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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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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus XZ-1

CNET
9 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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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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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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Overall 7
7.2

Expert Review

reviewed
25 March 2011
  • Summary: Olympus re-enters high-end point-and-shoot market, and their first attempt in about ten years is a home run.
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Overall 9
8.5

Olympus XZ-1 Review

Digitaltrends
25 March 2011
  • 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 purchase. Unlike some Micro-Four-Thirds or even beginner DSLRs, there’s nothing intimidating about the make and mold of the XZ-1.
  • Pros: Quality feel, comfortable size and weight, Lens capabilities are impressive, Does well in low light, Fast, responsive shutter, Custom save option
  • Cons: Interface might throw off even some experienced digital photographers, No view finder
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus XZ-1 Review

Digital Camera Review
9 March 2011
  • Excerpt: The recently introduced Olympus XZ-1 becomes that company's "...ultra-compact flagship camera and first of a new series... developed for the photographer or enthusiast who is looking for the ultimate high-quality, high-performance premium compact camera.
  • Pros: Excellent still image quality, Slightly better than average compact digital noise performance, Fast maximum lens apertures, Very good overall lens performance
  • Cons: Video quality a bit soft, Short HD video clip time, Noise performance trails best competitors in class
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Overall 8
8.1
Features 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Autofocus 7
7.0

Olympus XZ-1 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: I really enjoyed using the Olympus XZ-1. It handles nicely and has all the settings and features an enthusiast photographer would want. The much talked about f/1.8 lens is great in low light and creates a shallow depth of field, although it does distort at wide angles. That said, many compact cameras suffer from lens distortion at short focal lengths and most manufacturers correct this in-camera.
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Overall 8
8.1

Olympus XZ-1 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: I really enjoyed using the Olympus XZ-1. It handles nicely and has all the settings and features an enthusiast photographer would want. The much talked about f/1.8 lens is great in low light and creates a shallow depth of field, although it does distort at wide angles. That said, many compact cameras suffer from lens distortion at short focal lengths and most manufacturers correct this in-camera.
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