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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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15 Reasons For

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 69 user reviews this camera has an exceptional average user rating. That puts this digital camera in the top 16% of all the digital cameras of this age and type.

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Some Olympus XZ-1 owners who purchased this digital camera said that it was well made. Amazon Customer rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “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”. Hamilton414 gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and said “The cameras outer case is mainly metal and feels solid”. Hamilton414 also wrote “I just liked the classy look and solid feel of the Olympus”.

Two customers who purchased it thought it was reliable. Andy Doss wrote in his review of the Olympus XZ-1 “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” .

Several Olympus XZ-1 owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was strong and durable. Bomble wrote in their review of the Olympus XZ-1 “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” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Laza said in their review “The camera feels sturdy, still elegant” and scored it very highly.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it was easy to damage or scratch. L. Richardson wrote on Amazon “With a holiday coming up very quick I needed a quick replacement to my broken” in their review of this digital camera and gave the Olympus XZ-1 a score of 4 stars.

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Nice Design

A few Olympus XZ-1 owners wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Geoffrey J. wrote “They all look so beautiful in coarse grain effect black”. Hamilton414 said “The XZ 1 is cheaper than the good looking Lumix DMC-LX5 and new Fuji X10”. Six years ago Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote on Amazon “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” in their Olympus XZ-1 review and scored the product very highly.

One person said in their reviews that the product was neat. Barr wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It's still very neat and compact” and gave it an excellent review score.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was ergonomic. Ibraar 'le Saracen' gave the Olympus XZ-1 a score of 5 stars and said “Piss easy to set up - everything is intuitive and ergonomically laid out - I set ISO 100” in their review of the Olympus XZ-1.

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Easy to Use

Nineteen customers who purchased it concluded that it was easy to use. Bfj said “It is fairly straightforward to use” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Bfj also said “It's easy to use with just a little help from the manual”. Bfj also mentioned “The Art filters make life fun and they are simplicity itself to use”.

Eight people agreed that the Olympus XZ-1 was easy to use the menus. E. E. Hughes rated the Olympus XZ-1 5 stars and mentioned “There are menus where the professional can tweak the camera to their hearts content, which I will ignore.” in their Olympus XZ-1 review. Hamilton414 said “This was too sensitive and made the interiors too bright so I had to revert to the 'iauto' setting! The range of menu settings is impressive” in their review of the Olympus XZ-1. Ibraar 'le Saracen' wrote “Shoot without bothering with them unless I really need to, as the camera has saved my settings on A priority”.

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

One customer who purchased the product mentioned that it had a good experience. Geoffrey J. said in his review of the Olympus XZ-1 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”.

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Good Product Quality

A few Olympus XZ-1 owners said that the product was good quality. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “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”. Six years ago B mentioned “A compact camera with a very high quality lens”.

Good Size

Some Olympus XZ-1 owners reckoned that it was compact. Six years ago Ah-Uk gave the Olympus XZ-1 a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review “Like many people, I have bought several compact cameras to compliment my DSLR”. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Olympus XZ-1 on Amazon “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 Olympus XZ-1 owner who bought it concluded that it was lightweight. Six years ago Laza wrote in their review of the Olympus XZ-1 “Great lens, professional image quality in good light, art filters, lightweight, high build qualityWhat's not so good”.

One Olympus XZ-1 owner wrote in their reviews that it was a good depth. Sam mentioned four years ago “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 and scored the product very highly.

One customer said in their reviews that the Olympus XZ-1 was good structurally. Tallpete33 wrote in their review of the Olympus XZ-1 “The construction is solid” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. One customer considered that it was thin. Yuan scored the product very highly and wrote in their review on Amazon “It can bulky if you are looking for something slim and light possible look at the Casio exilim range”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some Olympus XZ-1 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Olympus XZ-1 on Amazon “At 100 ISO the images are crisp across the frame (even wide open)”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “If I make the comparison with the S100, yes the S100 also produces great images and in some cases shows extra detail.”. Anthony W. Phillips mentioned in his review on Amazon “OlympusXZ1 good images”.

Several customers agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Andy Doss mentioned “HOT PIXELS - not just little dead pixels, big red ones” in his Olympus XZ-1 review but in spite of that he rated this digital camera 3 stars. Laza gave it a very good review and said in their Olympus XZ-1 review on Amazon “In high resolution”. M. Gobel said on Amazon “Lovely screen for shooting” and scored the Olympus XZ-1 very highly.

A number of customers said in their reviews that the product was good in low light. Bomble scored it 4 stars and said on Amazon “It excels indoors in low light; it produces wonderful atmospheric outdoor shots (albeit without a powerful zoom)”. Six years ago Hamilton414 mentioned on Amazon “I also used the special low light setting in some naturally lit italian churches” in their review of the Olympus XZ-1.

Several Olympus XZ-1 owners wrote in their reviews that the Olympus XZ-1 had a good ISO range. Grover Netzer mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The same scene on the XZ-1 (400 ISO) was more detailed, sharper”. Jim Orr scored it 4 stars and he wrote “If only prints were required I would be happy to use a faster ISO”. Laza wrote “Even in ISO 400 there's some noticeable noise”.

One customer reckoned that the Olympus XZ-1 had a good image sensor. R. Davidge said “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”.

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Good Quality Lens

Twenty-eight people who bought the Olympus XZ-1 agreed that it had a good lens. Ah-Uk said on Amazon “The kids are going to lose out!The lens is remarkable”. Anthony W. Phillips mentioned on Amazon “I conclude that this is a well-made quite compact camera which, with its fast lens and biggish sensor, produces excellent images”. 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”.

A number of people who purchased the Olympus XZ-1 reckoned that it had a good zoom. Six years ago Hamilton414 said on Amazon “The 4x zoom is adequate for amateur needs”. In the same month M. Gobel scored it 5 stars and wrote “Great all round lens, lovely wide angle shot whilst still giving a decent zoom, without the added bulk”. Max Eastwood mentioned on Amazon “The XZ-1 still has ample zoom for everyday conditions”.

Some Olympus XZ-1 reviewers who bought this digital camera concluded that it had a good autofocus. Laza wrote on Amazon “The focus is usually quick and finds the relevant object” in their review and scored the Olympus XZ-1 very highly. Six years ago Sara Bunn mentioned “I especially like the way the 1.8 lens gets a bitingly sharp subject and the background nicely out of focus” in her review.

One person who purchased the Olympus XZ-1 concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Pauly B gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote “Ideo good too with ery capable image stabilisation”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people reckoned that this digital camera had a good screen. Dr Koh rated it as excellent and wrote on Amazon “The screen was fantastic even viewing in the sun”. Hamilton414 rated the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review on Amazon “The OLED screen is excellent, bright”. Hamilton414 also said “It doesn't have a viewfinder and although the OLED screen is very good I would like to buy the add on EVF for very sunny conditions”.

Some people who reviewed the Olympus XZ-1 reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. Barr rated it as very good and said “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.”. Hustler scored this digital camera 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon “A proper view finder would be good”.

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Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 1,714 expert and owner reviews, Olympus has good reviews for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically within its cameras range compared to other brands.

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Reasonably Priced

A few customers who bought the Olympus XZ-1 wrote that it was good value for money. Barr said on Amazon five years ago “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”. Kay T rated it 5 stars and she wrote in her review of the Olympus XZ-1 in the same month “I would definitely recommend the XZ-1 to anyone looking to purchase an affordable point-and-shoot”. Mark Dawis said on Amazon “For this price i was expecting better from Olympus” in his review.

One Olympus XZ-1 owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Casp wrote on Amazon “Or buy the XZ-1 cheaply” in their review.

One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was cheap. D. Armitage wrote in their Olympus XZ-1 review “Other filters to spice up boring images, inexpensive non Olympus add-ons such as a spare battery, radio remote”.

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Good Technical Features

A number of people wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Hamilton414 said on Amazon “Accessing some of the advanced features and options though the menu isn't easy” in their Olympus XZ-1 review. Sam said “The ease of use is making it easy to learn the more advanced features this camera has to offer” in his review. Truck mentioned in their review on Amazon “Have to say the camera is outstanding in terms of features, manual control”.

Good Support

Three people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had good technical guidance. Grover Netzer mentioned “This camera has so many functions, that reading the full PDF manual is essential”. Hamilton414 gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “The lens cap can be knocked off easily and no paper manual”. Steve wrote on Amazon “I have had loads of fun with the manual controls and the art filters (grainy monochrome” in his review of this digital camera.

One customer concluded that the Olympus XZ-1 had good customer support. Mark Dawis wrote “5 min later all was sorted, replacement unit on its way to me! Fantastic customer support by Amazon” in his Olympus XZ-1 review and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

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Good Flash

One Olympus XZ-1 reviewer thought this digital camera had a good flash.

Supports One ISO Sensitivity

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus XZ-1 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 8,000, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys Auto: ISO 100 - 800 are also supported by this camera.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Several people who bought the product concluded that it was not noisy. Laza said in their review on Amazon “In JPG mode this noise is blurred which results in blotchy dark areas” but they rated it as very good.

Poor Battery Life

Five Olympus XZ-1 reviewers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Barr wrote in their Olympus XZ-1 review on Amazon five years ago “A half press of the button locks focus, so you can then recompose - personally this is enough for me.I haven't found battery life a problem at all” but in spite of that they scored this digital camera very highly. Two years ago Flavio Freddi wrote “Also a shame that you can't recharge batteries without then being in the camera” in their review of the Olympus XZ-1. Laza mentioned in their Olympus XZ-1 review “Poor battery life, visible noise at low light, some controls are hard to reach, slow preview mode, only in-camera charging possibilityFinal word” but they rated it 5 stars.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus XZ-1 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus XZ-1 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XZ-1 also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider including the Sony DSC-QX30[plb_2444747_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Olympus XZ-1 does not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) which you might also want to look at including the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus XZ-1 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the XZ-1 also do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to consider include the Sony DSC-QX30[plb_2444747_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the XZ-1, the Olympus XZ-1 does not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Olympus XZ-1 does not have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras which also have a built-in flash which you might also want to look at including the Sony DSC-HX200V[plb_2082742_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus XZ-1 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the XZ-1 are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D

The Olympus XZ-1 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XZ-1 are also not 3D.

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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 most cameras of this age and type. Most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all cameras of this age and spec the best image resolution is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Only Has Eight White Balances

The Olympus XZ-1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently found white balance is Auto, but this white balance is not found on this camera. The white balances Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Sunlight, Flash, Overcast, Shade and Under Water Auto are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Ten Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Olympus XZ-1 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a shutter priority light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the XZ-1. 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 digital 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.

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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"
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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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