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The Olympus XZ-1 is an all-new design from Olympus which makes a bold entrance into the advanced compact market. This model is equipped with an ultra-bright F/1.8 wide-angle 4X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28-112mm. The maximum aperture of F/1.8 at wide-angle only drops down to F/2.5 at the telephoto end. The XZ-1 is also equipped with a relatively large sensor for its class.

As an advanced compact, this is one of the most feature-rich to date.  Manual controls, including custom white-balance, manual-focus, spot metering are obviously there and this digital cameras has two control dials to operate it efficiently. The Olympus XZ-1 also has a hot-shoe with accessory port which not only supports external lighting but also an EVF, a stereo microphone and more.

Read Neocamera’s detailed Olympus XZ-1 review to find out everything about this digital camera.

No doubt there will be comparisons with the Nikon Coolpix P300 which was reviewed last on Neocamera.  While that one too has an F/1.8 aperture at its widest focal-length, the lens starts at an ultra-wide 24mm and is paired with a smaller but much faster CMOS sensor.  Choosing will certainly not be easy!

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