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Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
alaScore 91

677 reviews

Mar, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 677 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. Comments about the image quality and lens are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good views, but comments about the memory and shutter are different. There are some negative reviews about the connectivity and battery.

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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 are impressed by the lens and image quality. The performance and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the price.

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

Mar, 2021

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

Expert review by : Richard Butler (

Olympus XZ-1 Review


Back in 2001, when it was possible to charge $999 for a compact camera, Olympus produced the C-3040Z, C-4040Z and C5050Z which featured some of the brightest zooms to ever appear on such cameras. Sadly, as the years have gone on and prices have...

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 images...

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 long...

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...

Jan, 2011

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

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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

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