Olympus XZ-1

Announced Jan 6, 2011 •
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 112 mm (4×)
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Good quality pics overall. No useful customizations (dials & buttons), yet many jpg picture mode customizations that few will use, want or need (if you need this level of automation, you will do it post in RAW form). Many issues with this camera leave me wanting to teach the programmers how to do their job and fix the short-comings. The pic quality and optics are goog when ISO is below 800. Above 800 degrades quickly. No program shift. In any autoISO mode, no ISO number on display so you ...

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Longin Adamczyk
 
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I own it since it came out. Took thousands of pictures from subarctic to subtropics. It never disappoint you, either quality or overall mechanical soundness! As a backup I am using e620 with the multiple lenses, although, XZ1 has been used most of the time. I think the quality of the video should be a bit higher, nonetheless in the full light it creates half decent .avi format video clips.

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Jos G
 
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I wished for a decent replacement for my DSLR to carry 'always' with me. I wished for a camera that did excellent RAW files and had a powerful lens. Because I often missed my DSLR. It should be fast in terms of readiness and focusing. It should be compact so I could carry it with me always and everywhere. I found the XZ-1 to do this job. I carry it around for almost a year now and took about 10000 pictures with it - including experiments and stuff I deleted. The Art-filters are a nice ...

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Being a DSLR user i found this camera very close to the image quality of SLR.I was in search of a camera with proper form factor for every day use with minimum back pack. Pro: 1.Sharp and fast lens.Excellent corner to corner sharpness. 2.Very good and fast auto focus. 3.Bokeh effects are excellent and beautiful 4.No shutter lag. 5.Excellent images both in RAW and JPEG. 6.Very good metering system. 7.Color rendition is awesome. 8.Good low light shooting. 9.For my use it exceeded the ...

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andrea_g
 
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I have this little but serious compact always with me when there'some possibility of serious shooting. I would like to have AE-L and a more sensible auto ISO work but everything else is just perfect.

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BogdanIC
 
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This is definitely the best choice when it comes to compacts. The pictures look amazingly natural and the big, fast lens allows me to take pictures without much hassle. I don't have to think about focusing or movement: it seems that no matter what I do, in normal circumstances, the images taken are sharp and spot on. I would never go in a trip with some other camera... I repeat myself: the perfect point-and-shoot. Oh... and did I mentioned the background blur and the portraits ? Amazing...

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linux99
 
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I love this little camera. long time Oly user (still use my OM10 frequently) and have cameras from both the 4/3 and micro 4/3 range. I bought this on a trip to Toronto after I relaised I had a great phopto opp there but had left my camera at home. I am so pleased that I did - it's an amazing little camera. The image quality is great - right from max apperture in low light right up to with the ND filter on outside in brilliant sinshine. The lens is fast enough that this can be used very ...

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Great pocket camera. Sharp and good at lowlight. Problems: I hate the auto NR. That's all for it's weakness.

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Jos G
 
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... 8599 pictures in 2011 and 9182 in 2012 up to now = 17781 pictures. Don't ask me what or when or where - sun, snow, rain, wind... always!

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postrec
 
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Just updating what I've previously written... I was unhappy with slugglishness of my camera, but it has improved since I updated the firmware. Formatting the SD card helped too (should have done that first I know). Also, I was mistaken about the raw files not opening in ACR/lightroom - I thought my plugins were up to date, but apparently not! That is all - hopefully my previous review hasn't put anyone off. It is a cool camera!!

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