Olympus XZ-1 10 Megapixel Digital Camera, 4x iZuiko Digital Lens, Amoled 3.0 inch Monitor, HD Movie/HDMI Control, 1/1.63in CCD, Black

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About Olympus XZ-1

The XZ-1 10MP Digital Camera (Black) from Olympus is a compact camera that delivers exceptional picture quality--beautiful 10MP photos and dazzling 720p HD video with its super bright 4x wide-angle 28-112mm (equivalent) f/1.8 zoom lens and large 1/6.3" CCD sensor. Using the brilliant 3" OLED monitor with 610K dots of resolution, you can compose and view photos, knowing that the dual image stabilization and ISO up to 3200 will chase away those blurry-picture blues.

Six in-camera art filters--Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone--help bring out your artistic side in stills and video. A panorama mode allows you to produce amazing ultra wide-angle panoramas by just shooting three pictures while you slowly sweep the camera across the scene--no tripod required. An accessory port allows the use of the SEMA-1 microphone adapter set and the VF-2 electronic viewfinder (both available separately), while advanced Face Detection improves on every portrait and AF tracking helps you keep moving subjects always sharp and in-focus. All of this photographic goodness comes in a compact body that's less than 4.5" wide and less than 2" thick and weighs less than 10 oz.

The Olympus XZ-1 is commonly used for Low light, Travel and more.The Olympus XZ-1 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus XZ-1: Compact, Easy to use and Good in low light

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (8),Good in low light (8),Compact (7),Large clear LCD (7),Great resolution (6),Fast shutter speed (5),Good battery life (5),Zoom range/performance (4)
Cons:
Limited zoom (4),No viewfinder (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (9),Low light (8),Family photos (7),Sports/action (6),Macro photography (5),Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5),Pro photographer (3)

Olympus XZ-1 Features

  • 10 Megapixel: The 10 million pixels in the high-resolution CCD create superior image quality. Create poster-sized prints without losing a single detail
  • Large, High-Sensitivity CCD: Providing the best image quality ever in a compact Olympus camera, the large 1/1.63-inch CCD enables greater dynamic range and smoother gradations from highlights to shadows
  • 4X iZuiko Zoom Lens: Based on the standards of Olympus DSLR lenses, the wide aperture of the iZuiko f1.8-2.5 allows a rich and vibrant range of photographic expression
  • HD Movie 720P: A simple, one-touch button allows you to record movies with amazing clarity in high-definition, right from your camera
  • Accessory Port: The XZ-1 includes a port for accessories including the SEMA-1 Microphone adapter set and the VF-2 live-finder, a detachable electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder easily slides onto the camera's accessory port and hot shoe to provide 1.15x magnification for a 100% field of view
  • In-Camera Art Filters - Movie And Still Images: With six in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone) you can explore your artistic side while taking both still shots and HD video
  • Dual Image Stabilization: Dual Image Stabilization combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation
  • New Easy-To Use-Live Guide Control: Seeing the results before you shoot can change the way you take a picture. Make adjustments and watch the LCD as the effects are made live - before the image is captured
  • In-Camera Panorama: Captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture by simply pressing the shutter button and slowly panning across a panoramic scene
  • AF Live View With AF Tracking: AF Live View works as seamlessly as a point-and-shoot to display subjects, in focus, on the LCD the instant the shutter is pressed half way
  • Advanced Face Detection: Face Detection automatically focuses on your subjects' faces and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures
  • TruePic V Image Processor: In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 3200 ISO
  • Underwater Housing: The XZ-1's compact design makes it the perfect companion for all of your dive trips. The PT-050 underwater case has been customized for the XZ-1 and is waterproof to a depth of 40 meters (approximately 130 feet)

Olympus XZ-1 Specifications

Memory
SD Memory Card(SDHC/SDXC compatible) - 64GB
Screen size
1/1.63"
Lens Structure
11elements in 8groups
Lens -Aspheric
6 sides
Focal length(35mm equivalent)
6.0mm to 24.0mm(28mm to 112mm)
Maximum aperture
1.8-2.5
Optical zoom
4x
Digital Zoom
4x
Imaging range
Normal:60cm to infinity,
Macro:W:10cm to infinity, T:30cm to infinity.
Super Macro:1cm to TBD, Wide-angle edge fixing
Total no. of pixels
4072x2784
Aspect ratio
4:3
Recording format (Still)
DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size
[RAW] 3648 x 2736 pixels
[JPEG] 3648 x 2736 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File Size: RAW
3648 x 2736 (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
File Size: large
3648 x 2736 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.5MB
3648 x 2736 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.1MB
File Size: Middle
3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 4.4MB
3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.9MB
2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.4MB
2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB
1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 1MB
1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
File Size: Small
1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.7MB
1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1024 x 768 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1024 x 768 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
640 x 480 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
Recording format (Movie)
AVI Motion JPEG(30fps)
Movie Mode
HD: 1280(H)x720(V) Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V) Aspect 4:3(VGA)
Compression Ratio
1/12
File Size
Max 2GB(limited by AVI format)
Maximum Recording Time (Movie)
HD: 7min, SD: 14min
Recording format (Sound)
Wave Format Base
Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
Maximum Recording Time
Picture with Sound: 30sec
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Live View Type
Image Sensor type
Field of view
1
Display Mode
Normal Mode
Grid Line + Histogram Mode
OFF Mode
Display of Face Detection
Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
AF
Imager AF
Image stabilizer
Built in
Image stabilizer: Mode
2 dimensional activation, OFF
Effective compensation range
Approx.2EV steps
Shutter speed range
2 - 1/2000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected)
IS for Movie
Electronic Image Stabilization with Multi-Motion function
Monitor Type
OLED
Monitor Size
3.0 inches (3:2)
Monitor Total no. of pixels
614,000dots
Playback field of view
1
Brightness control
+2 levels and -2 levels
Focus mode
Single AF (AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / Macro mode / SuperMacro mode / AF tracking (TR)
Focusing point
11-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection
Auto from all 11 area, Single area from 11 area
Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
Free selection (from 225points) when Magnified View Mode is selected
AF illuminator
Yes
Focus tracking
Yes
Shooting Modes
P (Program Auto), iAUTO, A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter priority), M (Manual shooting), C (Custom shooting), Low Light, Art Filter, SCN (Scene)
Metering system
TTL Image Sensor metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering) (2) Center weighted average metering (3) Spot metering
Metering range
EV 0 - 17
Exposure mode
(1) i Auto (2) P: Programme AE (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Low Light (7) Scene select AE (8) Art Filter
Scene select AE
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Indoor, Self Portrait, Sport, Sunset, Fireworks,
ISO sensitivity
AUTO: ISO 100 - 800 / Manual ISO 100 - 6400, 1/3 EV steps, Movie ISO 200-1600, Low light ISO 100-3200
Exposure compensation
±2 EV in 1/3EV steps
AE lock
No
Exposure bracketing
Yes
Auto WB system
Yes
Preset white balance
6 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Daylight (5300K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K), Under Water Auto, One Touch WB
White balance compensation
±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
CWB (Kelvin setting)
1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance
Yes
White balance bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Color space
sRGB
Picture Mode
Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone
Adjustment parameter
Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone.
Filter effect
Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone
Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation
4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)
Shutter speed
60 - 1/2000 sec
Bulb: up to 16 min.
1/3 steps
Self-timer
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release
Yes (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)
Drive mode
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, High-speed Sequential shooting1,High-speed Sequential shooting2,Self-timer
Sequential shooting speed
Approx. 2 frames/sec. in sequential shooting
Max. recordable pictures
RAW mode: Max. 8 frames.
On sequential shooting
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (Large normal mode: approx. 23 with Toshiba Super High Speed type "Class 6" 4GB)
Built-in flash
Yes
Compatible external flash
E-system Flash(FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14,FL-50R)
FL-50R(Can only be used with wireless. Cannot attach to body)
Flash mode of External Flash
Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off.
Flash intensity control
Up to ±2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Art Filter Mode
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone
Multi Exposure Picture
2 frames
Multi Exposure Functions
Auto gain
Multi Aspect Ratio
4:3/3:2/16:9/6:6
Live Control - Information (shooting)
Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity,
Live Control - Live Guide
Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting,
WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode,
Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio
Live Guide
Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Shooting tips
Playback mode
Single-frame
Information Display
Index Display(25 frames, Calendar)
Close-up (1.1 - 10X0
Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause)
Slideshow (Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
Image Editing
Erasing function: Single frame, All, Selected frames(from Index)
Protect function: Single frame
RAW picture editing: RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter)
JPEG editing: Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Trimming, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), e-portrait
Input/Output
PC interface: USB 2.0 High Speed for storage through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available)
TV interface: HDMI(HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
USB/Video connector: Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1, USB cable is available)
HDMI: Mini HDMI type-D
Flash attachment: Hot shoe
DC-in: Yes(Multi terminal)
Accessory attachment: Accessory port
Battery
Li-50B (included)
Sleep mode
Available (20sec, 1min, 3min, 5min)
No. of recordable pictures
Approx. 320 shots
Operating Environment Temperature
0 - 40 deg.C (operation) / -20 - 60 deg.C (storage)
Operating Environment Humidity
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.35 x 2.55 x 1.67" / 11.06 x 6.48 x 4.23 cm
Weight
9.7 oz / 275g (body, battery and media)

Olympus XZ-1 Reviews

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4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A non pro camera with some pro touches 2

It is one year later now and our grandchildren are still not faster than the XZ-1. But that is not the main reason for this update. This update is to show the advantage of the F1.8 aperture. When traveling with grandchildren one tends not to take a lot of camera equipment, just the point and shoots for quick on the fly shots. This year's trip included Antelope Canyon, but not at the best photographic noon time ($130 vs. $382 noon shooting for 3 adults and 3 children). My point and shoot did f...

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It is one year later now and our grandchildren are still not faster than the XZ-1. But that is not the main reason for this update. This update is to show the advantage of the F1.8 aperture. When traveling with grandchildren one tends not to take a lot of camera equipment, just the point and shoots for quick on the fly shots. This year's trip included Antelope Canyon, but not at the best photographic noon time ($130 vs. $382 noon shooting for 3 adults and 3 children). My point and shoot did fine at the beginning of the canyon, but a quarter of the way into the canyon it became too dark to shoot handheld with a F3.5 lens or camera. Although I brought a tripod with me, after watching the other photographers fight with their tripods and full size cameras in these tight spaces with numerous people milling around, I decided against the tripod. My wife graciously offered me her XZ-1 to shoot the rest of the canyon. I have included some of those shots, shots that would not exist except for the XZ-1's F1.8 lens. Antelope Canyon was shot handheld through the whole canyon with a high percentage showing little or no movement. Some of these photos will be in our grandchildren's scrap books for them to remember. I have included an "in camera" panoramic that shows the relative size of the canyon about a quarter of the way in. It needs to be remembered that it's the camera that gets used that will get the picture. And the XZ-1's F1.8 aperture will help allow you to get those pictures.

Reviewed by 10 customers

 
5.0

A non pro camera with some pro touches 2

By

from Castle Rock, Colorado  -  Pro Photographer

It is one year later now and our grandchildren are still not faster than the XZ-1. But that is not the main reason for this update. This update is to show the advantage of the F1.8 aperture. When traveling with grandchildren one tends not to take a lot of camera equipment, just the point and shoots for quick on the fly shots. This year's trip included Antelope Canyon, but not at the best photographic noon time ($130 vs. $382 noon shooting for 3 adults and 3 children). My point and shoot did fine at the beginning of the canyon, but a quarter of the way into the canyon it became too dark to shoot handheld with a F3.5 lens or camera. Although I brought a tripod with me, after watching the other photographers fight with their tripods and full size cameras in these tight spaces with numerous people milling around, I decided against the tripod. My wife graciously offered me her XZ-1 to shoot the rest of the canyon. I have included some of those shots, shots that would not exist except for the XZ-1's F1.8 lens. Antelope Canyon was shot handheld through the whole canyon with a high percentage showing little or no movement. Some of these photos will be in our grandchildren's scrap books for them to remember. I have included an "in camera" panoramic that shows the relative size of the canyon about a quarter of the way in. It needs to be remembered that it's the camera that gets used that will get the picture. And the XZ-1's F1.8 aperture will help allow you to get those pictures.

 
5.0

Great camera

By

from Texas  -  Casual Photographer

Camera purchased for son who does not do a lot of photography. His images o Las Vegas ar night and durning the day are awesome. I am going to use it on our trip and I am a more serious photographer.

 
5.0

Tops in all aspects

By

from Farmington, MI  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use camera mainly for wildlife, portraits, and astrophotography

 
5.0

Excellent

By

from Ottawa, ON  -  Photo Enthusiast

Excellent combination of photo quality / compact camera size. Nice fast lens; was able to get a clear shot of my dog jumping in the water, which I attribute to the lens because it was not due to my photographic skill. Good quality feel to the camera, a little bulkier than some compact cameras but still highly portable. My other camera is an old hand-me-down film SLR that I love, but don't carry most of the time because of the size. End up missing too many picture opportunities. My only complaint is no separate battery charger, you have to charge the battery through the camera. A charger is available but it's pretty pricey. Given the price of the camera, that's kind of annoying. Very happy with the both the camera and the shopping experience with Adorama. I ordered from Canada, shipping was extremely fast. Excellent.

 
4.0

Very good for creative Photography

By

from Monterrey, Mexico  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

I found XZ-1 to be a very good option to have a quality camera to carry every where, the white model is more subject friendly and inspires me a different approach too. It offers the advantages of a point and shoot and also a quality camera for more complex purposes. The video is the greatest weakness, and everybody is asking Olympus an upgrade to fix the focus hunting, but it seems never will come. Its great to have a hotshoe, I use it with a generic automatic flash (not TTL) with very good results, getting a great range of coverage thanks to this 1.8 lens. Good work from Olympus team in almost everything. But best of all has been the quick service from Adorama, congratulations !

 
5.0

A non pro camera with some pro touches

By

from Castle Rock, Colorado  -  Pro Photographer

About a year ago, my wife's older Olympus point-n-shoot needed "upgrading". Being the pro photographer in the family, the selecting fell to me. Since my wife is a travel agent and tends to see a lot of ocean time, my first thoughts were the Olympus TG-810 at the time (Note: At present, the only other camera that we would consider is the Olympus TG-1, the "ruggedized Olympus XZ-1" without the hot shoe). In the past, the number one complaint by my wife was the poor match of slow focus speed and lengthy shutter lag to our fast moving grandchildren (my complaint too). We purchased the XZ-1 three days before traveling with our two granddaughters down the eastern coastline. This camera's use is so easy my wife never used her older "backup" camera. And I only needed to use my camera for longer telephoto shots. This camera may not be a DSLR, but my wife and I find it well beyond the "normal" point-n-shoot with very quick focus speed and almost no shutter lag. This camera was a perfect match for our two fast moving granddaughters along with all the other scenic and travel shots. We even found the scene modes, art modes, and movie mode, which we normally never use, were very easy to use without affecting our other photography. Since our travels, my wife has found the camera to be useful in capturing pictures of our fast moving dogs and their antics instead of a scene with blurred or missing dogs. And, due to my grandson's schedule problems and running out of time, the Olympus XZ-1 with off camera flash proved to be an excellent choice for his senior pictures. Although the sensor is listed as being not quite good as other cameras in its class, the faster lens, good lens quality, and internal processing firmware keeps the XZ-1 on par with all cameras in its class. Although I found the three inch screen acceptable for my use in bright sunlight, we purchased the VF-2 for my wife's use in bright sunlight. It is my wife's and my personal opinion that the purchase of a XZ-1 will be money well spent.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great little camera!

By

from Naugatuck, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

I currently have a Canon SD800 ELPH and an EOS Rebel XSi (450D). I wanted something that was closer to my Rebel for creative purposes, but closer to the ELPH for traveling. After TONS of reviews, I ended up going with the Olympus XZ1. I have NOT been disappointed yet. Although I've only had it for 3 weeks now, I LOVE it. It's easy to use, the quality of the photos is very good and it's easy to carry for day to day use, instead of lugging around my Rebel. I highly recommend this camera!!! My only real complaints are the lack of AE/AF lock and no view finder, but it's easy to work around those short-comings.

 
5.0

Same as the original

By

from Torrance  -  Photo Enthusiast

Used as a stock replacement

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Non-pro camera with many pro touches

By

from Castle Rock, Colorado  -  Pro Photographer

My wife's older Olympus point-n-shoot needed upgrading. Being the pro photographer in the family, the selecting fell to me. Since my wife is a travel agent and see lots of ocean time, my first thoughts were the Olympus TG-810. But one of the complaints my wife has had in the past is the poor match of our fast moving grandchildren to the slow shutter lag and focus time (my complaint too). We purchased the XZ-1 three days before traveling with our two granddaughters down the eastern coastline. This camera was so easy to use my wife never even used her older camera. And I only needed to use mine for longer telephoto shots. This camera may not be a DSLR, but my wife and I find it to be well beyond the "normal" point-n-shoot in the shutter lag and focus time department. This camera was a perfect match for our two fast moving granddaughters along with all the other scenic shots. We even found the scene modes, art modes, and movie mode (which we normally never use) very easy to use. Although the sensor is listed as being not quite good as other cameras in its class (slightly lower sensitivity and quality), the faster lens and good lens quality keeps it on par with all cameras in its class. Although I found the three inch screen acceptable for my use in bright sunlight, I will need to either purchase the VF-2 or the VF-3 for my wife's use in bright sunlight. Again, the XZ-1 is not a pro DSLR, but it is more than capable of producing pro quality photography. It is my wife's and my personal opinion that the purchase of a XZ-1 will be money well spent.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Greatest Digital Camera ever!

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from Odessa,Mo.  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera was a gift to myself.I have not had a lot of time to test, but what I have done with it so far, I am extremely satisfied. It has the least shutter lag time of any digital I have ever owned.I was surprised and pleased at the quick response time. I printed an 8x10 with beautiful results. adjusting ring around lens is useful and smooth to use. auto mode did a great job with snow scenes. only thing I would change...adding an automatic lens cover would be nice. I am terrible about losing or forgetting lens caps. but that in no way a deal breaker. just a personal preference.

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