June 2, 2014 by Sean
Good camera marred by terrible lens noise in video
The only reason I bought this camera to replace my XZ-1 was because the XZ-1 had terrible video. This camera shoots amazing video... but now it sports appalling clicking and whirring noises when the camera auto-focuses or zooms. You cannot use this for shooting anything in a quiet environment. Very very disappointing, I'm afraid this will be my last Olympus. If you don't need to shoot video however, a great camera.
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May 30, 2014 by Jakub
Excellent camera
Very good camera with a great lens and unlimited possibilities.
August 22, 2013 by JOHN
Good Camera but
Power Button is to easy to turn "ON" by accident. However the articulated screen is great. 1.8 Lens allows me to take photos without the need for the flash. This camera replaced a Olympus DLSR, no more big camera bags to carry around.
July 9, 2013 by Peter
There is no perfect camera, but this one comes close
After spending alot of time with an LX3 and subsequently an LX5, the XZ-2 is definitely an upgrade over those two cameras - which to be fair were pretty good too. Working outside, and quite often on snow, there is no substitute for a good EVF ... an articulating LCD screen is of no value on snow.. So, the price to play is a little steeper, but the VF-3 is SO much better than the evf available for LX5 in 2011, so I'm quite happy about that. One feature I really like is the ability to set the image size and the image quality. I use Medium SF, don't really see the need for a really big file if the only end use is going to be web. Saves alot of space on your mem card. The feature set for the camera is great. Lens, etc. I only have a couple of items that bug me. 1. When you play back your images, you use the zoom lever. Well there is only 1 step backwards and you are done (thumbs). On the LX5 you get 3 steps, and final one is a calendar (sweet), If you navigate around the calendar, you can move thru your collection of images very quickly. I just took a vacation and shot about 1700 shots. Finding images from a particular adventure (I climb mountains) is pretty much impossible with the Olympus software. Imagine scrolling back thru 1000 images trying to find one you shot early on. Once on your computer, problem not, but in the camera .... not even close to what Panasonic has to offer. 2. I shoot in shutter priority most of the time. Because it tends to be high contrast landscapes, I use spot meter on the highlights and then overexpose the shot to pull in some shadow detail. I set up the lens ring to click thru shutter speeds. The command dial on the back of the camera takes care of the exposure compensation. Problem is, it is still going to have the ability to change both shutter speeds and exp comp. Would it not make sense to only offer exp comp if you've already assigned shutter speed to the lens ring? Now I have to make sure which mode I'm in or when trying to overexpose 2/3 of a stop (2 clicks), I may in fact be changing the shutter speed two clicks. Total hassle. Why the duplication when the so totally innovative lens ring should relieve the command dial of that function. Just sayin! 3. Bought 3 extra Olympus batteries LI-90B. Used to getting alot more shots per charge with the Panasonic DMWBCJ13. The Oly battery was consistently getting about 180 shots per charge. I don't flash very much just so you know. Anyway, I'm glad I spent the extra money to get this camera and not an upgrade to the LX7
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June 24, 2013 by Robert
My carry camera
My primary cameras are the E-5 and E-3. I purchased the XZ-2 about 7 months ago as my carry around camera and have not been disappointed. Great images from this very compact camera. Has a very fast sharp lens and easy to see LCD screen. And being an Olympus camera user learning the camera menu was easy.
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