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Olympus XZ-1 Review - Test shots: Detail and Lens Performance Review


”’A more general selection of test shots are revealed on this page and next to act as an evaluation of the XZ-1 in a variety of shooting conditions. Unless otherwise stated we were using the camera’s ‘Natural’ colour setting, and auto white balance.”’

This wide angle shot at f/4.5 and ISO100 reveals little in the way of leaning verticals or barrel distortion, and moreover a sharp level of detail with rich yet natural colours straight out of the camera. The detail of the brickwork has been commendably preserved, there is some pixel fringing on the upper tree branches but only on close inspection, and the image is evenly exposed. A good showing from the Olympus that’s a cut above your average point and shot camera certainly.

By contrast a handheld close up interior image, at f/2.8 and again ISO100. OK, the natural lighting here was ideal, but the Olympus has nevertheless excelled, again delivering bags of detail, lovely natural colours and another even exposure.

And an exterior close up at f/2.5. Again, a perfect result straight from the camera that we have not adjusted in any way. The level of detail is such that we can pick out flaking paint work and small rust spots on a structure that at first glance appears stately and magnificent. OK, so more pixels may just deliver more detail – but we’re more than happy with what’s been produced with 10 megapixels here.

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