XZ-10

XZ-10

Olympus XZ-10 iHS Review

By

Review posted 07/25/2013

Quick Take
Pros
  • iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Command Dial and Hybrid Control Ring allow for fast and simple manual control
  • Excellent image quality 
  • Image Stabilization keeps handheld images sharp
  • Touch LCD is easy to operate and shows excellent detail
  • Outstanding shooting performance
Cons
  • Weak pop-up flash unit
  • Flash makes it tough to hold camera with 2 hands
  • Poor battery life
  • No external charging unit
Bottom Line
The Stylus XZ-10 sports Olympus's top features and hardware, giving the user higher image quality and performance than ever before. Built to perform better than most compact digicams, Olympus succeeded in producing a compact digital camera with very high image quality. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
XZ-10_WHT_RIGHT.jpgFor 2013, Olympus has added their third entry into the XZ-series of compact, yet powerful cameras; with the introduction of the XZ-10. This unit builds off of their recently announced XZ-2, which they boast as the flagship model for the XZ line. The XZ-10 borrows many of its features, however it packs them into a body that Olympus claims is "stealthier". In all reality, the XZ-10 is just a lot smaller, approx. 40 percent smaller than the XZ-1 and XZ-2 by volume.

It boasts a 12-megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor, just like the XZ-2, however this is a 1/2.3" sensor; not the larger 1/1.7" we see in the XZ-2, and XZ-1. The zoom lens is still very fast, offering a maximum aperture range of f/1.8 - 2.7 (Wide - Tele), and it also sports a longer focal range at 5x (versus 4x on past models). So, while they sacrificed a bit in the image sensor department, the XZ-10 has gained a slightly longer lens.

Some other new and cool features include 120fps high-speed HD video recording, a GUI that resembles and operates like that found on their PEN and OM-D cameras, Full 1080p HD video with a new Multi-Motion Movie IS feature, and a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD.

The XZ-10 iHS looks like a powerful compact camera, however we are sad to see that Olympus chose a smaller image sensor compared to its predecessors. We hope that this doesn't negatively effect image quality. Continue reading our hands on to review to find out how well the XZ-10 performed during our tests.


Olympus XZ-10 Features:
  • 12-megapixel, 1/2.3" backlit CMOS image sensor
  • TruePic VI image processor
  • Olymopus' Advanced iHS technology
  • 5x optical zoom lens
  • Fast f/1.8 - 2.7 maximum aperture range
  • Manual control ring mounted around the lens
  • High sensitivity settings, up to ISO 6400
  • 3.0-inch, touch screen LCD with 920k pixels
  • GUI borrowed from their PEN and OM-D lines
  • Full 1080p HD video
  • New Multi-Motion Moive IS
  • High-speed HD video recording at up to 120fps
  • HDMI output
  • Li-ion battery pack
  • SD card slot accepts various cards (SD/SDHC/SDXC), and supports both Eye-Fi and Toshiba FLashAir card wireless technologies

The Olympus XZ-10 is available in White, Brown, or Black, with a suggested retail price of $399.99. See our Buy button at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • XZ-10 camera body
  • Li-50B 
  • F2AC
  • USB/Video Multi cable
  • Touch Pen
  • Hand strap 
  • CD-ROM(ib and OLYMPUS Viewer2)
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty card

Additional Product Views

Olympus_XZ-10_WHT_BACK_1000.jpg
Olympus_XZ-10_BRN_1000.jpg
Olympus_XZ-10_BLK_1000.jpg




Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.

Buy related cameras and accessories from Amazon.com
Related Product Description Price
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera (discontinued by manufacturer) Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera (discontinued by manufacturer) $249.00
Fujifilm FinePix XP130 16.4MP Digital Camera, 5x Optical Zoom, 1080p Full HD Video, Motion Panorama 360, Wi-Fi, Water/Shock/Freeze/Dustproof, White Fujifilm FinePix XP130 16.4MP Digital Camera, 5x Optical Zoom, 1080p Full HD Video, Motion Panorama 360, Wi-Fi, Water/Shock/Freeze/Dustproof, White $229.95
Sony Cybershot DSC-T2 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Green) Sony Cybershot DSC-T2 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Green) $229.89
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video (DISCONTINUED) International Version (No warranty) Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video (DISCONTINUED) International Version (No warranty) $229.59
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera - BLACK (Body Only) Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera - BLACK (Body Only) $229.39
OAproda LI-50B Battery (2 Pack) & Dual USB Charger for Olympus TG-630 iHS,TG-820 iHS,TG-830 iHS,TG-850, TG-870,VR-370,VR-340,VR-350, XZ-1, XZ-10,SZ-15, SZ-16, SZ-31MR iHS,SP-800UZ,SP-810UZ,Tough 6000 OAproda LI-50B Battery (2 Pack) & Dual USB Charger for Olympus TG-630 iHS,TG-820 iHS,TG-830 iHS,TG-850, TG-870,VR-370,VR-340,VR-350, XZ-1, XZ-10,SZ-15, SZ-16, SZ-31MR iHS,SP-800UZ,SP-810UZ,Tough 6000 $69.99
OAproda LI-50B Battery (2 Pack) & Micro USB Charger for Olympus SZ-15, SZ-16 iHS, SZ-31MR iHS,SP-800UZ, SP-810UZ, Tough 6000,TG-630 iHS,TG-820 iHS,TG-830 iHS,TG-850, TG-870,VR-370,VR-340,VR-350, XZ-10 OAproda LI-50B Battery (2 Pack) & Micro USB Charger for Olympus SZ-15, SZ-16 iHS, SZ-31MR iHS,SP-800UZ, SP-810UZ, Tough 6000,TG-630 iHS,TG-820 iHS,TG-830 iHS,TG-850, TG-870,VR-370,VR-340,VR-350, XZ-10 $59.99