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OlympusXZ-10 Digital Camera
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Great resolution (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (4)
    • Family photos (3)
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      • Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    What I have been looking for

    By Lexx

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Somewhat Confusing

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Macro Photography
    • Travel

    Comments about Olympus XZ-10 Digital Camera:

    I wanted a camera that fits in my pocket but has great image quality. This is it! Thanks to the fast f 1.8-2.7 lens and image stabilization you can keep the ISO at 100 for most photos. This is where the camera absolutely shines. Go to DP review and download some RAW photos taken with it and compare to other small cameras, including Sony P&S. The color is typical Olympus - spectacular. little point and shoot cameras suffer from another issue - mainly distortion at the wide angle. Using Olympus Viewer 3 (free) go to the RAW 2 tab and select Distortion Correction
    and the parallels etc are corrected.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Saved by its bright lens

    By Matt in Texas

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Olympus XZ-10 Digital Camera:

    The XZ-10 is a small-sensor compact that is redeemed by having a very bright lens that starts at f/1.8 and only shrinks to f/2.7 at the end of its telephoto range. This allows faster shutter speeds and/or lower ISOs to be used for many shots. Small sensor cameras perform pretty well at low ISO these days, meaning that you will often get good results with the XZ-10 where a different, slower-lensed, compact would produce noisy mush. This, combined with lots of control and raw capability, really sets the XX-10 apart.

    The launch price was a little high, but the current price is excellent for a camera with these capabilities. The XZ-10 can be enjoyed by novices and appreciated by enthusiasts who want a back-up camera or simply a discrete pocket package.

    It packs a speedy processor and a slim profile, as well. I think we all understand the limitations of small sensors, but this camera makes the most of what it's got. That, combined with a terrific shooting experience, make the XZ-10 a winner at current prices.

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    5.0

    Great buy!

    By melchiemay

    from New York, NY

    Comments about Olympus XZ-10 Digital Camera:

    I have been wanting to buy a camera for sometime now. B&H has a wide selection & they really know the product to recommend. The Olympus xz-10 os a great camera. Very handy & compact yet it has features like those of the bigger Olympus camera has. I love the easy to use capabilities since I am just starting to go into photography. Great camera if you are a biginner like me.

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    2.0

    Impossible to Hold

    By dwat

    from Tampa, Florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls
    • Ergonomically Impossible
    • Must Use Tripod To Hold
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Olympus XZ-10 Digital Camera:

    I ordered this Olympus camera for my wife for Christmas based on the review on B&H website and also Consumer Reports.

    There are glaring design problems with the camera that make it virtually unusable. It is impossible to hold the camera with you left hand since the flash immediately pops up under your left index finger. If you push it down then the flash is disabled and must go into the options to re-enable it. If avoiding the flash and hold with fingers at the bottom left corner then your thumb is on the bottom corner of the rear touch screen and the camera will not take a picture with your finger on the back display. Had to disable the touch feature of the back display screen. Attempting to work around these ergonomic defects I almost dropped the new camera. On the positive side it takes great pictures and handles low light situation very well. Many features. Powers up quickly and very little shutter delay. However, would not recommend this camera.

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    5.0

    Couldn't be better

    By Scott

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Olympus XZ-10 Digital Camera:

    I've had a few point-and-shoot (P&S) cameras over the years and I was a huge fan of the Canon G10. I thought it would be hard to best that camera in terms of the usability-to-quality ratio but this Oly XZ-10 has taken my number one spot. I lost the G10 on a holiday, so it was time for a new P&S. I needed an extremely user-friendly camera that my wife, who is not a big camera buff, would not feel too intimidated by to use - but I also wanted it to have the best advanced capabilities for when I used it. I also didn't want to spend over $500.After some research, the XZ-10 seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. I also decided to try it because I have been using the Olympus OM-D EM5 for the last year and am so in love with that camera I want to marry it.The low-light capabilities are tremendous (best sensor on a camera this size & price I've ever used). At this point, I only use the pop-up flash as a stylistic choice. If you do need it for a fill, there are loads of flash settings to choose from. The Scene and Art settings give you quick access to some fun stylistic choices; or you can fuss with manual settings to your heart's content. The touch screen LCD is big and bright with great resolution. The touch-screen capability makes the camera even easier to use: I love being able to hold my finger down on the LCD at my choice of focal point, overriding wherever the camera's auto setting wants the focal point to be -- while also snapping the picture. It also takes 1080 HD video and records sound decently, but I haven't messed with that as much yet. Aesthetically, the semi-retro design is also very easy on the eyes. It's a sexy little beast. I'm thinking about getting another one for myself, since my wife keeps this in her purse all the time now.I feel like Olympus is producing some great cameras right now, blending old-school aesthetics with state-of-the-art. At this point it's their race to lose.

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