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Olympus XZ-1 10 MP Digital Camera with f1.8 Lens and 3-Inch OLED Monitor (Black) (Old Model)

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.7 x 2.6 inches ; 1.1 pounds
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  • ASIN: B004G8QSTO
  • Item model number: 228000
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,134 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 4, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Unleash your creative side with the first-ever Olympus X Series camera. Designed for those who want the quality of an SLR in a high-end point-and-shoot format, this camera provides a new, easy-to-use outlet for artistic expression. With the XZ-1 you'll capture high-quality still images and HD videos in any shooting environment thanks to its fast, super-bright, built-in Olympus iZuiko lens and its large, super-sensitive CCD sensor.

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Olympus XZ-1 Highlights

Fast, super-bright f1.8 iZuiko 4x wide lens
The iZuiko f1.8-2.5 6.0-24mm (28-112mm equivalent angle of view in 35mm cameras) digital lens is a newly-developed 4x compact version of the legendary, high-quality ZUIKO Digital lenses featured with Olympus DSLRs. With a minimum aperture of f1.8 at wide-angle and a maximum aperture of f2.5 at telephoto, this lens assures fast shutter speeds for sharp low-light images. This aperture range also allows photographers to take portraits that highlight the subject by defocusing the background, a capability not possible in most compact cameras. The lens is specifically designed for clear, high-quality photographic performance with minimal ghosting or flare.

High-sensitivity CCD
Compared to existing 1/2.33-inch, 14-megapixel CCDs, the light-reception area of each pixel of the 1/1.63-inch, 10-megapixel CCD featured in the XZ-1 has been doubled. Superb, low-noise images can be shot even in dimly lit situations such as night scenes and indoor shots.

Advanced manual controls
The XZ-1 offers advanced manual controls that experienced photographers expect from larger digital SLR cameras. But, with the XZ-1, advanced features are easy to use. A control ring around the front of the lens and the wheel controller on the back provide immediate access to the most important manual settings like ISO, aperture and shutter speed to make it easy to adjust the camera on the move.

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New, 3-inch OLED monitor
Whether composing still images or HD videos, photographers will appreciate the XZ-1's sharp 3.0-inch OLED monitor to frame and show off still images and High Definition (HD) movies in detailed 720p. The LCD displays 610,000 dots in vivid color, reproduces colors and shades more accurately with deeper black tones, and consumes less power. The monitor also provides a wide viewing angle ensuring that images can be composed from even the most obscure angles.

Low-light performance
The XZ-1 has an easily accessible built-in pop-up flash to illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red-eye and fill in dark areas. The camera also features an AF illuminator to make it simple to focus in low-light situations. Additionally, Dual Image Stabilization further assures you'll get the shot you want while holding the camera: Mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization compensates for camera movement in low-light conditions when shutter speeds are slower while Digital Image Stabilization freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds that prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject. On top of all this, the XZ-1 also offers a Low-Light mode which automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity up to ISO 3200 to take sharp full-resolution photos in dark places.

HD movie with HDMI control
Shooting video is as easy as ever with the new Olympus XZ-1 camera. The camera captures all the action in crisp 720p HD video at 30 frames-per-second. The XZ-1's easy-to-reach record button on the back of the camera body makes recording videos a breeze. If you're about to snap a photo and you realize a video would capture the spirit of the scene even better, simply press the record button and instantly you're capturing videos! The XZ-1 makes sharing your content easier than ever. Just connect it to your HDTV with an optional HDMI cable and use your HDTV's remote to control playback functions and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch.

TruePic V Image Processor
The XZ-1 pairs a high sensitivity 10 megapixel CCD sensor with the TruePic V Image Processor to produce clear and colorful photos using all the pixel information from each image to provide the best digital images possible. The image processor is noted for accurate natural color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies and precise tonal expression; it also lowers image noise in photos shot at higher ISO settings (ISO 100 to ISO 3200), enabling great results in low-light situations.

Hot shoe and accessory port
To expand the camera's versatility, the XZ-1 includes an accessory port that is compatible with select PEN camera accessories. Photographers can attach optional accessories like the SEMA-1 external microphone adapter, the VF-2 electronic viewfinder, or the newly introduced MAL-1 macro light. These optional accessories easily slide into the camera's accessory port and hot shoe.

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Additional Features

10-megapixel resolution
The 10 million pixels in the high-resolution CCD create superior image quality. Create poster-sized prints without losing a single detail.

Large, high-sensitivity CCD
Providing the best image quality ever in a compact Olympus camera, the large 1/1.63-inch CCD enables greater dynamic range and smoother gradations from highlights to shadows.

4x iZuiko zoom lens
Based on the standards of Olympus DSLR lenses, the wide aperture of the iZuiko f1.8-2.5 allows a rich and vibrant range of photographic expression. It allows faster shutter speeds in low light--and it allows for a shallower depth of field than most compact point-and-shoot cameras.

HD movie 720p
A simple, one-touch button allows you to record movies with amazing clarity in high-definition, right from your camera.

Accessory port
The XZ-1 includes a port for accessories including the SEMA-1 Microphone adapter set and the VF-2 live-finder, a detachable electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder easily slides onto the camera's accessory port and hot shoe to provide 1.15x magnification for a 100% field of view. The VF-2 rotates up 90 degrees which is useful when shooting subjects from challenging angles. The external accessory port also allows for connection with the SEMA-1 external microphone adapter set for enhanced audio capture.

In-camera Art Filters for movies and still images
With six in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone) you can explore your artistic side while taking both still shots and HD video. The Art Filters can be applied as you shoot, no additional software required.

Dual Image Stabilization
Dual Image Stabilization combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation.

New, easy-to-use Live Guide control
Seeing the results before you shoot can change the way you take a picture. Want more vivid or muted color in your shot? Want warmer or cooler hues? Want a brighter or darker subject, or a sharper or softer background? Or maybe you want to capture the fast-moving action of your subject with a little artistic blur, or perhaps freeze the action? Simply set the camera to iAuto, press OK to engage Live Guide, then press the up and down arrows on the back of the E-PL1 to easily slide through numerous photographic effects. Make adjustments and watch the LCD as the effects are made live -- before the image is captured! Live Guide also features a Tips section on how to compose a shot or shoot kids, pets, flowers and more.

In-camera PANORAMAv
Captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture by simply pressing the shutter button and slowly panning across a panoramic scene.

AF Live View with AF Tracking
AF Live View works as seamlessly as a point-and-shoot to display subjects, in focus, on the LCD the instant the shutter is pressed half way. AF Tracking locks your subject into focus right on the LCD, and constantly adjusts focus and brightness whether you or your subject is moving. With this mode, a simple push of the AF button and shutter release enables you to keep fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in focus.

Advanced Face Detection
Face Detection automatically focuses on your subjects' faces and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.

TruePic V Image Processor
In addition to more detail, the image sensor, combined with the next-generation TruePic V Image Processor, delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity and reduced noise, all the way up to 3200 ISO.

Underwater Housing (optional accessory)
The XZ-1's compact design makes it the perfect companion for all of your dive trips. The PT-050 underwater case has been customized for the XZ-1 and is waterproof to a depth of 40 meters (approximately 130 feet). With its durable, high-quality polycarbonate construction, this Olympus housing protects the camera from water while also cushioning it from knocks and bumps on land.

Product Description

XZ-1 DIGITAL CAMERA BLK - product specs to follow via CD. What's in the Box : Strap, Lens cap and Lens cap strap, LI-lithium ion battery, F-2AC USB-AC, Adapter, USB cable, AV cable, Olympus Setup CD-ROM.

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Customer Reviews

After reading the reviews on this camera I decided to…The picture quality is sharp and vibrant, and the control it offers to take pictures the way you want is outstanding. Read more ›
which also resolves #2 above 2) image quality is amazing, when I pixel peep comparing my old ZS3 (which always looked good to me before), it's an amazing improvement. The… Read more ›
It is thoughtfully designed, well made and…The image quality is professional quality with excellent automatic results, yet has options for complete operational control. T… Read more ›
The camera is very good, take photos are very beautiful. Is very favourable price,I'm very very very like it,ha ha ha Read more ›
It used to be that I would have to turn on every light downstairs to get a…But no more, provided I've selected the correct white balance low light pictures are quite nice. Read more ›
Still a lot to learn! Overall, the image quality is excellent. The only thing I don't like is the lens cap. Read more ›
The only disappointment…Granted, the lens is so sharp F8 looks about the same as F13 on my PEN which is saying something... Plus with the built in software based ND Filter. Read more ›
I have very nice shots with it. This camera lens is very bright in night. Read more ›
This camera takes excellent pictures - like really WOW on the photo quality. The lens is outstanding for the money. That said, it is an extremely complicated camera even… Read more ›
After turning it on, my opinion changed immediately. The lens is extremely bright and fast and the OLED screen makes the photos pop. I had been eyeing this camera since… Read more ›
That's why it doesn't make economic sense (and from…Not to mention that a compact camera with interchangeable lenses is not compact at all and much more unhandy to handle. Read more ›
I've owned many, many point and shoot cameras including LX-5, canon 300HS, Panasonic GF2. This camera/lens is fast at night which is my main concern. It's very easy and fun… Read more ›
I did NOT encounter this issue on my other cameras. - The mode dial is easy to change without your notice. Whenever picking up it from my bag, I have to check whether its… Read more ›
If you shoot raw,…The lens is superb -- sharp, fast, and resolving lots of detail; the image stabilization is very good; and the controls are easy to access and use. I… Read more ›
Takes great pictures. Art modes are fun to use. Scene selections are also great. Read more ›
The shudder speed and snap taking is maybe the quickest I have seen on most cameras. The menus are fairly simple, but take some time to learn. I was very used to Canon's… Read more ›
I would also say that access to some of the controls takes a few too many clicks, such as ISO setting, and the focus options are not great. For manual focus, you are given… Read more ›
The lens is very fast. The movie function is excellent. Image quality is superb. Read more ›
I have really enjoyed my camera. It is fast and easy to use. It is probably too heavy for people who want a pocket camera. Read more ›
Particularly in low light. Easy to operate... easy to learn even for base beginners. Read more ›
The XZ-1 is perfect for me. It takes great shots, is easy to use, and comes with manual controls. It has a low light setting that is not to be believed. Read more ›
There's plenty of detailed reviews from enthusiasts and experts, so I won't bore you with details like that, as I'm…The camera is easy to use and fun to take pictures with. Read more ›
This is a very nice camera and easy to use for some familiar to the Olympus Pen systems and menus . It is a small sensor point and shoot camera with both auto & manual… Read more ›
it's really hard to mess it up with this AWESOME CAMERA! easy to use, easy to download to my laptop, intuitive, fast zoom and auto focus, SULER BRIGHT LENS! no wonder it… Read more ›
I'm glad I did because, for a compact camera, the picture quality is excellent. The auto focus is fast and the other manual controls are what I need in a camera. I was so… Read more ›
The sequence mode is amazing, zoom is fast, focus is great, exposure comp, metering modes, and all the other settings work very well,…Focus is fast, sharp, and accurate. Read more ›
One last note, if video recording will be a big part of your routine, you might want to look elsewhere, as the video recording ability of XZ-1 is minimal (mostly due to its… Read more ›
6. RAW images (.orf) 7. Super fast focusing. The time between clicking a picture being ready for the next one is really short compared to other compacts in the market Read more ›
I can say for the cost, size and market, this little…The images are sharp and beautiful, focus is fast and sensitive and I love that it comes with a rechargeable battery. Read more ›
Based on the noise issue in low light and not terribly useful manual focus I think 4.5 stars in more appropriate for this camera. My dream camera is something like the XZ-1… Read more ›
It can point and shoot when you want but also lets you adjust almost every function when you really want to take…The view screen is great, giving you an excellent preview. Read more ›
Amazingly good camera for being so small. Its well balanced in weight and the LCD screen is very clear. It takes great pictures in low light conditions, which is a huge… Read more ›
They really love it. The camera with compact body, large display and quite good lens is really value for the money. Read more ›
(Works great, but does add some depth making it a little less pocket friendly). The beautiful OLED screen is exposed to scratches when you pocket the camera. I tried a… Read more ›
I need to go shopping for a couple of adapters. - It would be nice if the screen articulated (for off-the-hip shots). - The user interface is a bit clunky at times. Read more ›
ditto for shutter priority. 3. Amazingly bright screen - comparable to the D300 4. Pocketable (but see below) Read more ›
Price is perfect! my niece is very happy with this camera, she uses the camera on every outing she has. i would recommend this camera as an upgrade from the point and shoot… Read more ›
I wanted a smaller camera for traveling and this is just right and takes great pictures. Price was also great! Read more ›
I love this camera more and more every time I use it. What a great value for the price I paid. All I wanted a camera that had the ability to take some beautiful pictures. Read more ›
I shoot with Nikon DSLR's but wanted a point and shoot for weather that may be a little iffy, or the short trip to the store and after reading all the specs, reviews, and… Read more ›
I got it for hiking and climbing, where weight and size are serious issues, but where there are beautiful summits and priceless photo opportunities, and this camera has… Read more ›
Good compact camera prices are not coming down; in fact many of the good ones now cost as much as an entry-level DSLR. I think it will be a very long time before we see a… Read more ›
In good light this little camera is amazing. The lens is razor sharp, and its colors are fantastic. However, since I use it mostly as a point and shoot, I leave it in… Read more ›
On auto setting it takes excellent pictures, great color, very fine definition, low light level pix are outstanding, the quality of the lens is apparent by the picture… Read more ›
Outdoor pics surprised me by looking good with excellent IQ and color. Why surprised? Read more ›
Remember, check out the manual before making a bad review. You could be overlooking something such as the easy to miss color saturation option. Read more ›
I wanted a small camera to take with me all the time, and because I also have an Epl-3 the XZ-1 looked…I was surprised at the quality of the images and the great colors. Read more ›
XZ-1 Plusses: Faster and sharper lens than LX5 or S95, great default colors, simple yet versatile controls. Minuses: Lots of noise above ISO 200 (same as other cameras… Read more ›
The on this camera are great, very friendly controls and software and very good video quality! I only miss a viewfinder on this camera, when there's too much light the… Read more ›
That is a testament to how good it is. Not great for beginners and not great video either. At ~$200 it's very good value. Read more ›
2. I have Canon hard disk camcorder which I bought…Since the technology of camera improves quickly, I would like to have a compact camera with good video recording feature. Read more ›
Autofocus doesn't work well in video mode, lousy video quality overall. Read more ›
The bad side of the camera lies in the…If you're looking to purchase a camera with good video, then maybe you should look elsewhere, because the xz-1 is mediocre at best. Read more ›
I certainly…Highlights are the Grainy B&W (allows for some interesting videos as well), Diorama!(I've come to LOVE this one), and of course the popular Dramatic Tone. S… Read more ›
If it holds up to daily use and carry, I anticipate using it for a long time. The detail possible is incredible if you follow the directions in the instructions. It takes… Read more ›
I hope this has been informative. There are plenty of excellent resources on the web that cover the science in far greater detail. As well, there are many excellent books,… Read more ›
Let a pro or advanced amateur take the wheel and shoot in RAW, however, and you'll be rewarded with extremely sharp, detailed output with manageable levels of noise up to… Read more ›
Nice construction with aluminum…Cons: onboard photo processing too aggressive, with JPEG pixels merged and overprocessed leaving image too soft and loosing crisp details. Read more ›
While the Canon S100 can beat the XZ-1 by about a stop in terms of ISO performance, the pics from the XZ-1 are just better looking overall with better sharpness and detail… Read more ›
It also isn't that power-hungry. - The big sensor can capture the subject in great details. - Anti-shake mechanism works pretty well. Read more ›
I wanted enlargements with SLR qualitiy in a point and shoot camera and I found it. Battery life is good. I do not know yet its performance in freezing temperatures. Read more ›
I looked long and hard at a Canon S95 and S100 as a…While the S95 arguably has a better sensor, The XZ-1 has a much stronger battery and is far brighter on the long end. Read more ›
Quality if focused and lighting is correct is wonderful. I like that you can plug into usb port to charge an battery life is great. Lots of options for different modes. Read more ›
The battery life is above average. Video: I didn't do much video recording but what I did record looked VERY good. Read more ›
Lens cap, over come with a rainbow imaging automatic cap for $9 on Amazon, limited zoom compared to some compacts, battery life while good is still not a full day 350+… Read more ›
a good deal on it, F1.8 is a great choice for taking pictures. the color of picture is good, but the battery won't last long when recording vedios Read more ›
A button is dedicated to video recording, but that probably…Other buttons could have been more useful there, for example more settings for manual mode, or manual focus. I… Read more ›
T…I am finding that the controls and menu interface are very intuitive and quickly learned, and access to the controls and settings I use most frequently is fast and simple. Read more ›
The only feature this really lacks is an AEL/AFL button. Olympus: it would be great if you could configure the video record button to perform this function. Read more ›
Just holding it in your hands, you can feel…The user interface is intuitive and logical, with not too many options, but enough to capture the typical shooting environment. Read more ›
It does this quite accurately, whereas some cams I've tried do not custom set WB well. - has a really nice interface/menu system once you learn it. Not very complex to be… Read more ›
The camera is easy to…Build quality is high, with a metal front and tripod, solid feeling buttons and dials, and even the door over the battery compartment feels sturdy. Read more ›

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224 of 233 people found the following review helpful By Z. Wagner on April 5, 2011
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This is my preliminary review for the Olympus XZ-1, which arrived at my house this afternoon. I will update as necessary.

Over the last two weeks, I have ordered, and returned, two other cameras: the Fujifilm HS20EXR, and the Panasonic LX5. Neither one of them really satisfied me in terms of a total package. The build quality (at least on my copy) of the HS20 was suspect, and worried me a bit. The RAW processing time was quite slow, and I guess I just didn't like the overall feel of it. The Panasonic, despite all the rave reviews, did not satisfy in terms of IQ. Color blotching crept in far too early (even as early as ISO 200) for my taste, and by ISO 400 it was unbearable. The Jpeg processing on the LX5 wasn't great, either. So I finally decided to order the Olympus after much reading and staring at sample images on the internet, though I was becoming skeptical it would be able to satisfy me. At least so far, I was wrong.

The Olympus XZ-1 is a marvel of technology. From the blazing fast Zuiko lens to the quick and slick menu interface, to the conservative beauty of the design, this camera means business. Shooting with the XZ-1 is an effortless joy, and it works so well and so intuitively at times that you almost forget you're using a camera at all. I've read in other reviews that the rear control ring is finicky and annoying, but that is not my experience. I find it to work quite well, with the right amount of tactile feedback. The same is true of the front ring around the lens, used to control various settings based on the mode you are in. Sure, there's not a dedicated button for ISO, but it's so easy to set the ISO from the menu that I'm not quite sure what the issue is.
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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful By D. Turkmen on April 10, 2011
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My girlfriend and I were tired of carrying all the DSLR gear with us whenever we go somewhere, so we started looking for a lighter alternative. After reading some reviews and comparisons online (dpreview.com is a great source for that) we decided to buy Olympus XZ-1.

- It has a bright f/1.8 lens which is pretty good at low-light situations (or just taking shallow pictures)
- The screen has live view where you can see the depth of field in Aperture mode before taking the photo
- OLED screen is bright enough to see in day light. It also isn't that power-hungry.
- The big sensor can capture the subject in great details.
- Anti-shake mechanism works pretty well. I tested 1/40, 1/25, even 1 second exposures which turned out better than I expected. With my DLSR's anti-shake off, those pics would be more blurry.
- Charges through USB (this may be a con for you if you use card readers) simply keep your camera plugged in to your computer after transferring the images, and you don't have to take out the battery for charging anymore.
- The dial around the lens is easy to use. Depending on the mode it changes aperture, shutter, scene mode; or rotates images.
- 6 Art filters which applies digital effect to your photo/movie in realtime.
- 18 Scene modes which will make taking any occasion easy. For example, "pet" will track the moving animal in the frame. Or "panorama" scene mode will help you take 3 consecutive images and stitch them together auto-magically.
- Macro mode can focus even at the closest distance possible (be careful, your lens may be easily touching that flower!)
- It fits in a pocket (maybe not jeans or shirt pockets)
- (ADDED) Built-in ND filter lets you have longer exposures (1/10 seconds, for example) during day time.
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207 of 231 people found the following review helpful By Radio Man on February 16, 2011
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I was very much looking forward to this XZ-1 for a long time. Seemed to have the BEST of all the similar cameras in this category, put into ONE camera. I have owned the Canon S90, Samsung TL-500, and STILL own the LX5. All of these cameras are rather good and certainly way better than an average point and shoot, especially if you want a lot of control over the camera.

The XZ-1 does have a rather amazing lens..in that it is very fast(bright) throughout it's entire range..impressive. It is true I found that being able to shoot with the 1.8 aperture in doors..I did not have to use a very high iso, yet the shutter speed was indeed faster than my LX5 with same settings for example.

Faster shutter speed did result in mostly really good indoor pictures without the usual slow shutter blurriness, THOUGH all pics indoors in even rather good light tended to be a bit dark oddly enough until I cranked up exposure compensation.
The image stabilization on the XZ-1 seems really WAY above average as well.

HOWEVER doing a ton of side by side pics vs my LX5 or even JUST looking at the output of the XZ-1, jpeg pictures at default setting look "somewhat" soft, if you use the default Natural setting(With no adjustments as to sharpness, contrast etc.)! I mean even at iso100 my pictures look..too soft, airbrushed looking SLIGHTLY. In camera somewhat aggressive Noise reduction is that one exception I listed in the title.

Living with his camera for a while it is obvious Olympus chose to use too much noise reduction at ALL isos!.But,the overall output in most cases is almost amazing for a camera in this class. There is just a bit of slight softness especially on skin especially now and then it seems. If I shoot raw..
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