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DPReview XZ-1 Review is up!

Discussion in 'Olympus Forum' started by Djarum, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    I agree - glad I waited for this review rather than buying a EX1 or P7000 (on price advantage). Now just need to convince better half to give her camera to our daughter and let me buy her an Oly (do miss those Oly colours).:smile:
     
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  3. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Herman
    Dpreview does not list of which material the body is made, is it plastic or metal, I prefer metal.
    Like Bill said, I too like the Oly color output a lot.
    Congrats Oly with Gold award.
     
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Lack of an AEL/AFL button or function would be a deal breaker for me, and I prefer more wide end to more long end, so that's a negative too. Both personal preferences - not judgements on the camera's capability. Also, I find these reviews never really get into the most crucial aspects of operating speed. They talk about burst rates and whatnot and maybe a mention of AF speed, but rarely mentions stuff like shutter lag, write-time, etc, unless its REALLY bad. I find a vast difference, however, between the S95 and the LX5 that I only learned from folks around here and using them myself. And I have no idea from the review where the new Oly fits in this operating spectrum... I guess time will tell as some of these cams show up here. I like the faster lens, though, for sure...

    -Ray
     
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  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    All metal body LINK:

     
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  6. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    I think this might be a little better camera than the LX5 for my other half. A little simplier to use..good focal length and reasonably compact.
     
  7. john1027

    john1027 SC Regular

    187
    Jul 11, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
    DJ, you might have her look at the S95. My wife really likes it and shoots mostly in the auto modes and the results are very good. There is a thread at dpr that compares/rates the P7000, LX5, and the S95 if you haven't already seen it. She also liked it better when I installed the franiac custom grip.

    https://www.photographerslounge.org/f9/richard-franiac-custom-grip-s95-896/

    I also don't like Olympus' decision to go with only a usb charging option. I like to have a spare charging and ready for extended use and a usb only system makes that a little more difficult. I would imagine that there would be some 3rd party chargers that would become avaialbe at some point, but for $500 (usd), I just think that Oly could provide an a/c charger.
     
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  8. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    From the DPreview comparometer, to my eyes, the IQ of the Canon S95 seems a little bit better than the XZ1. However, the super fast lens, especially at the long end, is quite enticing. May have to get one for my girlfriend. Hehehe.
     
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  9. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    What now??
    Are you serious? Oh my. USB only charging?? That's silly. I was seriously thinking maybe I should try this camera, but that might be a deal breaker for me :(
     
  10. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Aftermarket chargers are already on eBay for about $10.
     
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  11. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    I received mine yesterday and have only had the chance to take a few snapshots, but so far I'm impressed. My long search for that compact zoom for snaps and family ventures is over (it may even get more serious use!). The detail and resolution is similar to what the E5 does, although of course it is still a small sensor. The B&W mode is appealing and the pano mode is interesting; I'd like to experiment with that. JPGs are pure Olympus - great colors. It does macro, it is fast, it feels good in hand. I have no shot in RAW yet nor done much in low light (though the built-in flash seems well controlled). A great camera! Can't decide if I should indulge in the VF2 yet.
     
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  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Andrew, I'll be looking forward to hearing more - and seeing more from you about this little camera! Thank you for your early report!