F1.8 i.ZUIKO DIGITAL LENS.
It all starts with the lens. The newly developed i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens is a compact version of the legendary OLYMPUS ZUIKO DIGITAL interchangeable lenses, the first ever designed specifically for compact cameras.
With a minimum aperture of f1.8 at wide-angle and a maximum aperture of f2.5 at telephoto, this super-bright lens delivers stunning image quality virtually identical to that provided by our regular ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses, giving you the power to take on any challenge without weighing you down.
To obtain lens quality comparable to interchangeable-lens cameras, Olympus adapted the advance lens design and technologies developed for its line of ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses, refining and repurposing them for use in a compact camera. The lens unit is composed of 8 groups of 11 lens elements. The extensive use of high-performance components - including a DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens element that helps eliminate aberrations, an EDA (Extra-low Dispersion Aspherical) lens element that eliminates frame flare in the peripheral area by correcting color aberration, and an HD (High refractive & high Dispersion) that prevents color aberrations that may cause blurred colors or poor contrast - keeps unwanted picture artifacts to a minimum and ensures sharp imaging from the center to the periphery. In addition, by using a large-aperture cemented lens featuring an extremely precise, yet thin, optical surface and an SHR (Super High Refractive) lens that makes it possible to reduce the number of lens elements, we were able to implement an optical 4X zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28mm to 112mm in a very compact configuration.
F1.8 wide-angle / F2.5 telephoto
The wide aperture of f1.8 at the wide-angle end and f2.5 at the telephoto end make it possible to shoot pictures with enhanced defocusing, which is usually hard to do with small-aperture lenses. The performance of this lens is especially apparent in portrait and macro shots.
High-sensitivity CCD image sensor & image processing engine
To take full advantage of the extraordinary optical performance of the i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens, the XZ-1 incorporates a large 1/1.63-inch CCD image sensor with high sensitivity that boasts twice* the light receiving area per pixel of a conventional sensor. This breakthrough was made possible by actually limiting the number of pixels to 10 megapixels and by applying advanced microfabrication technology. The result is an extended dynamic range, assuring smooth gradations, while minimizing blown highlights or blocked-in shadows. This sophisticated sensor is paired with the TruePicV Image Processor, which applies highly accurate noise control to ensure the clearest, highest quality possible.
Control ring and manual shooting
A control ring made of machined aluminum with an intricately knurled band that allows precise fingertip adjustment lets you manually adjust the ISO sensitivity, f-number or shutter speed*, giving you unprecedented control over your images and allowing you to produce pictures that truly reflect your vision. The ergonomic design of the control ring, together with the user-friendly layout of dials and buttons, serve to make camera operations easy, comfortable and reliable. It's the little details like this that make this camera such a joy to use.
3.0-inch OLED monitor
The large 3.0-inch, 610,000 dots OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) monitor produces rich, deep colors, while its wide field of view makes it easy to shoot from difficult angles. Its rendition of greens and yellows is far superior to ordinary LCD monitors, enabling it to reproduce the sky, plants and flowers in more natural color tones. The high quality color reproduction and high resolution of this monitor makes it ideal for reviewing your photographs, as well as for composing and focusing during shooting.
Art Filters & Multi-Aspect
The XZ-1 incorporates six Art Filters, including the new Dramatic Tone filter. You can use these filter effects when shooting to add creative flair to both still pictures and movies. You can also select the picture aspect ratio from "4:3", "16:9", "6:6" and "3:2" to suit the requirements of the composition or the application of the picture. Before you shoot, you can check the results in the monitor.
Low light mode
Darkness is never a problem with the XZ-1. The low light mode combines three state-of-the-art features: the bright, large-aperture i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens, a high-sensitivity CCD sensor and DUAL IS. You'll be able to capture clear, sharp images in dim interiors or outdoors at night without losing the atmosphere that makes the scene so memorable - even in handheld shooting without using the flash. The ISO sensitivity is automatically boosted as high as 3200 to ensure that you are able to capture the scene and the ambiance just as it is.
Super macro mode
This mode lets you shoot clear close-ups as near as 1 cm in front of the lens. The superb quality of the f1.8 i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens allows you to capture even the tiniest details accurately. The brightness of the lens allows you to use higher shutter speeds, reducing the blurring due to camera shake or subject motion that can be noticeable in macro shooting.