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Reviews: Olympus XZ-1

by PhotoVideoOnline on 08/13/2011

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The new XZ-1 camera combines the image quality and adjustability of system cameras and the portability of digital compact cameras. For ambitious amateurs and discriminating professionals alike, the XZ-1 offers superior, best-in-class image quality.

  • Full manual and automatic modes for demanding photographers
  • High quality images in a compact form
  • Excellent low-light capabilities (1:1.8)
  • Adjustable depth of field for stunning bokeh effects
  • Superb iZUIKO digital lens
  • Manual lens ring for quickly changing settings
  • Built-in image stabiliser

Olympus XZ-1 Review
The Olympus XZ-1 is a surprisingly compact point and shoot camera that offers lots of advanced operations for serious photographers.
August 9, 2011
Olympus XZ-1
The good: The Olympus XZ-1 is nicely designed with a solid user interface and very good performance for its cohort.
The bad: The XZ-1's image quality is good, but even shooting raw it's not quite up to the level of its better competitors.
The bottom line: Enjoyable to shoot and relatively fast, the Olympus XZ-1 only stumbles when it comes to photo quality, which is very good, but not uniformly excellent as one would expect from this class of camera.

August 8, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 compact digital camera
Olympus XZ-1: A small, fun and easy-to-use camera; great for novices, but pros should get a kick out of it, too
The Olympus XZ-1 is positively fun to use. It's one of those cameras that makes you want to go out and take photos. A lot of that has to do with its size, which is compact; yet despite its small dimensions, it also contains relatively easy to use manual controls. It's reminiscent of the Canon PowerShot S95 and it definitely gives it good competition when it comes to ease of use and image quality.

July 12, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 Review: A Field Report
The Olympus XZ-1 is a metal-clad compact camera with a relatively large 1/1.63” sensor featuring 10MP of resolution and the ability to shoot RAW - placing it in competition with the Canon Powershot S95 I recently reviewed as well as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, Leica D-LUX 5, and several other cameras. Olympus is a late-comer to this market segment but with a 28mm to 112mm equivalent f/1.8 to f/2.5 image stabilized zoom lens, face detection, a 3 inch 610K dot resolution screen, ISO up to 3200 (6400 at reduced resolution), and the ability to shoot 720p HD video, it has entered the fray fully armed. At 4.35 x 2.55 x 1.67" and weighing just under 10 ounces, it is small and light. And if you already own the VF-2 finder for one of it’s bigger siblings from the Olympus line of m4/3 cameras, there is a spot for it on the top of this camera as well.
June 19, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 Field Report
Over the past few years there have been a few cameras that are of pocket size but which produce decent image quality. The Panasonic LX3/5, Canon S90/95 and Samsung EX1 are three cameras that hit the spot. There are pros and cons to each, but these have been the most popular among photographers. Canon's G11/12 and Nikon's P7000 are in the game for some, but are bigger than I would prefer for daily walk-around use.
Olympus has historically been a company associated with small yet high quality cameras. It's taken them a while though to zero in on the medium-sized sensor pocket camera segment, but it would appear that their time has been well spent, because the XZ-1 presses all the right buttons – so to speak.

June, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 review
Last year was a great one for high-end compact cameras. Canon released the PowerShot G12, Nikon the Coolpix P7000, Samsung the EX1 and Panasonic the Lumix DMC-LX5, winner of the AP High-end Compact of the Year award.
Not to be outdone, Olympus released details of its forthcoming compact, the Olympus XZ-1, which features an 28-112mm (equivalent) f/1.8 Zuiko lens. The camera was officially announced in January this year, at the CES trade show in Las Vegas, and its specification will certainly turn a few heads.
DCRP Review: Olympus XZ-1
The Olympus XZ-1 ($499) marks the Japanese camera giant's entry into the compact prosumer market. The XZ-1 is a cross between the Canon PowerShot S95 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, featuring such things as a fast and wide lens, a high sensitivity 10 Megapixel CCD, manual controls, a large/high resolution LCD (or OLED), HD movie recording, and more.
I can't think of a better way to start this article than to show you a chart comparing all three of those cameras, plus the similar Samsung TL500, and the new Nikon Coolpix P300 (which has a fast lens, but regular-sized sensor). You may want to widen your browser window a bit so it all fits!

May 25, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 overview
The Olympus XZ-1 is clearly a winner in the class of high-end compact cameras, with very few negative aspects. It's excellent F1.8-2.5 lens makes it stand out about the small crowd of competitors. I've been using this camera for several days, and wanted to share my personal thoughts. Here's the Olympus XZ-1 review:
April 25, 2011
Olympus XZ-1
When you compare the Olympus XZ-1's features with those of the vast majority of point-and-shoot cameras, it absolutely blows them out of the water. We're talking about things like an F1.8 lens, full manual controls and manual focus, raw shooting, a click-control ring around its lens to adjust in-camera settings quickly, exposure- and white-balance bracketing modes, a built-in neutral density filter, a 10-megapixel CCD sensor that's bigger than most, a hot shoe for various accessories, and a 3-inch OLED screen. Great things, all of those.
April 25, 2011
Olympus XZ-1
Offering a lens that's both faster and sharper overall than its rivals, the Olympus XZ-1 comes out swinging and lands quite a few punches. High ISO performance isn't quite what we hoped for, but we'd be happy to stick with lower ISOs for access to the XZ-1's fine glass.
April 18, 2011
Field Review: Olympus XZ-1
We raved about the Olympus XZ-1 and we were very impressed with its bigger brother the EPL-2. Indeed, this camera will be undergoing the same review process that big brother did: testing it out as a professional’s camera for leisure use. Additionally, it will be going head to head with the Canon S95 and Leica D-LUX 5. So let’s begin this review.
Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 - Day 4

April 14, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 Camera
In this video we review the Olympus XZ-1, an advanced point-and-shoot camera with the fastest lens in its class: an i.Zuiko f/1.8.This is the first time Olympus has incorporated a Zuiko lens into a point-and-shoot camera. They were only featured previously on DSLRs.
April 14, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 Review
Amid all the clamour of Olympus’ and Panasonic’s support for the Micro Four Thirds format, it’s easy to forget that not everyone wants, needs or can fathom the intricacies of a DSLR or its kin.
Canon has done very well with its G series fixed lens, compact digicams. So it seems natural that Olympus should also want to engage with that market sector.
At an early preview I must admit I was tickled by the Olympus XZ-1, its specs and operating style.

April 10, 2011
Product Review: Olympus XZ-1
Camera manufacturers are a little bit scared these days: scared that the demise of the cheap-o point-and-shoot digital camera may be nigh. Yes, they said it would never happen, that people would never turn to the cruddy imager in their cell phone for all their snapshots, that compact point-and-shoots would always take superior photos simply because their imaging chips were bigger and they used real lenses. But they didn’t anticipate Facebook and photography apps or the ease (and fun!) of sharing phone photos via text message, WiFi, 3G etc.
April 8, 2011
REVIEW—OLYMPUS XZ-1 compact camera
This 10 megapixel camera is the Olympus entry into the top compact sector of the market, to compete with the best cameras from Panasonic, Canon, Nikon and Samsung. The 28–112mm f1.8 lens is outstanding. Build quality is excellent and the ergonomics are very good. The XZ-1 shares features with the Pen series, including accepting the optional electronic viewfinder. It also has the art filters found in other Olympus cameras and shares the Pen’s menu layout. The 610,00 pixel OLED LCD is brilliant. There is a neat pop-up flash. The ring around the lens gives instant adjustment of some shooting parameters.
March 31, 2011
Olympus XZ-1
The XZ-1 was one of two feature-rich cameras announced by Olympus on 6 January, as the C.E.S Show opened in Las Vegas. Introduced as the flagship of the company's digicam line-up, the XZ-1 combines a relatively large '1/1.63 inch' type (~ 8 x 6 mm) CCD sensor with an effective resolution of 10 megapixels with a smarter body design and many features from PEN series models.
March 2011
Olympus XZ-1 Compact Camera Shines, But Only in Decent Light
All of that changes with the new 10-megapixel Olympus XZ-1, a stylish little camera with an impressive attached lens: a 4x zoom (28-112mm equivalent) with a maximum aperture of f/1.8.
The lower the aperture number, the wider the opening in the lens, allowing more light to hit the sensor which (theoretically) makes for better photos in dim conditions. Camera nerds already know the importance of this — most professional photographers consider an f/1.8 DSLR lens an essential part of any camera bag — but at the consumer level, it’s a big step up from the norm.

March 16, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 Review
The XZ-1 is capable of turning out great images thanks to a sharp, fast lens. It's worthy of consideration as a G12 or P7000 alternative.
The recently introduced Olympus XZ-1 becomes that company's "...ultra-compact flagship camera and first of a new series... developed for the photographer or enthusiast who is looking for the ultimate high-quality, high-performance premium compact camera."

March 9, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 review
Olympus has finally produced a 'serious' compact camera
The 10-million-pixel Olympus XZ-1 enters a market in which compact and compact system cameras are becoming increasingly popular.
In addition to the burgeoning collection of interchangeable lens hybrid models, the enthusiast photographer who wants to travel a bit lighter now has options available from Canon (PowerShot G12), Leica (X1), Nikon (Coolpix P7000), Panasonic (Lumix DMC LX5), Ricoh (GR Digital III) and Sigma (DP1x and DP2s) as well as Olympus, and soon Fuji will enter the fray with its X100.

February 28, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 review
The XZ-1 feels like a good, solid move for its maker, and in helping the brand stay competitive and moreover relevant, it deserves to do well. Olympus has come lately to the high performance compact party, so it's just as well that its arrival is with a product that should be awarded a degree of fanfare.
February 28, 2011
Hands-on Report: Olympus XZ-1 compact camera review
Shown in protype form at 2010′s Photokina tradeshow, and formally announced in early January 2011, the Olympus XZ-1 is the initial offering and current flagship model of Olympus’ new series of advanced compact cameras. Intended for enthusiasts who desire superior image quality and manual controls, the XZ-1 aims to deliver by pairing a relatively larger 10MP 1/1.63″ sensor with an i.Zuiko 6.0-24mm (28-112mm equivalent) lens. This is the first compact from Olympus to feature a branded i.Zuiko lens, and for good reason, the XZ-1 lens features a f/1.8 aperture at the wide end that only shrinks to f/2.5 fully extended, making it much brighter through its focal range than any competitor.
February 24, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 review
Great picture quality from this classy compact
To place this solid-feel enthusiasts’ camera in context, the 10 megapixel, 4x optical zoom Olympus XZ-1 comes across as a ‘lite’ version of its equally new Micro Four Thirds system E-PL2 compact camera. While, like the E-PL2, the Olympus XZ-1 features a larger sensor than your average snapshot camera – but not the exact same one – the lens on the front cannot be changed, unlike the E-PL2.

February 22, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 review
The best high-end compact to date?
With the ranks of high performance compact cameras swelling by the week, Olympus has come late to the party with its own 10 megapixel, 4x optical zoom XZ-1. Already enjoying the sausage rolls and Vimto are the very similar PowerShot S95 from Canon, Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-LX5, Samsung EX1 and new Nikon Coolpix P300, with Fujifilm’s FinePix X100 on its way in a taxi from slightly left-field.
However, like the best late arrival, the Olympus XZ-1 is making a dramatic entrance. At the front there’s a best-in-class F/1.8 aperture lens, and at the back a 3-inch, high 610k-dot resolution OLED screen.

February 21, 2011
Olympus XZ-1 First Look: Quick Take, Image and ISO Samples
We’ve been spending some time with the new 10MP Olympus XZ-1 recently and have come away largely impressed with this latest entry in the big sensor/fast lens advanced compact field of cameras. The camera is nicely made, feels great (despite the lack of any sort of grip on the front), and looks like it means business, sort of a grown-up Canon PowerShot S95 in appearance. In fact the S95 makes for a great example, as the XZ-1 seems more related to it, than a camera like the Panasonic LX5. Customization is minimal.
15th February 2011
Olympus XZ-1 Review
The new Olympus XZ-1 is a 10-megapixel premium compact camera featuring an ultra-bright 28-112mm equivalent f/1.8-2.5 zoom lens, a high-resolution 3-inch OLED screen and a 1/1.63 inch CCD imager with sensor-shift image stabilisation. Professional features include a full manual exposure mode, raw image capture, wireless TTL flash control and compatibility with a wide range of accessories including external flashguns and macro LED lights, a detachable electronic viewfinder and external microphone set. Priced at £399.99 / $499.99, the Olympus XZ-1 also offers half a dozen Art Filters, eighteen scene modes and one-touch HD movie recording.
7th February 2011
Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera Review
There is a definite demand for a high quality compact camera that remains compact enough to carry in a jacket pocket. These do not generally come cheap and to join the fray alongside such offerings as the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and Canon Powershot G12 here we have Olympus with their new XZ-1. This new camera stands out from the norm in sporting a very fast f/1.8 - 2.5 zoom lens. This suggests it is suitable for low light shooting and no doubt to help reduce noise levels the larger than average sensor is only a 10Mp chip. Let us see if the XZ-1 lives up to its promise.
31st January 2011
Olympus XZ-1 Review: with specs, price, sample photos and more
After years of producing long focal range bridge cameras and virtually indestructible pocket sized cameras, Olympus has finally done what we’ve all been hoping for and produced a ‘serious’ compact camera. The 10-million-pixel XZ-1 is set to compete with the Canon PowerShot G12, Nikon P7000 and Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-5. It's also the first Olympus compact camera to feature one of the company's esteemed Zuiko lenses and boasts a maximum aperture of f/1.8.
6th January 2011
Olympus XZ-1 Review
With the launch of the XZ-1 it becomes apparent that Olympus hasn't been sitting idly by - instead it has clearly been watching the sector very closely and has studied the available cameras keenly. The result of this study is an enthusiast compact that takes the best elements of its rivals and synthesizes them into a very attractive package.
January 2011

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