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Olympus XZ-10 review

Will this make the ideal pocket snapper?

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Olympus XZ-10 with the Canon PowerShot S110, Nikon Coolpix P330 and Panasonic LX7.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Olympus XZ 10 review

These results show that JPEG images from the Olympus XZ-10 contain a weaker signal to noise ratio than JPEGs from the Canon PowerShot S110, Nikon Coolpix P330 and Panasonic LX7 at low-to-mid sensitivities, though at ISO 3200 the Olympus's JPEGs draw level with the Panasonic's, and at ISO 6400 the Olympus's JPEGs come out slightly ahead of all the other cameras'.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Olympus XZ 10 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Olympus XZ-10 are stronger than its JPEGs, coming out ahead of the Panasonic LX7's at every sensitivity except ISO 100, and beating the Nikon Coolpix P330 at ISO 100-400, and again at ISO 6400. Between ISO 800 and 3200, however, the Olympus's TIFF images have weaker signal to noise ratios than the Nikon's. The Canon PowerShot S110's TIFFs beat the Olympus's at every sensitivity indicating that it produces cleaner images.

JPEG dynamic range

Olympus XZ 10 review

The Olympus XZ-10's JPEGs show relatively strong dynamic range at low-to-mid sensitivities, coming out ahead of the Canon PowerShot S110 and Nikon Coolpix P330's JPEGs at ISO 100-400, while sitting just below the Panasonic LX7's JPEGs at ISO 100-200, before overtaking at ISO 400. At ISO 800-3200 the Olympus's JPEGs display weaker dynamic range than the Canon and Panasonic's, before coming out on top again at ISO 6400. The Olympus's JPEGs beat the Nikon's at every sensitivity.

Raw dynamic range

Olympus XZ 10 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Olympus XZ-10 show a smaller and weaker dynamic range than those from the Canon PowerShot S110, at every sensitivity. The Olympus's TIFFs show greater dynamic range than the Nikon Coolpix P330's at ISO 400 and 6400, and the same sort of amount at ISO 200, but are weaker at other sensitivities. The Olympus's TIFFs show greater dynamic range than the Panasonic LX7's at every sensitivity but ISO 100 - although at ISO 200 and 1600 the two cameras produce very similar results.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyStylus X
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card, Flash Air, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, HDR, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)221 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4032 x 3024
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height61.1 mm
Width102.4 mm
Depth34.3 mm
Product SeriesX
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelXZ-10
Product NameStylus XZ-10 Compact Camera
Product LineStylus
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV101030BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

If you're looking to shoot top-quality stills and Full HD movies with all the right creative tools - but without all the size and weight of an SLR camera - the XZ-10 could be just perfect for you. It is equipped with iHS technology, bolstered by a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and the same high-performance image processor used in our leading OM-D model. The i.ZUIKO DIGITAL 5x optical zoom lens (26-130mm, 35mm equivalent) has an extra-wide, super-bright maximum aperture (1:1.8) giving you super-sharp images in dim conditions without having to use a tripod or flash. The lack of noise is a big advantage when you zoom up close - you can boost magnification to 10x with no noticeable pixilation with the Super-resolution Zoom. Furthermore the XZ-10 lets you assign manual functions to the control ring around the lens so you can adjust settings including aperture, exposure time and program shift like a professional photographer - without taking your eye off your subject. You can also assign ISO or metering to the Fn button on the back, or PASM modes to the function wheel next to the LCD.

The 3.0" display has 920,000 dots and is touch-sensitive, enabling one-touch 'manual' autofocus. On top you can shoot in the Full HD Movie format or produce high-speed films at 120 fps for slow-motion playback. Alternatively, produce imaginative compositions from your stills with the Photo Story feature or spice up your work with one of 11 Art Filters - then share it all directly from your camera in your social networks via an external FlashAir™ card.

It's hard to believe that all this is packed inside our smallest compact X series camera to date!

Package Contents
  • Stylus XZ-10 Compact Camera
  • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • Touch Pen
  • Hand Strap
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year