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  • Olympus has replaced the camera right at the top of its compact line-up. The Stylus XZ-2

  • features a 12 million pixel back-illuminated 1/1.7 inch CMOS sensor and the same TruPic

  • VI processor as in the Olympus OM-D. The XZ-2's lens is the same as that found

  • on the XZ-1, offering 28-112mm equivalent focal lengths and maximum apertures of f/1.8-2.5.

  • Olympus says that the use of a small sensor is to create the best balance between camera

  • size and image quality, however it is actually a little bigger than the Sony RX100 which

  • manages to fit a large one-inch sensor into its body.

  • There's no viewfinder built into the XZ-2, but it does have an accessory port so it can

  • accept an optional external EVF. Unfortunately, it's not the same port as found on the PEN

  • range of cameras, so it can't accept the same accessories.

  • Olympus is well-known for being a keen advocate of digital art filters. The XZ-2 has many

  • of the same filters as found on the PEN and OM-D models, such as cross process.

  • Probably the biggest change from the XZ-1 is the handling. Firstly, the 3-inch 920,000

  • dot tilting LCD is touch-sensitive, meaning it can be used to set the AF point or activate

  • the shutter. Secondly, this control ring around the lens can now be used both to control the

  • aperture, and via a click of this switch, fine macro focusing and zooming.

  • The control ring is also customisable, so it can also be used to select aperture, shutter

  • speed, exposure compensation or flash exposure, depending on the active exposure mode. Two

  • new customisable function buttons can also be used for different settings.

  • We have been unable to review image quality from the XZ-2 as yet, but so far this looks

  • like a very promising camera. Look out for Angela Nicholson's hands-on review at TechRadar.com.

Olympus has replaced the camera right at the top of its compact line-up. The Stylus XZ-2

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