Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Review

Overall 46
Imaging 13
Features 39
Size 85
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps, 18Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9Mbps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 102 x 61 x 34 mm
  • Weight: 221 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Summary

This review is devoted to Stylus XZ-10 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 30, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #76 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #262 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Stylus XZ-10 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F1.8-2.7
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 35
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus Stylus XZ-10 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus Stylus XZ-10. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 has the following external dimensions 102 x 102 x 34 mm (40.16 x 24.02 x 13.39″) with the weight of 221 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus Stylus XZ-10, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus Stylus XZ-10 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 34mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus Stylus XZ-10 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus Stylus XZ-10 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus Stylus XZ-10 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 — 240 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 — 34 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 — 221 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus XZ-10 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus XZ-10 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus Stylus XZ-10 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus Stylus XZ-10 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus Stylus XZ-10

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus Stylus XZ-10 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Stylus XZ-10 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, Stylus XZ-10 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus Stylus XZ-10, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus Stylus XZ-10 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Stylus XZ-10 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus Stylus XZ-10 provides a shooting life of 240, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Olympus Stylus XZ-10 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Olympus Stylus XZ-10 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Stylus XZ-10’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus Stylus XZ-10’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Stylus XZ-10 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus XZ-10 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus XZ-10 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus XZ-10 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus XZ-10 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (102 x 61 x 34 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus XZ-10 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 27. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus XZ-10 can be called a 27 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (35)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (240 shots)
  • Small size (102 x 61 x 34 mm)

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus XZ-10 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus XZ-10 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (221 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus XZ-10 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus XZ-10 can be called a 51 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model Stylus XZ-10
Announced Jan 30, 2013
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3968 x 2976
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 35
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps, 18Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9Mbps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 221 g
Physical Dimensions 102 x 61 x 34 mm
Battery Life 240 shots
Battery Type 240 shots
Battery Model Li-50B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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