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Olympus XZ-1

A classic and 5 year old compact digital camera
Compact 10MP 4x Dec 2012
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Release Date
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Olympus XZ-1 Review

With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Olympus XZ-1 number 398 across all digital cameras.
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63 Reviews
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Missing Some Features
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4 Years Old
Overall Score
36
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 37?

It has brilliant user reviews with an average user rating of 92%, based on 63 reviews. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report is a good size, is easy to use and superior product quality.
This Olympus digital camera is missing some features:
Only 3648 x 2736 pixels image resolution
Quite low megapixels sensor
Very small optical zoom

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared the XZ-1 with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is mediocre for landscape photography, ranking number 9999999 in landscape photography cameras.
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Mediocre

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Olympus XZ-1 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 63 user reviews this camera has a marvellous average user rating. Over 90% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

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Customers Report it is a Good Size

10 customers considered that this digital camera was compact.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

10 people who reviewed it wrote that it was easy to use, three owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold and two customers said that it was easy to use the menus.

  • Anyone with this camera and just enough experience to use two of its special effects could have had as much fun as me…
  • You need it handy, not lost somewhere…
  • The mode dial is too free moving - it gets knocked easily when removing from the case and when generally handling - gets annoying at times when you want to rapidly take a shot, only to find you are in Scene mode or low light mode when you thought you were in P or auto…
  • Solidly built and very easy to use, this camera produces excellent pictures…
    Westie (Amazon) - August 2012
  • Easy to use, good results…
    K. Bird (Amazon) - July 2011
  • The video quality is poor; the camera struggles to hold focus resulting in continuous adjustments that can render the video unwatchable…
    Bomble (Amazon) - November 2012
  • More advanced users will want full control…
  • It has been a real pleasure to use…
    Bomble (Amazon) - November 2012
  • The art effects supplied are fun to use and you can get quite creative with them Pin Hole…
    Thrud Fan (Amazon) - September 2011
  • The front (and way more comfortable) wheel adjusts the aperture, while the rear one adjusts the time…
    Guido (Amazon) - July 2011

Users Report Superior Product Quality

14 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality.

Olympus Has Very Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 6,224 expert and owner reviews (including 1,337 verified purchases), Olympus has very good reviews for its cameras. Olympus also has very good reviews specifically within its digital cameras range compared to other brands. 90% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report it is Robust

Six people agreed that this digital camera was well made.

Customers Report Nice Design

Two owners reckoned that it was good looking.

  • They all look so beautiful in coarse grain effect black…
  • Initially it is a little unnerving since the lid is smooth and moves slightly (because when the flash is used…
  • The camera feels sturdy, still elegant…
    Laza (Amazon) - April 2011
  • It's still very neat and compact…
    Barr (Amazon) - January 2012

Users Report Good Lens Quality

16 people said in their reviews that the product had a good lens and four people said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus.

  • Top quality lens on a richly featured camera…
  • The metal control ring surrounding the lens can also be used to make adjustments…
  • A very good quality and fast lens, with a reasonably large sensor in a compact body is a winning combination…
    Westie (Amazon) - August 2012
  • Very good fast lens meant flash little used even indoors…
    K. Bird (Amazon) - July 2011
  • The normal lens cap is good enough.
    Casp (Amazon) - May 2012
  • The lens is great…
    Casp (Amazon) - May 2012
  • The video quality is poor; the camera struggles to hold focus resulting in continuous adjustments that can render the video unwatchable…
    Bomble (Amazon) - November 2012
  • The lens ring is brilliant - in Aperture priority its a simple matter of turning it! Natural colour setting is great, punchy vibrant colours…
  • It excels indoors in low light; it produces wonderful atmospheric outdoor shots (albeit without a powerful zoom) and you can really let loose your creativity experimenting with settings…
    Bomble (Amazon) - November 2012
  • A minor gripe is the lens cap that can easily be dislodged if you put the camera in a bag without care…
    Thrud Fan (Amazon) - September 2011

Customers Report a Good Flash

Two customers who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good flash.

  • 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 (Amazon) - September 2011
  • 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

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

22 people concluded that it was able to produce good images and five owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution.

Users Report Superior Battery Life

Four customers who purchased the product considered that it had a good battery life.

  • Also a shame that you can't recharge batteries without then being in the camera…
  • Recharging takes about 3 hours to fully charge the battery…
  • The battery life is also amazing…
    Truck (Amazon) - March 2012
  • Get your kids to run into all three shots and you can produce some great fun photos and a steady hand (or a tripod) produces excellent landscape vistas although they do take a while to process and appear to drain the battery slightly quicker too…
  • The battery lasts a good length of time for a day of photography too…
  • It takes perfect photos time after time after time, battery life is perfect…

Features

Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Olympus XZ-1 is 3648 x 2736 pixels. That's 37% lower image resolution than the most common resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. Cameras resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Quite Low Megapixels Sensor

Across all the cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The Olympus XZ-1's sensor megapixels of only 10MP is in the lowest 8% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the Olympus XZ-1 of only 4x is in the smallest 18% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released in December 2012.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00050332175877, 04545350039103

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