Olympus XZ-1, still crazy sharp and capable!

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Timbukto Senior Member • Posts: 4,693
Olympus XZ-1, still crazy sharp and capable!
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Things I find unexpected...actual real-world low light usage is extremely capable, I can shoot til dawn because of the combination of sharp bright lens, subjectively good looking shadow noise, and better than expected IS.  Dynamic range is also better than expected again due to shadow noise that is not unpleasant.  Pretty much sharp corner to corner throughout the focal length and focal distances.  Better than expected Macro shots again due to strong lens and better than expected IS.  Never even really shot a serious CCD sensor before, but I like the overall look.  From searching the forums for equivalent focal length it even appears that the wide angle is better than manufacturer spec and is a decent bit wider than 28mm effective.  Below shots I was trying to get classic 'focal lengths' and was off a few, but was trying for 28, 35, 50, 85, and 105

I've seen very few fast zoom lenses with this much range that can hold up in consistent quality.

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imrryr38 Regular Member • Posts: 176
Re: Olympus XZ-1, still crazy sharp and capable!

XZ-1 lense is a gem........

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Aaron Sur Senior Member • Posts: 1,141
Re: Olympus XZ-1, still crazy sharp and capable!

I will second that , a lens which has now made it to three camera models and two manufacturers.

Not a common sight in the P&S camera world.

Aaron

Michael_13 Regular Member • Posts: 334
nice series

Yes, Tim, this lens alone is worth the price of the camera. The current prices are simply ridiculous.

Hint: If you want even more sharpness, use F2.8-F4.0.

Greetings,

Michael

Timbukto OP Senior Member • Posts: 4,693
Re: Olympus XZ-1, still crazy sharp and capable!

Aaron Sur wrote:

I will second that , a lens which has now made it to three camera models and two manufacturers.

Not a common sight in the P&S camera world.

Aaron

I'm clueless, I know the XZ-1 and XZ-2 have this lens, whats the other one?

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Timbukto OP Senior Member • Posts: 4,693
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Don't need any more sharpness, the 100% crops are ridiculously good wide open!  Also this camera seems to behave well with ETTR?  This was a 1 and 2/3rds exposure pull *down* with a white car!

Clouds, wall, and most of the car is still fine.

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Ben O Connor
Ben O Connor Contributing Member • Posts: 953
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Timbukto wrote:

Aaron Sur wrote:

I will second that , a lens which has now made it to three camera models and two manufacturers.

Not a common sight in the P&S camera world.

Aaron

I'm clueless, I know the XZ-1 and XZ-2 have this lens, whats the other one?

Probably this one; Pentax MX-1

http://digi-kuva.fi/files/bonnier-dif/mx-1_web.jpg

It is not official, I did not read it anywhere. But same sensor size, exact same optical features (28-112 mm / F 1.8 - 2.5 ) makes us folks suspicious.

And it kinda looks smilar is not it ?

Ben

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Aaron Sur Senior Member • Posts: 1,141
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spot on Ben!

usually a good camera is let down by average glass, the case in most kit zooms with APSC SLR's.

In this case the sensor is the one that ends up failing in difficult light, but when the light is good it's another story.

Straight from camera no PP.

PON307G
PON307G Contributing Member • Posts: 585
Re: nice series

Tim,

Agree, great series. I try to use my XZ-1 every day, and have no problem continuing to do so. For my use it does all I need, with the possible exception shooting wildlife.

Regards,

Larry C.

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Everhandy Regular Member • Posts: 223
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The XZ-1 continues to be my favorite compact. I have compared it directly (both in the studio and out in the real world) with many of it's closest competitors including the G12, G15, S110, S100 and LX7, to name a few. It has tremendously pleasing output for it's size and cost. Built very well and never seems to fail. A true gem of a camera, especially for the next to nothing prices you can pick one up for these days.

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Gesture Veteran Member • Posts: 4,044
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"Not a common sight in the P&S camera world."

Actually quite common in the early digital days. A lens that appeared on the early Canon G series was also used by Casio (QV-3000 to QV-4000), a Sony camera (S70-85 era?) and perhaps others. Toshiba?  Thus, my Casio QV-4000 uses that f/2-f/2.5 lens.  Even says Canon lens on the camera. I remember Phil Askey charting this way back when.  How about a guest review, Phil?

Aaron Sur Senior Member • Posts: 1,141
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Interesting about your Casio I was not aware of that , then again I was thinking of current digital cams not models from thirteen years ago :-D.

Phil Askey left DPR more than three years ago, but you might get lucky.

Joe0Bloggs Veteran Member • Posts: 5,391
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There's also the Konica Minolta GT 7x lens, which was used on the DiMAGE 5, 7, 7i, 7Hi, A1, A2, and A200, 7 models spanning 5 years!

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Gesture Veteran Member • Posts: 4,044
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Good one.

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