Olympus XZ-1 review

Olympus has finally produced a 'serious' compact camera

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Olympus has managed to produce a compact camera that is a real joy to use. It's perfectly pocket sized, jumps quickly into action and has responsive controls that are sensibly laid out. The wide aperture lens also means the camera can be used handheld where some others can't and a greater degree of background blur is possible.

Although they are not completely without fault, the images are also very good provided the lower sensitivity settings are used. It's also worthwhile shooting raw images so that they can be processed through the supplied software, Olympus Viewer 2, which is really rather good.

It may not have as versatile a focal length lens as the Nikon P7000 and Canon G12, or some of the direct controls, but the XZ-1 has a much wider maximum aperture and is considerably smaller. Its controls are also more responsive than the Nikon P7000's.

Well done Olympus: you've made choosing a high-end compact camera much harder for enthusiasts.

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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