Olympus XZ-1 Review

Announced Jan 6, 2011 •
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 112 mm (4×)
dpreview conclusion

The XZ-1 combines simple direct controls with an excellent lens to create probably the best photographers' compact currently available. The output JPEGs are great and the balance of lens range, brightness and compactness make it a really appealing package, whether as an only camera or as a more pocketable backup for DSLR owners.

Good for

Enthusiast and keen photographers, whether they be upgraders from point-and-shoots or seasoned DSLR users.

Not so good for

Users wanting direct access buttons for every function.

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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Exposure and focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Flash performance
Low light / high ISO performance
Performance (speed)
Movie / video mode
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DCRP Review: Olympus XZ-1
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Mar 4, 2011)

The Olympus XZ-1 is a fairly compact camera with a fast F1.8 lens, a larger-than-average CCD, a beautiful OLED display, numerous manual controls, fun Art Filters, and 720p video recording. Add in a handy control ring around the lens, wireless flash support, a nice playback mode, and plenty of optional extras, and you've got what is arguably Olympus' best compact in... well, ages. Downsides...

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By: Nigel Atherton, What Digital Camera (Feb 26, 2011)

The Holy Grail for serious enthusiasts shopping for a compact is for a camera that achieves the highest possible image quality, with full control, in as small a package as is practical. The Olympus XZ-1 comes as close to achieving this as any camera yet launched. It's certainly one of the smallest cameras of its type, the lens is superb, it's great fun to use and image quality at the lower ISOs...

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