This review is devoted to XZ-1 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 26, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/1.63" (8.07 x 5.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.
In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #145 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #387 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus XZ-1 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus XZ-1. 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.
Olympus XZ-1 has the following external dimensions 111 x 111 x 42 mm (43.7 x 25.59 x 16.54″) with the weight of 275 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus XZ-1, 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 XZ-1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 42mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus XZ-1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus XZ-1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus XZ-1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Olympus XZ-1 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 XZ-1 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 XZ-1 comes with TruePic V processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.63" (8.07 x 5.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.
The base of Olympus XZ-1 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 XZ-1 features a 10.0 MP 1/1.63" 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.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Olympus XZ-1, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 34 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Olympus XZ-1’s sensor.
Olympus XZ-1 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 1/1.63" sensor featured in Olympus XZ-1 with other standard sensor sizes.
Olympus XZ-1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 614k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic (optional) ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Olympus XZ-1 are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
XZ-1 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.
In addition, XZ-1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus XZ-1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus XZ-1 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.
Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.
Olympus XZ-1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect XZ-1 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus XZ-1 provides a shooting life of 320, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.
Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Olympus XZ-1 offers the highest battery life that reaches 320 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus XZ-1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus XZ-1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the XZ-1 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus XZ-1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus XZ-1 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus XZ-1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus XZ-1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus XZ-1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus XZ-1 can be called a 65 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus XZ-1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 30. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus XZ-1 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus XZ-1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus XZ-1 can be called a 49 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.
|Announced||Jan 26, 2011|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||614k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||2.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||34|
|DxO Color Depth||18.8|
|DxO Dynamic Range||10.4|
|DxO Low Light ISO||117|
|Sensor Dimensions||8.07 x 5.56 mm|
|Sensor Area||44.87 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3664 x 2752|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||111 x 65 x 42 mm|
|Battery Life||320 shots|
|Battery Type||320 shots|