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Olympus XZ-10 iHS 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Old Model)
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- Remarkable image quality
- Extremely bright zoom lens (26-130mm, 35mm equivalent)
- 3.0-Inch display has 920,000 dots and is touch-sensitive
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||240 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Fill-in, Manual, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||Via wireless control only (no hot shoe)|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection, iESP, Spot, Tracking, Face Detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|HDMI Type||Mini HDMI type-D|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 - 6400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.41 x 1.35 x 4.03 inches|
|Item Weight||0.49 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.6 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.5 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8 - F2.7|
|Maximum Focal Length||130 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,968|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||26 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Style Name||US Version|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion Li-50B rechargeable battery & charger|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (30 fps, 18Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9Mbps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
If you’re looking to shoot top-quality stills and Full HD movies with all the right creative tools -but without all the size and weight of an SLR camera -the XZ-10 could be just perfect for you. It is equipped with iHS technology, bolstered by a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and the same high-performance image processor used in our leading OM-D model. The i.ZUIKO DIGITAL 5x optical zoom lens (26-130mm, 35mm equivalent) has an extra-wide, super-bright maximum aperture (1:1.8) giving you super-sharp images in dim conditions without having to use a tripod or flash. The lack of noise is a big advantage when you zoom up close -you can boost magnification to 10x with no noticeable pixilation with the Super-resolution Zoom. Furthermore the XZ-10 lets you assign manual functions to the control ring around the lens so you can adjust settings including aperture, exposure time and program shift like a professional photographer -without taking your eye off your subject.
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer
SUPERIOR BRIGHT, SUPER FAST F1.8 to 2.7 LENS
The iZuiko f1.8-2.7 4.7 – 23.5mm (26-130mm equivalent angle of view in 35mm cameras) digital lens is a 5x compact version of the legendary, high-quality ZUIKO Digital lenses featured with Olympus DSLRs. With a maximum aperture of f1.8 at wide-angle and f2.7 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.
5x iZuiko Zoom Lens with 10x Super-Resolution Zoom
Based on the standards of Olympus DSLR lenses, the wide aperture of the iZuiko f1.8-2.7 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. 10x Super-Resolution Zoom allowing you to capture close-ups images without any loss of image quality even in movie mode.
26mm Wide Lens
All the capabilities you need in one compact lens. The 5x optical zoom gets you close to the action while the 26mm Wide-Angle Lens lets you capture group shots and breathtaking panoramas.
PREMIUM IMAGE QUALITY, LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE
A powerful, DSLR–quality Image Processor and a cutting-edge BSI CMOS sensor come together to dramatically improve image quality with spectacular low-light performance, blazing fast autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition. This family of technologies conquers challenging shooting conditions with improved light condensing efficiency, less noise and quick response time – twice as fast as traditional cameras – for definitively unmatched image quality.
12MP High Sensitivity BSI CMOS Sensor
An amazing 12 million pixels in the High-Sensitivity, High-Speed BSI CMOS sensor deliver unmatched image quality with less noise and improved image detail, especially in low-light situations.
The XZ-10 pairs a high sensitivity 12 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, enabling great results in low-light situations.
Shooting into backlight typically results in washed out, overly bright images. Backlight HDR Adjustment takes a collage of images at various exposure levels and blends them into one, perfectly exposed image.
The XZ-10 provides DSLR quality low light photos with an increased ISO sensitivity to 12,800.
The XZ-10 also features an AF illuminator to make it simple to focus in low-light situations.
Low Light Mode
The XZ-10 has a built-in pop-up flash to illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red-eye and fill in dark areas.
You can easily create a combination of photos by selecting one of four themes. Each theme allows you to create a photo story with a certain flair with just a single touch. Choose Standard to capture three images in segments to tell a story. Select Speed that allows continuous seamless shooting of 5 images and combines them into one image, Choose Zoom-In/Zoom-Out to captures two images at two different distances into one image, or select Fun Frames and create images that mimic Film style and Polaroids.
11 Art Filters with 5 Art Effects
Express your creativity with special effects for you photos & HD Videos. Olympus’ Art Filters infuse familiar scenes with new an unexpected moods ranging from the exciting to the serene and from the whimsical to the mysterious.
Full HD Movie – 1920 x 1080 HD
The XZ-10’s easy-to-reach record button on the back of the camera body makes recording videos a breeze. Add style and artistic flair to your movies with Olympus Art Filters and Effects.
For easy photo and video playback on your HDTV. The XZ-10 makes sharing your content easier than ever. Using the HDMI output, just connect the XZ-10 to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (not included) and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch. This is perfect for sharing your pictures and movies with an audience.
ADVANCED CONTROL AND USABILITY
Hybrid Control Ring and Customization
The XZ-10 offers advanced manual controls that experienced photographers expect. But, with the XZ-10, advanced features are easy to use. Similar to the XZ-2, the XZ-10 is equipped with a hybrid control ring, built around the lens, which allows users to easily assign function settings to their preferences.
3" Touch LCD
Whether composing still images or HD videos, photographers will appreciate the XZ-10’s sharp 3.0-inch touch LCD to frame and show off still images and High Definition (HD) movies. The LCD displays 920,000 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-10’s touch screen reacts quickly with the slightest touch and can focus by touch even if the subject is not in the center. Touch Screen display makes it easy to choose AF points, capture a picture, change camera settings, release the shutter or navigate controls, simply by touching the screen.
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XZ-10 Highlights: Exceptional image quality outdoors (base ISO); Excellent image quality indoors up to ISO 800; Very fast lens at wide angle and still relatively fast at the telephoto end enabling indoor shooting without a flash in decent lighting; very sharp & versatile lens (26-130mm equiv); very small and light; excellent LCD screen; built in lens cap.
What the XZ-10 is not: No hot shoe for an external flash; 1/2.3" (small) sized sensor effectively limiting usable ISO to 800; LCD screen does not move; no viewfinder (or option for one since there is no hot shoe); relatively short battery life; weak flash; pricey.
Overall, the XZ-10 is a really small camera that takes terrific photographs in most situations. The image sharpness, color reproduction, automatic white balance, auto-focus and metering, are really, really good especially for such a small camera.
Compared to the XZ-1 & XZ-2; the XZ-10 is smaller and lighter especially when compared to the XZ-2. The lens on the XZ-10 is wider and longer with similar bright maximum apertures. I personally prefer the color reproduction and exposure of the XZ-10 to the XZ-1 or XZ-2 when not using an external (bounce) flash (The XZ-1 & 2 each have a hot shoe for an external flash or view finder). The XZ1 has no grip; The XZ2 has a grip; The XZ-10 has a very small grip. The XZ-1 & XZ-2 have slightly larger sensors than the XZ-10 but I did not see any real ISO advantage of this slightly larger sensor. The XZ-10 is a little cheaper than the XZ-2 but more expensive than the XZ-1 (which is really priced as an excellent value). The difference in size between the XZ-2 and the XZ-10 is quite obvious making the XZ-10 considerably more 'pocketable'. The built in lens cap of the XZ-10 is a convenience over the XZ-1 & 2.
Compared to the Nikon P300 & the Canon S100; these three cameras are more similar than they are different. They are all very small but the Canon is the smallest, the Nikon very slightly bigger & the Olympus slightly bigger than the Nikon. All three take excellent (and surprisingly similarly rendered) photographs; I prefer the Olympus first, the Canon close second and the Nikon 3rd. Again, all three are really similar. All have relatively weak battery life; no hot shoe; no viewfinder; bright/sharp/non-movable LCD screens; weak flashes; very bright maximum apertures at wide angle; True wide angle (although the Canon & Nikon a bit wider at 24mm equiv). One big advantage the Olympus has, is a maximum aperture of F/2.8 at 130mm (equiv). This is MUCH brighter than the Canon or Nikon. The Nikon (subjectively anyway) appears to be a little slower focusing and performing generally than the other 2. The Nikon also is the least expensive and perhaps the best value.
If you like to take no flash photos in low light, a romantic dinner, a museum or theater type setting where lighting often sets the mood, this pocket sized powerhouse will not disappoint you. My initial shots were at the local botanical gardens where I experimented with the aperture ring and aperture priority mode with great results. My own astonishment came later in the week when I took some business associates to the Newark Museum and Ballantine House. Photos are tolerated without a flash at this museum and the XZ-10 captured details in the Rockwell originals as well as the moody Victorian lighting and sculptures of the Ballantine House with such detail, a professional photographer in the group was amazed at the end of the day expressing that "I wondered why you were taking pictures, I thought all your time was being wasted and images would be nothing but blur". The dust and depth of field on one shot of a angel riding a crane (sculpture) demonstrated the abilities of this camera. The touch screen and multiple of focus areas along with the touch screen shutter release are awesome features.
I would recommend this camera in a heartbeat however, the specs note a metal camera body, mine is not. Printing out the pdf manual wasn't so much of a hassle but would have preferred one to be included. This matters but not enough to drop it to four stars.
July 11, 2014
It's been some time with this camera now and the Aperture Priority mode is fabulous. The camera is fantastic for depth of field and low light. I have to change my concept of metal body as I do indeed think it is and not as I have written before. I do miss having a longer zoom and will have to purchase a second camera for bird watching and such.
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Hold well in hand but it is not very compact in size.
Takes good snaps.
Good LCD, good build quality, adjustment ring built around the lens,
fast power up time, and smaller than other...Read more