Allowing for better low-light capabilities and a shallower depth of field than you will find on most compact digicams, the 5x wide optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 gives you a powerful and creative advantage. Its 35mm equivalent of 26-130mm gives you an excellent wide range with a decent zoom to go with it. Around the lens is the hybrid control ring that gives greater manual control and allows you to assign custom settings and controls.
- W:10cm to infinity
- T:30cm to infinity
- Super Macro:1cm to 60cm,Wide-angle edge fixing
Assisting the lens with the fantastic performance is Olympus's TruePic VI image processor and 12-Megapixel BSI (Backside Illuminated) CMOS image sensor. These work together with the lens to reduce image noise in low-light situations. They also provide excellent high speed shooting performance.
Assisting in the low-light situations is automatic pop-up flash unit. This unit pops out of the top of camera quickly whenever it is needed or turned on. This TTL controlled flash unit can also be adjusted manually for more creative photography. It also works in all the standard automatic shooting modes including: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye reduction slow sync. and Slow sync. The XZ-10 is also capable of operating several of Olympus's external flash units wirelessly.
The top of the camera has been kept very simple, featuring the flash on the left side and stereo microphone in the middle. On the right side you will find the power button, shutter release coupled with the zoom control and the mode dial on the far right.
Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 920,000 dot touch LCD screen. This high res. screen offers fantastic touch controls and adjustable brightness and color balance controls that allow you to see it clearly in just about any situation. The touch screen allows easy access to the quick menu which is also available by pressing the OK button.
Controls on back: Above the thumb grip is the dedicated video recording button, allowing you to record video at any time in any shooting mode. At the top under the thumb grip you have the playback button and the Fn button. The function button can have any one of a number of settings assigned to it, giving greater control to the user. In the middle is the 4-way controller, providing shortcuts to the exposure compensation, flash, burst modes and focus area settings. It is also used to navigate the menus. The OK button in the middle makes your selections. Around the 4-way controller is a control ring, which is great for changing shooting settings and faster menu navigation. At the bottom is the menu and info buttons. The menu button is self explanatory. INFO allows you to change the amount of information on the LCD screen, or it can also give you a description of a menu item.
On the left side of the camera you will find the input/output ports under a door labeled HDMI. On top of the multi-port, allowing you to connect to a computer or printer, charge the camera or view images on a standard TV with an optional A/V cable. On the bottom is the HDMI output for viewing images and movies on a HDTV.
Storing your images is any SD/SDHC/SDXC type memory card. This incredibly fast camera is capable of handling UHS-1 cards at speeds of up to 104MB/s. The camera is shown here with a SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 memory card that was used to test the camera. This card is rated up to 95MB/s.
Powering the XZ-10 is a 3.7V, 925mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Olympus claims that the camera is capable of capturing up to 240 images on a single charge (50% w/ flash). Olympus has also included an adapter that allows you to charge the battery inside the camera via a USB cable.