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September 16, 2012

New Olympus XZ2 compact-with-RAW (12mp, f1.8-2.5, 3" tilt)

It is Photokina Monday in most of the world, and this means, the announcement avalanche is upon us! I hope I don't run out of coffee/tea tonight/today :)

We start with the new Olympus XZ-2, follow-up to the XZ-1, with a 12mp backlit CMOS sensor and a bright 28-112mm f1.8-2.5 lens, along with a 3-inch tilting display.

One thing that may irritate or please some fans depending on their perception of the Stylus brand is that Olympus is calling it the Stylus XZ-2.

The XZ-2 is available for pre-order at Amazon for $600 (sadly the price is not a typo!).

Olympus XZ-2 hands-on
+ Cnet Asia
+ hands-on and spec-sheet comparison at
+ hands-on at Engadget
+ XZ2 hands-on at Photography Blog
+ body comparison: XZ2 vs E-PL5 vs E-PM2 at Photography Blog
+ hands-on at Pocket Lint
+ hands on at Tech Radar

Press Release Parade
+ dpreview
+ DC Resource

Interestingly, as the XZ-2 is getting announced, the price of the black Olympus XZ-1 is starting to drop again, it was $295 earlier on, and as of Mon 12:34am ET, it has dripped down to $290.

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