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Preliminary Tests XZ-1

Everyone I know has been on a search for the holy grail. The perfect compact camera. Small enough for a pocket (or at least a large pocket), a good array of manual controls, a fast sharp ┬álens, responsive (write times/focusing/startup) and just the right balance between the megapixel count and excellent image quality. For a number of years there were slim pickings but in the past two years the camera companies have taken note and they are all vying to be king of this category. There are credible cameras from Canon, Samsung, Nikon, Panasonic, and Olympus. The last entrant to this category is the Olympus and they seem to have listened to users when doing their designs. With a fast f1.8-2.5 lens, only 10 megapixels, and a lens sharp from corner to corner, a lot of photographers have taken notice. There is one more big bonus, the camera can use the excellent detachable EVF (electronic viewfinder) that debuted on the company’s higher end micro 4/3 cameras. So, I decided to give it a try first selling off two different Canon models (G12 and S95) to fund the purchase.

The new camera arrived today and I had a few minutes to get out and use it before charging up the battery. I probably only made a dozen photos and didn’t want to venture too far since I hadn’t yet charged the battery (which seems minuscule – I feel a spare or two will be in my future). Pulling the files up on the computer I was very impressed by the image quality. I have a lot more to work through to learn the controls and perhaps we are getting closer to the perfect compact. More to come….


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