Olympus XZ-2

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Olympus XZ-2
Olympus XZ-2 : large sensor, BSI CMOS technology, fast lens, great UI... attractive camera.

January 2011, Las Vegas, CES, Consumer Elctronic show: Olympus unveils a sensational camera, the XZ-1 whose lens offers an impressive maximum aperture of f/1.8 in wide angle, but also in telephoto with an appreciated f/2.5 at 112mm. Today, as the 2012 Photokina kicks off, Olympus sharpens its enthusiast amateur photographer compact lcompact camera and unveil the XZ-2 which, no surprise, gets the same bright i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens (28-112mm f/1.8-2.5) but brings a more attractive sensor technology, a 1/1.7″ back side illuminated CMOS sensor (12 Megapixel). We’ll see this sensor in almost all high-end 1/1.7″ sensor cameras this year like the Canon Powershot G15 and Powershot S110. The TruePic IV processor allows the XZ-2 to record Full HD movies and offers a more reactive autofocus. The user interface gets a 3″/ 920,000 dots touch screen, with a manual ring around it that gives access to some settings like zoom, aperture, shutter speed, sensitibility, etc.. If the Olympus XZ-2 is not Wi-Fi, it is compatible with Wi-Fi memory cards launched this year by Toshiba, FlashAir cards . Olympus released a mobile app for smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android) that allows you to share photos and videos to friends and family via email, social networks, etc. …

Olympus XZ-2
The Olympus XZ-2

 

The  XZ-2 lens offers a macro mode at 1 cm from the subject. With RAW format, the ability to control wireless flashes, the XZ-2 has everything advanced photographers ma want from it while it will support many Olympus Pen accessories. It will have its own waterproof casing for underwater photography (45m deep), the Olympus PT-054. On the Olympus XZ-2 digital accessory slot plug in  an electronic viewfinder, VF-2 or VF-3. The XZ-2 is compatible with the LC-63A lens cap, which protects the lens.

 

Olympus XZ-2
Olympus XZ-2 : large sensor, BSI CMOS technology, fast lens, great UI… attractive camera.

Price and availability of the Olympus XZ-2

The Olympus XZ-2 will be available in October at a suggested retail price of euros 549.

Olympus XZ-2 : main technical specs

  • Backlit CMOS sensor, 1/1.7″, 12 megapixels
  • ISO sensibility : ISO 100 to 12,800
  • Lens. 4x i.ZUIKO DIGITAL 28-112mm f / 1.8 to 2.5
  • iHS noise reduction technology
  • Autofocus : 35-point
  • Built-in Image Stabilization / sensor shift
  • Processor : TruePic VI
  • Built-in Flash
  • Video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels / 30p / 18 Mbps with stereo sound and artistic filters
  • HDR
  • Touch screen  / HyperCrystal / 3 “/ 920 000 dots
  • PSAM modes
  • Customizable body
  • Adjustment ring on the lens
  • 11 Art Filters (photo and video)
  • Compatible with SDHC / SDXC and UHS-I standard, Eye-Fi and FlashAir Wi-Fi cards
  • Free iOS and Android Application to share photos and videos with a Smartphone or Tablet
  • Multi-format (16:9, 3:2, 4:3 or 1:1)
  • Interchangeable Grip available in several colors (red, beige and purple)
  • Interface: USB 2.0 high-speed, Micro HDMI (Type D), multiconnector Digital Video Out
  • Battery : Lithium-ion Li-90B
  • Battery life: 340 photos
  • Dimensions: 113 x 65.4 x 48mm
  • Weight: 346 grams with battery and memory card