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Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera

£349.97
Compact Camera 10MP 4x Dec 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Release Date
Owner reviews are excellent
Robust
Good quality lens
45 Reviews
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Reviews

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 60 owner reviews this camera has a terrific overall owner rating. Over 71% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 4,467 user and expert reviews (including 55 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 95% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Robust

Six owners mentioned in their reviews that it was well made. Tallpete33 mentioned “The construction is solid” in their review of this digital camera. Yuan said in their review of the Olympus XZ-1 “PROS Has excellent build quality” and scored the product 5 stars out of 5. Six years ago Mark Dawis wrote “Solid camera but”.

Good Product Quality

Fourteen customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Laza said on expert review site Amazon “Great lens, professional image quality in good light, art filters, lightweight, high build quality What's not so good”. Kay T wrote on expert review site Amazon “The pictures are of quality” and rated the product 5 stars out of 5. Kerrygold71 said on expert review site Amazon five years ago “The build quality is very good, seems solid and very well made”.

Nice Design

Three owners who purchased it mentioned that it was good looking. Laza mentioned on expert website Amazon “The camera feels sturdy, still elegant”. Kay T gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and she said in her review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “The white is GORGEOUS in person”. Geoffrey J. mentioned six years ago “They all look so beautiful in coarse grain effect black”.

Easy to Use

Eleven people mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus XZ-1 was easy to use. Kevin O'keefe scored it a maximum of 5 stars and he said “Actually they're quite fun to use too” in his review of this digital camera. Thrud Fan mentioned on expert website Amazon “The art effects supplied are fun to use and you can get quite creative with them Pin Hole”. Bfj wrote on expert website Amazon “The Art filters make life fun and they are simplicity itself to use” in their review of this digital camera.

Three people who purchased it reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. M. Gobel mentioned “The control ring around the lens is a brilliant way to change settings whilst shooting”. Kay T she wrote on expert review site Amazon “Camera menus and options are easy to understand”. Gm mentioned “The menus are straightforward to navigate”.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Two owners concluded that it had a good battery life. Six years ago Jim Orr mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The battery life is adequate for a days use or more” and scored the product 80 out of 100. Kerrygold71 said five years ago “It takes perfect photos time after time after time, battery life is perfect” in their review of the Olympus XZ-1.


Good Quality Lens

Twelve customers who reviewed the Olympus XZ-1 mentioned that it had a good lens. Laza scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “The lens ring is really useful”. Peter Piper mentioned “The metal control ring surrounding the lens can also be used to make adjustments” in his review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5. Six years ago Thrud Fan wrote “A minor gripe is the lens cap that can easily be dislodged if you put the camera in a bag without care”.

Four people who reviewed it concluded that it had a good autofocus. Six years ago Laza scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The focus is usually quick”. Bomble wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “The video quality is poor; the camera struggles to hold focus resulting in continuous adjustments that can render the video unwatchable”. Gm mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Auto focus is rapid”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good screen. M. Gobel said in their review of this digital camera “Lovely screen for shooting” . Dr Koh wrote “The screen was fantastic even viewing in the sun” and rated the Olympus XZ-1 5 stars out of 5.

Good Quality Pictures

Nineteen owners concluded that the product was able to produce good images. L. Richardson said “The quality of the pictures are great and very well metered”. M. Gobel mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The new panorama mode especially is very clever (Automatically shoots the picture as soon as the scene is correctly lined up”. Five years ago M. N. Akhtar said on expert review site Amazon “Make sure you taking photos on RAW”.

Four owners who reviewed the product thought it had a good picture resolution. Laza gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “In high resolution” in their review of this digital camera. Six years ago Kevin O'keefe scored it a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Additionally there are shooting aids such as stability control” in his review of this digital camera. Andy Doss wrote “HOT PIXELS - not just little dead pixels, big red ones” nonetheless he only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Seven owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was compact. Laza gave the Olympus XZ-1 a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “The best compact with great lens”. They also said “It's still better than any other compact” in their review. Barr rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert website Amazon “It's still very neat and compact” in their review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was December 2012 when this digital camera was released.


Lens System

Average Optical Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus XZ-1 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£343.99) (30x) which is also cheaper.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Olympus XZ-1 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Picture Quality

Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ-1 has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. Most cameras of this spec and age have a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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10 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 10 megapixels digital camera.

If this digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£343.99) (12.1MP and cheaper).

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00050332175853, 00050332175877, 04017386142886, 04545350031640, 04545350039103

Olympus XZ-1 Review Sources

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