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Olympus XZ1 Sucks...

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by Jun Lao, May 2, 2011.

  1. Jun Lao

    Jun Lao Photographer

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Manila
    video is only good till 10 mtrs on a sunny day. it has terrible video iq, focus issues at depths...white balance is a pain... its definitely camera error..missed a lot of shots too at 30m in recent trip to malapascua when i had other cam serviced. forget getting good video with this cam...same with stills.on cloudy days and deep dives
  2. xariatay

    xariatay Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Singapore
    Have been trying to figure why I can't do custom white-balance on the XZ-1 after 9-10meters... Anyone else has the problem?
  3. Mario V

    Mario V Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: UK
    White balance below 10 or 15mt is been a problem for many manufacturers. It seems the processor can deal witha limited range of color temperature.
    In my experience Canon has the best manual white balance and is also the easiest to use.
    As far as I'm aware, and I may be wrong the error is caused by the lack of light. The moment the ambient light drops a bit, the camera can not calibrate the colors.
    I first encounter this problem shooting with an old Fuji F31, fantastic little camera but a pain to white balance.
    I found out that if you overexpose using EV compensation before taking the WB reading solve this problem in most of the situations. just remember to reset the EV to 0 or even better to -1/3 or -2/3
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  4. herbdb

    herbdb Manta Ray Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Allentown, PA
    Shoot in RAW and worry about white balance later or just use a flash. I do both. After 15 M color is pretty much gone anyway. You might be expecting too much from a small point and shoot.
  5. xariatay

    xariatay Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Singapore
    Thanks! Was a G9 user, so was a little disappointed by the lack of custom WB after 9-10m! But the focusing speed of XZ-1 is faster. :)

    Yup, that is what I do too - shoot in raw for the wide-angle... But my netbook is a little slowwwww, so didn't enjoy processing the raw files... :p
  6. staggsSevin

    staggsSevin Barracuda

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Arkansas
    Hi Guys,

    I've been using a XZ-1 for a couple years now and I think I'm going to primary just focus on Macro shots from here on out. I have the Nauticam housing along with a single S2000 with a sola 600. I just got back from a week's diving in Roatan but when I got there I realized that my fiber cable was broke....oops....so I did all my shots with just ambient lighting which I'm fine with.

    I want to use my current setup and gear towards getting better macro shots.....I typically shoot in program mode (every time I do manual I just don't do that good and I only do 2 dive trips a year so I don't like to do my practicing on the trips).

    I have a single Inon UCL165 M67 andwhen it is attached should I not use zoom and just get close enough to fill the frame? Or is it ok to use the zoom, I just took it on one single dive this last trip and it seemed like the couple shots I took with it were really blurry but I was using zoom.

    So besides maybe getting another Inon UCL165 to stack on the current one is there anything out there better that wont break the bank that may be easier to use? Also for lighting purposes do you think it would be worth adding a second s2000 for my macro shots?


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