Olympus XZ-10 iHS Review

Review posted 07/25/2013

Quick Take
  • 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
  • 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.
For 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

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