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Olympus XZ-1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 681 reviews of Olympus XZ-1. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviews about the image quality and lens are overall positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity and battery. The memory and exposure get mixed opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus XZ-1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Olympus XZ-1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the lens and image quality. The performance and usability also get good reviews. Views are divided on the price.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera - Silver (10MP, 4x i.Zuiko Wide Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCDOlympus XZ-1 Digital Camera - Silver (10MP, 4x i.Zuiko Wide Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Olympus XZ-1 review


Though ILCs may be the more interesting enthusiast cameras, the more popular market seems to be compact, fixed-lens models, such as the Canon PowerShot S95 and Nikon Coolpix P7000 . Olympus forges into that market with its XZ-1, a promising-looking...

The Olympus XZ-1 is nicely designed with a solid user interface and very good performance for its cohort.

The XZ-1's image quality is good, but even shooting raw it's not quite up to the level of its better competitors.

Enjoyable to shoot and relatively fast, the Olympus XZ-1 only stumbles when it comes to photo quality, which is very good, but not uniformly excellent as one would expect from this class of camera.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (

Olympus XZ-1


When you compare the Olympus XZ-1's features with those of the vast majority of point-and-shoot cameras, it absolutely blows them out of the water. We're talking about things like an F1.8 lens, full manual controls and manual focus, RAW shooting, a...

Unique scene modes and art filters ; F1.8 aperture at wide-angle end; F2.5 at telephoto ; Control ring provides quick manual adjustments

Lacks a hand grip ; Underexposed images in iAuto mode ; Autofocus struggles in low-light and macro modes ; A lot of menu-diving required

The Olympus XZ-1 is a manual-minded camera with great optics, but its autofocus and exposure levels are weak spots, and it's not entirely novice-friendly.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (

Olympus XZ-1


The Olympus XZ-1 dazzles when you compare it with other compact cameras, but its price and size pit it squarely against a class of cameras that can best its performance and quality.

Beautiful images even in low light. Extremely bright lens. Large image sensor. Fast captures. Gorgeous display. Camcorder-like video recording.

Pricey. Bulky for a compact camera. Lens cap is a nuisance.

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Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Dan Havlik (

Review: Olympus XZ-1


Olympus' latest point-and-shoot with an impressive f/1.8 lens performs like gangbusters, but stumbles when the lights grow dim.

Elegant, portable camera body would fit right in at your next high-society party. Fast overall speed — you’ll never miss a shot of your friends acting like idiots. Image quality in good light rivals a digital SLR. Fun Art filters put Instagram to shame

Vaunted f/1.8 lens not as effective in low light as we expected. Images are noisy at ISO 1600 and above. Anti-noise processing in JPEGs at high ISOs smoothes out detail. Clumsy lens cap configuration will drive you batty. Confusing menu system. Tiny...

Mar, 2011

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Olympus XZ-1 Review


The XZ-1 combines simple direct controls with an excellent lens to create probably the best photographers' compact currently available. The output JPEGs are great and the balance of lens range, brightness and compactness make it a really appealing...

Fastest (brightest) zoom lens of any current compact ; Really useful 28-112mm lens range ; Lens impressively sharp with generally good corner sharpness at wide apertures ; Reliable exposure metering and great color response make it easy to get good...

Lack of AEL/AFL button rules out focus and recompose technique ; No ability to adjust noise reduction level ; No option to customize any buttons (though controls are generally very good) ; No direct access to ISO or White Balance ; Auto ISO can use...

The XZ-1 is a rather late addition to the burgeoning enthusiast compact sector and, in some respects, a surprising one - the XZ-1's potential market can't help but overlap with the E-PL2's, to an extent. But it's a very welcome addition to what's...

Expert review by : William Chambers (

Olympus XZ-1 First Look


The first in a new series of powerful compact point-n-shoots from Olympus, the XZ-1 is aimed towards the photo enthusiast that wants superior image quality and exposure control stuffed into a compact body. In direct competition with Canon's PowerShot...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : PhotographyBLOG (

Olympus XZ-1


The first mock-ups of a then-unnamed premium compact camera from Olympus were shown at the Photokina trade show in September last year. Although Olympus was rather secretive about it at the time, we were told that it would be the first-ever digital...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by (

Olympus XZ-1


Offering a lens that's both faster and sharper overall than its rivals, the Olympus XZ-1 comes out swinging and lands quite a few punches. High ISO performance isn't quite what we hoped for, but we'd be happy to stick with lower ISOs for access to the...

Olympus has entered the flagship digicam fight with a winner. It's learned from its competitors, avoiding the brick in favor of an almost too svelte box, adding a manual control with the lens ring, including a pop-up flash and a hot shoe, avoiding the...

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (



($499) marks the Japanese camera giant's entry into the compact prosumer market. The XZ-1 is a cross between the Canon PowerShot S95 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, featuring such things as a fast and wide lens, a high sensitivity 10 Megapixel CCD,...

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Super-fast F1.8-2.5 lens offers sharpness across the frame, no vignetting, low distortion ; Solid, well-designed body, with handy control ring around lens ; Sensor-shift image stabilization ; Gorgeous...

Lots of highlight clipping ; Noise reduction gives photos a soft appearance and smudges fine details, even at ISO 100 ; Redeye a problem, though it can be removed in playback mode ; OLED display can be hard to see outdoors ; Missing manual features:...

As I said earlier, the the XZ-1 is Olympus' best compact camera in many years. It offers a good design, super-fast lens, beautiful OLED display, manual controls, and plenty of point-and-shoot toys. It does have its share of annoyances -- perhaps more...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : By Thom (

Olympus XZ-1 Review


Olympus' stab at a serious compact. What is it? The Olympus XZ-1 is their top-end compact camera, one targeted at serious shooters desiring something small and compact. It's not quite in the shirt-pocket league of the Canon S95 or Panasonic LX-5, but...

Aug, 2011

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Battery life (CIPA standard):320
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:LI-50B
Power source type:Battery


Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show
Direct printing: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Trimming
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:11.5 x 3.5 x 3.98 / T-COM
Photo effects:Black&White, Muted, Sepia, Vivid / black&white, Muted, Vivid / Muted, Vivid
Scene modes:Beach, Close-up (macro), Cuisine, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, Underwater / Documents, Fireworks, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Self-portrait, Sports, Sunset, Underwater / Portrait / StoreJet
Self-timer delay:2,12
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene, Shutter priority / Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter priority / Aperture priority, Shutter priority / Auto, Movie, Scene
White Balance:auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, Shade / Auto, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten


Color of product:Black / Silver / White
Energy Star certified:N
Material:Aluminium, Plastic


Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):3664 / 610000
Field of view:100


Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus / Face Detection / Face tracking, Single Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:0.394
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range (tele):0.3 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide):0.1 - ∞
Normal focusing range:0.6 - ∞ / 0.6 - ∞, 0.6 - ∞
Normal focusing range (tele):0.6 - ∞
Normal focusing range (wide):0.6 - ∞

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.236 - 0.945
Lens structure:11/8
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/8
Lens Type:Wide-angle
Maximum aperture number:2.5
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):4.41
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.1
Number of aspheric elements:6
Optical Zoom:4

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):6400
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:54.6
Maximum memory card size:64
Memory slots:1

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.1 - 4.41
Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.5
Audio recorder:Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:0.0005 - 2 / 2 - 1/2000
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP SP2/XP x64Edition/Vista/Vista SP1/7\nMac OS 10.3-10.6
Digital SLR: No
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.35 x 1.67 x 2.55
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.1 - 4.41
HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AV, USB

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:EXIF / JPG
Image sensor size:1/1.6 / 1/1.63
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2736
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):1280 x 960,3200 x 2400,3648 x 2736 / 640 x 480,1024 x 768,1280 x 960,1600 x 1200,2560 x 1920,3200 x 2400,3648 x 2736
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9 / 4:3
Total megapixels:11.3

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
PictBridge: No
USB version:2.0


Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000
Slowest camera shutter speed:2

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:AVI / AVI, M-JPEG
Video formats supported:AVI / AVI,M-JPEG
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720

Weight & Dimensions