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Olympus XZ-1

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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus XZ-1 Review

Tech2
3 March 2012
  • Summary: The Olympus is priced at Rs. 25,999, which is almost at par with the pricing of the Canon PowerShot S95 and S100, which offer similar features and deliver similar results. The biggest advantages you get with the XZ-1 are bright F1.8 lens, OLED display and hot shoe. But you don’t get full HD video recording. On the other hand, Canon PowerShot S100 delivers better JPEG images and it has better control over noise, especially at higher ISO values.
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Review – Olympus XZ-1 camera – Capable Fun in your Pocket

maceditionradio.com
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. From cameras that cost as little as $30 to advanced models costing 30 times that much, selection isn’t a problem.
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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus XZ-1

CNET
3 October 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus XZ-1

neocamera.com
29 September 2011
  • Summary: The Olympus XZ-1 is an excellent compact camera with an advanced feature set and mostly efficient controls to access them. Just about every feature is covered and expansion options are unmatched. The ultra-bright lens is the headline specification, giving it access to lower-ISO than most its peers under the same conditions. Image quality is very good with no discernable noise until ISO 400.
  • Pros: Ultra-Bright F/1.8 lens, lets use lower ISO, Excellent lens sharpness, Uniform lens brightness, Extremely low distortion, Low image noise, Very good automatic white-balance, Conservative metering, Reliable autofocus, Above average shot-to-shot speed, Optional tiltable EVF, Built-in ND filter, Great build quality
  • Cons: Colors not entirely natural, Custom white-balance not perfect, Slow autofocus, Noticeable shutter-lag, Video recording lag, Impossible to setup framing for video, Not exposure-priority, Incorrect histogram, Poorly used rear control-dial
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Olympus XZ-1 Review

photographybay.com
9 August 2011
  • Summary: Overall, the Olympus XZ-1 is a great little compact camera.  I find it to be right up there with the Canon G12 as a serious compact shooter.
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Olympus XZ-1 Review

By Thom
6 August 2011
  • Excerpt: Olympus' stab at a serious compact. What is it? The Olympus XZ-1 is their top-end compact camera, one targeted at serious shooters desiring something small and compact. It's not quite in the shirt-pocket league of the Canon S95 or Panasonic LX-5, but it does fit some of my big men's shirt pockets and is certainly a jacket-pocket camera.
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
29 July 2011
  • Conclusion: It may not have as versatile a focal length lens as the Nikon P7000 and Canon G12, or some of the direct controls, but the XZ-1 has a much wider maximum aperture and is considerably smaller. Its controls are also more responsive than the Nikon P7000's.
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Overall 7
7.4

Expert Review

DP Review
20 July 2011
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: Fastest (brightest) zoom lens of any current compact, Really useful 28-112mm lens range, Lens impressively sharp with generally good corner sharpness at wide apertures, Reliable exposure metering and great color response make it easy to get good images, Good high ISO capability for a small-sensor camera (and rarely needed thanks to the bright lens), AF illuminator helps in low light, Simple control system still gives high level of manual control, Low light mode makes ...
  • Cons: Lack of AEL/AFL button rules out focus and recompose technique, No ability to adjust noise reduction level, No option to customize any buttons (though controls are generally very good), No direct access to ISO or White Balance, Auto ISO can use long exposure times in low light, Lens a little prone to flare in bright light, Video not up to the standard of the stills (and in the inefficient, though convenient, M-JPEG format)
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Olympus XZ-1 review

Techworld
14 July 2011
  • Summary: All things considered, we really like the Olympus XZ-1. It's easy to use, yet it has good manual features. But most importantly, it's a fun camera to use and it has interesting art filters to play with. We also like the screen and the fact that it mostly displays exactly what will be captured to the SD card.
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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus XZ-1

PC Magazine
17 June 2011
  • Conclusion: The Olympus XZ-1 dazzles when you compare it with other compact cameras, but its price and size pit it squarely against a class of cameras that can best its performance and quality.
  • Pros: Beautiful images even in low light. Extremely bright lens. Large image sensor. Fast captures. Gorgeous display. Camcorder-like video recording.
  • Cons: Pricey. Bulky for a compact camera. Lens cap is a nuisance.
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