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Olympus XZ-1 review

Olympus has finally produced a 'serious' compact camera

Our Verdict

For

  • Great usability
  • Responsive controls
  • Good lens
  • Good images at lower ISO
  • Good supplied software
  • Wide aperture

Against

  • Some noise at higher ISOs
  • Smaller focal length than some

As part of our review process we've implemented a new testing procedure. To test the Olympus XZ-1 image quality, we shot our resolution chart.

If you look at our 100% crops below or download the images and view the central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, at ISO 100 the Olympus XZ-1 is capable of resolving up to 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files. Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

test chart

JPEGs

ISO 100

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 100 Score: 22 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 200

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 200 Score: 20 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 400

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 400 Score: 20 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 800

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 800 Score: 18 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 1600

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 1600 Score: 14 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 3200

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 3200 Score: 12 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 6400

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 6400 Score: 12 (Click here to view full-res version)

Raw files

ISO 100 raw

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 100 Score: 22 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 200 raw

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 200 Score: 20 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 400 raw

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 400 Score: 20 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 800 raw

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 800 Score: 18 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 1600 raw

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 1600 Score: 18 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 3200 raw

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 3200 Score: 16 (Click here to view full-res version)

ISO 6400 raw

Olympus XZ-1 Review: ISO 6400 Score: 14 (Click here to view full-res version)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyX
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesLive View, Aperture Priority, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)275 g
Flash Memory Capacity54.60 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeOLED
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution11.3 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height64.8 mm
Width110.6 mm
Depth42.3 mm
Autofocus Points11
Product SeriesX
Focal Length6 mm to 24 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelXZ-1
Product NameXZ-1 Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberN3869492
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

The new XZ-1 camera combines the image quality and adjustability of system cameras and the portability of digital compact cameras. For ambitious amateurs and discriminating professionals alike, the XZ-1 offers superior, best-in-class image quality.

Battery Life320 Shot
Package Contents
  • XZ-1 Compact Camera
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-VC2 Video Cable
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • Lens Cap
  • LI-50B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
  • Operating Instructions
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Warranty Card
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution610000 Pixel
Limited Warranty2 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone