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Olympus XZ-1


$499.99 Released January, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Large 1/1.63" 10MP sensor - largest amongst point and shoot cameras, better image quality and low light noise control. Very bright 6 - 24mm lens (28-112mm equivalent) with an aperture of 1.8 - 2.8 for good collection of available light. Fairly small and compact - can fit into a pocket unlike larger professional point and shoots, larger camera systems.

The Cons:Video quality lags behind image quality. Video autofocus does not work well. Lens is prone to flaring.

The Olympus XZ-1 is a compact, enthusiast-grade camera featuring a combination of a few gimmicks with a multitude of premium-level features. It features a 1/1.63” sensor with 10MP, a fast (f1.8 at 28mm to f2.5 at 112mm) 4X iZuiko Zoom Lens, and a maximum ISO up to 6400 for see-in-the-dark conditions.

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It borrows the TruPic V image processor from Olympus’s current Pen Micro Four Thirds dam, but adds a 3” OLED display on the back. Video wise, the XZ-1 supports 720p HD video at 30fps via a quick one-touch record button. The most standout features on the device are its manual controls, including a control ring and a wheel controller, for adjusting ISO, aperture, shutter, and more. It’s essentially a DSLR (function-wise), except in a more consumer-friendly package.

Features

  • 10MP CCD Sensor
  • 4X iZuiko Zoom Lens
  • 3” LCD OLED
  • HD 720P VIDEOS
  • Dual Image Stabilization
  • Accessory Port
  • In-Camera Art Filters
  • Dual Image Stabilization
  • Use-Live Guide Control
  • In-Camera Panorama
  • AF Live View w/AF Tracking
  • Advanced Face Detection
  • TruePic V Image Processor
  • Underwater Housing
  • Optional EVF

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Pros
  • 2

    large 1/1.63" 10MP sensor - largest amongst point and shoot cameras, better image quality and low light noise control

  • 1

    very bright 6 - 24mm lens (28-112mm equivalent) with an aperture of 1.8 - 2.8 for good collection of available light

  • 1

    fairly small and compact - can fit into a pocket unlike larger professional point and shoots, larger camera systems

  • 1

    3" 621k dot OLED display

  • 1

    records video in 720p high definition

  • 1

    micro HDMI output - playback images and video directly onto compatible HDTVs and displays

  • 1

    large aperture allows for good depth of field / subject isolation

  • 1

    lens is quite sharp even wide open

  • 1

    AF illumination for good focus in the dark

  • 1

    great controls - cool lens ring for adjusting various camera settings

  • 1

    built-in ND filter

  • 1

    hotshoe for additional accessories such as flashes, electronic viewfinders

  • 1

    solid / professional build quality

Cons
  • 2

    video quality lags behind image quality

  • 2

    Video autofocus does not work well

  • 1

    lens is prone to flaring

  • 1

    no optical viewfinder

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    Proprietary USB connector (why?)

  • 1

    Low-light images looks "confused" in terms of colors, expected more brilliant resulsts from this camera here

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