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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

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.

  • External mic: Yes - optional SEMA-1
  • Video: 1280x720 pixels, 640x480 pixels, 30fps AVI Motion JPEG
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, Kelvin plus custom setting
  • Dioptre Adjustment: N/A
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A - optional VF-2 EVF
  • Output Size: 3648x2736 pixels
  • LCD: 3in OLED with 614,000 dots
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes, 3 exposures
  • Sensor: 10-million-effective-pixel CCD sensor
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Shutter Speeds: 2-1/2000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion Li-50B battery
  • Weight: 275g (without battery or card/s)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 19 scene modes, 6 Art Filters
  • Exposure Comp: ±2EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Approx 2fps for around 23 JPEG images or 8 raw images
  • Lens Mount: 28-112mm (equivalent) f/1.8-2.5 4x zoom
  • ISO: 3648x2736 pixels
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, macro, super macro, AF tracking, face detection AF points 11-area contrast AF or 255 points in magnified view
  • DoF Preview: Yes, via Live Guide
  • Dimensions: 110.6x64.8x42.3mm
  • Metering System: 324 multi-pattern sensing, centreweighted, and fixed centre spot
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Tested as: Enthusiast compact camera

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