- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 6400
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 26-130mm (F1.8-2.7) lens
- 221g - 102 x 61 x 34mm
- Revealed January 2013
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- Size Comparison
Olympus XZ-10 overview
Olympus XZ-10 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first revealed on January of 2013. The camera uses a 12MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3968 x 2976.
The XZ-10 is rated #14 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #528 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your personal requirements.
Below is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Olympus XZ-10 Gallery
You can check the XZ-10 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Olympus XZ-10 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of pros and cons of the Olympus XZ-10 based on things which are typically viewed as essential in a digital camera.
Olympus XZ-10 Sensor specifications
The sensor specification on the Olympus XZ-10 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 3968 x 2976 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW format is saved so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath shows the XZ-10's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The XZ-10 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Olympus XZ-10 dimensions
Olympus XZ-10 weighs in at 0.49 lb (221 grams or 7.80 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 102mm x 61mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Olympus XZ-10 is weightier in comparison with various rivals.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Underneath is a shot of the Olympus XZ-10 beside a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its scale.
The top view under will highlight the button layout on the XZ-10.
Olympus XZ-10 Lens specifications
The XZ-10 has got an inbuilt lens and it has a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not outstanding but it will be useful in a few circumstances.
At the widest 26mm, it features an aperture of f1.8 and that's amazing for low light circumstances and capturing a shallow depth of field. It would also let you choose a lower ISO and get more clean photos. At the tele end, 130mm comes to f2.7 which is very decent and will help you maintain high shutter speeds.
Olympus XZ-10 Connectivity
The XZ-10 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and in some cases change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.
Several applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.
Olympus XZ-10 Video specifications
The maximum video quality on the Olympus XZ-10 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance between video quality and file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone jack so you get little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to get an alternative model in case you require better audio for your videos.
Olympus XZ-10 Weather Sealing
Olympus XZ-10 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions may affect the camera.
Olympus XZ-10 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus XZ-10 houses a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 920k dots.
Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you can adjust focus points and change settings by using your fingertips.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specifications for Olympus XZ-10 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be very beneficial during sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.
Olympus XZ-10 Shutter specifications
Olympus XZ-10 continuous shooting rate is 5.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus XZ-10 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Olympus XZ-10 features both inbuilt flash as well as external flash ability.
Olympus XZ-10 Autofocus specifications
Olympus XZ-10 features just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection which is helpful for portraits.
The AF system boasts 35 focus points to choose from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for moving subjects. Olympus XZ-10 has got manual focus when needed during low light occasions or you need to have more precise focus control.
Olympus XZ-10 Battery life
The battery (Li-50B) for the Olympus XZ-10 is made to last for 240 photographs based on the CIPA standards which is on par with it's competition. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest possible (470) battery life within this category of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the strongest battery life:
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Olympus XZ-10 for different forms of photography
The following bar chart presents a summation of the Olympus XZ-10 for different forms of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section underneath.
Olympus XZ-10 Portrait photography info
The Olympus XZ-10 receives a points total of 46 which is modest, meaning that it is somewhat suitable for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support together with the flexibility to work with external lighting.
Street photography with Olympus XZ-10
Coming in at a very good score of 61, the Olympus XZ-10 is a good fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Olympus XZ-10 Sports photography details
A lousy sports photography points tally of 35 indicates the Olympus XZ-10 is just not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have excellent tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus XZ-10 Travel photography information
Portability is super critical when buying a travel camera. All round, the Olympus XZ-10 gets a decent 60 as a travel camera which is somewhat acceptable to buy for your vacations.
Olympus XZ-10 Landscape photography advice
If you are planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Olympus XZ-10 and it's moderate score of 53 as a landscape camera is fairly adequate in the current marketplace.
Olympus XZ-10 Vlogging factors
A vlogging camera really should offer a moving display, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Olympus XZ-10 is just not suitable for vlogging as it gets a lousy rating of 35.
Olympus XZ-10 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the XZ-10, below is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The line graph here provides you a summary of the XZ-10 versus it's highest scored rivals mentioned previously.
These are some more cameras you may take into account as alternate options. To review a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.