Summary: This camera turned out to be a little complex for us. We should have gone for a simple "point and shoot." This is a point and shoot plus, plus, plus. We did order a written manual and even that confused us! We had an older digital Olympus and decided to stay with the brand but technology has passed us by! It is a mini-computer! Dislike the constant need to recharge the battery, too.
Summary: I think I will love the camera because of it's ease of use. Being that I am 79 years old, I needed something that is easy for me to use. I have only had the camera a couple of days. The battery is the problem, it does not hold a charge, it should according the the reviews I read about it. So is the battery old, because of shelf life? Or is the camera draining it too much? I guess I'll have to wait and see.
Summary: i've been using large sensor cameras for many months, so my perception of picture quality is a little skewed by that. This camera is small, convenient and flexible. It does both medium telephoto and macro well. An ILC would take at least two large lenses to accomplish that. UI is very pleasant. Nifty ring around the lens controls the most important function (changes depending on what mode you are in.) Nice positive clicks, too.
Excerpt: The small sensor / high pixel density really lets this camera down! If Olympus had chosen to go with a 9 or 10 megapixel sensor rather than the 12 megapixels, image quality could be far superior. Why do manufacturers keep cramming more pixels into a sensor than necessary. The XZ-10 has 75% higher pixel density than the Lumix LX7, putting it at a severe disadvantage.
This was recommended by Which magazine and because my previous camera was ...
7 August 2014
Summary: I was wanting a point and shoot camera, nothing fancy. This was recommended by Which magazine and because my previous camera was a very similar Olympus, I went for this one. Touch screen can be turned off, thank goodness. You have to watch how you hold it as the flash is always popping up under my finger. The panorama is very manual.
XZ-10 ... fine but flawed and not (I believe) money well spent
stefan 22, Amazon
2 February 2014
Summary: this is a fine camera that produces good results but it really is NOT easy to use and getting good 'consistent' results has proven (for me) to be troublesome and complicated. it might be that my poor experience with the camera is down (by and large) to user error...but I do not believe that to be the case. if I am wrong about the cameras 'ease of use' (or lack thereof) I will gladly listen to and yield to a more informed user experience. so ..
Summary: Having previously owned and really liked the excellent but slightly impractical XZ-1 (in stylish white), I jumped at the chance to get my hands on this one. I had traded my XZ-1 for a Sony HX10v purely for its usability and better zoom but missed the Olympus for its better lens and picture quality more than I thought. This one addresses the issues I had with the XZ-1 (its size, sharp edges, lens cap and 4x zoom) but the optical zoom has still only increased to 5x.
Summary: The XZ-10 is the latest release at the higher end of the compact camera market. It's a market I know fairly well having spent some time last year researching the purchase of a compact and eventually choosing the Panasonic DMC-LX5. At first glance the Olympus (like the Lumix) has opted for a plain black, slightly retro finish, but I feel it's left the Olympus looking rather unremarkable. Neither a fun camera, nor a retro camera, nor a cutting edge design.