Olympus Stylus XZ-10 iHS Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 12MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor with imager shift stabilizer
  • 28-130mm equivalent F1.8-2.7 lens (5x optical zoom)
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 1080 HD video - 30p, MOV format (max. 4 GB)
  • 3" touch control LCD with 920,000 dots
  • PSAM modes plus auto and art filters
  • RAW + JPEG
  • Hybrid control ring for custom control
  • Compatible with PENPAL bluetooth device or Wi-Fi enabled cards

Product Description

The Olympus Stylus XZ-10 is a cheaper companion to Olympus's flagship compact camera, the XZ-2. Built around a 26-130mm equivalent F1.8-2.7 lens, the XZ-10 features a 12MP 1/2.3" type backlit CMOS sensor that offers ISO sensitivity up to 6400 and sensor-shift image stabilization. It can record 1080p Full HD movies with stereo sound, has a fixed 3" 920k dot touch-sensitive LCD, and offers a full set of manual controls including a customizable round-lens control ring.


Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 3968 x 2976
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 13 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto, 100 - 6400
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (2)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 26–130 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Maximum aperture F1.8 - F2.7
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 10 cm (3.94)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points 35
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen Yes
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
External flash Yes (Via wireless control only (no hot shoe))
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
Continuous drive 5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps, 18Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9Mbps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini HDMI type-D)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion Li-50B rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 240
Weight (inc. batteries) 221 g (0.49 lb / 7.80 oz)
Dimensions 102 x 61 x 34 mm (4.03 x 2.41 x 1.35)
Other features
GPS None


User Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Alan Ernst, Apr 6, 2013 GMT:
    Great little compact but image quality / performance do not deserve the “enthusiast camera” label...

    The small sensor / high pixel density really lets this camera down!  If Olympus had chosen to go with a 9 or 10 megapixel sensor rather than the 12 megapixels, image quality could be far superior. Why do manufacturers keep cramming more pixels into a sensor than necessary. The XZ-10 has 75% higher pixel density than the Lumix LX7, putting it at a severe disadvantage. What I love about the XZ-10 is pocketability, solid feel, a very useful zoom range from wide to low tele, fast lens, good ...

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  • richshep, Aug 11, 2013 GMT:
    Underated by photo geeks

    I've had this camera for about 6 weeks now and I think it's great. I also have an XZ-2 to compare it alongside and I must say, if I'm taking a small camera with me I'll go for the XZ-10 every time. There's a lot of rubbish written on the reviews about it only having a tiny sensor and that the lens produces lots of CA but, y'now, it's a tiny camera aimed at people who don't expect it to compare with a 5D Mk3!  I haven't noticed any major problems with either the lens or noisy images. Granted ...

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  • Karel Osten, Jan 26, 2014 GMT:
    Highly recommended

    An excellent pocketable with full manual control apart from focus. It's a well thought out balance between price, sensor size and lens specification. I find the images excellent for a small sensor and if you want to you can shoot RAW. The first thing I noticed about it was how well it felt in the hand, it's comfortable and easy to use. Here's a summary of my take on the pros and cons of this little camera; Pros Excellent overall ergonomics for such a small camera Light, pocketable and well built

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  • dave rogers, Mar 3, 2014 GMT:
    A bargain at sale prices

    Went to see The Eagles the other night, no cameras allowed. I had the XZ-10 (a recent purchase at $199.00), in my shirt pocket. I started in a non-assigned seat, and got warned about taking pictures in the first shot. Later had to move to another seat where all the remaining shots were taken. They were shot with the camera discreetly placed on my left knee, with my left hand covering the lcd and left index finger working the shutter. I'd steal a glance at the LCD from time to time to make ...

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Questions & Answers


XZ2 software update

Using Olympus viewer3, I've noticed that I can't check for the software update. The program says "can't find the camera". I have no problem to check for the sw updates in my XZ10 or EM5. Does anyone have a similar issue?

MiroM asked
15 days ago


Maybe your camera wasn't plugged in to your computer, and that's why you got the "can't find" message? I recently downloaded the 1.3 to my XZ-2 and didn't encounter the situation you describe. Continue Reading

Zindanfel answered
15 days ago

Maybe, you've overlooked that I said "I've no problem to check for the sw update in my XZ10 and EM5". ;) Continue Reading

MiroM answered
14 days ago


need help buying a compact camera

need help finding a new camera what i would like is something like the hx50v but without the zoom because of the small censor.i want the best image quality possible. my budget is about $300.i like all the features in the hx50v (wifi,panoramas,hdr,1080p 60fps since ill be doing videos) besides the image quality and also theres something about the popup flash that i love lol so i want that on the camera as well.would like RAW and a decent zoom but if not then thats ok too looked at the lf1,lx7,olympus XZ2,nikon p330,pentax mx1 nex3n fuji xf1 but i think thats to big for my liking. i just dont know just want some thoughts and opinons thanks (ps. going on a cruise soon so i need a new camera, i also do alot of videos) its time to upgrade from just using my galaxy s4

jon121 asked
2 months ago


You can pick up a good condition GX1 and a 14-42 kit lens for about $300 total. $90 or so for the lens and a hair over $200 for the camera. This gives you extremely good video IQ with a stabilized lens, a small zoom to work with that covers WA to portraits, and decent stills IQ. You won't really find much better than this for the price in any format or brand. If video is of great interest to you, HERE is a sample of the GX1. Continue Reading

Ontario Gone answered
2 months ago

look at the sony nex3 for 289 dollars including lens\case\sd card,in wallmart, amazon and other stores, its a bargain price, and it have the biggest sensor in the cameras of that list similar to those in dlsrs but with less buttons \ features. Continue Reading

pew pew answered
2 months ago

Hell no. Sony video is well known to be soft, and it appears the NEX3 can only do 720, at least that's all i can find on it. AF is poor as well and there is less room to grow with lenses within the system. The GX1 also allows bounce flash with the bending of the flash unit. If i ended up with a NEX3 instead of a GX1 i'd cry myself to sleep that night. Continue Reading

Ontario Gone answered
2 months ago


Do you prefer larger sensor or faster shutter speed by comparing Nikon P330 with Olympus XZ-10?

The Nikon P330 has a larger sensor 1/1.7 vs. 1/2.3 while the Olympus XZ-10 has faster shutter speed f /1.8 – 2.7 vs. f/ 1.8 – 5.6. Do you prefer the larger sensor Nikon P330 or faster Olympus XZ-10 and why? Thank you for your answer.

ckeek asked
1 month ago


At this point in time, I would not consider buying any cameras with 1/2.3" inch sensors  (unless it was  superzoom with focal length over 500 mm) Larger sensors like the one in the P330 allow the camera to record a more dynamic range accurately.   (more variation from dark to light regions)     The reason is the pixels are larger so more electrons can be stored during a exposure. That being said, Nikon is not known for strong offerings in its lower priced cameras.  So overall an XZ10 might have better IQ over a P330, or it might be close.   I do not know.  Kind of academic for me.  I already have an Olympus XZ2 I love dearly.   With its 1/1.7 inch sensor and fast lens, it is a clear step above any of 1/2.3" sensor cameras in image quality. Continue Reading

OpticsEngineer answered
1 month ago

1) I´d prefer bigger sensor anytime in this range, because you usually get more resolution and cleaner image right at lowest ISO setting. Lens "speed" is going to help in poor light situation, but not a chance in good light situation. 2)Get the XZ-2. Lovely cam. Bite your tongue for size, price or whatever reason you would have. It´s worth the money and effort to lug around with this machine compared to smaller sensored peers. Before cellphone cameras vs compact cam war here on DPR started, somebody stated "I can´t believe they´re still milking those small sensors" and he was right. When you get this size, or even bigger sensor with f/2 lens in mobile phone, there are not much reasons to buy not so better dedicated dedicated device for that huge money.  So you need to get faster aperture and bigger sensor. XZ-2 delivers.... Continue Reading

crashpc answered
1 month ago

That's not a shutter speed, that's an aperture. Continue Reading

Philip Kendall answered
1 month ago

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