Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera - White (10MP, 4x i.Zuiko Wide Optical Zoom) 3 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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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!Read more ›
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been using this camera for many years now and have not looked at buying another camera for myself since, I've taken it on many holidays and it has not failed me once. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yuan
Superb bit of kit - only thing stopping it getting a 5 star review is the lack of any instruction manual. I hate having to trawl through an online PDF. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Flavio Freddi
I have delayed writing this review until I'd sorted out as much of the operating procedure as I'm likely to. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Anthony W. Phillips
This is a nice camera, the large 1/7 sensor gives good definition pictures very noticeable improvement on 1/2.3. The zoom length covers the most used focal lengths. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dr PGW
Maybe superseded by newer models, but exactly what I needed and very simple to operate for a person with no photographic skills!!Published on 1 May 2014 by Annette Kneifati