Summary Olympus XZ-1

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Among similar cameras
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Specifications Key specs
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Screen size
Help 3"
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

"It doesn't bristle with dials or buttons and only the most basic shooting settings have direct access." | talking about the camera's button-layout
"Fastest (brightest) zoom lens of any current compact" | talking about the camera's auto-focus
"Despite the lack of any protruding grip on the front of the camera, the XZ-1 still sits pretty comfortably in the hand." | talking about the camera's feel


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Olympus XZ-1 Hands on review
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Olympus XZ-1 720p Focus Test
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The Olympus XZ-1 vs other recent digicams

Aperture Uniquely wide aperture Help
Macro focus Good macro Help
1.0 cm
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Longest exposure Very long exposures Help
60 seconds
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
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The Olympus XZ-1 vs other recent pro digicams

Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Olympus XZ-1 vs other recent digicams

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
117 ISO
Zoom Below average zoom Help
Color depth Little color depth Help
18.8 bits
Announced Old Help
January 2011
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Wide angle Poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
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The Olympus XZ-1 vs other recent pro digicams

Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.4 EV
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
7 fps
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
614k dots
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/2000 of a second




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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:
Olympus make adifference between JPEG and RAW modus.
It says:
Sequence Shooting
RAW Mode
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?
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.

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.