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Olympus Stylus XZ-10 Indoor Crops

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsHigh 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.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.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.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-10 next to the same ISO for the Nikon Coolpix P310
Nikon Coolpix P310
. These are rather compact advanced fixed-lens digital cameras with dual-control-dials to operate their manual-controls efficiently. The P310 uses a slightly larger sensor but its dim is much dimmer towards the long end.

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-10 Nikon Coolpix P310
Olympus XZ-10 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Nikon P7000 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Olympus XZ-10 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Nikon P7000 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Olympus XZ-10 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Nikon P7000 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Olympus XZ-10 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Nikon P7000 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Olympus XZ-10 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Nikon P7000 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Olympus XZ-10 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Nikon P7000 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Olympus XZ-10 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400
Nikon P7000 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400

Looks like Olympus and Nikon here chose completely different approaches to image processing. These small sensor are rather noisy but Olympus applies strong noise-reduction for slower shutter-speeds. This is why the ISO 100 to 400 shots are softer than the 800+ ones while the Nikon shows a more intuitive progression.

Image quality crosses at ISO 800 where the Stylus XZ-10 does better despite a smaller sensor. Although noise is clearly present and potential print sizes reduced at that point. They do remain usable up to ISO 1600 which is expected of a modern camera. The ace of the XZ-10 of course is its ultra-bright lens which give it an edge above typical compact models.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
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By on 2013/08/08
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Olympus XZ-10 Facts

Compact digital camera
12 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 100-6400
5X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
5 FPS Drive, 200 ImagesCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 920K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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