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Olympus XZ-1 Indoor Crops

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

The crops below show the performance of the Olympus XZ-1 next to the same ISO for the Nikon Coolpix P7000
Nikon Coolpix P7000
. These cameras have a large sensitivity range, starting at ISO 100 and going up to ISO 6400. They are advanced fixed-lens digital cameras with larger-than-average CCD sensors and dual-control-dials to operate their manual controls. The most significant difference between them is the lens which is much longer (7X vs 4X) on the P7000 but does not have a bright aperture (F/2.8 vs F/1.8).

All images below are 100% crops from their respective camera taken at the highest image quality JPEG setting available. ISO, aperture and white-balance were set on camera. Other settings were left at their default values. These crops help determine which ISO settings is acceptable on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Olympus XZ-1 Nikon Coolpix P7000
Olympus XZ-1 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Nikon P7000 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Olympus XZ-1 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Nikon P7000 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Olympus XZ-1 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Nikon P7000 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Olympus XZ-1 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Nikon P7000 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Olympus XZ-1 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Nikon P7000 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Olympus XZ-1 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Nikon P7000 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Olympus XZ-1 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400
Nikon P7000 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400

Although until ISO 400 differences between these similar sensors are minimal, the P7000 starts taking the lead at ISO 800 by retaining more fine details. Its lead increases slowly after that until it can claim at least a one stop advantage. Coincidently, that lead is similar to the gap in maximum aperture beween these two models, at least on the wide-angle side. This means that under similar circumstances, these cameras will produce images of similar quality.

Olympus XZ-1
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Olympus XZ-1 Facts

Compact digital camera
10 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 100-6400
4X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-60s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Optional EVF 1.4 Megapixels (0.58X)Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
1280x720 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 610K PixelsHot-Shoe
Stereo audio input
Lithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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