The Olympus STYLUS XZ-10: Ultra portable, ultra usable and ultra bright compact with f/1.8 aperture lens
Olympus' XZ series of 'Creator' premium compacts has redefined what photographers expect from a camera that will slip easily into a pocket for shoot-from-the-hip photography. Joining the XZ-2 in the range is the slender XZ-10 that once again finds room for an ultra bright f/1.8 aperture lens. This ensures superb quality images day or night, with the option of beautiful de-focused backgrounds for DSLR-like creative effects.
Offering a broad selection of framing options is a 5x optical zoom boasting a focal range that extends from an wide angle 26mm up to 130mm in 35mm equivalent terms. Still providing excellent f/2.7 aperture brightness at maximum zoom, this is an eminently versatile device. Especially when equipped with a FlashAir™ memory card in the camera for wireless connection and image sharing. An additional Super-resolution Zoom digitally extends the optical zoom to a 10x equivalent with virtually no drop in quality.
The XZ-10 is a compact camera that literally places creative control at your fingertip, thanks to pro-style manual options and intuitive functions such as the Touch AF Shutter, whilst there is also the ability to customize the use of the Fn (Function) button so the camera handles just how you want it to.
As with the XZ-2, operation zips along thanks to a powerful TruePic VI image processor on board, enabling swift image processing and FAST AF (auto focus) - technology that has trickled down from the flagship Olympus OM-D E-M5.
Additional clever features include 120fps high-speed HD movies (in 720p mode), plus a new 'Photo Story' option that allows users to shoot still photos with Art Filters straight into pre-prepared layouts, ready for sharing.
Bright prospects for your shots.
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Slender and compact camera body, yet DSLR-style imagery
The XZ-10 offers the best of both worlds; being both a perfect high-end compact yet the kind of camera you will want to carry with you everywhere thanks to its pocket sized design, which is 40 per cent smaller by volume than the XZ-2.
That bright lens also extends the possibilities of the kind of shots you will be able to take with such a small camera. Not only does the XZ-10 boast f/1.8 maximum lens aperture, it twins it with ISO6400 light sensitivity plus Olympus' advanced iHS image processing and CMOS sensor technology, so you can be confident of superb results everytime.
Thanks to the bright lens, attractive background defocusing and sophisticated 'bokeh' effects can be achieved when photographing portraits and still life, whilst short exposure times can be used even in low light while avoiding the customary image blur you might expect to witness from lesser specified cameras. If you do want to shoot handheld without a tripod in even the trickiest conditions then there's also the XZ-10's Handheld Starlight Mode with flash to fall back on.
The fastest way to adjust your settings.
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In fact the range of creative opportunities open to prospective owners of the XZ-10 are quite considerable, with the ability to frame up everything from wide expansive landscapes to macro close ups as near as 1cm.
Whichever setting you choose on the camera, the result will be crisply detailed images with low noise and radiant colours.
Customisable lens ring offers shortcut to key settings
Despite the innovative technology and optical excellence on display, the XZ-10 remains very usable, thanks to, among other features shared with the XZ-2, a customisable hybrid control ring.
This can provide swift access to favourite camera settings without taking an eye off the subject. Photographers can use the ring to adjust the zoom or focus, or even manually fine tune key program parameters. For example, aperture and length of exposure are just two settings that can be controlled via the ring.
Alternatively, if you'd like fast access to ISO or metering settings, these can be assigned to the Fn (Function) button on the back of the camera. Users can also assign P,A,S,M modes to the function wheel adjacent to the LCD.
Just one touch to focus & shoot.
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Touch sensitive 3-inch LCD with 920,000 dots resolution plus user friendly Live Guide
As responsive and intuitive to use as the rest of the XZ-10 is its high resolution 3-inch touch sensitive LCD screen. One finger tap is all it takes to bias the camera's focus to a particular subject and trigger it to take the shot.
The screen is also your portal to the camera's Live Guide function - allowing any adjustments to be viewed in real time on the screen before a picture is taken - whilst iAuto functionality ensures you'll always get a shot that's spot on, even if just casually pointing and shooting.
What's more, the XZ-10 offers HDR Backlight Adjustment for excellent results and correct exposures even when shooting against the light.
FlashAir™ compatible for transferring and sharing images
Everybody wants a device that is wireless these days. Fortunately the XZ-10 is bang up to date through being FlashAir™ compatible. Users can connect to their cloud or social network using their smartphone interface with the use of an optional FlashAir™ memory card.
Get smarter. Go smaller.
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12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch back-lit 'BSI' CMOS sensor
The sensor makes full use of the iZUIKO DIGITAL lens in front of it, so that high resolution, high quality still images are yours. Couple this with sensor shift image stabilisation to help reduce the effects of blur when shooting handheld, plus the ability to capture unprocessed RAW files in tandem with regular JPEGs, and whatever the end use for your pictures - print or the web - they will always be images you're proud of.
1080p Full HD movies with Multi-motion Movie IS
Full HD 1920x1080 pixels video capability is provided as standard on the XZ-10, along with the ability to capture stereo audio. Offered alongside is Olympus' Multi-motion Movie IS technology to allow the recording of Full HD movies with reduced blur even while walking.
Tell a story with your photos.
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Integral creativity via 11 Art Filters, plus plentiful accessories
The freedom to explore your creativity further with a camera that is small in stature is the Olympus STYLUS XZ-10's raison d'etre. Photographers can apply a choice of 11 Art Filters to video and stills and then post the results using their familiar smartphone interface and wirelessly too, thanks to optional wireless FlashAir™ memory card. Eye-Fi card and SDHC and SDXC card compatibility is further provided.
This time around the 11 Art Filters comprise: Cross Process, Diorama, Dramatic Tone, Gentle Sepia, Grainy Film, Key Line, Light Tone, Pale & Light Colour, Pin Hole, Pop Art and Soft Focus.
Furthermore, there's the newly implemented Photo Story feature on the XZ-10 for automatically capturing, storing and sharing photos in a stylish, ready-made collage style layout. Like the XZ-2 it additionally boasts multi aspect ratios so users can find the ideal format for their image. Select from 16:9, 3:2, 4:3 or 1:1.
Optional accessories for the XZ-10 include a soft camera case made from high quality nylon with a magnetic closing, in the Creator Soft Case XS.
Very snazzy too is the optional CSCH-117 Dress-Up Silicone Case for the XZ-10. This provides a brand new decorative look guaranteed to turn heads, whilst the silicone coating also provides protection against dust and scratches. It is very quick and easy to attach, provides full access to all the camera's functions, and even has a grip texture to ensure the best possible hold. The silicone jacket is available in three attractive colours: black, white and lavender.
Ultra bright, ultra easy and ultra high quality: that's the Olympus STYLUS XZ-10.
Included in the box
The XZ-10 is supplied with a comprehensive array of kit out of the box, as follows:
- LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
- F-2AC AC Adapter
- CB-USB6 USB Cable
- Touch Pen
- Hand Strap
- Operating Instructions
- Warranty Card
- Olympus Viewer 3 Software CD-ROM
The Olympus XZ-10 is available in black, brown and white.