High performance in a compact, Olympus Stylus XZ-10 now available in the U.S.

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Olympus America has announced that the new Stylus XZ-10 will be available stateside in late March 2013 for $400. The compact camera was originally announced last month at the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan. Although Japanese and European availability was unveiled, there was no word if it’d make it to our shores.

Like its sibling the XZ-2, the XZ-10 packs a few high-end features into a compact point-and-shoot body. The features include a bright f/1.8-2.7 zoom lens (26-130mm equivalent), manual settings (including RAW shooting), ISO up to 6,400, Olympus’ TruePic VI image processor, the fast autofocusing system from the Olympus PEN series, and a 0.43-inch diagonal 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor (smaller than the one inside the XZ-2). A control ring around the lens lets you adjust settings such as aperture and exposure, and the 3-inch LCD (920K dots) is touch capable. The camera makes a good option for those seeking a high-performance point-and-shoot, but it’s too early to tell how well the smaller sensor will perform.

While globally the XZ-10 is available in a variety of colors, it seems the U.S. will only get the black version. Get the full specs here.

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