Olympus XZ-1 overview
Olympus XZ-1 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally released on January of 2011. It uses a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/1.63" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3664 x 2752.
The XZ-1 is rated #26 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #636 out of 1453 for cameras in our list. Remember to try our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your customized criteria.
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Olympus XZ-1 Gallery
You can check the XZ-1 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Olympus XZ-1 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Olympus XZ-1 based on features which are oftentimes viewed as essential in a digital camera.
Olympus XZ-1 Sensor specifications
The Olympus XZ-1 is run by the TruePic V processor. The sensor spec in the Olympus XZ-1 is 8.07mm x 5.56mm (1/1.63"). The 45 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3664 x 2752 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW photos are saved so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath illustrates the XZ-1's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The XZ-1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.5 and is pointed out in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Olympus XZ-1 dimensions
Olympus XZ-1 weighs 0.61 pounds (275 gr / 9.70 ounces) and features outside size of 111mm x 65mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Olympus XZ-1 is heavier when compared to other competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Here is a image of the Olympus XZ-1 besides a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.
The top view under will provide the button design on the XZ-1.
Olympus XZ-1 Lens specifications
The XZ-1 comes with a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 28-112mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which might not be perfect nevertheless it may be convenient in some circumstances.
At the widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f1.8 and that's useful in low light events and capturing good bokeh. It will also allow you to use a much lower ISO and get better shots. For the tele end, 112mm comes at f2.5 which is really decent and means that you can use high shutter speeds.
Olympus XZ-1 Connectivity
The XZ-1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy files and sometimes change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.
Olympus XZ-1 Video specifications
The maximum video resolution in the Olympus XZ-1 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You should target at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack so you have little control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to buy another model in case you need better audio in your videos.
Olympus XZ-1 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Olympus XZ-1 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.
Olympus XZ-1 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus XZ-1 houses a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 614 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The View Finder details regarding Olympus XZ-1 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be pretty useful.
Olympus XZ-1 Shutter specifications
Olympus XZ-1 has the ability to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus XZ-1 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Olympus XZ-1 boasts both built in flash plus external flash ability.
Olympus XZ-1 Autofocus specifications
Olympus XZ-1 boasts just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection which is helpful for people photography.
The Sensor boasts 11 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Olympus XZ-1 features manual focus when needed during low light conditions or you need to have more exact control on focus.
Olympus XZ-1 Battery life
The battery (Li-50B) for the Olympus XZ-1 is made to last for 320 photos with respect to the CIPA requirements which is higher than average when compared to its class. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest possible (470) battery life within this range of cameras.
Here is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:
Olympus XZ-1 for specific categories of photography
The following illustration gives a overview of the Olympus XZ-1 for specific categories of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Olympus XZ-1 Portrait photography info
The Olympus XZ-1 has a rating of 45 which is awful, meaning that it is not really suitable to use for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the potential to use external flash.
Olympus XZ-1 as a Street photography camera
With a decent rating of 59, the Olympus XZ-1 is fairly adequate to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Olympus XZ-1 Sports photography highlights
A awful sports photography score of 39 indicates the Olympus XZ-1 is not really suitable for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus XZ-1 Travel photography features
Portability is very critical when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Olympus XZ-1 gets a nice 62 as a travel camera which is a good option to take with you on your trips.
Landscape photography with Olympus XZ-1
If you are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Olympus XZ-1 with it's average rating of 55 for a landscape camera is reasonably adequate within the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Olympus XZ-1
A camera for vlogging ought to posses a moving screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Olympus XZ-1 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a awful rating of 31.
Olympus XZ-1 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the XZ-1, below is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram followed below will give you a summary of the XZ-1 versus it's highest ranking rivals suggested earlier.
Following are several cameras you may view as alternate options. To read a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.