thanks! looks pretty decent for a compact non-superzoom camera
Got mine yesterday, still trying out all the feature & getting use to the control. Will be trying some night shots tonight
For those of you who would like to know more about Alex Majoli :
Just bought this camera this afternoon. Having own Canon G12 & Panasonics LX5, in terms of Image Quality, XZ-1 beats both G12 & LX5! It produce picture almost similar to EPL-1 with Pany20mmF1.7 lens!
Focus Numerique tested the Olympus XZ-1 and the results are astonishing! The lens is super sharp even wide open (at f/1.8)!!! Distortion is minimal. The only moderate issue is Vignetting. Image quality is good from ISO 100 to 400. Dynamic range is a little bit less than the Panasonic LX5.
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Just found a major issue with the camera!! Think a firmware fix will be necessary. Hope Oly is listening.
If camera is set to Aperture mode and aperture has been fixed. ISO is set to Auto.
You will note that the shutter speed goes down to 1/2s before the ISO will go beyond ISO 200!!!
Most of us would prefer a faster shutter and for the ISO to start climbing early!! It is better to get a sharp photo but noisy then to get a blur photo with less noise!!!
Only other option at this moment if shooting in A mode will be to preset the ISO in darker environment!!!
Last edited by Soon Ruey; 30th January 2011 at 09:34 AM.
For eg. once u set the camera to High Speed shutter mode, flash is always set on off. U cannot turn on your flash unless u go back to sequential shooting.
I know that it is still possible to change the ISO manually even after the Aperture has been set (by pressing OK and going to ISO function)
OK, yes indeed. I think that Olympus is a bit too aggressive here. At 1/5 to 1/8, a good photographer can still take sharp photos, but to go all the way down to 1/2, I also cannot hold still. Perhaps they should raise the tolerance to about 1/10?
Yet when I switched on the flash the camera opted for a faster shutter speed and I managed to freeze the dancer??? EXIF shows that ISO went up to ISO320 and aperture was at f2.2 at 1/100s.
When I switched off the flash, I got a bright picture but a much slower speed and the dancer was all blur. ISO was at ISO200.
However, I noticed that with the E5, it seems to know when it is night and when it is day. In P mode, it will expose appropriately so that u dun have excessively long shutter speed being used in a low light or night mode.
Very good and comprehensive review and nothing to add!!