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Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera - Silver (10MP, 4x i.Zuiko Wide Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

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  • 1:1.8-2.5 super-bright 4 x wide i.ZUIKO DIGITAL zoom lens for images with uniform clarity from macro to infinity
  • 3.0 ” OLED display for improved playback and visibility during shooting
  • Accessory Port for compatibility with a growing range of accessories
  • Lens ring and menu wheel for precise manual control and quick selection of modes and settings
  • 6 Art Filters for adding creative effects to HD movies and stills

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 11.1 x 6.5 cm ; 277 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 762 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: XZ-1
  • ASIN: B0065S9FTS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,004 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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The Olympus XZ-1: Introducing a new breed of DSLR-quality compact

B0065S9FTS - Olympus XZ-1 with top quality 4x wide-angle iZUIKO DIGITAL lens
Top quality 4x wide-angle iZUIKO DIGITAL lens
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Building on the success of the Micro Four Thirds format and its popular PEN series, Olympus has once again torn up the rulebook and launched a game changer in its XZ-1 flagship compact.

Ideal for photo enthusiasts and professionals looking for a second back-up camera, the XZ-1 promises consistently clear pictures up to digital SLR standard, even in low light.

It achieves this courtesy of three category-defying features: an X-tremely large super-sensitive 1/1.63-inch 10 megapixel CCD sensor, X-tremely swift TruePic V image processor, plus X-tremely bright 1:1.8-2.5 i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens.

It’s also the first Olympus compact to come equipped with a ZUIKO lens, previously only available with DSLRs, and is also very portable, being not much larger than the average smartphone, so it slips easily into any pocket.

Extensive compatibility with ever expanding accessory range

Furthermore, the XZ-1 with built in Accessory Port is compatible with the ever growing range of Olympus PEN digital camera accessories.

To boost the quality of photos and video further, users can add an external flash or electronic viewfinder (EVF) – with more accessories added to the range all the time.

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Bright 3 inch OLED display
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Big and bright OLED screen

The Olympus XZ-1 offers a large and supremely clear 3-inch, 610,000 dot resolution OLED screen for framing and reviewing your photos. This means that sharing shots on the spot with family and friends is not only a possibility but also a real pleasure.

Alternatively the XZ-1 also features HDMI output enabling images to be viewed on a big screen TV or monitor.

Top class features, top quality 4x wide-angle iZUIKO DIGITAL lens

Few cameras of any shape, size or system can hold a candle to the High Definition video or beautiful still photos the XZ-1 delivers thanks to the unique combination of larger sensor, Olympus lens and processor.

The iZUIKO DIGITAL lens ensures a pure supply of light with reduced ghosting and flaring. It’s also a capably versatile tool, allowing the user to take in everything from 1cm macro close ups to sweeping landscapes, and switch from intimate portraits to group shots, offering a focal range equivalent to 28-112mm in 35mm terms.

Another feature in common with digital SLRs is that Olympus XZ-1 users can reduce depth of field in their images to keep close subjects sharp whilst leaving the background attractively blurred.

X-cellent performer in low light, or bright light

The Olympus’ XZ-1 combination of properties ensures that images stay sharp from corner to corner and even in low light. In comparison with a regular 14 megapixel CCD sensor, the light receptive area of each pixel on the Olympus’ is twice as large.

So for those who want to take low light images without having to use flash, the marriage of ultra bright lens, dual image stabilization, high ISO6400 sensitivity, and AF illuminator to facilitate focusing in dark conditions, ensures the XZ-1 is more than up to the task.

It’s not just a creature of the night, however. Even with its bright lens, in bright conditions one of the fastest shutter speeds available on a compact camera of 1/4000 sec reduces the risk of over exposure, even when shooting in snow, sunlight – or when utilising the flash.

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Digital Image Stabilisation
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Hands on operation for X-treme creativity

Artistic impulses are given free reign with the XZ-1, thanks to hands on features such as the front lens control ring and menu wheel affording pro-style levels of access to a full complement of manual shooting modes – Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual – plus special options including RAW shooting, multi aspect ratios (16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 6:6), bracketing control and six Art Filters digital effects.

Factor in super macro mode, wireless flash control and high speed AF tracking, and compact users looking to up their photographic game have found a strong ally in the XZ-1.

720p High Definition movie capability

In the XZ-1’s High Def movie mode the camera captures video using the advanced Motion JPEG movie compression format at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and a rate of 30 frames per second.

Dual Image Stabilisation

A bugbear of all cameras is the propensity for camera shake at longer focal lengths, when shooting handheld or in lower lighting conditions. Olympus therefore offers not one but two means of reducing the potentially damaging effects of image blur.

As a further help, light sensitivity settings up to ISO6400 are also manually selectable. Alternatively, turn on the built-in flash.

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Turn your memories into works of art
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Creative Magic: Six Art Filters

Turn your memories into works of art. A choice of six Art Filters are available to instantly give both your images and movies a unique look and feel. Just select the desired Art Filter before taking a picture or shooting a movie, the effect is then shown directly on the LCD.

Dramatic Tone: Boosts the contrast to give images visual punch and a more dynamic atmosphere. This filter is accessible whether shooting stills or movies.
Diorama: This lends images a miniature model village feel by narrowing depth of field and enhancing colour and contrast.
Pop Art: Enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid to create high-impact pictures in the style of Pop Art.
Soft Focus: Creates a soft tone, which gives pictures an ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere without obscuring details such as hair or flower petals.
Grainy Film: Recreates the effect of grainy, high-contrast monochrome pictures. The strong presence and dramatic atmosphere amplify the impact of the subject.
Pin Hole: Reduces the peripheral brightness like an image seen through a pinhole camera. Added to this is a unique colour tone and the results have an air of secrecy or otherworldliness.

High capacity SDXC card compatible

The XZ-1 further takes the worry out of photography and offers almost unlimited memory expansion possibilities by providing compatibility with the new SDXC removable media card format (as well as SD and SDHC).

This affords high storage capacities of up to a gargantuan 2TB to ensure you don’t run out of space for those many thousands of photos and videos at an inopportune moment – thereby making the camera as ‘future proof’ as possible.

Effortless shooting via inspirational Live Guide

In order to achieve results like the professionals with the minimum of effort, the XZ-1 takes inspiration from the PEN series in featuring Olympus’ revolutionary Live Guide, allowing photographers to watch in real time the results of changing functions and settings before even taking a shot.

The Olympus XZ-1 is available in silver, matt black or white lacquered body.

Box Contains

Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera (Silver);Shoulder Strap;CB-USB6 USB Cable;CB-VC2 Video Cable;Operating Instructions;Warranty Card;[ib] Image Management Software;Lens Cap;LI-50B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery;Olympus Viewer 2;F-2AC AC Adapter

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By SBarr on 19 Jan 2012
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I am simply wowed by this compact camera.

I was originally looking to buy my first DSLR, but having handled them decided that the massive increase in bulk and the necessity of carrying additional lenses was too big a price to pay for improved image quality. So I searched long and hard for the best possible compact camera, and I believe I've finally found it!

Jpegs for me are stunning, out of this world. They simply can't be compared to any other compact I've used before (of late Panasonic TZs). I'm generally shooting at 100 ISO, outside. But in the darkest of British January days it's more than adequate, occasionally 200, and I'm not sure I'll ever need to go above 400, even indoors. This, the brightest of lenses copes where other compacts would find it necessary to go way above this. So, superb jpegs. Will I eventually shoot raw? Maybe, if a shot dictates this, but it won't be the norm for me at this stage.

I was a little worried the camera might be too big, but not at all. Size is perfect. Yes the S100 is smaller but unless size is your main priority, forget even comparing the two. The XZ-1 ranks supreme, and the lens alone leaves other compacts in its wake. It's just fractionally bigger than my TZ20 but it's still very neat and compact. It still slips into a shirt or coat pocket easily and I love the fact that it can.

The macro (down to 1cm) produces fantastic results.

The removable lens cap is no problem at all for me. It's exactly the same as it would for anyone using a DSLR or compact system camera with interchangeable lenses - the lens cap is simply removed and popped into your pocket. If that's not acceptable, Olympus provide you with a tie so that it remains attached to the camera. I actually quite like it as it is!
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By AH-UK on 9 April 2011
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Like many people, I have bought several compact cameras to compliment my DSLR and have largely been disappointed - to the regular benefit of my children. The XZ-1 is exactly what I have been looking for and for once, the kids are going to lose out!

The lens is remarkable and exposures to date have been stunningly accurate - Photoshop is seldom tempted to `auto-enhance'. Screen resolution and colour rendition is outstanding.

Like many (semi) compacts, there is still a short but irritating delay between pressing the button and exposing the picture. My only serious criticism however, is the vulnerability of the `mode dial' on the top surface of the camera. This is very subject to accidental re-positioning and I wish there was a menu option to prevent further alteration once it is set!

The optional viewfinder is an expensive but worthwhile addition. Just need someone to bring out a soft case to accommodate it whilst attached to the hot shoe!
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Salisbury TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar 2011
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I have used Olympus cameras for over thirty years, including the OM10, OM2n film cameras and the compact digital FE-190. The XZ-1 has a professional look, feel and weight.

First impressions straight out of the box:
The camera comes with a shortish neck strap, battery, USB/power cable, an AV cable (not HDMI), a CD containing software, and a basic setting up booklet in 29 languages. As soon as the camera is set up it is obvious that it has a wealth of features and information from the number of icons that are immediately displayed on both sides and the bottom of the screen, with two or three additional items along the upper edge. The camera uses its own rechargeable battery, which is charged in situ using a small mains adapter, or from a computer via the USB cable. There is also a micro HDMI socket.

One thing I noticed immediately when handling the camera was that the lid of the flash gun is in exactly the position I place my forefinger, when holding the camera with my left hand, while making adjustments with the right. Relatively quickly this ceases to become an issue but initially it is a little unnerving since the lid is smooth and moves slightly (because when the flash is used, it springs up like a jack-in-the-box). By contrast, on the right hand side, there is a small rubber mat which provides excellent grip, so that the camera can be held one handed with ease. The mode dial is well-positioned and easily adjusted.

User Manual:
An essential item in the package for a camera as fully featured as this one is the User Manual on the enclosed CD. The CD also contains software for both PC and Macintosh computers. The instruction manual is in PDF format and at 95 pages appears to be comprehensive.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 20 May 2011
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I have used many cameras including a pair of Pentax 35mm SLR's. I then went for compact digital point and shoot cameras for many years and have taken thousands of digital photographs because the camera was usually with me when I was anywhere interesting. For me the key is being able to keep a camera on a belt loop so it is handy when the right opertunity arrives. In the end the soft images of the point and shoot cameras where really annoying me so I went in search of something better. The xz-1 for me is the perfect balance of sharo image, sensible zoom (landscape through to portrait shots) and compact size. I have the Lowepro Dublin 30 bag which is ideal as the smallest possible belt pouch that fits the xz-1. The photographs are sharp and I have had loads of fun with the manual controls and the art filters (grainy monochrome and dramatic are giving great results). I have the in camera sharpness turned up one notch and I just shoot JPEG. LEft in Auto mode the camera produces saturated colours and good exposure consistently. The manual controls take a little time to learn and I had to learn to go into the menu and put the photo mode back to default because it does not forget your settings when you power down. I did look at the Canon S95 and I prefer the size and the video quality of the Canon but the stills quality of the Olympus blows it away.
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