Olympus XZ-1 review

Olympus has finally produced a 'serious' compact camera

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These graphs were produced using data generated by DXO Analyzer. The raw files are analysed with no conversion or processing to enable us to evaluate the intrinsic image quality of the sensor. This avoid the problems that arise from the fact that different raw converters produce very differnt results. We also analyse JPEG images with the camera in its default settings, so we can see what you get straight from the camera.

Olympus XZ-1 Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) graph

Signal to noise ratio

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner image. As we would expect, the JPEG images have less noise than the raw files and the level of noise goes up with sensitivity and thus image quality decreases. The difference between the raw and JPEG files gives an indication of the amount of in-camera noise reduction applied.

As we analyse more cameras we will add to this graph to allow comparisons to be made.

Olympus XZ-1 Dynamic range graph

Dynamic range graph

Our analysis indicates that the dynamic range of the XZ-1's raw output decreases in an almost linear fashion from just over 10EV at ISO 100 to around 4.5EV at ISO 6400. The in-camera optimisation, which happens automatically to make images closer to print-ready, means that JPEG files have a higher dynamic range than simultaneously captured raw files. JPEG dynamic range bottoms out just above 7EV at ISO 6400.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesLive View, Aperture Priority, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)275 g
Image Sensor Size1/1.63" (7.89 mm x 5.81 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeOLED
Height64.8 mm
Width110.6 mm
Depth42.3 mm
Product SeriesX
Focal Length6 mm to 24 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelXZ-1
Product NameXZ-1 Compact Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program Automatic
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberN3869492
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

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.

Package Contents
  • XZ-1 Compact Camera
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-VC2 Video Cable
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • Lens Cap
  • LI-50B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
  • Operating Instructions
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Warranty Card
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty2 Year