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Olympus XZ-1 10 MP Digital Camera with f1.8 Lens and 3-inch OLED Monitor (White) (Old Model)
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- 10 MP Camera
- DSLR Quality images with a fixed lens camera
- 3.0 Amoled Monitor
- HD Movie with HDMI Control
- 4x iZuiko Zoom
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.65 x 4.37 x 2.56 in||1.67 x 4.35 x 2.55 in||1.35 x 4.03 x 2.41 in||1.89 x 4.45 x 2.56 in||4.1 x 3.4 x 2.7 in||1.41 x 4 x 2.29 in|
|Item Weight||0.61 lb||1.1 lbs||7.84 ounces||0.76 lb||0.72 lb||0.53 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10 megapixels||10 megapixels||12 megapixels||12 megapixels||12 megapixels||20.2 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720||1920 x 1080 (30 fps, 18Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9Mbps)||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720, 640 x 480||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (optional)||fixed LCD||None||Electronic (optional)||fixed LCD||None|
F1.8-2.5 iZuiko Digital Lens, 4x iZuiko Zoom, DSLR Quality Images from a fixed lens camera, 3.0" Amoled Monitor, 10MP, HD Movie/HDMI Control, 1/1.63" High Sensitivity CCD, Art Filters - Still and Movie, Hot Shoe & Accessory Port, Compatible with Select P
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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update: I really enjoy this camera. It is fun to use and very adaptable to any shooting situation. I find myself shooting a lot more in Manual than I expected. The exposure indicator on the front makes that possible to have the right shutter speed and aperture combo based on your ISO selection. iAUTO mode does a great job for those who feel more comfortable with no adjustments. I took about 300 shots (600 writes to a 16 GB 30MB/sec SanDisk Ultra SD card, 1 RAW and 1 High Res Jpeg at the same time) before the battery gave in. The 3" OLED screen is good enough to "talk back" to the Texas bright sun, which was one potential concern since it does not come with a viewfinder and I did not want to spend the additional money for the available optional unit. I also recommend to buy a second battery Olympus LI-50B Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for Select Olympus Digital Cameras - Retail Packaging(http://www.amazon.com/review/RP3Y4CKKCDRCB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm) and the following leather case COSMOS Black Leather Case Cover Bag For Olympus XZ1 XZ-1 Camera + Cosmos cable tie(http://www.amazon.com/review/R2ZTHOZ11ALJ2M/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B005IJTNI8&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=). If closer than ~2 ft to subjects, set the AF to Macro. You will still have zoom. In super Macro zoom is not possible, but you can take pics of bugs as close as ~ half an inch. The camera has settings for bracketing in exposure settings and white balance. You can also set custom settings for one mode dial position. What a versatile, complete, fun, high quality compact camera! Beginner or pro, this camera is great for making good shots when the DSLR has to stay at home.
I just received this today, purchased it after playing with one my friend just received, really was impressed, and for $199 on Amazon it is a steal deal and a complete no-brainer! And since I was looking for a serious compact camera that also gives me DSLR capabilities like choosing shutter speed, aperture, ISO or all...or absolutely nothing ... this is the perfect camera. And with the fast lens from f1.8 to 2.5 over the complete zoom range, the lens is worth the $199 alone as any DSLR owner can attest to. I am using this as my back up camera for the Nikon D7000 DSLR that I am privileged to own and used exclusively over the past 15 month ... and my cell phone (which doesn't cut it ... better than nothing, a 8MP camera cell phone). This camera is also for those times when I simply cannot justify taking the D7000 with, which happens seldomly, but when it does, this camera fills that void beautifully.
So for those who have no clue about cameras: You cannot go wrong with this camera. You cannot find a more simple and feature rich camera with PLENTY of quality mega pixels than this one (10 MegaPixels is enough) at such a low price. $199 is a lot of money for many, but the quality of this camera makes the price laughable. You will be happy you purchased it. Buy it. You will invite me to your family picture for this recommendation...(you don't have to) (Note: The current suggested retail price from Olympus for this camera is $499 as of November 2012, and rightfully so).
For those who know everything about cameras: You will agree from the lens specs alone, from knowing what Olympus produces, knowing that the image sensor is large for this compact camera (Large, High-Sensitivity 1/1.63" CCD Sensor). It is build of the highest quality materials targeted for a much higher price bracket. You also will agree that the XZ-2 isn't worth $400 more. Buy it. You will want to send me a post card for this recommendation.
This camera is very heavy due to the high quality build. The front half shell is a type high end powder coated steel or aluminum shell while the back half shell feels like a powdercaoted surface, but it's made of a high quality plastic.
All control elements are of high quality. Easy to see. Easy to use. Intuitive. You get a quick feeling for it. The rear OLED 3" screen is nice and the user interface is appropriate to the principal mode dial on the top right of the camera. If you want to see all the adjustments you could adjust, then put the mode dial to 'M' (manual control) and you can dial with the rear dial/selection control through the menus (always enter the adjustments by clicking the right side of the dial where the flash symbol is; then you you can select adjustments on a symbol strip to your right and select the options on the bottom symbol strip of the display ... you'll see, it is quite intuitive). The objective ring also lets you dial through options of the menu. The ring's function changes also depending on the mode dial...for example mode dial on 'M' (Manual Shooting) - the objective dial controls the aperture from f1.8 to f8.0...mode dial on 'S' (Shutter Priority), the objective ring control the exposure/shutter from 1/2000 sec to 60 seconds...mode dial on 'Aperture Priority', the objective ring controls the aperture from f1.8 to 8.0 (as 'M')...mode dial on 'P' (Program auto sets aperture and exposure), the objective ring controls the ISO from ISO Auto, 100,125,160,...to 6400. In the scene mode on the mode dial you can use the ring to select all the different scene modes. Very easy to use.
I think after a while it becomes natural to select your settings quickly and accurately, because it is very intuitive. The user interface is really ingenious.
The flash release is very fast and might scare you the first time. You will seldom need it because of the low light capabilities of the lens. Also to note is that the mode dial has a dedicated automated lowlight mode, where the camera is already optimized for night shots or in little light conditions. The flash can also be metered full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 besides forced off, red eye reduction, normal flash.
The lens cap that comes with the camera takes getting used to it. It's magnetically held and pops off if one simply turns on the camera if you forget to take it off. Both ways work. There is an Olympus cap that opens up mechanically upon turning on the camera and the objective driving out to photo modeOlympus LC-63A Lens Cap for XZ-1 Digital Camera. There are third party ones too. I don't own it, won't need it myself.
There are accessories available, like a TCON-17 teleconverter lens expanding the tele to 190mm (in 35mm comparable terms)Olympus Tcon-17 1.7x Telephoto Converter Lens. for ~$200. A viewfinder can plug into the hot shoe for about $250 Olympus VF-2 Electronic ViewFinder (Black).
For me the accessories like the teleconverter lens and the viewfinder make no sense. The camera costs $200. If I NEED the eye viewfinder (which is very nice to have), I have to just use my DSLR. It doesn't make sense to me to have this camera with a million accessories. It takes away what I purchased it for. It's got to be in the 'box'. Not to mention, for $600 you can buy a DSLR these days. My old Olympus SP-350 had one build in (that camera is for sale now, but you are better off to buy this XZ-1).
The camera did not come with a SD card, so make sure you buy one. I bought a SanDisk Ultra 16GB which has a transfer rate of 30MB/sec which is plenty. Don't stick a crappy low end SD card into the camera. It will take away from the speed of this camera (or any camera when writing to the chip). Use 15MB/sec min, 30MB max. 45 MB/sec (San Disk Extreme) is overkill. It's inexpensive 'film'. With 16 GB you can shoot over 1300 RAW pictures (uncompressed pictures) or more than 2770 10MP fine JPEGs (1/4 compression rate). In other words, plenty of pics. Or you can record RAW and JPEG at the same time (~890 shots). NICE!
The first pictures I took are incredible. Look at flickr.com/groups/xz1/ for pics XZ-1 owners took. Low light pictures are amazing without flash. At ISO6400 the camera behaves just like film would. It's incredible one can take pictures with this camera at that sensitivity.
This camera is amazing. It's fun. It's real quality. It is unique from the design. The user interface is well thought through, the controls are first class. It's ideal for the beginner with the potential to grow and become a better photographer the easy way. It's a serious camera for professionals when one cannot take that DSLR or doesn't want to.
It takes HD video too, but if you want video, buy a video camera. Don't expect this to be a video camera. It's not. But it is, kind of.
Video recording format: AVI Motion JPEG
Recording time: HD: 7min, SD: 14min
Video file sizes: Maximum 2GB
Video with sound: Yes
Built in microphone type: WAVE
External microphone option: Yes
Don't judge a picture camera for video. If it has video great. If the video is great that's even greater. But this is a camera for pictures.
I had my Olympus SP-350 for over six years now. This XZ-1 will be my new companion for a long time to give me the best non-DSLR option.
And yes, the XZ-2 is not worth $450 more. For that advice you can give me half of the difference and I invite you to a beer.
Here are the complete specs for your convenience from Olympus for those who know what they are looking for. For all others, you cannot go wrong!
It truly is a Xtra Zip #1 pic machine haha!
Camera Type: Compact
Effective Megapixels: 10 MP
Image sensor type: CCD High Sensitivity
Image sensor size: 1/1.63"
Image processing engine: TruePic V
ISO range: Auto: 100 - 800
Manual: 100 - 6400
Movie: 200 - 1600
Low Light: 100 - 3200
Lens focal length: 6.0 - 24.00mm
Film lens equivalent (35mm): 28 - 112mm
Widest aperture: Wide(W) F1.8; Tele(T) F2.5
Optical zoom range: 4x
Digital zoom: 4x (16x maximum combined zoom)
Nearest focusing distance: Normal - 0.6m
Macro: 0.1m (W); 0.3m (T)
Super Macro: 0.01m
Viewing screen type: OLED
Viewing screen size: 3"
Screen resolution: 610,000
Secondary viewfinder: with optional VF-2
Image stabilisation: Sensor Shift
Autofocus system type: Contrast detection AF system
Focus modes: Manual focus, Single AF, AF Tracking, Face Detection AF, Macro mode, Super Macro mode
Low-light AF assistance: AF Illuminator built-in
Metering modes: ESP light metering, Spot metering, Centre weighted metering
Scene modes: Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Night+Portrait, Indoor, Self Portrait, Sport, Sunset, Fireworks, Multi-Exposure, Cuisine, Document, Beach & Snow, Under Water Wide, Under Water Macro, Pet
Panorama recording: Yes
3D recording: No
Creative filter system: Art Filters (Photo & Movie)
Photo Magic Filter types: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
Video Magic Filter types: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
Shutter speed range: 2 - 1/2000s
Self timer: 12/2 seconds
Remote: with optional RM-UC1 Remote Cable
Flash type and power: Built-in
Flash hotshoe for external flash: Yes
Compatible external flash units: with optional FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-50R
Wireless flash capability: Yes
Wi-Fi Compatibility: No
Electronic Compass: No
Date imprint: No
Memory card type: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Internal memory: 54.6MB
Photo recording format(s): JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Video recording format: AVI Motion JPEG
Recording time: HD: 7min, SD: 14min
Video file sizes: Maximum 2GB
Video with sound: Yes
Built in microphone type: WAVE
External microphone option: Yes
Computer interface (Cable type): USB 2.0 High Speed
AV interface (Cable type): HDMI (CB-HD1 Type D); AV cable (CB-AVC3)
Battery type (model): LI-50B
Battery charging: In-camera via USB
Battery charger: with optional LI-50C External Charger
Battery life (CIPA standard): Approx. 320 shots (with 50% flash on)
Dimensions WxHxD: 110.6 x 64.8 x 42.3
Box content: XZ-1 Digital Camera, USB Cable & Charger, Instruction Manual, [ib] Software CD, Audio/Video Cable, Wrist Strap, Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B), Warranty Card.
RRP AUD: $499.00
Underwater housing option: Yes
In practice, it's frustrating to use. My main gripes:
1. I can't use the flash. This more than negates the main value of the camera, its low-light capability. Low light often calls for a flash. The manual says (p. 37), "The flash may not be available at certain camera settings." I've had the camera for 4 years now, and still haven't deciphered the mysterious combination of conditions and settings which, once in a blue moon, allow me to turn on the flash. Even in conditions that require a flash, I can't use the flash. Look, Olympus: If I wanna use the flash, let me use the flash. I am smarter than the camera. Even if I'm not, I'm the customer.
2. The camera's automatic exposure choices are terrible. When the light is low, it always wants to underexpose. The camera is trying to make the photo look like the scene does in real life. But when I photograph something in dim light, it isn't because I've carefully adjusted the light in my photography studio to be dim. It's because the thing I want to photograph is in dim light. I want the camera to auto-adjust the picture to look like it's in bright light, not fight me when I try to do so. Instead, I have to set it to manual mode and spend several minutes trying different insane settings to fool it into making the picture look brighter than the scene. Then, when the light comes back, I have to go through the settings and change them all back.
3. Adjusting the focus and shutter speed require taking the camera away from your face and going into the menu. This makes manual shooting impractical. It has an aperture ring, but not a focusing ring, and no wheel for shutter speed. Combine this with the need to use manual shooting in low light, and the camera becomes a real pain to use.
4. If I change the shooting mode to a timed shot (press the shutter release, and a photo snaps in 10 seconds), it reverts to normal mode after taking the photo. But if I'm doing a timed shot, I'm usually taking photos of myself, which means I have to take at least a dozen, because I can't actually see myself in the viewfinder. So I have to go back into the menu system between each shot.
5. The USB connector uses a special Olympus-only USB cable that costs over $10. It's just a way to gouge the customer another $10; there's no reason not to use a standard connector. I'm tired of digging through my box of cables for the one special cable that fits my camera, usually when I'm in a rush to leave on a trip. I'm tired of discovering that I've left that cable at home, and so can't recharge the camera. I'm tired of losing the cable and needing to wait a week or two for another to arrive in the mail.
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