January 28 2011 - Photo Jottings

January 28 2011


This little camera from Olympus looks like it may be good enough for use as a DSLR back-up, and yes, I’m serious!  Dpreview has a good write up about it, but for some reason they didn’t include any info on close focus capabilities, which is odd because that’s what they used for the studio shots.  Maybe it’s just an honest omission.  Anyways, the most important feature of the Olympus XZ-1 is the F/1.8-2.5 wide aperture lens (with an equiv. range of 28-112mm), but almost as important is the standard hotshoe, which makes it capable of serious on/off camera flash use, interior/studio work, and last, but not least, is the fact you can carry it around in your pocket!  It looks like you could make some nice hand held low-light street type shots with this camera, that is, if it lives up to the hype and initial reviews.  Well, it’s just a thought, the camera isn’t available yet, so time will tell if it really is something worthwhile.

I don’t know if I’ll be reviewing the camera or not, but to me it’s the most interesting point and shoot camera currently (almost) available.  

Olympus XZ-1
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