Delivers decent image quality
So despite a few reservations about the image quality in low or high contrast light, the Olympus XZ-10 is a competitive addition to the ever-growing numbers of "premium" compact cameras aimed at the more discerning photographer. You could certainly do a lot worse than carry an Olympus XZ-10 in your pocket.
Touchscreen, Art filters
The premium compact camera market is one that is packed with some serious competition, but the Olympus XZ-10 more than holds its own against most of the competition.
Images are great, and for the most part handling is also a good experience, while bonuses such as the touchscreen and art filters make it more appealing than some of its rivals - such as the Nikon P330.
That said, Canon has managed to include Wi-Fi in the S110, while Sony has opted for a larger sensor in its RX100.
Decent image quality
The Olympus XZ-10 is a slighter cheaper version of the XZ-2, but offers slightly more optical zoom. It is a smaller and lighter camera, but this does mean you sacrifice the tilting screen. The XZ-10 also lacks other features such as Wi-Fi and GPS which you might expect to find on the latest serious compact cameras. Put this aside, you'll still find an ample set of features, including 5 fps continuous shooting, full 1080p HD video recording and a close focusing distance of 1cm.
Impressively low shutter lag times and fast AF
We're not quite sure what user group the XZ-10 is targeted towards. For starters, it has a bright f/1.8 lens, but it has been paired here with a reasonably small 1/2.3-inch sensor. Then there's the photo montage feature, which seems to be targeted towards entry-level users, but then the camera has RAW capture and full manual exposure controls.
Best Camera I've Ever Owned
Beautiful form meets ultimate function in this camera and that's no exageration. I have had five digital cameras before this one, including an interchangeable lens micro 4/3rds Olympus that I liked very well. None has had the full features in a convenient size as this one does. The menus are intuative and easy to use, the buttons are comfortably and traditionally located and the anti-shake features are as good as Olympus claims.
Excellent image stabilisation, Full manual controls
The Olympus Stylus SH-50 packs a large number of extremely useful features such as manual controls, 11 fps continuous shooting and superb optical image stabilisation. With many other travel cameras that have a similar amount of zoom having Wi-Fi and GPS it may be overlooked, particularly as there are also cheaper travel cameras available. If Wi-Fi and GPS is not what you desire in a camera, then the feature set, decent image quality and excellent body will appeal.
Able to take full-resolution stills during video capture
While it doesn't offer the longest zoom out of all the travel cameras, the SH-25MR brings a great touchscreen and enough shooting options to satisfy most users. It's a shame that the image quality isn't good enough for significant enlargements - otherwise, this would be an excellent all-round camera.
1080p HD video mode with optical zoom
The Olympus SH-25 MR is a more advanced version of the SH-21, bringing a few practical extras like a much better screen. Unfortunately, picture quality isn't quite up to scratch, with heavy smoothing in high-sensitivity shots and a lens that could give more consistently sharp results. You can pick up a better camera for just a bit of extra cashâ??or for about the same price if you can live without a GPS.
Zoom range, High-speed shooting, Touch screen AF
The Olympus SH-25MR has an impressive set of features that make it a real contender if you need a new camera with the emphasis on travel, though to be fair, the feature set would help anyone anywhere. The decent zoom range and GPS system make it even more versatile.
It may not be ideal for portrait shots though, skin tones suffer rather and although the lens is an otherwise good one, for most subjects, bear in mind it is still soft at the corners of images.
Attractive all-metal body design
Like most of the fixed-lens Olympus cameras introduced at CES 2012, the VR-340 seems to be a minor update at best. Did the VR-320 really need a replacement? Only the market can decide. With slightly improved features and a lower price point, we can hardly complain, it's just not the most exciting news in the industry. Shooting with the VR-340 feels:okay. Not great, but passable.
Camera is easy to grip
The Olympus VR-340 is a pocketable camera with a decent zoom range, making it an ideal choice for taking pictures on your holidays. Image quality is OK, but nothing to get excited about and video recording isn't full 1080p HD, although you can use the magic filters. Colour reproduction is decent and if you are a camera user who struggles to grip a camera, the VR-340 is easy to grip thanks to the groove at the front.
Picture quality is good
The Olympus VR-340 may not be the most advanced digital camera, but you get a lot of zoom for your money. Picture quality is good for a camera in this price bracket and the longer lens gives you scope to cover most standard photo opportunities. It also has a couple of features that you do not expect to find at this price level. These include a metal body and the ability to recharge the battery via a USB computer connection.
Fast autofocus and shot-to-shot speed
Ever since Olympus unveiled their 2011 PEN camera lineup, eyes have been on the so-called - PEN Mini, the E-PM1. It's the cheapest, most compact PEN yet, but still comes with an image sensor that is nearly identical to Olympus' top of the line E-P3. When you add in all that for a debut price (with lens) just south of $500, you've got a very enticing package.
Excellent image quality
Performance wise though it hardly differs from the E-PL3 and indeed the range-topping E-P3, and so, on a positive note, there will be those tempted to save themselves quite a bit of cash by plumping for the more 'affordable' E-PM1. Viewed as part of the new PEN range, for us the E-PM1 is the best choice if you don't require all of the E-P3's bells and whistles, but you do want the same excellent image quality and lightning fast auto-focusing wrapped up in a more beginner-friendly and...
Fast start-up and quick AF response
The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 fills a gap in the PEN range that until now really only catered for enthusiast photographers. Rather belatedly, Olympus has woken up to the fact that equipping it's Micro Four Thirds bodies with auto exposure modes isn't enough to attract point-and-shoot upgraders who want controls they feel comfortable with and understand. The PEN Mini E-PM1 is now that camera.
Greatly improved image quality.
The E-PM1 shares all its best traits with the E-PL3: lots of custom options, a capable sensor, fast AF and in-camera raw conversion wrapped inside a small, stylish body. In terms of image quality and core photographic functionality, the two cameras are near-twins. Despite the many similarities, however, they are designed to appeal to somewhat different markets.
Slim and compact design
Bearing in mind the target market for the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1, which is primarily people looking for a higher-quality upgrade from a compact camera, Olympus has done a good job on the whole with this camera. The minimalistic control layout will suit those who simply enjoy pointing and shooting rather than photographers who like to fiddle with settings.
Excellent image quality
The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 features extremely fast focusing, which was originally one of the downsides of choosing the Olympus PEN camera over the Panasonic Lumix G cameras, however, now you can have you cake and eat it, with fast focusing, and built in image stabilisation. They've also produced a compact, stylish camera with fast continuous shooting at 5.5 fps. The AF illuminator and ultra compact size is also a welcome addition.
Freezeproof and shockproof
With a limited set of features and fairly decent performance, the Olympus Tough TG-320 is a worthy option if you are looking for a waterproof camera, but have a limited budget. If you have more money to spend, Olympus offer the TG-620 and TG-820, which have scored higher in our reviews.
Image Stabilisation, 3D Photo Mode
The Olympus Tough TG-320 offers quite a lot of features for the price. It is able to cope with most typical snapshot opportunities. It scores well for ease of use. All in all it is a good choice if you are looking for a digital camera with robust features and you would like one with a lower price tag.
Extensive zoom range
The Olympus SZ-20 is one of the more affordable travel zooms and for the more demanding of photographers this will be noticeable in the quality of its images. In broad daylight we struggled to get a sharp result at maximum telephoto - each subject benefitting from two or three attempts before we were approaching satisfied. If you are patient and considered in your photographic approach then fair enough, but it can be frustrating if going for that spur-of-the moment shot.
Excellent screen, high resolution, excellent colour
The Olympus SZ-20 may not offer as much zoom as some of it's competitors (or even Olympus' own models such as the SZ-10/30MR), however, the camera offers a very useful 12.5x optical zoom lens, a very good screen, high speed shooting, a compact stylish body, easy to use menus and controls, with built in help (just press the question mark to have anything explained), and has good image quality, with warm pleasing colours.
The 16 megapixel, 12.5x optical SZ-20 is neither the most consistent nor best built travel zoom out there, but it is one of the most affordable with a street price of around Â£200 for those trading up from a humble 3x or 5x zoom snapper. Those looking for a budget deal may therefore be prepared to overlook its occasional flaws in return for a feature set that includes the latest must haves of Full HD video plus a 3D mode.
12.5x optical zoom
The Olympus SZ-20 isnâ??t a bad camera by a long chalk, but apart from a noise-free performance at upper ISO settings and fun effects achievable with the Magic Filters, itâ??s distinctly average. The price seemingly reflects that and if the 12.5x reach here isnâ??t enough, look to the 24x Olympus SZ-30.
Broad zoom range
The Olympus also has some issues with auto white balance performance shifting from shot to shot. We had to be patient too because two out of three images taken at longer focal lengths came out blurred due to camera shake. The SZ-20 isnâ??t a bad camera but, apart from a noise-free performance at upper ISOs and fun effects achievable with the Magic Filters, itâ??s distinctly average. The price reflects that and if the 12.5x reach here isnâ??t enough, look to the 24x Olympus SZ-30.
Very good camera.. Best in class, with one exception...
Since owning and using this camera A LOT now..I feel confident in saying it's probably the best camera in this 10meg smallish pocketable category. I like this camera so much now I bumped it up to 5 stars from it's initial 4 star rating I gave it. If Olympus can include IN camera noise reduction adjustment, perhaps in a future firmware update this camera has no competition in this category in my opinion!
Gorgeous new Zuiko lens
The Olympus XZ-1 (MSRP $499.99) is a spectacular addition to the high-end compact camera family. We're happy to see Olympus re-entering this market, especially with this 11-megapixel sensor and gorgeous new Zuiko lens. The hardware lets the camera churn out great photos, despite having such a portable form factor.
Excellent images overall.
The Olympus XZ-1 would be a notable entry into the high end compact digital field if only for its fast lens, but throw in a dose of excellent still image quality and the camera commands serious consideration. It starts reasonably fast and acquires focus and shoots in similar fashion. Menus are intuitive and simple and the camera is a bit smaller and lighter than its chief competitors. The zoom range is decent, there are RAW shooting options and a handy one-touch video capture interface.
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