Olympus XZ-1 Review Roundup: Competition for Rivals

There’s that meaning, “Good things come in small packages,” and for the Olympus XZ-1 camera, this definitely rings true. For the enthusiastic photographer who enjoys nothing more than taking photos of fantastic quality, plus a camera that is packed full of the latest up to date tech features, then look no further. At the recent CES show 2011, the XZ-1 was shown in all its glory.

Up against stiff competition from the likes of Samsung’s TL500/EX1, Canon’s PowerShot S95 or even the Panasonic DMC-LX5, Olympus has pushed the boundaries with their extra special point and shoot device. The spec list is fairly long so to give you an insight into what’s on offer, we decided to give you a roundup. According to steves-digicams.com, the XZ-1 is the first of its kind for the camera manufacturers, and features to look forward to include a 10 megapixel 1/1.63 inch CCD image sensor, large aperture lens, High Definition recording with the press of a button, TruePic V image processor, 18 pre-programmed scene modes, 3.0 inch OLED display and so on. As with all products, comes not only positive feedback but that of negative comments.

Cnet.com looked into what the XZ-1 would offer its users, positive feedback came through of the camera and the inclusion of a control ring situated around the barrel on the lens, to the touch the XZ-1 is designed with a matte finish and lightly textured making it less likely to get smudged, as well as giving the user a better grip and more portable. Downsides that they talked about, were that of the detachable lens cap which when wanting to take a photo, would mean taking the cap off every time. Another item that could potentially be time consuming is of the camera’s menu and its text base. To find anything you will have to scroll through the menu which in itself can cost your time with that one off shot.

In terms of price bracket and a release date, pcworld have reported that it will be available for US$500 and will be launched in Australia towards the end of next month.

To find out more check out Cnet which have kindly laid out a table representing all the cameras mentioned.

Tell us are you in the market for a new camera? Are you tempted? Let us know.

  • Ryan

    Im really looking forward to trying out this Camera! Its looks to have alot of goods! as long as the IQ is up to par with the LX5 or better(hoping its better). This will be the Camera i will get.

    Everyone i hear talk about this camera saying it has all of the goods of the LX5, S95 and TL500 in one…but it doesnt. It lacks the very nice flip screen on the TL500 and the VERY useful 24mm wide angle on the LX5.
    If the TL500 would have came out 6 months later then what it did…it would be up to par. but it doesnt have the 720p video…
    Ive been waiting for something like the XZ-1 AND have 1080p for my use camera. I guess 720 will have to do.
    For me i think it mainly in between the LX5 and the XZ-1…The XZ-1 has the killer lens…the LX5 has the 24mm wide angle…Now THATS a hard choice!!!!!!!

  • Ryan

    I also forgot to add another thing that it doesnt have(that it REALLY should)… Its maximum Shutter speed is 1/2000th of a sec…the LX5 is 1/4000… What good is a fast lens if you cant use it for "subject separation"(maybe at 100mm F2 at close distance) if you want to. But it does say it has a "built in ND filters" how ever that works….Maybe the 1/2000 of a second wont matter.

    Maybe im just being too picky! I think the LX5 has more things right vs the XZ-1 then the other way around.

    But the Ultra Fast 28-112 1.8-2.5lens on the XZ-1 is….God thats a dream lens….

    One other thing…where the dedicated ISO button!!!! (now im just being picky huh?)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lichtloper/ lichtloper

    Look at every day use: honestly, Ryan, how often do you really need speeds of say over 1/500, especially when the ISO is set at 80 or 100? Hardly ever, I'd say.
    And if you're really into what you call 'subject seperation' -you probably mean narrow DepthOfField-, you'd better look at full frame DSLRs.
    FYI at 28mm (35mm equivalent) the largest opening of LX-5 is 2.2.
    lichtloper
    theNetherlands