Olympus has unveiled the follow-up to last year’s XZ-1 premium compact. Called the XZ-2, the new camera will follow its predecessor as the company’s flagship point-and-shoot model armed with the same fast and bright f/1.8-2.5 lens and a number of performance improvements.
Despite packing the same lens of last year’s model, this new cam gets a number of upgrades starting with a newer 12-megapixel 1/1.6-inch, backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. It also gets a better processor, using the same TruePic VI chip that Olympus uses on their E-M5 Micro Four Thirds cam. Like the company’s much more advanced cam, the XZ-2 will also be highlighted by a swiveling three-inch LCD and Touch AF autofocus functions.
The cam will feature an integrated 24mm lens (28-112mm equivalent) and 4x optical zoom, and a max sensitivity of up to ISO 12800 for low-light performance. For quick-shooting, the XZ-2 also lists a shutter speed of up to 1/2000 and a burst of up to 5fps.
A two-mode control ring around the lens gives it an advanced touch. One mode will let users control exposure or aperture settings with a clicking, step-like feedback, while a flick of the switch under the lens gives the ring a smooth feel for controlling the zoom or focus.
The Olympus XZ-2 is set to ship in November for $600.