Summary Olympus XZ-1

Prices Price
Camera only $230 - $300
all XZ-1 prices
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range #n/a of 8 Among similar cameras #n/a of 33
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Specifications Key specs
Zoom Help 4x Screen size Help 3.0"
Aperture Help f/1.8 Screen resolution Help 614k dots
Wide angle Help 28 mm Movie format Help 720p @ 30fps
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reviewsWhat are people saying about the XZ-1

"Despite the lack of any protruding grip on the front of the camera, the XZ-1 still sits pretty comfortably in the hand."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's feel
"Good high ISO capability for a small-sensor camera (and rarely needed thanks to the bright lens)"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
"Fastest (brightest) zoom lens of any current compact"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's auto-focus

Videos

Olympus XZ-1 Hands on review

Olympus XZ-1 720p Focus Test

Olympus XZ-1 Hands on review
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  • Ergonomics
  • Amateur
  • Review
Olympus XZ-1 720p Focus Test
  • 720p HD
  • Autofocus
  • Sample video

Pros

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The Olympus XZ-1 vs other recent digicams

Sensor size Large sensor Help
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Macro focus Good macro Help
1 cm
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing
Aperture Uniquely wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
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The Olympus XZ-1 vs other recent pro digicams

Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$229.99

Cons

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The Olympus XZ-1 vs other recent digicams

Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
34.0
Zoom Below average zoom Help
4x
3D Doesn't take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
117 ISO
Wide angle Poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Color depth Little color depth Help
18.8 bits
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The Olympus XZ-1 vs other recent pro digicams

Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.4 EV
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
614k dots
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
7 fps
Sensor type Sensor type Help
CCD
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
None
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
January, 2011
GPS No GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
None

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Discussion

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Kamatokh (5:04 AM, March 30, 2011)
This camera can attach Vf-2 which is one of the best electric viewfinder in market. so that this is not the weak point. This model is the first camera which is used Zuiko lenses and the lenses provide uniquely faster at entire zoom range, F1.8-F2.5.
 
newplayer (0:53 AM, March 01, 2011)
Seems kind of disappointing compared to the LX5, I mean aside from the F1.8 and cleaner design I can't see this camera being better. The Lx5 has image stabilization meaning you get better stabilization not only for stills but also for movies as well, battery that last a good 100 more pics. Also your not stuck with mjpeg which is a big difference. I thought the 610k pixel oled would've been a better screen but really I can't tell the difference when looking. Although DXOmark has some low scores... i don't know I don't find them very useful, its like benchmark for computers which isn't very "real world"
 
Alessandro Pererano (6:38 PM, February 24, 2011)
There is a "little" mistake regarding the price... please verify it (it is about € 400!!!).
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (8:12 PM, February 07, 2011)
Thanks for looking that up, we'll update it to 7fps. I take it that the camera only shoots 2pfs in RAW though.
 
Frank Wunderlich (7:32 PM, February 07, 2011)
Yes, i had a look again at their website: http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/xz-1/new-camera-XZ-1-specifications.htm
Olympus make adifference between JPEG and RAW modus.
It says:
Sequence Shooting
Speed
2fps
RAW Mode
8frames
Sequential shooting mode
7fps / 20 frames (approx.) in HQ JPEG mode
Sequential shooting mode (high speed)
15fps (without mechanical shutter movement


 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:31 PM, February 02, 2011)
The Olympus XZ-1 will begin shipping February 18th but should be widely available in March. You could pre-order it now on Amazon UK.
 
Francesco Vaccaro (4:18 PM, February 02, 2011)
Hi, when do you think to test it? I've read that it should be released in january, but I can't see it anywhere yet...
any idea when it will be available in italy?
thanks
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:44 PM, January 18, 2011)
Thanks again Frank, we've fixed up those issues. I've left the pictures/sec at 2, because thats what I found on Olympus' website.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (10:35 PM, January 16, 2011)
Hi Frank, thanks for pointing out those issues.

I checked out the Olympus specs page
- We'll get the external flash fixed up
- Macro, yes it looks like it will go as close as 1cm
- The continuous shooting I'm not sure about, the olympus page says "Approx. 2 frames/sec. in sequential shooting". Have you seen it quoted as 7/s somewhere?
- ISO, you're absolutely right, thx
 
Frank Wunderlich (2:55 PM, January 16, 2011)
It's me again. I also found that the number of pictures /sec. is not correct.
2/sec in RAW modus and 7/sec in Jpeg.

May be you can also have a look into the macro capability. It seems that the XZ1 has a 1cm makro as well.

Thanks
 
Frank Wunderlich (2:13 PM, January 16, 2011)
Sorry, but the mentioned light senitifity is not correct. Olympus say on their website: 100 to 6400 ISO
 
Frank Wunderlich (1:56 PM, January 16, 2011)
Sorry, but this camera has a external flash shoe.
Please make the correction.

Thanks