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4.0 out of 5 stars For getting beyond point and shoot, 22 July 2013
This review is from: Olympus STYLUS XZ-10 Digital Camera - Black (12MP, F1.8-2.7 5x i.Zuiko Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch Touch LCD (Camera)
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This camera has lots of features and is great for anyone wanting to take their photography beyond point and shoot whilst retaining much of the convenience of a compact camera.

I would advise a good read through of the full camera manual (not the shorter paper one which comes in the box) whilst taking some trial photos. This will let you get thoroughly familiar with the camera's controls and what it can do. Some of the settings can be set via more than one route, (so it's not as instinctive to use than many of the simpler compact cameras) another good reason for reading the manual and taking time to get thoroughly familiar with the controls.

There are some quirky features such as the ability to touch the screen to take a photo. This is best done with the stylus given with the camera as it will prevent the screen from getting too grubby with fingermarks. However, the stylus is small, so photographers wanting to use this feature regularly may want to attach the stylus to the camera strap. You can also use this facility to select a different part of the photo to be in focus, than the camera's settings. However, I lost this feature whilst fiddling with the controls and I haven't been able to restore it yet, despite reading the manual!

Another feature is the ART settings - an in-camera way of changing the photo to e.g. monochrome or sepia. Useful for those printing directly from the camera, but probably superfluous for anyone used to using any post-photography processing via e.g. photoshop.

The camera can also shoot in RAW mode i.e. the most detail (jpegs are compressed so photo details are lost) as well as the usual jpegs. Useful if you want to make full use of your photos. Video is also at a higher resoltion. This means you may have to consider buying extra storage for all those photos. It's also easy to set the camera to shoot at a lower resolution if you don't mind the loss of quality and would like to eke out your storage, Don't skimp on the SD card you'll need to buy though, especially if you're going to shoot quite a bit of video.

It would have been nice to be able to attach a viewfinder to this camera as like most compacts it gets difficult to see the screen display in bright light. All those features and the lens needed to deliver them means the camera is in the weightier end of the compact category.

Image quality is good, but I haven't compared it with similar cameras in this price range or category.

Overall, I'm happy to continue exploring further to see what this camera can do.
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