Summary: The Olympus XZ-10 packs an extraordinary amount of functionality in a small camera that is barely larger than an ultra-compact. It even manages to squeeze in an ultra-bright F/1.8-2.7 lens with 5X optical zoom and image stabilization.
Pros: Ultra-Bright F/1.8 lens, lets use lower ISO, Good lens sharpness, Uniform lens brightness, Extremely low distortion, Very good automatic white-balance, Conservative metering, Reliable autofocus, Built-in ND filter, Good build quality
Cons: Image-noise visible at all ISO settings, Hue not entirely natural, Custom white-balance not perfect, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Impossible to setup framing for video, Not exposure-priority, Incorrect histogram, Video recording lag, Short battery-life
Summary: Olympus XZ-10 Features: 12-megapixel, 1/2.3" backlit CMOS image sensor TruePic VI image processor Olymopus' Advanced iHS technology 5x optical zoom lens Fast f/1.8 - 2.7 maximum aperture range Manual control ring mounted around the lens High sensitivity settings, up to ISO 6400 3.0-inch, touch...
Pros: iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, Command Dial and Hybrid Control Ring allow for fast and simple manual control, Excellent image quality, Image Stabilization keeps handheld images sharp, Touch LCD is easy to opera...
Cons: Weak pop-up flash unit, Flash makes it tough to hold camera with 2 hands, Poor battery life, No external charging unit
Olympus Stylus XZ-10 – a serious compact P&S with an impressive array of features
24 February 2013
Conclusion: The Olympus Stylus XZ-10 will be available this April for around $549 – a great price for such a camera. It looks like this thing could easily replace the XZ-2 or Fuji’s X1 and X100 in the pockets of professional photographers who need an unnoticeable, yet still feature packed camera for their...
Excerpt: Compact cameras are in trouble. Smartphones continue to don sexier optics, allowing the photographer in all of us to carry one less item and still get decent shots of our lunches/cats/moderately funny occurrences.
Summary: The new Olympus XZ-10 announced today joins the XZ-2 in Olympus’s range of premium compact cameras, but is 40% smaller than its sibling and offers the same f/1.8 lens. The Olympus XZ-10 also shares the same True Pic VI image processor found in the Olympus OM-D.
Conclusion: Overall, a study build and decent image quality makes this a decent camera to own, but it has its downs as well. While it offers PASM modes, with control on aperture, exposure bias, and shutter speeds; the 1/2.3" sensor does have its limitations.
Pros: Sturdy to hold; PASM modes; Offers F/1.8 aperture settings; Loads of image effects to play with.
Cons: Small sensor; Tacky UI; Over saturated colours; Expensive.
Conclusion: Slender and stylish, the XZ-10 leaves a good first impression - but the trim design not only cuts the fat compared to the top-spec XZ-2, it also pulls back on some of the more advanced features more commonly associated with an advanced compact.
Pros: Small size, wide aperture lens, decent build quality, physical control ring around lens, raw file capture has its uses, often good quality from small sensor size, built-in ND filter
Cons: Lens introduces visible softness, white balance can be off, some issues with lens column not retracting, reflective LCD screen, sensor-shift stabilisation doesn't benefit preview