Excerpt: Went to see The Eagles the other night, no cameras allowed. I had the XZ-10 (a recent purchase at $199.00), in my shirt pocket. I started in a non-assigned seat, and got warned about taking pictures in the first shot. Later had to move to another seat where all the remaining shots were taken. They were shot with the camera discreetly placed on my left knee, with my left hand covering the lcd and left index finger working the shutter.
Summary: this is an excellent camera although a little hard to setup for me. took quite a while to get it to work the way i wanted as there is no owners manual except on line so to find the info for a setting requires down loading the pdf document then finding the page for a setting. i was disappointed that you can't set the camera to date stamp as the picture is being taken.
Summary: I wanted something small enough to fit in my pocket but with good image quality. I shoot RAW exclusively and up to 800 ISO this little gem delivers! The image quality is way above the best smartphones, you also have access to full manual controls and the fast aperture allows for more depth-of-field control. It is also very fast at focusing and with almost no shutter lag. Only thing missing maybe is the lack of Wi-Fi.. Keep up the good work Olympus!
Summary: I like digital cameras and this one has all the features one would normally need. I purchased the XZ-10 for the 1.8 lens for low light conditions in addition to the automatic high speed ASA settings under low light. The camera is a little heavy for a "compact" but it has a more than solid feel to everything.
Summary: ** See the end of this review for updates, after owning the camera for a year.** I think I'm going to return this camera because it simply doesn't offer value at the price I paid, $400. Consumer Reports rated this one tops in 2013, so I decided to get it over other well-rated cameras for less than half the price. Money was no object. Let me start by saying, YES, the pictures are great. Bright, brilliant colors, and focus is sharp and fast enough.
Summary: I have been a fan of Olympus cameras since the days of the OM 10. I take lots of pictures. While I like a camera that is easy to use, I do like the option of using manual settings. My main camera is an E-620. It takes great shots and is a very intuitive camera---but it weighs a ton. I wanted a camera that gave me manual settings but was something I could carry around. At Christmas, I received the XZ 1. It is just about perfect.
Summary: Unlike the other 2 reviews I actually do own this camera. I was frustrated by the terrible low light quality of my phone but I cant always be lugging my Canon DSLR and 2 extra lenses to concerts or nights out. I did some research and found this camera. I took it to a concert this week and WOW, great performance, battery didnt even drain 1 tick, and I was really happy with what came out.