XZ-10 a game changer?

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rezaf_2000
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XZ-10 a game changer?
Jan 28, 2013

XZ-10 is really big news if you are into bokeh or tele shooting. Basically, you can get the *very same* bokeh that you get from a kit-zoom on any m4/3 camera, and even better bokeh since the tele end is longer than most kit zooms. Let's run some numbers using the DoF calculator tool on the following lenses

XZ-10:  4.7-23mm (26-130mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.7

m43 Kit lens A: 14-42mm (28-84mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6

m43 kit lens B: 12-50 (24mm-100mm equivalent) f/3.5-6.3

Comparison. Subject distance at 10 feet. Note: Smaller DoF numbers mean more blurred backgrounds and creamier bokeh.

Wide:

XZ-10 (4.7mm,  f/1.8, 10 feet). DoF = Infinite

Kit lens A and B (14mm, 28mm eq, f/3.5). DoF = 50 ft (practically infinite)

Tele:

XZ-10      (14.85mm, 84mm eq, f/2.2). DoF = 3.14 ft

Kit lens A and B (42mm, 84mm eq, f/5.6). DoF = 2.95 ft

Kit lens B (50mm, 100mm eq, f/6.3). DoF = 2.46 ft

XZ-10      (17.8mm, 100mm eq, f/2.5). DoF = 2.56 ft

XZ-10      (23mm, 130mm eq, f/2.7). DoF = 1.55 ft


Almost the same DoF up to 84mm eq (for 14-42 kit lens) and up to 100mm eq (for 12-50 kit lens), while besting both of them at its closest 130mm eq. Also, note that at 84mm eq, the m43 camera with the kit lens is almost 3 stops slower than xz-10. It means that you have to compare ISO 200 of the XZ-10 with the ISO 1600 of the m43 camera. Results
it will easily fit in your pants pocket. No previous pocket camera could ever achieve this. whileThis is not that new, the other premium compacts (LX5, LX7, XZ-2, etc.) can pull the same off. But judging from the pictures and its 221g weight, it seems to be almost as compact as the Canon S110. XZ-10 does all the above
That's why it will most probably replace my old Canon S90 as soon as it hits the market. 
Canon PowerShot S110 Canon PowerShot S90 Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
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