Custom 1-2, Scene and Art.


Controls on back: At the top you have the playback button and the Fn1 button. The function 1 button can have any one of a number of settings assigned to it, giving a little greater control to the user. In the middle is the 4-way controller, providing shortcuts to the exposure compensation, flash, burst modes and focus area settings. It is also used to navigate the menus. The OK button in the middle makes you selections. Around the 4-way controller is a control ring, which is great for changing shooting settings and faster menu navigation. At the bottom is the menu and info buttons. The menu button is self explanatory. INFO allows you to change the amount of information on the LCD screen, or it can also give you a description of a menu item.


On the left side of the camera you will find the input/output ports under a door labeled HDMI. On top of the multi-port, allowing you to connect to a computer or printer, charge the camera or view images on a standard TV with an optional A/V cable. On the bottom is the HDMI output for viewing images and movies on a HDTV.

Here is the hot shoe and accessory port; which is borrowed from their PEN and OM-D lines. This allows you to connect several flash units, macro light, microphone adapter or an electronic viewfinder to further increase the camera's capabilities.

Giving the camera a more comfortable feeling and more control, the above (included) grip can be screwed on to the right side of the camera. It has an excellent shape that allows the fingers to lay across and grip it with no trouble. Its rubber texture gives it a great feel and prevents slipping.

With just 39MB of internal memory, enough for 5 or 6 images, you will need a SD/SDHC/SDXC style memory card to store your images. With the Full HD video capture and burst shooting modes, we recommend at least a class 4 card. The camera is shown here with a SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 8GB SDHC card that the camera was tested with.

Powering the XZ-2 is a 3.6V, 1270mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. With the capability of capturing up to 310 images on a single charge, this is actually one of the better power supplies that we have seen lately, as most of them are only able to capture 250 to 280 images. This is more and more reason to have a spare battery. With just one battery, it is very convenient to charge the battery directly inside the camera. It makes it a little harder with more than one battery, but is worth not having a dead camera when out shooting.

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