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Quick Specification of Olympus XZ-1 Point & Shoot

  • Dimension
    • Height : 64.8
    • Thickness : 42.3
    • Weight : 275

Full Specifications of Olympus XZ-1 Point & Shoot

  • Dimension

  • Zoom

    Optical Zoom
  • Pixels

    Mega Pixel
  • Lens

    Manufacturer of Lens
    Auto Focus
    lens Color Filter
    Primary Colour Filter (RGB)
    Focal Length
    6.0 - 24.0mm (28 - 112 mm in 35 mm Equiv.)
  • LCD

    LCD Image Resolution Display
    610,000 Dots
    LCD Video Resolution Display
    1,280 x 720
    LCD Size
    3.0 inch
    LCD Info Display
  • Focus

    Focus system
    Contrast Detection AF System
  • Flash

    Flash Range
    Wide-angle: 0.5m-8.6m (ISO 800) Telephoto: 0.3m-6.2m (ISO 800)
    Flash Modes
    Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchronisation with Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchronisation, 2nd Curtain and Slow Synchronisation, Fill-in For Exclusive Flash, Manual
    External Flash
    TTL Auto for Olympus Dedicated Flash, Auto or Manual
    Built in Flash
  • Image

    Video Size
    [4:3] SD: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps [16:9] HD Movie: 1,280 x 720 pixels, 24 fps
    Video Format
    AVI Motion JPEG
    Image Format
    RAW & JPEG
    Image Size
    RAW 3648 x 2736 Compressed Large 3648 x 2736 Fine (Compression: 1/4) 3648 x 2736 Normal (Compression: 1/8) Middle 3200 x 2400 Normal (Compression: 1/8) Small 1280 x 960 Normal (Compression: 1/8)
    Audio Format
    Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz, Wave Format Base
    Aspect Ratio
    4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6
    Image Processor
    TruePic V
  • Interface

    Audio Video Interface
    NTSC or PAL Selectable
    USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)
  • Memory

    Inbulit Memory
    55 MB
    Card Type
    SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Cards
  • Sensor

    Sensor Size
    Sensor Type
  • Shutter Speed

    Shutter Speed
    2 - 1/2000s
  • Battery

    Power Supply
    Optional AC Adapter for Battery Charge
    Battery Life
    320 Images
    Battery Type
    LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Additional Features

    ISO Rating
    Auto: ISO 100-800 Manual: ISO 100 - 6400 (Adjustable in 1/3 EV Step)
    Self Timer
    2 sec / 12 sec
    Micro Connector (Type D)
    Maximum Resolution
    3648 x 2736
    Exposure Compensation
    1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
    White Balancing
    Tungsten, Flourescent 1, Flourescent 2, Sunlight, Flash, Overcast, Shade, Under Water Auto
    Scene Modes
    Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Indoor, Sunset, Self-portrait, Sports, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Underwater Macro, Pet, Cuisine, Multi-Exposure, Underwater Wide
    Aperture Range
    Face Detection
    ESP Light Metering, Spot Metering, Centre Weighted Metering
    Supported Languages
    39 languages (Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese (BR + PT), German, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Korean, Simple Chinese, Traditional Chinese,Thai, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian, Indonesian, Hebrew, Malay, Vietnamese)
    Red Eye Reduction
    Exposure Mode
    Programme Automatic, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, i-Auto, Scene Modes, Movie, Art Filter, Custom Shooting, Low Light
    Continuous Shots
    2.0 fps in Sequential 7 fps in High-Speed1 15fps in High-Speed2
    Image Stabilizer
    Digital Image Stabilisation

Over all Review of Olympus XZ-1 Point & Shoot

Olympus XZ-1 Point & Shoot Price

Overall Review

The Olympus XZ 1 is a metal-clad compact camera with a relatively large 1/1.63” sensor featuring 10MP of resolution and the ability to shoot RAW. Olympus is a late-comer to this market segment but with a 28mm to 112mm equivalent f/1.8 to f/2.5 image stabilized zoom lens, face detection, a 3 inch 610K dot resolution screen, ISO up to 3200 (6400 at reduced resolution), and the ability to shoot 720p HD video, it has entered the fray fully armed. At 4.35 x 2.55 x 1.67" and weighing just less than 10 ounces, it is small and light. And if you already own the VF-2 finder for one of its bigger siblings from the Olympus line of m4/3 cameras, there is a spot for it on the top of this camera as well. Olympus is trying to target - and moreover enthuse - two distinct groups of photographer. First, there's the beginner wanting to take better pictures than their current auto-everything model will allow. Second, we have the photography enthusiast looking for a smaller back up to complement their existing digital SLR.. Professional features include a full manual exposure mode, raw image capture, wireless TTL flash control and compatibility with a wide range of accessories including external flashguns and macro LED lights, a detachable electronic viewfinder and external microphone set. The Olympus XZ-1 also offers half a dozen Art Filters, eighteen scene modes and one-touch HD movie recording.


Design and Build Quality

Further adding to the impression that this is a serious proposition is the Olympus XZ-1's rugged-feeling build, which suggests a compacted DSLR or, more closely still, a smaller and slimmer Digital Pen; a feeling augmented by the XZ-1's 275g weight and proportions of 110.6mm x 64.8mm x 42.3mm. From the front it's traditionally square-like and boxy and, in its black incarnation, even a bit plain looking (a natty white lacquered version is alternatively available). But as this is not your average point-and-shoot that requires stylish curves to sell it, we actually like its no-nonsense appearance. That said, although the XZ-1 is more portable than a Micro Four-Thirds model, it's still one for transporting in the pocket of a jacket rather than jeans. . And again like the Canon, there's the ability to adjust aspect ratios, from 4:3 to 3:2, 16.9 or even 6:6.As an additional stand-out feature, the XZ-1 'borrows' the time-saving idea of a lens ring, for making adjustments on the quick, from rival Canon's Powershot S95. Thus, the likes of ISO speed can be scrolled through and swapped with a quick twist. Like the Canon Powershot S95 or the S100, the GX1 doesn’t come across as an enthusiast-class camera at the first glance. It’s only when you notice the hot shoe for external flash and the shooting options that you realize it packs some serious meat. The body is all black with the metal front, and the overall excellent build. This can easily be felt as soon as you hold the camera. The front of the camera sports a highly respectable i.Zuiko lens, which is the first for a digital camera by Olympus. It’s super-bright with a large aperture of F1.8 at the widest end, which is 28 mm. At 4x zoom the focal length extends to 112 mm and the largest aperture you get is an impressive F2.5. The benefits of large aperture are good control over depth of field and fast shutter speeds in low light.

Focus and Face Detection

Focus performance is compacting camera. Face detection seems to work quite well, the 11 point AF system is also quite decent for single focus work. Continuous autofocus (tracking) is not something I'd rely upon. Close focus switches too soon to macro, necessitating some extra button pressing compared to other compacts. Low light performance is helped by the AF assist lamp (which can be turned off), but low light performance definitely is poorer than bright light performance, even with the lamp.

Lens and Image Stabilization

The super-bright F1.8-2.5 lens does more than let you keep the ISO settings down in low light. It also allows a surprising degree of control over depth-of-field. It's sometimes hard to work out how much or little depth-of-field a lens will produce, thanks to differing sensor sizes, but the key factors are the physical size of the aperture and the angle-of-view. In this instance, at the long end of its zoom, the XZ-1 has an aperture with a diameter of 9.6mm at 112mm equivalent, which compares favorably to the 9.8mm maximum aperture at the 83mm equivalent of a typical APS-C 18-55 F3.5-5.6 kit lens. It means the XZ-1 should give at least as blurred a background and do so at something much closer to the traditional portrait focal length. Furthermore it means the XZ-1 should give greater control over depth-of-field than a Micro Four Thirds kit lens, since they tend to offer 7.5mm at 84mm equivalent. All-in-all, it means the XZ-1 offers similar control over depth-of-field and a more flexible focal length range than most DSLRs or mirror less cameras with their kit lenses, making it a competitive alternative unless you plan to buy additional lenses.

Screen and Menus

 The OLED screen gives photographers a clearer, sharper, more contrasted image – and its resolution of 610,000 pixels doesn’t hurt either. The functions are simple to master, with a dedicated power butter and shutter, a top dial for adjusting your manual settings as well as selecting iAuto, auto-scene options, and built-art filters. On the camera’s back panel, you have your dedicated video recording button, playback function, and turning dial for determining shutter and aperture manually, as well as a host of other settings. This dial also serves as your navigator for scrolling through photos


The Olympus XZ-1 is powered by a proprietary lithium-ion battery, which can be charged in-camera via USB. You need to connect the USB cable either to a computer running Windows 7, Vista or XP; or to the supplied USB-AC adapter, which must, in turn, be plugged into a mains socket using a mains cable. So unless you want to charge the battery via a Windows computer, you will need two cables, an adapter, and the camera itself. Olympus does offer a conventional external charger as well, but only as an optional accessory.

Video Mode

Program mode and semi-manual modes are for more adventurous users who want to experiment with parameters, such as ISO, white balance, metering modes, ND filter and macro mode. There’s also a super-macro mode, which allows shooting subjects from as close as a centimeter. The manual mode offers control over the aperture and shutter speed as well. The Scene and Art Filter modes have functions that anyone will enjoy. Besides the regular bunch of presets, which includes kids, pets, beach, night scene, portrait, landscape and so on, you get multi-exposure and panorama mode. With multi-exposure, you shoot one frame and then you can overlay it with the second shot. Panorama mode isn’t as simple as Sony’s Sweep Panorama, but it’s somewhat similar. While shooting the successive frames (to the left or right), you have to pan the camera in accordance with a crosshair that assists alignment. You can shoot up to three successive frames and the panorama is stitched by the camera. The Art Filter mode has a collection of filters that yield effects, such as Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film (black and white), Pin Hole, Diorama (similar to toy effect) and Dramatic Tone. When used well with appropriate scenes and subjects, you can get very creative shots.The video recording function will be a slight disappointment for those who want full HD videos. The XZ-1 supports recording only up to 720p. Coming to the dial around the lens, it lets you select the ISO in Program mode, shutter speed in Shutter Priority mode and aperture in Manual and Aperture Priority modes. It also lets you select scenes and art filters.


A notable feature of the XZ-1 is that it allows a fine control over the ISO. Instead of one stop, which is usually the case in most cameras, here you get 1/3 stop. So instead of jumping from ISO 100 to 200, you can set the values to 125 and 160. The range starts from ISO 100 and goes way up to 6400.The noise is very much under control at up to ISO 400. From there on, it starts getting worse with graininess. The results at ISO 800 are also acceptable, if you reduce the image size. The same goes with ISO 1600 and 3200, but at 100 percent zoom, you’ll notice a watercolor effect occurring.The Olympus XZ-1 features a 1/1.63-inch sensor, which is slightly large than the sensors used in most other digital cameras. It’s even larger than the sensor in the PowerShot S100, which measures 1/1.7-inch.


The XZ-1 is very convenient to use and to carry because of its petite size. You will love the size of the camera because it is hand sized allowing you to take pictures with greater control. This makes it easy to carry around with you no matter where you may want to take some pictures. This is not to say that it is a miniature camera, so small that you would lose it because of its size. The capabilities of the Olympus XZ-1 are designed for every level of photographer across the board.


The movie quality is not fantastic when compared to the high quality still shots.

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