Olympus XZ-1 First Look

The first in a new series of powerful compact point-n-shoots from Olympus, the XZ-1 is aimed towards the photo enthusiast that wants superior image quality and exposure control stuffed into a compact body. In direct competition with Canon's PowerShot S95, Samsung's TL500/EX1, and Panasonic's DMC-LX5, the XZ-1 is a first of its kind for Olympus.

This unit boasts some awesome features, including a large 1/1.63" CCD image sensor, the world's first iZuiko 4x optical zoom lens in a compact camera, unmatched F/1.8-2.5 maximum aperture range, control ring mounted around the lens (much like Canon's S90/S95), TruePic V image processor, a 3-inch OLED monitor, Dual IS, 720p HD video capture, and a few cool options borrowed from it's Digital PEN siblings like the PEN accessory port (AP1).

We were lucky enough to get our hands on a pre-production XZ-1 for just over a week, so be sure to check out all of it's features in our in-depth First Look.

Olympus XZ-1 Features:
  • 10-Megapixel 1/1.63" CCD image sensor
  • Direct button for HD movie recording
  • Dual IS Stabilization system
  • TruePic V Image Processor
  • iAuto (intelligent), Program AE, Aperture/Shutter Priority, Full Manual, and Custom exposure control
  • 18 pre-programmed Scene modes as well as 6 "Art Filter" modes
  • 3.0 inch OELD display with 610k dots
  • Record Motion JPEG (.AVI) movies at 720p HD (1280x720) or SD (640x480) resolutions (30fps) with stereo sound
  • ISO sensitivity from 100 - 3200
  • Built-in hot shoe for external flash units
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Selectable video output with NTSC or PAL format
  • HD output via MiniHDMI Type C I/O port
  • monaural microphone
  • Accessory port accepts all PEN accessories, minus the new PP-1 PENPAL
  • USB 2.0 (High-speed) data and control interface
  • Li-ion battery pack

  • The XZ-1 is scheduled to hit dealer shelves sometime this month with a MSRP of $499.99 US. You can choose from black or white.

    What's in the box?:
    • XZ-1 camera
    • USB cable
    • AV cable
    • Li-ion battery pack
    • AC charger
    • Shoulder Strap
    • Olympus Software CD-ROM
    • User's Manuals and Registration card

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