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Olympus XZ-1 for $199.99 at Amazon

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    With the XZ-2 coming out at $599.99, Amazon now has the Olympus XZ-1 for $199.99.

    It's a heck of a deal. In my opinion, nothing else comes close to offering this much camera at this price point. I had two of them in my shopping cart as gifts, but there is a limit of 1 per customer.

    Direct link: Olympus XZ-1 at Amazon

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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    If anyone is considering buying me one, I'll take it in white. :wink:
     
  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    I'll tell you this is a good reason why we should all learn patience....at least with many cameras the prices do drop.

    Not in the market myself but it sure is a good deal!
     
  4. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

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    Jun 8, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Uhmmm... for my 6-year old daughter, maybe? But she'll keep it in Daddy's bag. :biggrin:
     
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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I like the way you think. I just need a 6 year old daughter and my plan will be set.
     
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  6. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

    360
    Jun 8, 2011
    Massachusetts
    A 6-year-old is more trouble than the XZ-1's worth. :biggrin: (I know, I'm evil for saying that! Haha!)

    Since I already have the 6-year-old, I have to <strike>reward myself</strike> encourage her to a common interest.
     
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  7. Mike Guffin

    Mike Guffin SC Rookie

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    Oct 23, 2012
    Allendale, NJ
    Mike
    That's why I buy either 1) Used, or 2) the old model of something when the new one comes out. The old one is still good...
     
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  8. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    it is a fantastic deal on a still great camera
     
  9. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    That's actually what I meant by "gift". One for each of my boys, who are 8 and 9. The little one has his heart set one on of these instead, but I had a hard time spending almost as much on a camera which is nowhere near as good. Since Amazon wouldn't let me pickup 2 XZ1s at that price, I ended up getting the kids what they wanted, and the Canons (x2) are en route.
     
  10. BMWBig6

    BMWBig6 New to SC

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Would anyone care to comment if the improvements in the Oly replacement (XZ-2) are really worth 3 times the price of admission? I imagine the XZ-2's photos won't be 3X better than the XZ-1's, but will the IQ, better sensor, features, performance, battery life, etc. be worth the additional $400 ($599 total) to a casual/hobby enthusiast photographer? If not, I plan to jump on this deal as I don't currently have a pocketable camera that can come close to the indoor performance of this camera (without flash).
     
  11. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    It all depends on how much you value having the latest and greatest, but overall the improvements are pretty small: slightly better controls, slightly better sensor, new grip, same lens, touch sensitive display, etc.

    I don't think the improvements will be worth the 3x cost for most people.
     
  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    honestly, unless you're an obsessive pixel peeper, I would say the difference is FAR from being worth 3x the price. Some people need to be on the bleeding edge. When the XZ-1 come out a year or so ago it was in amongst the best in class. You can't go wrong.
     
  13. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    My wife yesterday by email: "Hey we need a new camera at work for les than $500. We need it for taking pictures of speakers during talks, general shots of the city, etc. Any suggestions?"
     
  14. BMWBig6

    BMWBig6 New to SC

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Thanks for the advice, I think I'll spring for this after all!
     
  15. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    My wife lost her old Canon P&S and the flash on her beloved Pentax Optio I-10 has ceased to function. Guess what she's getting for Xmas? She actually uses her camera a lot and, to be honest, with the Q and E-PM1, I won't be using the XZ-1.
     
  16. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I still love my XZ-1 and I reckon anybody could benefit from having one in the bag. Not even interested in XZ-2.
     
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  17. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    The XZ-1 came in today. I'm charging it now to snap a few to make sure all is well. Very similar in size to the E-PM1, but of course the XZ-1 has a really nice lens that would be quite a bit bigger for mu43.
     
  18. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    An amazing deal on this great little shooter

    It was just too good a deal to pass up. Here's a couple of shots at iso 100 and 800. Color at 800, if even reasonably exposed, looks good to me. Both images were developed from raw into 16 bit tiffs, and then worked from there. I don't like the jpeg engine in it, but I usually shoot raw anyway, so it's not really an issue. Each was given a slight additional high pass sharpening in photoshop, but that is how I treat almost all my images from any camera. At 100 iso, the camera can give stunningly good results for its class, I think.

    PB097095. PB076999 copy.
     
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