Olympus advances their press assault with the line-blurring new Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS digital camera. It’s a “ultra-high” image quality marvel in a compact digital design. The company is billing the SYLUS XZ-2 iHS digital as the new flagship high performance point-and-shoot. So you can expect professional grade DSLR fine tuning control in a surprisingly diminutive form factor. But that ain’t all!

The Stylus XZ-2 iHS is a speedy 12 megapixel camera. Using a rich set of features and the same TruePic VI processor bequeathed from the OM-D E-M5 system, Olympus promises “faster recovery time and shutter release to capture images with true-to-life colors, rich details and low noise.” This is but again, another camera impressively tempting less seasoned photographers, who may be adverse to the intricacies of lighting and noise avoidance. Touted, are powerful tools to capture rich vivid images in low light settings.

There are number of other standouts on the STLUS XZ-2 iHS digital camera. Olympus is rolling the dice with a 1-of-kind control ring. It will allow for easy switching between analog and digital. A unique design allows the ring to dual function as an analog zoom ring or a digital control for exposure related adjustments. Plus Olympus is pushing a wide scope of settings customization options and functions. Hopefully the end result will yield a host of onscreen settings that empower but don’t distract from the action.

Enhanced auto focus, 920,00 dot CLS screen, shake and blur reduction, 1080p playback, numerous art filters smartphone sharing fuctions, WiFi and more are just a few of what Olympus has packed in the super compact and portable STYLUS XZ-2 Digital camera.  But don’t take my word for it.

For the full skinny on what Olympus has to say check the official website.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 will be available in November 2012, and ships with a USB Cable, Video Cable, Li-Ion Battery Pack, Li-Ion Battery Charger, Shoulder Strap, OLYMPUS ib® software CD-ROM, Manuals and Registration card.
Estimated Street Price: $599.99 (Available in black)


Shawn Sanders

Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.