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Olympus XZ-1

A classic and fully featured 10 megapixel 4 times zoom factor camera
Compact 10MP 4x Dec 2012
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Release Date

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Olympus XZ-1 Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features,
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57 Reviews
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Good Features
Overall Score
38
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 39?

It has fantastic user reviews with an average user rating of 91%, based on 57 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report superior product quality, it is robust and is easy to use.
This Olympus digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Quite low megapixel
Only 3648 x 2736 pixels image resolution
35
Mediocre

Olympus XZ-1 Video Reviews


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Olympus XZ-1 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 57 owner reviews this Olympus camera has a marvellous average owner rating. 31 reviewers (89% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

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Customers Report Great Product Quality

10 people who reviewed the product concluded that it was good quality.

  • Great image quality…
    Yuan (Amazon) - May 2016
  • Having handled them decided that the massive increase in bulk and the necessity of carrying additional lenses was too big a price to pay for improved image quality…
    Barr (Amazon) - January 2012
  • PROS Has excellent build quality…
    Yuan (Amazon) - May 2016
  • It is a quality build…
    R. Davidge (Amazon) - February 2013
  • The build quality is very good, seems solid and very well made…
  • Build quality is decent, camera feels solid…
    Mark Dawis (Amazon) - September 2011
  • Picture quality is good, very good if you stick to RAW…
    Mark Dawis (Amazon) - September 2011
  • There is no compromise in picture quality either…
    Sam (Amazon) - June 2013
  • Superb Quality…
    Sam (Amazon) - June 2013
  • If you are on the market, like me, for a small camera that you can carry around with you all the time, that would also produce high quality images if not all than most of the time…

Users Report it is Robust

Six people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was well made.

Olympus Digital Cameras Have Very Good Reviews

We checked 6,180 owner and expert reviews (including 1,319 verified purchases) for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has very good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Olympus has very good reviews specifically for its cameras. 89% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report it is Easy to Use

Six customers who bought the product considered that it was easy to use and three owners said in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus.

  • Anyone with this camera and just enough experience to use two of its special effects could have had as much fun as me…
    X (Amazon) - April 2011
  • You need it handy, not lost somewhere…
    X (Amazon) - April 2011
  • The camera is very fast - power save settings are variable from 20 sec upward…
    R. Davidge (Amazon) - February 2013
  • Is difficult to hold.
    Br. (Amazon) - September 2011
  • The camera is easy to use…
    GM (Amazon) - June 2011
  • The menus are straightforward to navigate…
    GM (Amazon) - June 2011
  • It's easy to use, smart and has functions that are great to play with…
  • This will be quite handy as in the past glare from the sun has forced me to just take photographs blindly waving the camera in the right direction…
  • What a beauty, so tactile and easy to use and wow what great photos…
    Snaefell (Amazon) - January 2012
  • Can't wait to get familiar with some of the more advanced settings…
    Snaefell (Amazon) - January 2012

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Six customers agreed that the Olympus XZ-1 was compact.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two people wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen.

  • It looses one star because it has no eye level view finder…
    Br. (Amazon) - September 2011
  • The battery life is adequate for a days use or more and the screen is excellent…
    Jim Orr (Amazon) - November 2011
  • The screen was fantastic even viewing in the sun…
    Dr Koh (Amazon) - September 2011

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

17 customers who reviewed it considered that it was able to produce good images.

  • Sharp images and small camera…
    Steve (Amazon) - May 2011
  • Great image quality…
    Yuan (Amazon) - May 2016
  • This only operates on wide angle and one has to practically touch the subject to get a good sized image…
  • HOT PIXELS - not just little dead pixels, big red ones…
    Andy Doss (Amazon) - November 2011
  • For somebody, like me, who loves taking pictures of nature this was not good enough…
  • Having handled them decided that the massive increase in bulk and the necessity of carrying additional lenses was too big a price to pay for improved image quality…
    Barr (Amazon) - January 2012
  • It is easy to achieve photos at night with little noise…
  • To be honest why bother because in reality the camera takes probably the best pictures in its class…
    Truck (Amazon) - March 2012
  • It takes perfect photos time after time after time, battery life is perfect…
  • Now camera has developed a fault with sensor (Hot pixels \ Dead pixels…
    Mark Dawis (Amazon) - September 2011

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Seven customers who bought the product concluded that it had a good lens and two owners who reviewed it said that it had a good autofocus.

  • The removable lens cap is no problem at all for me…
    Barr (Amazon) - January 2012
  • Select aperture or shutter priority on the mode dial and then use the wonderful rotating lens dial to set the required stop…
    Barr (Amazon) - January 2012
  • It is spectacular for dark conditions with its high sensitivity and bright lens…
  • It takes the total zoom capability up to 16 times…
    R. Davidge (Amazon) - February 2013
  • Of course there are fancy lens caps available to get round this.
  • The cap has stayed perched on the lens a few times…
  • Auto focus is rapid…
    GM (Amazon) - June 2011
  • Once you have got used to the camera its quite easy to obtain focus confirmation and then switch to manual focus (two button presses required), which allows you to take the exposure…
    GM (Amazon) - June 2011
  • A fantastic fast lens, which really operates in low light…
  • The good wide angle lens is a real step up from my cheaper compacts…

Users Report Good Battery Life

Four owners who reviewed the product thought it had a good battery life.


Features

Quite Low Megapixel

The Olympus XZ-1 has one of the lower megapixels (only 10 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age. The lowest megapixel of cameras is 0.3MP and the highest is 80MP.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ-1 has a higher image resolution than most cameras. This Olympus camera has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all cameras ranges from 2592 x 1944 pixels to 7680 x 5120 pixels.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of cameras range from 0.34x to 83x, and the average optical zoom is 12x. The Olympus XZ-1 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst cameras of this age.

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Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Olympus camera has been on the market since December 2012.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus xz1
Barcodes 00050332175853, 04017386142886, 04545350031640, 04545350031671

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