Olympus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 front
  • 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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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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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 #18 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #551 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your personal requirements.

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Below is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

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.

above average min ISO (100)
built in lens has zoom (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
fast at the long end (f2.7)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
features face detect autofocus
features tracking focus
focusing manually
good resolution screen (920 k dots)
has built in flash
has HDMI socket
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
nice screen size (3 inches)
rather wide (26mm)
saves RAW files
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
heavier than others in class (221 grams)
lack of headphone socket
lack of mic socket
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of Time Lapse recording
max fps low (5.0 frames/s)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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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.

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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.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 sensor size Snapchat Adds Watermarks to AI-Created Images

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Underneath is a shot of the Olympus XZ-10 beside a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button layout on the XZ-10.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

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.

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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.

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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:

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 45 which is lousy, meaning that it is just not suitable for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support together with the flexibility to work with external lighting.

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you can focus manually
comes with face detection focus
exports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")

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.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than others in class (221 grams)

Olympus XZ-10 Sports photography details

A lousy sports photography points tally of 34 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.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking focus
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

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.

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built-in flash
rather wide (26mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (221 grams)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen

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.

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has manual focus
reasonably wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have Timelapse mode

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.

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really wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing microphone socket
more heavy than competitors in class (221g)

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.

Photography Glossary


General Information
Brand Name
Olympus Stylus XZ-10
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Screen resolution
920k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps, 18Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9Mbps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
221 gr (0.49 lb)
102 x 61 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.3")
Battery life
240 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Card slots
Launch price