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Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera

The Olympus XZ-1 Compact Digital Camera is the perfect choice for anyone keen to develop their photographic skills and boasts a bevy of functions to turn the most professional photographer green... More
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14 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 69 owner reviews the average owner rating of this digital camera is exceptional. If all the digital cameras of a similar type and age are ranked by average owner review score then this camera is in the top 14%.

Good Product Quality

Some customers agreed that this digital camera was good quality. Five years ago Amazon Customer mentioned in their Olympus XZ-1 review “All that is secondary to the extraordinary image quality”. Amazon Customer also said “The video is dreadful - image quality is only good for thumbnail/YouTube style videos”. Barr wrote in their review of this digital camera “The necessity of carrying additional lenses was too big a price to pay for improved image quality” and rated the product as excellent.

Good Size

Thirty-one Olympus XZ-1 reviewers who reviewed the product agreed that it was compact. Ah-Uk said in their review of the Olympus XZ-1 on Amazon “Like many people, I have bought several compact cameras to compliment my DSLR” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Amazon Customer said five years ago “At this price point I am surprised by this - OK nobody buys a compact just to take video.”. Amazon Customer also wrote “So if you want a compact with semi-decent video then the Lumix LX5 is probably the one to go for”.

One person reckoned that the Olympus XZ-1 was lightweight. Laza wrote “Great lens, professional image quality in good light, art filters, lightweight, high build qualityWhat's not so good”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was a good depth. Sam wrote “The XZ-1 takes some beautiful photographs, providing a vast amount of detail and a depth in colour! Would highly recommend this camera to photography newcomers like myself” in his Olympus XZ-1 review.

One Olympus XZ-1 owner considered that it was good structurally. Tallpete33 mentioned “The construction is solid”. One Olympus XZ-1 reviewer considered that it was thin. Yuan mentioned in their review “It can bulky if you are looking for something slim and light possible look at the Casio exilim range”.

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Nice Design

Some Olympus XZ-1 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good looking. Geoffrey J. said on Amazon “They all look so beautiful in coarse grain effect black” in his review of the Olympus XZ-1. Ibraar 'le Saracen' mentioned “Bar some niggles is worth every penny, I'll cut to the bottom line; *** if you're looking for a compact carry anywhere stylish compact camera which produces brilliant photographs” and scored it very highly. Jens Erik Bech mentioned on Amazon “You stood in front of beautiful sceneries”.

One Olympus XZ-1 reviewer wrote that this digital camera was neat. Five years ago Barr said in their Olympus XZ-1 review on Amazon “It's still very neat and compact” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars. One Olympus XZ-1 owner who reviewed it wrote that it was ergonomic. Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote on Amazon “Piss easy to set up - everything is intuitive and ergonomically laid out - I set ISO 100”.

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Robust

A few Olympus XZ-1 owners concluded that the Olympus XZ-1 was well made. Amazon Customer gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said in their review of the Olympus XZ-1 “It's also fast to power up, exposure is invariably 'spot on' (something that the S100 struggles with at times), its solidly built, looks good”. Ibraar 'le Saracen' said “My main compact is a Contax Tvs III - both solid titanium” in their review of this digital camera. Ibraar 'le Saracen' also said “It is much better built than the Fuji F200EXR”.

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Five years ago Bomble wrote “As long as you don't care about using this for video it's a fantastic all-rounder that can replace a DSLR in many circumstances and is small enough to go anywhere” in their review. Six years ago Laza wrote in their review on Amazon “The camera feels sturdy, still elegant”.

One Olympus XZ-1 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. Six years ago Andy Doss said on Amazon “If you want your camera to be a reliable tool - FORGET THIS ONE!SENSOR DUST - After 8 months this camera is unusable because the uncleanable sensor is so dust-ridden”.

One customer who bought the product mentioned that it was easy to damage or scratch. L. Richardson mentioned on Amazon “With a holiday coming up very quick I needed a quick replacement to my broken” in their review of the Olympus XZ-1.

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Easy to Use

A number of Olympus XZ-1 reviewers who bought it agreed that it was easy to use. Bfj mentioned on Amazon four years ago “It is fairly straightforward to use” in their Olympus XZ-1 review. Bfj also said “It's easy to use with just a little help from the manual”. Bfj also wrote “The Art filters make life fun and they are simplicity itself to use”.

Some customers who purchased it agreed that it was easy to use the menus. E. E. Hughes gave it an excellent review and mentioned “There are menus where the professional can tweak the camera to their hearts content, which I will ignore.”. Kay T said in her Olympus XZ-1 review “Camera menus and options are easy to understand” . R. Davidge wrote on Amazon “The camera is very fast - power save settings are variable from 20 sec upward”.

Several Olympus XZ-1 owners who purchased it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Bomble rated the Olympus XZ-1 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review “The video quality is poor; the camera struggles to hold focus resulting in continuous adjustments that can render the video unwatchable”. Yuan said in their review of the Olympus XZ-1 on Amazon “I added a flipbac grip to the camera which make's the camera much easier to hold with one hand”.

One person who reviewed the Olympus XZ-1 reckoned that it had a good experience. Geoffrey J. gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “Anyone with this camera and just enough experience to use two of its special effects could have had as much fun as me” in his review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few people who reviewed it considered that it was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer said in their review five years ago “For somebody, like me, who loves taking pictures of nature this was not good enough” yet they gave it a rating of 3 stars. Amazon Customer also said “One has to practically touch the subject to get a good sized image”. Amazon Customer also wrote “At 100 ISO the images are crisp across the frame (even wide open)”.

Several people who reviewed the Olympus XZ-1 said that it had a good ISO range. Grover Netzer wrote “The same scene on the XZ-1 (400 ISO) was more detailed, sharper”. Jim Orr said on Amazon six years ago “If only prints were required I would be happy to use a faster ISO” in his review of the Olympus XZ-1. Laza wrote on Amazon in the same month “Even in ISO 400 there's some noticeable noise” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 5 stars.

A number of customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Andy Doss mentioned in his review of the Olympus XZ-1 “HOT PIXELS - not just little dead pixels, big red ones” . Laza mentioned “In high resolution” in their review of this digital camera.

Two Olympus XZ-1 reviewers who reviewed the Olympus XZ-1 thought it was good in low light. Bomble said on Amazon “It excels indoors in low light; it produces wonderful atmospheric outdoor shots (albeit without a powerful zoom)”.

One person concluded that it had a good image sensor. Four years ago R. Davidge mentioned “The quality of the lens and sensor is so good that one would not know that maximum zoom is digital (not available in i-auto mode” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Lens

Some Olympus XZ-1 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good lens. Ah-Uk said in their review of the Olympus XZ-1 on Amazon “The kids are going to lose out!The lens is remarkable”. Two years ago Anthony W. Phillips mentioned “I conclude that this is a well-made quite compact camera which, with its fast lens and biggish sensor, produces excellent images” in his review. Barr said on Amazon five years ago “It's exactly the same as it would for anyone using a DSLR or compact system camera with interchangeable lenses - the lens cap is simply removed”.

Some people who bought the Olympus XZ-1 thought it had a good autofocus. Laza mentioned on Amazon “The focus is usually quick and finds the relevant object”. Sara Bunn wrote on Amazon “I especially like the way the 1.8 lens gets a bitingly sharp subject and the background nicely out of focus”.

A number of Olympus XZ-1 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Olympus XZ-1 had a good zoom. Max Eastwood mentioned in his Olympus XZ-1 review “The XZ-1 still has ample zoom for everyday conditions”. One person considered that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. Pauly B said in their Olympus XZ-1 review on Amazon “Ideo good too with ery capable image stabilisation”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Olympus XZ-1 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Six years ago Dr Koh mentioned on Amazon “The screen was fantastic even viewing in the sun” and rated it 5 stars. L. Richardson wrote on Amazon “The nagatives are that the screen is faint in bright light.” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Oliver! mentioned in their review on Amazon “As a result all images are of a very high quality, both on screen and in print”.

Several people considered that the product had a good viewfinder. Barr gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote “The ability to add such a great viewfinder is yet another of the XZ-1's advantages over any of its rivals (It's far superior to the Panasonic.” in their Olympus XZ-1 review. Hustler wrote in their review on Amazon “A proper view finder would be good”.

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Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Olympus cameras and also specifically for Olympus cameras and found that in both cases Olympus had good ratings compared to other brands.

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Good Battery Life

Several people who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good battery life. Jim Orr mentioned in his review “The battery life is adequate for a days use or more”. Kerrygold7130 said in their Olympus XZ-1 review “It takes perfect photos time after time after time, battery life is perfect”. Max Eastwood wrote on Amazon “The battery lasts a good length of time for a day of photography too” in his review of the Olympus XZ-1.

Good Technical Features

A few Olympus XZ-1 reviewers agreed that this digital camera had good features. Sam said in his Olympus XZ-1 review on Amazon “The ease of use is making it easy to learn the more advanced features this camera has to offer”. Truck said five years ago “Have to say the camera is outstanding in terms of features, manual control” in their Olympus XZ-1 review.

Good Support

One Olympus XZ-1 reviewer who purchased the Olympus XZ-1 concluded that it had good technical guidance. Five years ago Grover Netzer wrote “This camera has so many functions, that reading the full PDF manual is essential” in his review of the Olympus XZ-1 and gave the Olympus XZ-1 a rating of 80 out of 100.

One Olympus XZ-1 owner reckoned that it had good customer support. Mark Dawis mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “5 min later all was sorted, replacement unit on its way to me! Fantastic customer support by Amazon”.

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Supports One ISO Sensitivity

The Olympus XZ-1 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 10,000, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Olympus digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys Auto: ISO 100 - 800 are also supported by this digital camera.

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12 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

Some people wrote in their reviews that it was not noisy. Laza said on Amazon “In JPG mode this noise is blurred which results in blotchy dark areas” in their Olympus XZ-1 review. Laza also mentioned “Poor battery life, visible noise at low light, some controls are hard to reach, slow preview mode, only in-camera charging possibilityFinal word”.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most cameras that have been available for a similar time to the XZ-1 do not have an image stabilizer. The Olympus XZ-1 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XZ-1, the Olympus XZ-1 does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Sony DSC-QX30[plb_2444747_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Olympus XZ-1 does not support video capability, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the XZ-1 also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the XZ-1 do not have a built-in flash. The Olympus XZ-1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Olympus XZ-1 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the XZ-1 do not support Full HD video. The Olympus XZ-1 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Sony DSC-QX30[plb_2444747_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Olympus XZ-1 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XZ-1 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras that came out around the same time as the XZ-1 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Olympus XZ-1 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ-1 has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Across all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the XZ-1 the worst image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Only Has Eight White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus XZ-1 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most commonly found white balance is Auto, but this white balance is not found on this digital camera. The white balances Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Sunlight, Flash, Overcast, Shade and Under Water Auto are also found on this camera.

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Only Has Ten Light Exposure Modess

The Olympus XZ-1 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a shutter priority light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on digital cameras of this age and type. The light exposure modess "Programme automatic", "Aperture priority", "Manual", "i-Auto", "Scene Modes", "Movie", "Art Filter", "Custom shooting" and "Low light" are also found on this camera.

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1 Other reason to consider the Olympus XZ-1

Released Over Four Years Ago

Olympus released the XZ-1 over four years ago.

Specification

Picture Quality
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Supported Aspect Ratios
Lens System
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Battery
Battery Technology
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Camera Shutter Speed
TV Out Port
Technical Details
Continuous Shooting Speed (max)

User Reviews

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Reviewed 5 July 2016 by Marek M.
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Excellent quality!

(Verified Purchase)

I have been using this camera for many years now and have not looked at buying another camera for myself since, I've taken it on many holidays and it has not failed me once. It can take a few... Read more…

Reviewed 15 March 2016 by Beckyscott
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Great camera...

Reviewed 25 March 2015 by Flavio Freddi
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Superb bit of kit - only thing stopping it getting a 5 star review is the lack of any instruction manual. I hate having to trawl through an online PDF. Also a shame that you can't recharge... Read more…

Reviewed 24 January 2015 by Anthony W. Phillips
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I have delayed writing this review until I'd sorted out as much of the operating procedure as I'm likely to. I conclude that this is a well-made quite compact camera which, with its fast lens and... Read more…

Reviewed 17 September 2014 by The Doc "discdoc"
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This is a nice camera, the large 1/7 sensor gives good definition pictures very noticeable improvement on 1/2.3. The zoom length covers the most used focal lengths. Pictures are very saturated... Read more…

Reviewed 16 September 2014 by Dr PGW
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This is a nice camera, the large 1/7 sensor gives good definition pictures very noticeable improvement on 1/2.3. The zoom length covers the most used focal lengths. Pictures are very saturated... Read more…

Reviewed 4 August 2014 by John Le Quesne
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Fantastic camera & great service highly recommended.

Reviewed 1 May 2014 by Annette Kneifati
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Maybe superseded by newer models, but exactly what I needed and very simple to operate for a person with no photographic skills!

Reviewed 31 August 2013 by Dr. L. C. Irving-bell "Linda Irving-Bell"
(Verified Purchase)

The reason I bought this camera was to take pictures on building sites, inside buildings and large inside spaces. It does a great job with the light.

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