tarnumf: And LX7 that is currently sells for $299 didn't make to "recommended" ???
$299?! This is crazy...
Here in Europe it costs $600... what a mean spread.
Jim: Why wasn'tt the G1X included?
My guess: Because it is not well balanced in its pros/cons.
javidog: X10 blows away any camera listed here. Please consider it if you are shopping for an incredible little camera with fantastic abilities.
X10 doesn't blow away anything.It is a great camera, but just a little too big, esp. regarding thickness.
urbanplanner: For anyone who is using this list as a guide, I would strongly urge them to compare some of the images from these cameras to images from mirrorless DSLRS. With the exception of the Sony above, you will not get the same image quality (or video quality) from these cameras as you would from one with an APC-C sensor. Plus, you lose the flexibility of adding on lenses down the road. If a long zoom range and (coat) pocketability are must-haves, then go for it. But if you are like the majority of snapshot shooters and typically try to get wide shots, consider a camera like the Sony NEX-5N with a 16mm kit lens. Either way, just make sure you look at plenty of photo examples on line and see which camera produces the kind of look you like: bigger sensor = better looking photos with soft backgrounds.
This list is about compact cameras. System cameras are simply not small enough and offer only marginally better image quality. Besides, for most shooters little dof is NOT what they want.
OldDigiman: Isn't the G series sort of old tech by now?
Why? The G15 is the first serious G-model in a long time.
For those who can't for the full review:http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/olympus_xz2_review/
I hope you guys from DPR don't mind me posting this link. :-)
Elaka Farmor: XZ-2, LX7, S110, P7700. All very similar image quality. Choosing between these is more about personal preference, thats it.
If you want another compact with better IQ and higher resolution than these above, there is camera for that too.....
@MichaelKJ: You confused "low light capability" with "shallow depth of field capability". Only for the latter it makes sense to compute F-stops that are equivalent to FF.
jonikon: I'm not impressed at all with the image quality of the Oly XZ-2. I see a lot of smearing of details, very poor IQ at high ISOs, a de-centered lens causing OOF areas, poor color rendition, poor micro-contrast, lots of distortion, etc.
Why in the world would anyone buy this camera when the excellent Sony RX-100 can be had for about the same price and blows the XZ-2's image quality away! This camera would not be desirable even if it was priced at the current XZ1 price of $200, IMO.
@jonikon: Distortion and de-centering? Where?
Combatmedic870: If you dont need video or a articulated screen...The XZ-1 is still what i would go for. ESPECIALLY since its going for $199 right now!!
@mjdundee:This is not the real performance:PA210094/95 use the "auto gradation" setting, a kind of HDR filter that can lead to increased noise.
Nice pic, but such a waste of a once beautiful belly imo...I just loathe tattoos and piercings.
Tord S Eriksson: I like my XZ-1, but this one seems far better. Still best if you keep the ISO low, though!
Interesting is the last shot, as it looks like a pixel is dead (above the tower slightly to the right)! Shouldn't happen on a new camera, should it?!
Oh, my error: downloaded the picture and found a Robinson 22, not quite a dead pixel!
The Olympus detachable electronic viewfinder is superb, only bested by the one in the OM-D! Works also on many of the PEN cameras, if not all! The VF-2 is said to be the best, if a bit pricey! VF-3 is a simpler model, not quite as good!The VF-2 fits the Leica X1, too, and, according to Steve Huff, just as good!
The one you can buy for the NEX cameras is closely related as well!
XZ-2 definitely shows a bit more noise at base ISO than XZ-1, but it is very even looking. At higher ISOs it looks better than on XZ-1 and reminds me of X10.
Bluetrain048: Interesting, especially given the size and nice handling. I was almost going to upgrade my LX3 to an LX7 but the olympus looks to have far nicer colours and a much better lens.
maboule123: What makes you think so? XZ can deliver razor sharp pics - just use the right settings.
E.g. take a look here:http://robinwong.blogspot.de/2012/10/olympus-stylus-xz-2-review-street.html
chj: Nice pics, but doesn't look like an RX100 killer. Of course there's a big price difference as well.
@chj: None of the two is a "killer".
It totally depends on one's personal requirements.
fdfgdfgdgf: I thought after the Pentax K-30, DPreview will post full reviews only.
Just be patient. On the one hand, people here demand artistic sample shots and on the other the full review is expected in no time.
You cannot have both.
... not to forget about the tiltable screen with touch function. I find some of the settings a bit fiddly to reach on the XZ-1.
But $199 is about the best bargain on the planet right now. At least for people in the USA.
I agree on the colors, but think that the lenses are of quite similar quality. Both are very sharp across the frame and with very even performance throughout the focal range.XZ might be ahead a little regarding contrast.
What makes you think different?
wallbreaker: nice but expensive and awful design
@Griffo:Yes, why not? OM-D look totally different.
Greg Gebhardt: Sorry but still a tiny sensor. Nikon is stuck with it as they got lenses to sell. I have been on full frame FX for years now and not looking back.
For some this is still a great option, just not me!
@Greg: Of course a small sensor. It is the heart of the whole concept.You may enjoy lugging around your huge camera. The vast majority of buyers does not. FF is totally useless for most people. Camera makers know this.
gl2k: I'd like to see a reference so I can compare.Say ... a D800E or Hasselblad image side by side to the D600 image and next to a 12 mpx D700.
Then go and see. The pictures from the Nikons are on this site. ;-)
My concept blends the best parts from current models.
Base: Olympus XZ-2 with optional EVF/OVFChanges:- multi aspect Foveon sensor, 2/3", only 10 MP, high ISO like Oly's 16MP sensor- fast CPU: no lags with RAW, 5-10 fps- collapsible lens 24-100mm, F188.8.131.52, quality like XZ/LX7, manual zoom like X10- manual focus with magnification like PEN-series + focus peaking- extra switches/buttons: time/iso, EV, focus, flash, 2x custom FN- exact horiz. level system with sound- size like XZ-1 (G15 can do this with even more zoom, but smaller sensor)- price: 400-500€- water sealing would be perfect, but is prob. impossible
I do not care about video capability, as it puts too many restrictions on sensor, CPU and lens system. Also GPS, touch screen and Wifi are negligible.