Face-Off: Stylus XZ-2 vs Lumix LX7

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2
Overview - Full review
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Overall Scene
Olympus Stylus XZ-2
Panasonic Lumix LX7
Score
4/5
4/5
Handling
5/5 4/5
Responsiveness
4/5 5/5
Picture Quality
4/5 4/5
Video
4/5 4/5
User Score
4/5 (1)
Specifications
Specifications
SensorBSI CMOS 12 Mpx, 1/1.7", 27 Mpx/cm
Lens 4x 28 -112 mm f/1.8 -2.5
StabilisationMechanical
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.6 cm, not TN, 920000 dots, 3:2,Monopoint
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 12800 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,30 fps, Stereo
Internal memory39MB
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / LI-90B
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight70 x 124 x 49 mm / 337 g
Specifications
SensorCMOS 10 Mpx, 1/1.7", 28 Mpx/cm
Lens 3.8x 24 -90 mm f/1.4 -2.3
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.5 cm, not TN, 920000 dots, 3:2,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)80 - 6400 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,50 fps, Stereo
Internal memory70MB
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / BCJ13E (4.5 Wh)
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight67 x 119 x 48 mm / 288 g
Conclusion
The XZ-2 is a success for Olympus. The controls and general handling are particularly nice in this camera, plus image quality is good and there are plenty of advanced functions. However, the Sony RX100 is still one giant leap ahead of all expert compacts with small-format sensors. To compete, the Olympus XZ-2 can flaunt its lower price and its tilt screen, but will that be enough?
The Panasonic LX7 is a very good follow-up to the LX5. We would no doubt have lauded it with praise had it arrived back in the spring, but unfortunately (for Panasonic), Sony has revolutionised the expert compact market with the RX100 and Panasonic hasn't managed to make up for the difference in quality between the sensors in the two models. The LX7 has a less painful price tag, but in a market targeting hardcore camera buffs, will that be enough?
Pros

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High-end build and assembly

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Great to handle: lens ring with/without notches, advanced customisation options, tilt screen, etc.

+

Sensitivity handled well (800 ISO poses no problem) / Lens is very good quality at all focal lengths

+

Good build quality, handles well, good balance between simplicity and advanced functions

+

Very fast lens at all focal lengths (telephoto aperture at f/2.3!)

+

Excellent responsiveness, even when shooting RAW+Jpeg

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Lens quality very good from f/2.8, sensor gives good results up to 800 ISO

Cons

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Responsiveness is within average but nothing more

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Function to mask the noise of the zoom motor muffles sound in video mode

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No match for the Sony RX100 at high ISO settings

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Lens ring can only be used to control aperture—only useful in A and M modes

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Not many customisable controls

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High sensitivity settings aren't handled as well as in the Sony RX100

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Colours are a little cold in video mode