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Olympus XZ-10 Digital Camera

£214.79
Compact Camera 12MP 5x Jan 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good user reviews
Good quality pictures
Good size
36 Reviews
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Good Product Quality

Several Olympus XZ-10 owners agreed that this digital camera was good quality. A Gardener wrote in their Olympus XZ-10 review “The results so far are very encouraging with good quality pictures” . Mj mentioned on Amazon “From my initial use the camera appears to be good quality and takes good pictures” in their review however they rated it 60 out of 100. Necati G wrote on Amazon three years ago “Xz-2 picture quality is fine than XZ-10” and scored the product very highly.

Easy to Use

A few people considered that it was easy to use. Four years ago Chrisw wrote in their review of the Olympus XZ-10 on Amazon “Fire the shutter) is really handy - I think I will definitely use that depending on the situation I'm working in”. It Crowd mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Touch-to-focus IS handy in full-auto mode, when you can't half-press the shutter to lock focus then recompose” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 80 out of 100. It Crowd also said “Disabled" is handy to prevent most accidental photos (easily done when attemping "selfies"!), while still allowing you to quickly r”.

A few people who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Iv said “Shoot camera, however, there are plenty of settings should you have the time”. Mrs. C. Colbert said on Amazon “You can over-ride the automatic settings by using a simple ring twist to set your own aperture”. Shaz237 mentioned “Videos are easy to take, no menu option required, just press the red button” however despite that they rated it 3 stars.

One Olympus XZ-10 reviewer who bought it concluded that it was easy to handle. A Gardener mentioned on Amazon “There are so many "effects" options that it will take a while to be proficient in handling them.” in their Olympus XZ-10 review and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

One person who bought this digital camera mentioned that it had a good experience. Three years ago Stefan 22 wrote in their Olympus XZ-10 review “It is my experience that when using a camera in its automatic or its varying other (P, S”.

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Robust

Five people wrote that the Olympus XZ-10 was well made. Reviewser rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and said “The XZ-10 is a wonderfully built camera”. Reviewser also mentioned “It feels solid”. Reviewser also mentioned “It has a built in ND filter - which means you get great quality photos even in bright sunlight”.

Nice Design

A number of Olympus XZ-10 owners who bought the product agreed that it was good looking. Chrisw wrote “The camera controls are well laid out and pretty easy to figure out - there were a couple of things I had to look up in the manual, though”. Mooncoin mentioned on Amazon “Although a bit softer it is pretty good for most uses - pic here”. Four years ago Tallpete33 wrote “Slightly impractical XZ-1 (in stylish white), I jumped at the chance to get my hands on this one”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was a good design. Clare Mccann mentioned on Amazon “Neither a fun camera, nor a retro camera, nor a cutting edge design” however she gave the product a score of 3 stars.

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Reviews

Good User Reviews

Based on 111 user reviews the average user rating of this low megapixel camera is 82%. Over 76% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

We checked 4,467 expert and owner reviews (including 87 verified purchases) for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 100% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Good Technical Features

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus XZ-10 had good features. Fiko gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their Olympus XZ-10 review on Amazon three years ago “Have a lot of good features that are useful”. Four years ago Wiltshire Bookworm mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “This camera has lots of features and is great for anyone wanting to take their photography beyond point”. Wiltshire Bookworm also said “There are some quirky features such as the ability to touch the screen to take a photo”.


Price

Reasonably Priced

A few people who reviewed the product thought it was good value for money. Allysonsmiga said on Amazon two years ago “Good value for money camera”. Councilworker said “Good specification and geed value for the price” in their review of the Olympus XZ-10. Three years ago It Crowd gave the product a score of 4 stars and said on Amazon “Excellent pocketable "enthusiast" camera, current price is good value”.

Three Olympus XZ-10 reviewers who bought it concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Clare Mccann wrote four years ago “Manual controls matter to you, I would look seriously at either the Panasonic Lumix (quite cheap second hand) or” in her review. It Crowd wrote “And the XZ-10 image quality is a very definite step up from "regular" (cheap) pocket cameras” in their review of the Olympus XZ-10 and gave it a score of 4 stars.

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Good Quality Lens

Six Olympus XZ-10 reviewers considered that this digital camera had a good lens. Martin De Keijzer wrote “Great little camera, Lightstark so even in darker situations good photo's(1.8 lens”. Mooncoin scored the product very highly and said “You can set the high limit for auto ISO - I've set it to 1000 ISO which, with the bright lens and image stabilisation, is good for most situations” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Stigger wrote in their review “What gives this camera an edge is the lens - I have been amazed at the quality of indoor photographs that can be taken.”.

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. Four years ago Reviewser rated it 4 stars and said on Amazon “The wide-angle zoom is great for capturing anything that doesn't require you to get too close” in their review of the Olympus XZ-10. Also four years ago Tallpete33 mentioned “I had traded my XZ-1 for a Sony HX10v purely for its usability and better zoom” in their review of the Olympus XZ-10 but despite that they only gave it a score of 3 stars. Tallpete33 also said “** UPDATE ** After several weeks more use I have gone back to my Sony HX10v which handles much better, has a 16x optical zoom and much easier menu system”.

A few people wrote in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Mrs. C. Colbert said “The speed of focus and shoot is dynamic, with shots at a split second.I have found this superb when taking shots of live sport”. Reviewser mentioned on Amazon four years ago “The autofocus is crisp and other than in low light the image quality is superb.” and rated it 4 stars.

One customer concluded that it had a good image stabiliser.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Chrisw said “UsabilityIt's extremely easy to take photos with this camera!” in their review of the Olympus XZ-10. Clare Mccann wrote on Amazon “Shoot, I still highly rate the Canon Powershots of which I have owned many models and always produced great images with” in her Olympus XZ-10 review but despite that she gave this digital camera a score of 60 out of 100. Globostrat rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review three years ago “The sensor-based image stabilisation is helpful, although a bit less efficient than lens-shift IS”.

Some Olympus XZ-10 owners who bought it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Clare Mccann wrote on Amazon “Flat shape making it liable to be dropped, particularly if the pop-up flash appears as you are shooting” however she only gave it a score of 3 stars. Two years ago L. Spencer said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I love the fact that shooting in my usual 3”. Four years ago Reviewser said “Shooting in raw gave superb details”.

A number of Olympus XZ-10 owners who reviewed it thought it was good in low light. It Crowd gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their Olympus XZ-10 review on Amazon three years ago “This makes it comparitively good indoors and in low light allowing lower ISO for less image noise”. Reviewser mentioned four years ago “I was left less than impressed by low light performance where to me it was not as good as the that I own” in their review of the Olympus XZ-10.

Several Olympus XZ-10 owners considered that this digital camera had a good image sensor. It Crowd mentioned on Amazon “Is sensible for a sensor this size”. Mrs. C. Colbert gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their Olympus XZ-10 review “It has a 12MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor that makes full use of the iZUIKO DIGITAL lens”.

One Olympus XZ-10 owner said in their reviews that it was able to produce clear pictures. Tallpete33 mentioned in their Olympus XZ-10 review on Amazon “The XZ-1 just has the edge on clarity”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Olympus XZ-10 owners who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Chrisw gave the product a score of 4 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “The display is lovely”. It Crowd said in their review of the Olympus XZ-10 on Amazon “Touch screen is also useful for scrolling a zoomed-in image, when you are reviewing your photos”. Wiltshire Bookworm mentioned on Amazon “It would have been nice to be able to attach a viewfinder to this camera as like most compacts it gets difficult to see the screen display in bright light” in their review.

One customer thought the product was mirrorless. Globostrat mentioned “I've had compacts and I've had mirrorless cams, so got plenty to compare with” in their review of the Olympus XZ-10.

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Good Video Capture

Several Olympus XZ-10 reviewers concluded that it was good for video recording. Reviewser said “It is a joy to use and the movie mode is great” in their review of this digital camera. Shaz237 mentioned on Amazon “The photos and videos are very good quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Poor Exposure Control

Some customers who purchased it thought it did not have good exposure controls.

Good Flash

One Olympus XZ-10 reviewer who bought the product reckoned that it had a good flash. Stefan 22 said in their Olympus XZ-10 review “If you leave the camera in iAUTO mode and leave the flash raised you might (reasonably) believe that the camera will activate/fire off the flash as”.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Several people agreed that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Globostrat gave it a rating of 4 stars and said on Amazon “Full manual controls, settings galore, clean images at lower ISO”. Shaz237 mentioned three years ago “The panorama is very manual” but they only scored it 60 out of 100. Wiltshire Bookworm wrote “I would advise a good read through of the full camera manual (not the shorter paper one which comes in the box) whilst taking some trial photos”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Sixteen people wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Chrisw said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Great compact camera for enthusiasts”. Clare Mccann wrote in the same month “The XZ-10 is the latest release at the higher end of the compact camera market”. Clare Mccann also said “It's a market I know fairly well having spent some time last year researching the purchase of a compact and eventually choosing the Panasonic DMC-LX5”.

One customer who reviewed it wrote that it was thin. Globostrat mentioned “I mean a truly pocketable one, reasonably thin and light” in their review.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 221 grams, the Olympus XZ-10 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic DMC-FT4 (175g and higher rated), or the Canon S120 (£179.99) (217g and higher rated).

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Power

Good Battery Life

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good battery life. Globostrat wrote “The battery life could be better” in their review and rated it 80 out of 100.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Olympus XZ-10 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Olympus camera was released in January 2013.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus XZ-10 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the Canon S120 (£179.99) which has better reviews; or the Fujifilm X-Q1 (£204.99) which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus XZ-10 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Fujifilm X-Q1 (£204.99) which is cheaper; or the Panasonic DMC-FT4, or the Canon S120 (£179.99) both of which have better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Olympus XZ-10 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus XZ-10 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Lens System

Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 2 times zoom factor, the Olympus XZ-10 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Digital cameras of this age and type have digital zooms of between 0.71x and 14x, and the average digital zoom is 4.1x.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Fujifilm X-Q1 (£204.99) (4x) which is also cheaper.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Olympus XZ-10 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 5x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of its better review score, the Canon S120 (£179.99).

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 22. When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the Olympus XZ-10's maximum aperture number of only 2.7 is one of the biggest.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera is 1.3 and the largest is 11. The Olympus XZ-10 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers (only 1.8) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus XZ-10 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT4, and the Canon S120 (£179.99) both of which have better reviews; or the Fujifilm X-Q1 (£204.99) which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ-10 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution(s), whereas most low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Olympus camera has a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920.

A 4032 x 3024 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution across all digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

The worst still image resolution across similar types of camera is 640 x 360.

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4032 X 3024 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ-10 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution found on most low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to it. Across all low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago the best image resolution is 4608 x 3456 pixels and the worst is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

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12 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12 megapixels camera.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.45m. The Olympus XZ-10 has a fairly small closest focusing distance (only 0.01 meters) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Networking

Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Olympus XZ-10 does not feature bluetooth.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Olympus XZ-10 has a hand strap. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a hand strap.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Olympus XZ-10 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus XZ-10 has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus XZ-10 features voice recording. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus XZ-10 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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Light Exposure

Only Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The Olympus XZ-10 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 400, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 100 and 6400 are also supported by this camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus xz10white
Barcodes 00050332184886, 04545350043094, 04545350043100, 04545350043117

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