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September 17, 2012

Equipped with the world's first*1 hybrid control ring
The f/1.8-2.5 large-diameter lens
boasts high-quality images that rivals that of SLRs

OLYMPUS STYLUS XZ-2 compact digital camera



Olympus Imaging (Haruo Ogawa, president) is pleased to announce the introduction of the OLYMPUS STYLUS XZ-2, the Olympus flagship model, boasting a bright f/1.8-2.5, large-diameter, 4x optical zoom i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens, along with the world's first*1 hybrid control ring. It is scheduled to go on sale from late October, 2012.

Main Features

  1. With an f/1.8-2.5 large-diameter 4x optical i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens that is bright from wide-angle to telephoto shots, and iHS Technology, which enables high-sensitivity, low noise, and high speed AF, this camera boasts the highest image quality of any Olympus camera.
  2. With the world's first hybrid control ring, users can enjoy the feel of dial controls around the lens, and easily switch between functions.
  3. The STYLUS XZ-2 is equipped with Touch AF Shutter, a swivel LCD screen, and 11 types of Art Filters*2 from the OLYMPUS OM-D. The removable grip allows users to choose between a sleek style and a sure-grip style.

The OLYMPUS STYLUS X series is the Olympus flagship compact camera, being the first compact digital camera with a lens bearing the ZUIKO name. The ZUIKO lens was first included on the Semi Olympus; the first-ever Olympus camera in 1936. The ZUIKO has been used for the past 76 years, continuing its tradition as a high-performance lens.

In January 2011, the OLYMPUS XZ-1 was announced as the first model in the X series. As a large-diameter lens with a bright f/1.8-2.5 from wide-angle end to telephoto, it has continued to garner praise as a lens that delivers high image quality for a digital camera.

With the combination of the newly developed 1/1.7 type back-illuminated CMOS sensor on the large-diameter lens, and the SLR image processing engine TruePic VI, the STYLUS XZ-2 achieves the highest image quality of any Olympus compact digital camera. The lens, which is bright even up to the telephoto end, delivers high-end performance in image quality and soft-focus bokeh effects even when shooting in dark conditions.

The back-illuminated CMOS sensor was newly developed to take advantage of the bright f/2.5 setting at the telephoto end of the lens. The 1/1.7 type sensor is larger than the sensors of most compact digital cameras, providing an advantage in image quality. At the same time, a larger size sensor would make it difficult to design a bright, high-performance lens, making the current size the best possible match.

The operability was also designed with care and precision. The world's first hybrid control ring allows users to switch operating styles and functions to match their control preference. Users can assign function selection depending on their desired operating preferences. The digital operation provides a solid click on controls, whereas the analog operation offers a smooth feeling on controls.

Basic operations and settings, starting with touch controls and Live Guide, as well as the refined UI are the same as those used on OLYMPUS PEN and OM-D.

Because users can change the angle of the 3.0 type 920,000 dot rear monitor, keeping an eye on the subject from a low angle or high angle is a cinch.

Metal materials are used for the strong and sharp form of the top cover. The mode dial is cut from metal, giving the controls a solid feel.

For a sure grip, a removable grip is included as a standard feature. With an optimized control button layout, the STYULUS XZ-2 brings a comfortable feel to camera operations.

Main Features -- Details

28mm-112mm Focal Length (conversion) f/1.8-2.5 i.ZUIKO LENS
The lens on the STYLUS XZ-2 is a 4x optical zoom that covers a focal range from 28-112mm (35mm film equivalent). The maximum aperture of the lens at wide-angle is a bright f/1.8, but the telephoto end also boasts a very bright f/2.5.
The lens fulfills the same quality standards as an SLR ZUIKO DIGITAL interchangeable lens, with even, sharp depiction capability, and reduced ghosting and lens flares in images.
The DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens boasts a high refractive index and powerful aberration cancellation capabilities in a single lens. Each HD (high refractive index, high dispersion) lens, and each super HR (super high refractive index) lens contributes to a high refractive index, and a reduced number of lenses and shorter lens length. The EDA (Extra-low Dispersion Aspherical) lens prevents chromactic aberration at the telephoto end. This lens is a combination of Olympus's superb lens technology, and the spare-no-expense design process when it came to using the same materials as on Olympus SLR lenses, resulting in an extremely bright, and high image quality lens.
The "i" in i.ZUIKO stands for "eye" and "integrate".

iHS Technology
iHS Technology is included from 2012 spring and summer models. iHS stands for "intelligence", "high-speed", and "high-sensitivity".
With a 12.0 megapixel*3, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and the TruePic VI image processing engine established with the OLYMPUS PEN, this camera achieves high-sensitivity, low noise, and a high-speed AF. Even in backlit, or nighttime scenes, the camera can beautifully capture images, just as they are seen by the human eye. With HDR backlit correction, with a single shot, the camera captures multiple images at different exposures and automatically merges them into a single image. With Super Resolution technology, users can zoom up to 8x with minimal image degradation. As an added facet of Intelligence technology, iAUTO can automatically detect up to 29 different scenes.

Hybrid Control Ring
The hybrid control ring allows users to switch the control style and functions, as well as switching between the analog and digital ring for the dial around the lens. When the lever next to the lens is placed downward, the ring around the lens switches to analog control, allowing users to use it as a focus or zoom ring. If the lever is placed at an angle, the ring around the lens switches to digital control, allowing users to change exposure-related settings quickly and easily. This feature will allow users to fine-tune the focus in macro, select a composition when shooting, and set the exposure, all without taking their eyes off the subject.

Fn (Function) buttons
The STYLUS XZ-2 incorporates two function buttons. It makes user to customize the camera easily by allocating the preview function or the AEL function to the Fn1 button, which is located on the back of the STYLUS XZ-2, and the ISO setting or the metering function to the Fn2 button, which is located on the front side.

Touch AF Shutter
The Touch AF Shutter function allows users to instantly select the subject they want to focus on simply by touching the screen. With the OLYMPUS OM-D world's fastest AF and an inductive electrostatic type touch screen, users can instantly select just the subject they want to focus on and activate the shutter, easily adjust Live Guide settings, select the AF location, enlarge images in playback, and browse images.

Art Filter
By using the same imaging engine as the OLYMPUS PEN, the popular Art Filter is available on this model. With 11 Art Filters and 5 Art Effects, users can easily bring their artistic visions to life.

DUAL IS*4 Image Stabilization
DUAL IS is an image stabilization that counteracts the direction of camera shake by moving the CMOS sensor via a shift-type image stabilization mechanism, and uses digital SLR algorithms. By using this function in combination with high-sensitivity shooting, camera shake and subject blur is effectively reduced, providing double image stabilization.

Full High-Definition Movies (MOV/H.264)*5
With a 1920 x 1080 High-definition size, and MOV/H.264 movie compression for excellent compatibility with computers, beautiful movies can be shot even longer. With a dedicated movie button, starting and stopping movies is easy with a single touch. The STYLUS XZ-2 is also equipped with Multi-Motion Movie IS image stabilization. This function corrects for the common gradual camera shake that occurs when shooting on the move, allowing users to enjoy more stable, higher-quality movies.

Smartphone Application: OLYMPUS Image Share
With the iPhone and Android compatible smartphone application OLYMPUS Image Share (to be released in October, 2012), and the Toshiba FlashAirTM*6 SDHC card with an internal wireless LAN, uploading images to social networking services is easier than ever before. Using the smartphone connection function included on the STYLUS XZ-2 to set up a FlashAirTM card makes Wi-Fi connection simple. With the OLYMPUS Image Share application, users can easily load images onto a smartphone via a thumbnail index, add Art Filters on a smartphone, and share images on various social networking services.
A one-time password can also be issued for connecting to multiple smartphones simultaneously to share images with friends and family.

SNS Upload Function
This function satisfies the demand of users who want to upload still images to social networking sites, such as Facebook and Flickr.
By adding images user want to share to an upload list on the camera, they can easily be uploaded to the desired social networking service.
To upload images, users simply add recorded images to a list on the camera, and then upload them to a computer. Images added to a list can be searched with a single touch and then easily uploaded. (It is necessary to preinstall the included software (OLYMPUS Viewer2) on a computer.)

Eye-Fi Support*7
Eye-Fi cards are SDHC memory cards that contain an internal wireless LAN. Images can be wirelessly uploaded to picture services such as [ib on the net], online photo albums, and computers.

Basic Features

  • Effective number of pixels: 12 million
  • Zoom factor: 4x optical zoom
  • Wide: 28mm wide-angle (35mm camera equivalent)
  • Image stabilization: DUAL IS (CMOS shift-type & high-sensitivity shooting IS)
  • LCD screen size: 3.0 type, 920,000 dots
  • LCD screen type: TFT color LCD
  • Movie shooting: Full High-definition movies (MOV/H.264)(30P)

Other Features

  • Multi Motion image stabilization support for movies - reduces slow, strong camera shake that occurs when breathing or walking
  • iAUTO can recognize various scenes and captures beautiful photos
  • Internal ND filter
  • Multi-Aspect for more varied expressions
  • Various bracketing methods
  • Compatible with FlashAirTM and Olympus Image Share (smartphone application)
  • Electronic level function
  • Noise reduction ON/OFF settings
  • Continuous shooting function: 5 fps, 15 fps(1920x1440)
  • Supported media:SD memory cards,(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-1), Eye-Fi cards, FlashAirTM
*1 As of September 17th, 2012.
*2 When a movie is recorded using an Art Filter, the number of frames and presence/absence of audio may vary depending on the Art Filter used.
*3 Effective pixels.
*4 Differences in image stabilization may occur depending on shooting conditions.
*5 The maximum recording time for a single movie clip is limited to 29 minutes. Recording will automatically stop once the file size has reached 4 GB.
*6 FlashAirTM is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation.
*7 Eye-Fi card use is only permitted in the country of purchase. Make sure to abide by the laws in the country of use. Do not use Eye-Fi cards inside aircraft, or where the use of radio transmissions are limited or forbidden, or set the Eye-Fi card's transmission function to OFF. Images and movies with a file size exceeding 2 GB cannot be sent. For questions concerning Eye-Fi cards, contact the manufacturer.
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