Olympus XZ-1


A new 10MP digital camera

Today we’ll talk about Olympus’ newest XZ-1 camera which was launched a month ago. As we all know, Olympus is a respected company which produces every year what are one of the most adored gadgets by people everywhere. With this fixed-lens compact model they’re hoping to attract even more fans to their already large base. Will the new camera be a hit or miss? We tested the device for you and reached the following review conclusions.

4X digital zoom

At first look, the Olympus XZ-1 is a sleek and attractive product with a light-black body and the following in terms of measurements and height: 4.4″ x 2.6″ x 1.7″ and 275g. You will have no problem holding it or moving it around; at least we didn’t. The front is equipped with a 28-112mm equivalent lens with F1.8-2.5 maximum aperture range and 4x digital zoom. The XZ-1 camera contains 4:3/3:2/16:9/1:1 aspect ratios and is compatible with JPEG, RAW and RAW + JPEG file formats. File formats supported by the gadget: AVI Motion JPEG. We totally loved the control ring on the lens; we used it when we wanted to change scene, shutter speed and more. Olympus-XZ-1

The top of the product comes with an accessory port for an add-on EVF and one hot shoe. The mode dial and controls will present problems if you have large fingers. As usual with Olympus cameras, the XZ-1had that annoying lens cap which took its flight when we wanted to extend the lens in the test time.

Medium general performance

The interface and menus were easy to use, so no complaints there. General performance was decent; the Olympus XZ-1 is capable of 2.1fps.We would have liked to see something more impressive. Photos weren’t very clean and noise was visible at ISOs of 100 and upwards. Snapping a picture of landscape had muddied details. Sharpness, though, was much accentuated, resulting in crunchy photos. Fortunately colors looked good and had nice saturation. We encountered barrel distortion at 28mm-equivalent viewing angle and the six-bladed iris offered bad highlights. When it came to videos, they looked decent; we didn’t like the blurs and softness we noticed in playback. The AF tracking worked in a weird fashion; why: because it turned off the target display while we were in the middle of shooting. As a plus of our review, we liked the responsiveness of the camera and its autofocus.

Good battery life

In respect to speed, the device starts and gets ready for taking photos in under a second and has a time of 1.1-1.4 seconds between shots. In ideal light it needs just 0.4 seconds and in dim light only 0.7 seconds. The XZ-1 is preinstalled with a number of editing functions, some of them being sepia, black & white, ePortrait, trimming and much more. It has an internal memory of 55MB, 2 USB 2.0, video out, 1 HDMI and one dedicated accessory port.
The camera works with a LI-50B Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The battery life was good.

Review conclusion

And so here we are at the end of this review. We hope it was helpful. Testing the new Olympus XZ-1 was both enjoyable and frustrating at times, but overall the product is worth a try.

Technical specifications

* 10-megapixel CCD sensor with the TruePic V Image Processor
* 3-inch OLED monitor; six creative Art Filters
* iZUIKO f1.8-2.5 6.0-24mm (4x zoom) lens for improved shooting in low-light scenarios
* Capture images and HD video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
* Capture all the action in crisp 720p HD video at 30 frames-per-second
* Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
* Optical zoom: 4 x
* Optical Sensor Resolution: 10 MP
* Minimum focal length: 6 millimeters
* Maximum Aperature Range: F/1.8-2.5
* Maximum focal length: 24 millimeters
* Optical Sensor Size: 1/1.63″
* Lens Type: Zoom lens
* Display Size: 3 inches
* Image types: JPEG, RAW
* Light Sensitivity: ISO auto (100-800), ISO 100-6400
* Included Flash Type: Pop-up flash
* Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode
* Depth: 1.7 inches
* Width: 4.4 inches
* Height: 2.6 inches
* Weight: 9.7 Ounces