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I think people are way too easily swayed in their opinions of a camera by the skill set of the reviewer.
Robin is a pretty talented street shooter and presented some excellent images, but he'd do the same thing with a RX100, or a LX7 or really darn near anything else.
I see on other forums people all amazed at the "shallow" DoF its producing and acting like no other camera can do this.
I mean come on, stick a 112mm equiv lens 2 feet from someones face and of course your going to get some shallower type of DoF effect, but in reality its only equiv to F11 on a full frame sensor. See anyone raving about a f11 lens and its "amazing bokeh" ? Not hardly
Its just not that fast of lens because we are still talking about a tiny little 1/1.7" sensor, not even a 2/3rd of Fuji, or a 1" of Sony.
Its got some nice features like the flip out screen, but its a pretty bulky camera and its $600, and there are so many larger sensor options out there
FYI as well, even the RX100, with its "slow" f4.9 long end is giving you about f13 equiv due to its larger sensor size.
Anyone think f11 vs f13 a big deal ??
Its like arguing over the 8th vs 9th place finisher in a race. Who cares frankly as both are not going to be on the podium.
Interesting as well regrading speed, is at the 28mm equiv wide end, the XZ2 is giving you equiv to about f7 at f1.8 while the RX100 with its larger sensor is again giving you about f4.9. Again, hardly anything too amazing, but does show a bit of what a larger sensor can do.
Now this isn't to suggest the XZ2 is a bad camera, it can take nice shots as Robin showed, but if your really looking for shallow DoF and portraits, for the same money you could pick up something like the EPL3 and a used 45mm f1.8 and have much better performance, and hardly much size penalty.
I do like the RX100 myself for a compact, eve though its pricey, because its both true pocket sized, and also features a 1" sensor. Not amazing, but better than anything else out there right now. Pretty decent performance at the wide end where I usually shoot it too.
$600 though for a 1/1.7" camera just doesn't cut it these days IMHO
2-3 years ago the XZ2 would of be pretty cool, these days its just outdated tech before it even hit the shelves.
XZ1 by the way, which would take quite nice images as well, is on Amazon for $199 right now.
I have just acquired an RX100 and like it so far. As you said XZ2 doesn't have a big advantage over RX100 at the long end. However the argument goes the other way as well. Sure RX100 has a larger sensor, but as a complete sensor + lens package, RX100 is only slightly better at wide end and slightly worse at long end. So arguably if RX100 deserves the $650 price tag then XZ2 deserves the $600 tag as well.