Olympus XZ-2 iHS Review

Overall 46
Imaging 15
Features 45
Size 81
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/1.7" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 113 x 65 x 48 mm
  • Weight: 346 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Summary

This review is devoted to XZ-2 iHS that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Dec 18, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #77 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #263 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus XZ-2 iHS review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F1.8-2.5
  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 35
  • Viewfinder: Electronic (optional)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Battery Life: 340 shots

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 216
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus XZ-2 iHS With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus XZ-2 iHS. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS has the following external dimensions 113 x 113 x 48 mm (44.49 x 25.59 x 18.9″) with the weight of 346 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus XZ-2 iHS, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus XZ-2 iHS is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 48mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus XZ-2 iHS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus XZ-2 iHS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus XZ-2 iHS — 340 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Olympus XZ-2 iHS — 48 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Olympus XZ-2 iHS — 346 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Olympus XZ-2 iHS comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus XZ-2 iHS comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus XZ-2 iHS boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus XZ-2 iHS has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS features a 12.0 MP 1/1.7" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Olympus XZ-2 iHS, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 49 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Olympus XZ-2 iHS’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus XZ-2 iHS is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.7" sensor featured in Olympus XZ-2 iHS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus XZ-2 iHS

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic (optional) ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus XZ-2 iHS are its fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

XZ-2 iHS features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, XZ-2 iHS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus XZ-2 iHS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus XZ-2 iHS allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Olympus XZ-2 iHS is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect XZ-2 iHS to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus XZ-2 iHS provides a shooting life of 340, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Olympus XZ-2 iHS offers the highest battery life that reaches 340 shots.

How Good is Olympus XZ-2 iHS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus XZ-2 iHS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus XZ-2 iHS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the XZ-2 iHS to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus XZ-2 iHS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 45. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus XZ-2 iHS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Olympus XZ-2 iHS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus XZ-2 iHS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus XZ-2 iHS can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (113 x 65 x 48 mm)
  • Small 1/1.7"(7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Olympus XZ-2 iHS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus XZ-2 iHS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 66. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus XZ-2 iHS can be called a 66 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (35)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (216)
  • Small battery life (340 shots)

Olympus XZ-2 iHS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus XZ-2 iHS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 37. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus XZ-2 iHS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Olympus XZ-2 iHS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus XZ-2 iHS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus XZ-2 iHS can be called a 65 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (11.3)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (216)

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model XZ-2 iHS
Announced Dec 18, 2012
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 8.6
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 49
DxO Color Depth 20.4
DxO Dynamic Range 11.3
DxO Low Light ISO 216
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
Sensor Dimensions 7.44 x 5.58 mm
Sensor Area 41.52 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3968 x 2976
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 35
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 346 g
Physical Dimensions 113 x 65 x 48 mm
Battery Life 340 shots
Battery Type 340 shots
Battery Model Li-90B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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