Olympus XZ-2 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Olympus XZ-2? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Olympus makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the XZ-2 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Olympus XZ-2 below.
In any case, the XZ-2 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This fixed lens compact camera was announced on September 17th, 2012, which means that, as of today, the camera is 3668 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued, but there has not been a direct replacement model for the XZ-2 from Olympus.
Olympus's instruction manual for the XZ-2
The camera's instruction manual is 102 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the XZ-2 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Olympus's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Olympus XZ-2 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Olympus XZ-2
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your XZ-2 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Olympus XZ-2 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Olympus XZ-2 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the XZ-2.
What type of imaging sensor is used in the XZ-2?
The camera has a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Olympus equipped the XZ-2 with the TruePic VI image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the XZ-2?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800.
Can the camera be equipped with an optional viewfinder?
Yes, Olympus provides the VF-2 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?
No, the Olympus XZ-2 has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
Does the Olympus XZ-2 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
Which battery does the XZ-2 use?
The camera gets its power from the Li-90B, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Olympus XZ-2.
|Camera Model||Olympus XZ-2|
|Camera Type||Fixed lens compact camera|
|Camera Lens||28-112mm f/1.8-2.5|
|Launch Date||September 2012|
|Launch Price||USD 599|
|Sensor Format||1/1.7" Sensor|
|Sensor Size||7.6 x 5.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||43 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||9.5 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||11.8 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||3 968 x 2 976 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||1.91 μm|
|Pixel Density||27.26 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 12 800 ISO|
|Image Processor||TruePic VI|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||49|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||20.4|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||11.3|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||216|
|Viewfinder Type||Viewfinder optional|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||920k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Tilting screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||No front-flip|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000s|
|Continuous Shooting||5 shutter flaps/s|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||Intervalometer Built-in|
|Image Stabilization||In-body stabilization|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||Li-90B power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||340 shots per charge|
113 x 65 x 48 mm
(4.4 x 2.6 x 1.9 in)
|Camera Weight||346 g (12.2 oz)|
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