- Page 1Olympus XZ-1
- Page 2 Design
- Page 3 Features
- Page 4 Performance and Verdict
- Page 5 Feature table
- Page 6 Test shots: ISO performance
- Page 7 Test shots: Detail and Lens Performance
- Page 8 Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour
”’The following were all shot as highest quality JPEGs under available natural light, with automatic white balance deployed. Rather than show you every one of the 20 manually selectable incremental settings (if we include Auto ISO) that the XZ-1 provides, we’ve picked selected highlights to illustrate the camera’s overall performance.”’
With ISO set to Auto, the camera has chosen ISO100 as being most fitting for the task, meaning there’s no chance of any image noise ruining proceedings.
Same set up shot at ISO200 and similarly no image noise to report.
We’re at ISO400, the setting at which we’re most likely to see the first suggestion of grain and, true to form, some particularly subtle image noise is creeping in, revealing itself in shadow areas.
ISO800 and again as expected there’s noise and incremental softening of detail, but not to an extent that we wouldn’t happily live with.
A more noticeably sandy look across the entire image at ISO1600, upon close inspection of a cropped section, but less abrasively intrusive when viewing the frame as a whole. Again, we’d be happy to shoot at this setting.
Even without zooming in, our test shot subjects are taking on a felt-like consistency as detail softens further at ISO3200. You might get away with it if converting the shot to black and white, but this is a setting we’d rather avoid if we have the option.
A rather more gritty appearance at ISO6400 and overall softness to the image that just makes it look blurred, so this is one to definitely avoid.