April 20, 2015
Camera performance is excellent and its design has allowed me to pursue photos under conditions I would not have expected.
Expectations met or exceeded:
I acquired this camera because of its lens and small form factor. Like other reviewers I was more than pleased with its convenience and performance, particularly when shooting RAW. I use F4.0 and monochrome mode most of the time, even when intending a color image, and find RAW images are large and sharp enough to withstand +/- 1EV exposure manipulation and aggressive cropping. The bright lens and low noise at higher ISO yielded many more sharp, hand-held photos in instances where a tripod was impossibly slow or excessively bulky (as for macro shots in cramped quarters). The manual controls and built in ND filter expand creative possibilities to allow shallow and deep focus, bracketed, and slow shutter blur images to be collected in rapid succession.
Unexpected surprise: I use it a lot on rainy days.
The simple addition of a filter adapter made this a more versatile camera. This allowed me to use a polarizer or protect the lens with a UV filter. It does make the camera bulkier, but keeps lint off the lens when stuffed into an oversized winter coat pocket. Importantly, the adapter allowed me to quickly and securely enclose the camera with a transparent plastic bag taped to the adapter or filter. This minimal protection allowed me to take the camera out on rainy (or snowy) days without worry of a minor splash (or melting snowflakes). Even downpours have been safe as long as I also used an umbrella - the camera remained dry within the bag even when needing to wipe droplets from the filter.
I am a big fan of this lens. I have not tried the XZ-2 but would note that the similar form factor makes that camera equally versatile.
August 08, 2014
I have been using my XZ-1 for underwater photography (together with the PT-050 housing) and it never ceases to amaze me. The quality of the images & videos underwater is spotless, and on dry land it surpasses a lot of more expensive rigs that I have tried and owned.
August 12, 2013
I am very impressed with the XZ-1. It is pocketable (mostly), has a bright and sharp lens, and the Truepic V processor does an amazing job producing excellent jpg images.
I did a LOT of research before plunking down my dollars, and found that Olympus gives you a great bang for the buck.
What I like about the XZ-1 is that it hits a sweet spot: you can get larger sensor cameras, but at the expense of size; you can get smaller, more pocketable cameras, but at the expense of lens quality; you can get similar cameras but they will cost you more.
There is no perfect camera, and the XZ-1 isn't perfect. But the combination of size, image quality, and price make it a good buy.
July 16, 2012
After 40-years of film photography with mostly rangefinder cameras this was the size/class camera I was looking for. I have only owned this camera for 3-weeks, but find it fairly easy to use with good image quality.
So far, performance of the 1.8-2.5 I.Zuiko lense has been very impressive. I use my images primarily for my artwork, and like the quality of the jpeg's right out of the camera.
July 03, 2012
Great advanced compact camera. Image quality and performance is excellent. I found the menus easy to navigate. The lens is great. I would like to see a camera case & wrist strap. The camera is a little slow for shot to shot speed.
June 25, 2012
You will find the same piture quality of the SLR with fast lens in a small size camera.
May 20, 2012
quality and good images, easy to use, good lense,
fast, good for night photographys
May 09, 2012
It's not the smallest camera, but its compact size is at the limit that I would want to carry it all day without nuisance of carrying a backpack or large camera bag. The picture quality, especially low-light performance - thanks to its fast f/1.8 lens - is just amazing. I'm floored to tell you the truth, its performance and IQ is near my DSLR at times. You may have to tinker with the controls to maximize your photos, especially for some challenging low-light situations that iAuto or low-light mode may not be adequate for. But that just means adjusting the EV and other manual settings. Thankfully, it is a breeze with its straight-forward dials and selectors. But for majority of situations, the iAuto mode does a fine job. That is the beauty of the camera, it is not so limited that you don't have any freedom to shoot those challenging shots not covered by the pre-installed modes, yet it gives you the tools WHEN you need it. I especially like the art-filters, makes the camera more fun than ever to shoot. The dramatic filter alone is priceless - turns some of my photo into postcard quality instantly. I only wish they would have more art filters, perhaps in future firmware updates. Also, I do wish for a better video performance. Though its sufficient @ 720p (only 7 min), it may be a little lacking when compared to competing models which offer 1080p @ 60i for longer periods. But it is certainly not a deal breaker for me, just a wish list to make this a more complete camera. Still, you must realize due to its very fine lens, there are some videos you will be able to catch with xz-1 (low-light situations) where others with better video resolution will be completely left in the dark. Overall the built quality is excellent. I hope to keep this camera for a long time to come.
April 09, 2012
Just amazing for my needs.
A bit on the large side, but very well worth it.
I haven't used my m4/3 in social ocations and light travell, since I got this camera.
March 12, 2012
I really love the fact that Olympus took the high road with this compact Point & Shoot. Beautiful lens and and operation. I did way too much research before buying this camera..... and it was really worth it. Thanks for a great camera!