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Olympus XZ-10 review

Will this make the ideal pocket snapper?

Our Verdict

For

  • Touchscreen
  • Art filters
  • f/1.8 lens

Against

  • Occasional slow processing times
  • General metering sometimes fails

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Colours straight from the Olympus XZ-10 are bright and punchy without going over the top.

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The Olympus XZ-10 copes well with low light situations, producing images that are relatively low in noise without losing too much detail. This image was taken at ISO 800.

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Here we can see the camera has struggled a little with the high contrast conditions of an indoor scene, with bright light coming in through the windows, but the dynamic range is still respectable.

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Macro focusing is available as close as 1cm away from the subject, leading to creative frame-filling shots.

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Both automatic white balance and metering have done a good job of providing a scene that is well exposed and accurately coloured, despite the mixed lighting conditions.

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The Olympus XZ-10 has a 5x optical zoom lens - this is taken at the widest point of the lens.

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This shot is taken at the telephoto end of the zoom optic. While it doesn't have the longest reach of the premium compacts on the market, it's still fairly flexible.

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General purpose metering has really struggled to provide a well exposed image here, being confused by the contrast in the scene.

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In this shot, we changed to spot metering for better results - the sky has been a little overexposed, though.

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The Olympus XZ-10 makes a good pocket camera for use every day, while still enabling you to get creative with shots.

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As with most Olympus cameras, a wide variety of art filters are available and worthy of experimentation. This is the Cross Process effect.

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Dramatic Tone is another filter that has been brought across from the range of PEN and OM-D CSC cameras.

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Dramatic Tone also has a black and white option, leading to dramatic monochrome shots.

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Cross Process can also be customised to suit different needs. This example has red toning, rather than the standard green tint.

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Sepia toning is another art filter that is available.

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You can shoot in a number of different aspect ratios. By default, this is set to 4:3, but 3:2, 16:9 and this 1:1 square crop is also available.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Product FamilyStylus X
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, HDR, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)221 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4032 x 3024
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLI-50B
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card, Flash Air, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Height61.1 mm
Width102.4 mm
Depth34.3 mm
Autofocus Points35
Product SeriesX
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsPCM, WAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelXZ-10
Product NameStylus XZ-10 Compact Camera
Product LineStylus
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV101030BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

If you're looking to shoot top-quality stills and Full HD movies with all the right creative tools - but without all the size and weight of an SLR camera - the XZ-10 could be just perfect for you. It is equipped with iHS technology, bolstered by a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and the same high-performance image processor used in our leading OM-D model. The i.ZUIKO DIGITAL 5x optical zoom lens (26-130mm, 35mm equivalent) has an extra-wide, super-bright maximum aperture (1:1.8) giving you super-sharp images in dim conditions without having to use a tripod or flash. The lack of noise is a big advantage when you zoom up close - you can boost magnification to 10x with no noticeable pixilation with the Super-resolution Zoom. Furthermore the XZ-10 lets you assign manual functions to the control ring around the lens so you can adjust settings including aperture, exposure time and program shift like a professional photographer - without taking your eye off your subject. You can also assign ISO or metering to the Fn button on the back, or PASM modes to the function wheel next to the LCD.

The 3.0" display has 920,000 dots and is touch-sensitive, enabling one-touch 'manual' autofocus. On top you can shoot in the Full HD Movie format or produce high-speed films at 120 fps for slow-motion playback. Alternatively, produce imaginative compositions from your stills with the Photo Story feature or spice up your work with one of 11 Art Filters - then share it all directly from your camera in your social networks via an external FlashAir™ card.

It's hard to believe that all this is packed inside our smallest compact X series camera to date!

Battery Life240 Shot
Package Contents
  • Stylus XZ-10 Compact Camera
  • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • Touch Pen
  • Hand Strap
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker