LCD and Viewfinder
Olympus XZ-1 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 614k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
XZ-1 doesn't have a built-in viewfinder but an optional external viewfinder is available. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Olympus XZ-1 can shoot continuously at max speed of 2 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
XZ-1 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Olympus XZ-1 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 11 points to choose from.
Olympus XZ-1 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Olympus XZ-1, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps and save in and Motion JPEG formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution .
XZ-1 has a built-in Mono microphone but no speaker.
Olympus XZ-1 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus XZ-2 iHS or Nikon Coolpix P7000 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect XZ-1 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Olympus XZ-1 is powered by Li-50B battery which provides a shooting life of 320 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 254 shots, Olympus XZ-1 has a good battery life for its class.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Compact Cameras
Fujifilm X30 with its 470shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Olympus XZ-1 vs Fujifilm X30 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Olympus XZ-1 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Olympus XZ-1 is $319.95