Olympus Stylus XZ-2 12 MP iHS Digital Camera - V101020BU000

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by Ting on 9/5/2013

Terrific camera. Purchased this as an addition to my dSLR equipment for situations regarding child portraits. Technical needs: RAW capture, high ISO low light image quality, tilting LCD, f1.8 max aperture, manual controls, rapid continuous shooting. After a month of use, this camera exceeds my expectations. The touch screen capability comes in very handy when you need to get down low for the image. The Fn buttons and control ring make changing settings a snap.

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Product Overview

Point. Shoot. Be amazed.

This STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera (Black) from Olympus is a compact camera that produces 12MP photos and Full HD 1080p video with its 1/1.7" backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. It's equipped with a wide-angle-to-telephoto 27-108mm (35mm equivalent) 4x optical zoom lens, with a fast aperture of f/1.8-2.5 for clear, detailed shots in low-light conditions. Using the 3.0" swiveling touchscreen with a 910k-dot resolution, you can compose and shoot photos with the tap of your finger, knowing that the dual image stabilization technology will keep your images clear and sharp.

Olympus' iHS Technology combines the BSI CMOS sensor with the XZ-2's TruePic VI Image Processor to deliver improved image quality, response time, and intelligent functions. Watch as the Track AF easily follows your subject throughout the frame. The camera's Dual image stabilization (IS) technology, a combination of high ISO sensitivity and sensor-shift IS, implements the best settings for any given scene so you don't end up with image blur. The XZ-2 employs a fast and bright f/1.8-2.5 i.ZUIKO lens and high ISO sensitivity up to 6400, both of which enable clear, detailed image capture under low-light conditions.

For more control over your images, the XZ-2 has a built-in mode dial and the ability to shoot images in RAW format. The mode dial allows you to quickly switch as your situation changes without having to navigate camera menus or change individual settings. Shooting RAW images allows you to capture, view and edit uncompressed, detail-rich files using editing software rather than letting the camera do it.

Eleven in-camera art filters give you creative options for your work, while the panorama mode allows you to capture ultra wide-angle vistas by simply shooting three pictures in succession as you slowly sweep the camera across the scene - no tripod required. The built-in accessory port allows you to attach optional flashes, lights, microphones and viewfinders.


Manufacturer Olympus
Mfg Part# V101020BU000
SKU 246106488
UPC 050332183902
UPC 14 00050332183902
12MP Resolution 1/1.7" BSI CMOS Sensor
TruePic VI Image Processor
27-108mm f/1.8-2.5 (35mm Equiv) Lens
4x Optical Zoom
3.0" Swiveling Touchscreen LCD Display
Dual Image Stabilization
Full HD 1080p Video Recording
In-Camera Panorama Mode
11 Art Filters
Built-In Accessory Port
What’s in the Box
Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS Digital Camera, Black
Lens Cap
USB Cable
A/V Cable
Shoulder Strap
LI-90B Lithium-Ion Battery (3.6 V, 1270 mAh)
Battery Charger
Instruction Manual
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Tech Specs
Actual: 12.76 Megapixel
Effective: 12 Megapixel
Sensor: 1/1.7" (7.341 x 5.506 mm) CMOS
File Formats:
Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Audio: Linear PCM, WAV
Max Resolution: 12MP: 3968 x 2976 @ 4:3
Other Resolutions:
4.9MP: 2560 x 1920 @ 4:3
1.2MP: 1280 x 960 @ 4:3
0.3MP: 640 x 480 @ 4:3
Aspect Ratio: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization: Mechanical
Color Spaces: sRGB, Adobe RGB
11 elements in 8 groups
3 Aspheric
EFL: 6.0-24.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 27-108 mm)
Aperture: f/1.8 (W) - 2.5 (T)
Filter Thread: None
Optical: 4x
Digital: 2x
Focus Range:
Wide: 1.97" (5.0 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 7.87" (20 cm) - Infinity
Super-Macro: 0.39" (1 cm) - 23.62" (60 cm)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity: 100-6400 (Extended Mode: 6400-12800)
Shutter Type: Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 1/2000 sec
16 - 1 min in Bulb Mode
Exposure Metering: Center-weighted, Digital ESP, Spot
Exposure Modes: Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto, Low Light, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority: Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes:
Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Underwater
Burst Rate: Up to 5 fps for up to 200 frames
Self Timer: 2 Sec, 12 Sec
Interval Recording: No
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash: Yes
Effective Flash Range:
Wide: 1.97 - 36.42' (0.6 - 11.1 m)
Telephoto: 1.97 - 27.89' (0.6 - 8.5 m)
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe, Wireless
Built-in Memory: 39MB
Memory Card Type: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Video Clip Length: Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording: With Still Images & Video, Stereo
Video Recording: Yes, NTSC/PAL
Viewfinder Type: None
Screen: 3" LCD Touchscreen Tilt (920000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity: AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Software Requirements:
Windows: XP, XP (SP2), Vista, Vista (SP1), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later
Operating Temperature: 32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Humidity: 30 - 90%
Storage: -4 to 140 °F (-20 to 60 °C)
Humidity: 30 - 90%
Battery: LI-90B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter: F-3AC (Optional)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.9" / 11.3 x 6.5 x 4.8 cm
Weight: 12.20 oz / 346 g
Product Attributes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Camera Megapixels 10 - 14 Megapixel
Camera Resolution (Megapixel) 12
Digital Zoom (x) 4
Focus Mode Auto
Image Format Raw
Image Stabilization Type Optical
Maximum Still Frame Rate (fps) 30
Minimum Aperture f/1.8
Product Line Stylus
Resolution 3968 x 2976

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