The Olympus XZ-1 is undoubtedly one of the most-lusted-after compact cameras on the market, so it’s good to see some reviews finally coming in.
Here’s what they had to say:
- Not only does it offer a very versatile lens range (28-112mm equivalent), but it does so with a maximum aperture that can’t be matched. At F1.8-2.5 it’s brighter at every point than either the Panasonic or Samsung, and is in a completely different league to the F2.0-4.9 offered by the Canon S95 to which it’s otherwise so similar.
- The image quality is exactly in line with what we’d expect from a camera with a sensor of this size – considerably better than most compacts other than its immediate peers. This is made all the more useable by that sensor being parked behind such a bright lens. This underlying image quality, combined with the excellent JPEG processing with which Olympus has made a name for itself, makes it easy to take impressive images every time you pick up the camera.
- The XZ-1 is a joy to use, quick and easy to control and small enough to make sure you have it when a photographic opportunity arises. In fact, many people considering a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera may find they’re better served by the XZ-1, if they’re not serious about buying additional lenses.
The XZ-1 does indeed look like an amazing camera, and the $499 price point actually isn’t bad relative to the Canon S95 and Panasonic LX5. These two are $50 and $100 cheaper than the Xz-1, respectively, but they’re also older and have much-less impressive lenses.
If I needed a point & shoot and I absolutely wanted the highest quality , I’d go for the XZ-1 if I could stand waiting for delivery.