View Full Version : Olympus XZ-1 compact may be of interest to Pen fans

6th January 2011, 04:59 AM
Olympus has revealed the fine details behind the compact that was previewed at Photokina. It's called the XZ-1 and you can read more about it here:


I've had a play with one and have a white paper if you have any questions to ask :)


6th January 2011, 10:08 AM
About time! Olympus used to produce some fantastic compacts in film days. And it's not the first compact to bear a Zuiko lens, only the first digital compact. My 35RC had a rather fine 42mm f2.8. :)

I like the look of this new camera, particularly the large control ring situated around the lens - far better for me than fiddly little dials and wheels. The lens range is perfect for general use photography and I don't doubt that this will be a high quality optic. If only it had a 4/3 sensor, even if it made it a little bigger! Even so, it promises to be a viable high quality compact for ultimate portability when high ISO (above 400) is not required.

Santa, you missed me this year, how about next Christmas? (Although if it's first come, first served with the orders I'd rather have an E-5!) :D

6th January 2011, 11:39 AM
Sounds exciting, especially as you can use the VF-2. I now refuse to use a screen-only camera as I find it too awkward with specs. I agree it would be even better were it to have a 4/3 sensor.

Ian - is there a noticeable shutter lag as with most/all compacts?

6th January 2011, 01:41 PM
Well looking at the first look 'reviews' (http://www.pocket-lint.com/review/5219/olympus-xz-1-camera-review) (http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympusxz1/) this promises to be a useful compact camera to have close-to-hand at all times, with the fantastic benefit of being able to use the E-system wireless flashes.

I always find a use for a compact camera either as a backup to the main E camera or to take to places that I would not want to have a large camera in. On some trips I will take just the E-30 with the 70-300mm lens and my compact camera as a back up for any landscape type photos. And having tested a friend's Panasonic GF-1 I found the size of the micro four thirds system lens compromised the principle of a compact shooter that I was interested in.

The potential of this new camera gives me the hope that I won't be limited to Nikon P7000 or Canon G-12 for a top end compact, and the inevitable extra accessories that one would have to get.
Add to this the possibility of taking a quality compact Oly plus my FL-36R flashgun out and about might almost get me rather enthusiastic! The specs look good, bar perhaps the direct USB charging of the battery. In fact I think I want one now Santa! :D
So Ian, I for one will be interested to see how your test, plus other reviewers, react to this new camera. Any chance of one to test for the Newcastle meet in May? ;) Well done Oly.


6th January 2011, 02:15 PM
A few more links for those interested as more 'first look' reviews get published to webpages today.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/camera-reviews/olympus/xz-1/olympus-xz-1-review.html (didn't notice initially that this had a few pages of the review)





I add this one as it's good to see a few 'other camera' users seeing the possibilities with the XZ-1

And finally, on Amazon UK at 399 in near future


E-P1 fan
6th January 2011, 03:42 PM
Nice. I use my Canon G9 in tandem with my E-P1 so for those with more money than sense :) an XZ-1 and a Pen would be very nice indeed

6th January 2011, 04:53 PM
The XZ-1 really does look like an exciting camera. I was already impressed by the specs that had been leaked but I am genuinely excited now it has been officially announced. What an unexpected bonus to have remote wireless flash compatibility. Looks like a cracking lens, I cannot wait to see some image samples that will hopefully confirm that Olympus has really hit form with this model.

I had been thinking about an LX-5 in the future but the XZ-1 looks a cracker.


Chris *chr

6th January 2011, 07:41 PM
Looks like a cracking lens, I cannot wait to see some image samples ...

I can't wait, either. It is attractive because it has that little bit more than each of its competitors: ND filters (wonder if ND1000 is there?), wireless flash, fast lens. It is big, though, so I will have to handle one to see how that affects things.


7th January 2011, 08:12 AM
I agree that this looks something special.:)

7th January 2011, 09:22 AM
I didn't have enough time to sense if there was shutter lag. The OLED screen lis very nice. It has a very classy feel about it.

It's a shame it doesn't have the E-PL2's updated accessory port 2 though.


7th January 2011, 01:41 PM
This looks really nice. Personally I would prefer this to a Pen as a way of having a more compact Oly!

12th January 2011, 06:26 PM
Just for the record Dpreview have posted some nice image samples taken with the XZ-1. It really does look like Olympus have produced a cracking compact.



Chris *chr

Cathrine Stephansen
13th January 2011, 06:22 PM
Nice! Compacts are useful for parties etc., and his new one looks really interesting. My daughter has a Mju 1030 that I borrowed in Australia for snorkelling, and I have a Panasonic Lumix myself as a bathing "camera", I like to have them waterproof down to 10 meters.

Now, if they would get out the old XA design and make it digital and waterproof, I'd melt completely ;-) Mju and XA fit nicely inside a bra underneath an evening gown, an absolute "must", of course :D And yes, size does matter.

13th January 2011, 06:26 PM
Some wimmin I know could fit an E-1 inside their bra..... along with a 50-200 on t'other side. :eek:

Mju and XA fit nicely inside a bra underneath an evening gown, an absolute "must", of course

Cathrine Stephansen
13th January 2011, 06:31 PM
Some wimmin I know could fit an E-1 inside their bra..... along with a 50-200 on t'other side. :eek:

Alas, not so gifted. :D

Ross the fiddler
18th January 2011, 11:41 AM
I like the look of it & it would probably compliment a DSLR outfit more than a PEN (in some respects). The name may not roll off the tongue as easy for us (real) English speaking people, Ex Zed One, but the Americans would probably find it easier as Ex Zee One. Who thought up the model name? :rolleyes: :D

18th January 2011, 11:53 AM
Catchy, isn't it? Logically it should have been called a Pencil.....

Who thought up the model name? :rolleyes: :D

Ross the fiddler
18th January 2011, 12:36 PM
Catchy, isn't it? Logically it should have been called a Pencil.....

*laugh or Penette. *whack

Cathrine Stephansen
18th January 2011, 03:58 PM
"Olympus Ex-Zed" - if you say it fast enough it sounds a bit like "Olympus Exit", whereas the Americans get "Olympusexy" :D

Ross the fiddler
19th January 2011, 11:52 AM
"Olympus Ex-Zed" - if you say it fast enough it sounds a bit like "Olympus Exit", whereas the Americans get "Olympusexy" :D

Actually, hang the real English language for this, I like the sound of that, the Olympusexy One. :D

19th January 2011, 12:16 PM
I used to own an Olympus XA1, which sounds like "sexy one" in proper English, let alone American.

Cathrine Stephansen
19th January 2011, 03:08 PM
I had the Olympus XA. Very sexay. Get the right English dialect, it's OK...

R MacE
21st January 2011, 07:12 PM
That looks as if it would be a useful little camera, for me dynamic range will be the key point though, if it's up against the LX-3-LX-5 it'll have to be very good, I've seen the results from the LX as quite a few outdoors bloggers use them and owning a small Panasonic compact myself (FX-150) Panasonic build quality is extremely good although the dynamic range is obviously poor compared to my E-420.

27th January 2011, 06:42 AM
I had a feeling in my water that the XZ-1 was going to be very good and I am delighted to report that Dpreview have tested it and awarded it a Gold medal. the full rview can be found here:


Quoting from the conclusion : "The XZ-1 combines simple direct controls with an excellent lens to create probably the best photographers' compact currently available. The output JPEGs are great and the balance of lens range, brightness and compactness make it a really appealing package, whether as an only camera or as a pocketable backup for DSLR owners."

High praise indeed given they are comparing to the Lumix LX-5, Canon G12 etc. Happy days indeed for Olympus, now where do I buy one?


Chris *chr

27th January 2011, 07:29 PM
Just read the review and it's pretty glowing with the exception of the missing AEL/AFL button.
Well done Olympus, sounds a great little camera.

1st February 2011, 06:50 AM
Just for the record a couple of good new web links for the XZ-1

A full review from ephotozine


Also some nice downloadable jpeg and raw files



Chris *chr

18th June 2011, 04:40 PM
Hello miss Spikkerud;maybe youre not that gifted but you look quite concerned by sexy stuffs...Not really norvegian wood !
The XZ-1 name recalls me rather a Kawasaki Z1,ZZR,ZRX or ZXR,I owned a few of it,but are motorcycles sexy things ?