Olympus XZ-10 Review - The XZ-10 is the manufacturer's first enthusiast compact, and it promises some impressive imaging results. Find out how it does in the What Digital Camera Olympus XZ-10 review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Olympus XZ-10

Overall score:85%
Image Quality:85%


  • Excellent AF performance; Detailed and responsive touchscreen; Good maximum aperture range


  • Slightly blue cast on LCD; Poor video quality; Issues with underexposure


Olympus XZ-10 Review


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Olympus XZ-10 Review – Image Quality

Olympus XZ-10 review sample image gallery

The generally level quality of images produced by the XZ-10 is good, albeit with a few areas where it’s let down.

The Olympus XZ-10’s auto white balance produces consistent results, although it does tend towards the warmer end of the scale in certain situations. This isn’t such a big issue in a compact such as the XZ-10 as the presence of Raw capture means that you can adjust the white balance after the shot.

The camera’s metering system is somewhat oversensitive, erring towards underexposure in scenes where there is a proliferation of brighter areas.

Although the camera features a respectable megapixel count, the fact that the sensor is smaller than some of its competitors means that it struggles to resolve quite the same level of detail as some other enthusiast compacts.

The smaller sensor size is also an issue when it comes to the camera’s performance at higher ISO settings. As soon as you reach the four-figure settings the XZ-10 begins to struggle controlling noise and retaining detail. That being said, performance up to that level is good.

  1. 1. Olympus XZ-10 Review – Features
  2. 2. Olympus XZ-10 Review - Design
  3. 3. Olympus XZ-10 Review – Performance
  4. 4. Olympus XZ-10 Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Olympus XZ-10 Review – Verdict
  6. 6. Olympus XZ-10 Review - Sample Image Gallery
  7. 7. Olympus XZ-10 Review - First Look
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