The Good The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS features a great f1.8-2.5 lens, excellent photo quality and shooting options, and a well-designed body that's solidly constructed.
The Bad Its high ISO images are noisy. With no built-in Wi-Fi, getting wireless features will cost you extra. Battery charges in camera via proprietary USB cable.
The Bottom Line The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS is an excellent bright lens enthusiast compact. At this point, though, you should skip it at its full $600 price.
Great camera made better by a price drop
The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS was probably about $100 too expensive when it came out.
It originally went on sale in November 2012, replacing the XZ-1 that came out in January 2011. The XZ-2 started at a price of $599, a $100 more than where its predecessor started. While not completely out of line for its features, it was still a high price, especially considering the number of camera options there are at and around $600.
Now, however, the price has been dropping and at the time of this review it was down to $300. The XZ-2 is a lot of camera for that price (or even $400) including a sharp 4x f1.8-2.5 28-112mm lens, a tilting touch-screen LCD, and a well-designed metal body that makes it a pleasure to shoot with.
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