Olympus Launches X Series Compact

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Olympus has introduced the XZ-1, the first in a new line of ultra-compact, high performance cameras. Among its distinguishing features are a fast f/1.8-2.5 iZUIKO 4x optical zoom and large (for a point a shoot) 1/1.63 inch CCD sensor with 10 megapixel image resolution.

As a camera aimed at enthusiasts, the XZ-1 includes the expected PASM exposure controls. It will save images in RAW or JPEG format, and also captures HD video (Motion JPEG-based AVI). ISO range covers 100-3200 ISO.

The XZ-1 carries a high-resolution (610K dots) three-inch OLED display. Olympus says the OLED displays images better while using less power than a standard LED panel. Also included are built-in art filters and Live-Guide (guidance on camera settings).

Included on the XZ-1 is an accessory port that will accept the SEMA-1 external microphone adapter, VF-2 electronic viewfinder and MAL-1 macro light. Olympus will also offer an underwater housing, the PT-050, a polycarbonate shell good to a depth of 40 metres (130 feet).

The Olympus XZ-1 comes in black and white and will be available later this month.

Olympus XZ1 Specification Highlights

  • Sensor: 10 megapixel CCD (1/1.63 inch)
  • Still Image Formats: RAW, JEPC, RAW+JPEG
  • Video AVI (Motion JPEG) up to 1080×720
  • Audio: Stereo PCM/16bit, 44.1kHz
  • Lens: 4x optical zoom 28mm to 112mm (35mm equiv)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-2.5
  • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups
  • Focus range: 20 cm –infinity (normal); 10cm-infinity (macro); as close as 1cm (super macro)
  • Image Stabilization: mechanical, sensor shift
  • Display: 3-inch OLED, 610,000 dots
  • Shooting Modes: P (Program Auto), iAUTO, A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter priority), M (Manual shooting), C (Custom shooting), Low Light, Art Filter, SCN(Scene)
  • Available: January 2011
  • Price: $499.99

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