The wait is over! Have you been reading about the Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera and anxiously awaiting its arrival? Well, wait no more. It is now on the market. Before the release of the compact XZ-1, we were being told that it is a high-quality digital camera that is feature-loaded for a photographer with some experience in photography but easy enough for even a newcomer to photography to use with just a little learning curve. We’ll let you know in this report if the XZ-1 is as good as its pre-release press made it out to be.
Many people looking for digital cameras today aren’t very tech savvy, and may never have even owned a serious camera before. Again, the XZ-1 comes out ahead of the pack in this area. The designers of the XZ-1 made sure it is uncomplicated to operate for both advanced and beginning photographers. For example, you can set this camera to Intelligent Auto and it will automatically select the correct setting, among Landscape, Portrait, Sport, Macro and Low Light modes. One of the great things about the XZ-1 is that it will detect the settings you need automatically when you are a beginner but, when you have more experience, you can choose to configure your settings manually.
The Olympus XZ-1 is at the high end of what’s known as point and shoot cameras. Point and shoot cameras are those that don’t require you to manually adjust the setting for such things as light level, focus, aperture, or shutter speed. While many point and shoot digital cameras are priced to appeal to photography novices, students and those on a tight budget, the XZ-1 has taken a leap in this field and released something more sophisticated. While definitely an user friendly and highly automated point and shoot camera, the XZ-1 has added an especially high powered lens and many more features than they typical camera in this category.
The battery life of the Olympus XZ-1 is not the longest living in the industry, which can be problematic depending upon how much you use it. Though some cameras can take 500 or more pictures with a single charge, this battery will last about 300 to 350 images per charge. To prevent an embarrassing moment such as losing power, always charge your battery before you use it the next day. You also have to keep in mind that a battery will only last so long and that replacement batteries are not cheap. Replacement batteries are simply part of having a digital camera, and the battery life on the XZ-1 is definitely well above most standards in this industry. While the Olympus XZ-1 has its limitations, as do other digital cameras, but when considered as a whole package it is user friendly and reliable. The weakest areas is probably the quality of the HD movie mode, and this is really a secondary feature of a camera mainly made for taking still photos. Because it has a great variety of features and settings, the digital XZ-1 will work well for those seeking a compact point-and-shoot camera.
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