Olympus XZ-1


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Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
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A multi award winning but 5 year old compact camera, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 5 further awards from other expert sites
Compact 10MP 4x 3648 X 2736 Pixels Dec 2012
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Olympus XZ-1 Review

With excellent reviews, we have scored the Olympus XZ-1 as follows:
108 Reviews + 7 Awards
Average Features
5 Years Old
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 68?

It has great expert reviews and excellent user reviews with an average overall rating of 89%, based on 108 reviews. This digital camera has received seven awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from plus one other site and a "Gold" from What Digital Camera. Praktica cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Olympus digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2018.
Customers report it is easy to use, it is robust and product quality.
The XZ-1 has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Very small optical zoom
Only 3648 x 2736 pixels image resolution
Lower than average megapixels

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Landscape Photography
Wildlife Photography

Olympus XZ-1 Video Reviews

How Big is the Olympus XZ-1?

Olympus XZ-1 front dimensions
Olympus XZ-1 size in context

Olympus XZ-1 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Seven Industry Awards

The writers at two expert review sites both thought that this Olympus digital camera was terrific and gave it their highest award. This was from and who gave it an "Editor's Choice".

The editors of three additional expert review sites thought that this camera was very good. This Olympus camera received a "Gold" award from website What Digital Camera who said it was superb and the writer at website gave it a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement. Also, the writer at review site conluded that they would recommend this camera and gave it a "Recommended" award.

Two additional expert review sites both decided that this digital camera was very good. Pocket Lint gave this camera a "Hot Product" award and gave it a "Technical Image Press Association Award".

Good Expert Reviews

This digital camera has an average expert rating of 83% based on 26 expert reviews from sites including, What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews and Pocket Lint.

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Excellent User Reviews

On average, based on 82 user reviews the average user rating of this Olympus camera is excellent. Over 94% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

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Users Report That it is Easy to Use

17 people who purchased it reckoned that it was easy to use, five people considered that the product was easy to use the menus and three customers mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Users Report That it is Robust

Seven owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was well made.

Olympus Has Very Good Camera Reviews

We checked 6,556 owner and expert reviews (including 1,442 verified purchases) for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has very good ratings compared to other manufacturers. 90% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Excellent Product Quality

18 owners who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Three customers who bought the product agreed that it was good looking.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Eight owners thought it was compact.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

17 customers reckoned that it had a good lens, four customers who purchased the product wrote that it had a good autofocus and two people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom.

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Four customers said that it had a good screen.

Users Report a Good Flash

Two owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good flash.

  • You do have the exposure meter with photos that were shot with a single click, though)- In play mode, there isn't an option to make the overexposed areas flash on top of the picture - all you have is the exposure meter…
    Guido (Amazon) - July 2011
  • Very good fast lens meant flash little used even indoors…
    K. Bird (Amazon) - July 2011
  • The bright colours in the picture shine through and the flash does not seem to over expose the picture…
    D. MYLES ( - September 2011

Customers Report Excellent Battery Life

Six people said in their reviews that it had a good battery life.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

34 people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images and five people who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good picture resolution.


Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since December 2012.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ-1 has a maximum image resolution of 3648 x 2736 pixels. That's 37% lower image resolution than the most common resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. Across all cameras the worst resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Lower Than Average Megapixels

Cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The Olympus XZ-1's sensor megapixels of only 10MP is lower than average when compared to most other digital cameras. It is lower than 91% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Olympus XZ-1's optical zoom of only 4x is smaller than 91% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus XZ-1 has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 56% lower video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels camera, which is the most common resolution. Across all cameras the worst resolution is 160 x 120 pixels and the best is 3840 x 3840 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is known as "HD 720".

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Average Camera Shutter Speed

The Olympus XZ-1's camera shutter speed of 0.0005s is relatively standard compared to most other cameras. It is in the fastest 41% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Product Identifiers


00050332175853, 00050332175877, 04017386142886, 04545350031640, 04545350039103

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