X-CEPTIONAL PICTURE QUALITY. X-CELLENT LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE.
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.
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 maximum aperture of f1.8 at wide-angle and 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.
NEW, 3.0-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.
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.
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.
X-CESSORIZE WITH THE HOT SHOE & 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.
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.
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 – MOVIE 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.
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 Type Product type Compact digital camera Memory SD Memory Card(SDHC/SDXC compatible) ~64GB Screen size 1/1.63” Effective Pixels number Effective Pixels number 10M (3664 x 2752) Lens Structure 11elements in 8groups Aspheric 6 sides Focal length(35mm equivalent) 6.0mm to 24.0mm(28mm to 112mm) Maximum aperture 1.8-2.5 Optical zoom 4x Digital zoom 4x Imaging range Normal:60cm to ∞,
Macro:W:10cm to ∞,T:30cm to ∞.
Super Macro:1cm to TBD,Wide-angle edge fixing
Image Pickup Unit Product type 1/1.63" High-Sensitivity CCD Total no. of pixels 4072x2784 Aspect ratio 4:3 Recording(Still) Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG Recording image size [RAW] 3648 x 2736 pixels [JPEG] 3648 x 2736 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels File Size RAW: 3648 x 2736 (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB Large: 3648 x 2736 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.5MB 3648 x 2736 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.1MB Middle: 3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 4.4MB 3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.9MB 2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.4MB 2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB 1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 1MB 1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB Small 1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.7MB 1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB 1024 x 768 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB 1024 x 768 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB 640 x 480 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB 640 x 480 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB Recording(Movie) Recording format AVI Motion JPEG(30fps) Movie Mode HD: 1280(H)x720(V) Aspect 16:9
SD: 640(H)x480(V) Aspect 4:3(VGA)
Compression Ratio 1/12 File Size Max 2GB(limited by AVI format) Maximum Recording Time HD: 7min, SD: 14min Recording(Sound) Recording format Wave Format Base
Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
Maximum Recording Time Picture with Sound: 30sec
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Live View Type Image Sensor type Field of view 100% Display Mode Normal Mode Grid Line + Histogram Mode OFF Mode Magnification Ratio Not available Monitor information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, My Mode,
Face Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting,
Self-timer, White Balance
Display of Face Detection Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed AF Imager AF Image stabilizer System Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer) Mode 2 dimensional activation, OFF Effective compensation range Approx.2EV steps Shutter speed range 2 - 1/2000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected) IS for Movie Electronic Image Stabilization with Multi-Motion function Monitor Product type OLED Size 3.0 inches (3:2) Total no. of pixels 614,000dots Playback field of view 100% Brightness control +2 levels and -2 levels Colour balance Not available Focusing AF system Imager Contrast Detection AF system Focus mode Single AF (AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / Macro mode / SuperMacro mode / AF tracking (TR) Focusing point 11-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option) Focusing point selection Auto from all 11 area, Single area from 11 area
Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
Free selection (from 225points) when Magnified View Mode is selected
Available Focus tracking Available Manual Focus Assist When rotation of Control dial is detected under MF mode, LV is magnified automatically Shooting Modes P(Program Auto),iAUTO,A(Aperture priority).S(Shutter priority),M(Manual shooting),C(Custom shooting), Low Light,Art Filter,SCN(Scene) Exposure Control Metering system TTL Image Sensor metering system (1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering) (2) Center weighted average metering (3) Spot metering Metering range EV0-17 Exposure mode (1) i Auto (2) P: Programme AE (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Low Light (7) Scene select AE (8) Art Filter Scene select AE 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 ISO sensitivity AUTO: ISO 100 - 800 / Manual ISO 100 - 6400, 1/3 EV steps, Movie ISO 200-1600, Low light ISO 100-3200 Exposure compensation ±2 EV in 1/3EV steps AE lock Non available Exposure bracketing Available Metering standard value adjustment White Balance Auto WB system Available Preset white balance 6 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Daylight (5300K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K) , Under Water Auto, One Touch WB
White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB) CWB (Kelvin setting) 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K) One-touch white balance Available White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis. Colour Mode Colour space sRGB Picture Mode Mode Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone. Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone Gradation 4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key) Shutter Shutter speed 60 - 1/2000 sec. Bulb: up to 16 min. 1/3 steps Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available) Remote cable release Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.) Drive Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, High-speed Sequential shooting1,High-speed Sequential shooting2,Self-timer Sequential shooting speed Approx. 2 frames/sec. in sequential shooting Max. recordable pictures RAW mode: Max. 8 frames. on sequential shooting JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels
(Large normal mode: approx. 23 with Toshiba Super High Speed type "Class 6" 4GB)
Flash Built-in flash Available Compatible external flash E-system Flash(FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14,FL-50R)
*FL-50R(Can only be used with wireless. Cannot attach to body)
Flash mode of External Flash Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off. Flash intensity control Up to ±2 EV in 0.3 EV steps Art Filter Mode Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, and Dramatic Tone Multi Exposure Number of picture 2 frames Functions Auto gain, Multi Aspect Aspect Ratio 4:3/3:2/16:9/6:6 Live control Information (shooting) Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Live Guide Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio Live Guide Color satuturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Shooting tips Playback Playback mode Single-frame Information Display Index Display(25 frames, Calendar) Close-up (1.1 - 10X) Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause) Slideshow(Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound) Information display Histgram,Shooting information,OFF Menu Languages 39 Reset & custom setting My mode 1 setting recordable Image Editing Erasing function Single frame, All, Selected frames(from Index) Protect function Single frame RAW picture editing RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter) JPEG editing Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Trimming, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (colour depth), Resize (producing another file, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), e-portrait Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible) Input/Output PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available) TV interface HDMI(HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound) USB/Video connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1, USB cable is available) HDMI Mini HDMI type-D Flash attachment Hot shoe DC-in Yes(Multi terminal) Accessory attachment Accessory port Accessories Chart External Fkash FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14,FL-50R(Can only be used with wireless.Cannot attach to body) Viewfinder VF-2 External microphone SEMA-1 + ME51SW Armlight MAL-1 Accessory for underwater photography PT-050 AC cable F-3AC Remote Cable RM-UC1 Charger LI-50C Compatible OS Windows XP SP2, Windows XP x64Edition, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Mac OS 10.3-10.6 Power Requirements Battery Li-50B (included) Sleep mode Available (20sec, 1min, 3min, 5min) No. of recordable pictures (with 50% flash light) Approx. 320 shots Power battery holder Non available Memory Internal memory (for shooting) 54.6MB Dimensions/Weight Dimensions 4.35 in (W) x 2.55 in (H) x 1.67 in (D)
(110.6 mm x 64.8 mm x 42.3 mm)
Weight 9.70oz / 275g (body, battery and media) Operating Environment Temperature 0 - 40° (operation) / -20 - 60° (storage) Humidity 30 - 90% [operation] / 10 - 90% [storage] Box contents Body, Lens cap, Lens cap strap, Li-50B , F2AC , USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, CD-ROM(ib and OLYMPUS Viewer2), Instruction manual, Warranty card.
Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.
XZ-1 Package Contents
- XZ-1 Digital Camera
- Quick Start Guide
- USB Cable & Charger (F-2AC)
- Instruction Manual and IB Software CDs
- Audio/Video Cable
- Neck Strap
- Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B)
- Warranty Card
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Customer Reviews of the XZ-1
April 20, 2015
Unexpectedly versatile design
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
Competent and a terrific value
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
Big Little Camera
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
The new generation of the C5050z with 10meg
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
Best camera for my needs
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
Very nice image quality
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!
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