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. As an advanced compact, the Stylus XZ-10 offers full manual-controls and dual control-dials to keep them accessible. A traditional mode-dial and customizable Function button add to its efficiency.
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
Excerpt: For 2013, Olympus has added their third entry into the XZ-series of compact, yet powerful cameras; with the introduction of the XZ-10. This unit builds off of their recently announced XZ-2 , which they boast as the flagship model for the XZ line. The XZ-10 borrows many of its features, however it packs them into a body that Olympus claims is "stealthier". In all reality, the XZ-10 is just a lot smaller, approx. 40 percent smaller than the XZ-1 and XZ-2 by volume.
Conclusion: That said, Canon has managed to include Wi-Fi in the S110, while Sony has opted for a larger sensor in its RX100. So, while this is a good all-round performer, there's nothing overly exciting about it that gives it a niche selling point - it'd be nice to see Olympus experimenting a bit more in this area of the market.
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 getaways.
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. Not content to just fade away, manufacturers are ramping up the quality and features of their compact cameras to stay relevant — and in the process, the buyer benefits.
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. Offering so much control to take good shots, but on a sensor size that small is basically a wasted exercise.
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: The Olympus XZ-10 is a solid all-round performer that features excellent AF performance, an impressive touchscreen and good design. But it’s let down by its small sensor and a few reliability issues.
Pros: Fast AF performance, Excellent f/1.8 to 2.7 aperture, Very responsive touchscreen
Cons: Small sensor means so-so ISO performance, Average video quality, Screen very reflective
Excerpt: At first glance the Olympus Stylus XZ-10 looks like a shrunken-down version of the comapny's top-spec XZ-2 compact. But it's both more and less than that: this middling advanced compact is a curious mix of high-spec - thanks to raw capture and the inclusion of a brand new 5x optical zoom lens with f/1.8-2.7 maximum aperture - found among more standard fare such as the small 1/2.3-inch sensor size.
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