Review – Olympus XZ-1 camera – Capable Fun in your Pocket
9 December 2011
Excerpt: One look at a listing of cameras in the marketplace these days shows that the competition within the point-and-shoot camera market is as intense as any consumer battle you can find. There are so many models to choose from – by the time you settle on a model, new ones have already been released.
Summary: Enjoyable to shoot and relatively fast, the Olympus XZ-1 only stumbles when it comes to photo quality, which is very good, but not uniformly excellent as one would expect from this class of camera.
Pros: The Olympus XZ-1 is nicely designed with a solid user interface and very good performance for its cohort.
Cons: The XZ-1's image quality is good, but even shooting raw it's not quite up to the level of its better competitors.
Excerpt: The XZ-1 is a new addition to the Olympus lineup, and packages the power of a DSLR into…well, almost point-and-shoot size. While the device might be a little much for some pockets (not all) to handle, its capability and simplicity should at the very least cause pause before your next camera...
Summary: The Olympus XZ-1 is launched at a similar price to its near rival, the Panasonic Lumix LX5 , and slightly more than the street price of the other main contenders in this sector, the Canon S95 and Samsung EX1 .
Pros: Small size, Great lens, Excellent image quality up to ISO 800, hotshoe, Bright, sharp OLED screen, Wireless Flash capability
Cons: Image quality above ISO 1600 not great, Lack of grip makes for less secure hold, Fiddly rear input dial, Price of optional EVF
Excerpt: I'm still searching for the perfect pocket camera. The search never ends.
I do many types of photography. With my long-time background as a photojournalist I need an appropriate camera for street shooting.
Excerpt: The Olympus XZ-1 is a compact camera that sells for $500. Is that completely insane? Maybe not, if you value the ability to take indoor photos without firing off a harsh, intrusive, skin-tone-unfriendly flash.
Conclusion: What Olympus has produced with the XZ-1 is a camera worth very strong consideration. Not just to be weighed up against its direct competitors (S95, G12, LX5, EX-1, P7000) but as an alternative to its own mirror-less PEN range.