With an f/1.8 Zuiko lens, raw shooting and a 10-million-pixel sensor, the Olympus XZ-1 looks like it will give the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 a run for its money

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Olympus XZ-1


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Olympus XZ-1 at a glance:

  • 10-million-effective-pixel CCD sensor
  • Seven frames per second
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 1280x 720 HD video
  • 28-112mm equivalent f/1.8 zoom lens
  • Street price around £400

Olympus XZ-1 review – Introduction

Last year was a great one for high-end compact cameras. Canon released the PowerShot G12, Nikon the Coolpix P7000, Samsung the EX1 and Panasonic the Lumix DMC-LX5, winner of the AP High-end Compact of the Year award.

Not to be outdone, Olympus released details of its forthcoming compact, the Olympus XZ-1, which features an 28-112mm (equivalent) f/1.8 Zuiko lens. The camera was officially announced in January this year, at the CES trade show in Las Vegas, and its specification will certainly turn a few heads.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. White balance and Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Our Verdict
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