April 12, 2011
I have only had this camera a short time. The iauto mode makes it easy to get good pictures. I have been able to very low light pictures. One of my favorite subjects are my Grandchildren. The focus tack feature makes it easy to lock on and follow them to get a shot.
The Oled screen is great, bright and sharp. I could still use a view finder, but the price for it is way to steep.
It would be better if the lens cover was built in. This might be difficult to do with a lens as wide open and quality.
This has been a fun camera to get to know. I have a lot more to learn. I look for reasons to take pictures.
April 12, 2011
This is the best compact camera to come out in years. The lens is very bright and high-ISO is very usable.
But the noise reduction is too strong. Images at ISO200+ come out like water colors. I am forced to shoot RAW solely for this reason.
Olympus if you are reading, please please please add an option to disable NR in a firmware update. It'll make our lives so much easier!
April 04, 2011
Bought for 2 reasons: fast shutter release and great shots inside in normal interior light.
Could not be more pleased - fulfills my 2 reasons for buying perfectly - better in my opinion than any other point and shoot on market at present.
2 things I would like improved, but no where near deal breakers -- need loose pockets to carry in pants and with lens protruding, makes bulge in jacket; lens cover is press on fit and just fell off until I added some tape around inside edge to make it fit snugger. Prefer the type cover that grabs lens and requires a squeeze on opposite sides to release.
Images of people are extremely sharp and in focus - more than I had hoped for. Easy to learn basics if have used auto point and shoots before. Of course, this is much more than an auto camera, but that is what I wanted it for primarily, and it fills the bill as good as I had hoped for - highly recommended if the 2 irritations I mentioned above are acceptable - I bought online as soon as released - probably better to go to a camera store and check it out.
April 04, 2011
stabilization video is amazing!
Verry great performance,Amazing art filters and easy to use!
April 01, 2011
Terrrific well desiged camera. Lots of flexability for advanced users but does an amazing job in iAuto. High quality images in JPEG or Raw. Pleasing color and tones. Noise reduction too strong in high ISO shots.
March 31, 2011
I have many other brands of point and shoot cameras this Olympus is by far the best for size, weight and features. The main purpose for my purchase was to be able to use manual settings and with help from my friends, I was able to conquer that in no time. The flash mode is adequate for most of my shootings, but with the adapter for other flash accessories I have more than needed. The lens is superb and great quality. Can't say enough good things about the XZ except go buy one.
March 28, 2011
Great raw images. Nice bright LCD screen - hope OLCD technology holds up. Nice compact size.
March 27, 2011
Olympus could have accomplished a great compact camera, probably the best on the market right now, instead they deliberately throw it out giving to the XZ-1 the worst possible video mode. It can barely compete with cellphone video, it's a shame!
I have heard in some forums people talking about their hope that a new firmware could solve the video troubles...I do hope so, but I'm not confidant.
Come on Olympus...improve the XZ-1 firmware, amaze us all!!
March 27, 2011
Had it for a week now. Been out twice. Bought it for the lens. The greatest walk-a-bout point and shoot ever made. This little rig is street photographer's dream. Autofocus is blazing fast. Zoom range perfect. From wide angle to a slightly elongated portrait.
Image quality top notch! Stabilization works very well. 1/15 sec hand held no problem.
Use in program equals no worries. Want to compose? Av is there at your finger tips. Want to do some street shootin? Set your shutter and set for auto ISO and you are good to go to freeze moments on the street.
Haven't used i-AUTO as i am a bit of a control freak stemming from my film days so i can't comment nor have i played around with the art filters yet.
So far so good. Actually so far so great ! XZ-1 is exactly what I have been waiting for in a compact. Dare I say my DSLR gear may not see the light for a bit. It just might replace my DSLR gear as I am tired of the bulk. Contemplating the fl-36 flash for indoors.
March 25, 2011
My requirements for a new camera were: compact, good automatic settings but ability to do manual, good video and great pictures. The XZ-1 exceeded my expectations on all of these points. The quality is exceptional, especially for a small camera. Many of other brands feel like little plastic toys but this one just feels solid. It starts up quickly, focuses quickly too and takes sharp, clean pictures. The menus are intuitive and useful. Very comprehensive software package included as well.