Lucky, our family dog, has long been a trooper that helps model new equipment, either a new camera or lens. The fact that I have a picture of Lucky may clue you in that I’ve added yet another piece of camera gear to my collection. But it’s getting tough though. I needed to bribe him with Scooby Snacks (dog treats) to get him to pose.
Okay, I know I have entirely too many cameras. It’s kind of crazy and a few years ago I would have never dreamed of owning this much gear. But here I am, with yet another camera added to my collection. This time, I got myself a XZ-1, the first generation of Olympus’ top end point and shoot that was originally released in 2011 . I actually purchased it over 3 weeks ago when I found it for a crazy low price. So low that I couldn’t resist. The white model was priced at an incredible $155 for a refurbished unit (the original price was $500). Interestingly the black model was $300. I bought it on a Sunday and on Monday I was set to blog about this deal when the price jumped up to $300. Perhaps Olympus made an error on the price or maybe they had a huge supply they needed to unload.
I bought the refurbished unit directly from the Olympus website. They offered free 2 day shipping, tax-free. All was not perfect though. I started testing the XZ-1 and I noticed that something was amiss. The image looked odd on the back LCD and when downloaded, I discovered that there was bunch of horizontal lines, every few pixels, that ran through the photos. It seemed like either the sensor or the image processor didn’t work properly. Cosmetically though, the camera looked perfect. I must admit that this is the first time I’ve ever had any problems with a refurbished unit.
Fast forward to today — I finally got my replacement unit. It took longer than I hoped, 12 days from when I sent it back to getting a new (refurbished) unit. In the days of great order tracking websites like Amazon or B&H Photo, dealing with the Olympus returns was a bit frustrating. I had to call customer support to find out if they received the original unit and to get an estimate of when they will send me the new one. In the end, the spectacular price I got makes up for a bit of hassle. If I paid the regular price though, I would be less thrilled.
My replacement unit is probably a refurb but I’m not sure. It was in a standard, new XZ-1 box instead of the generic refurbished box. The camera seems be operating properly so I’m excited to put it through it paces. So why do I need another camera given that I have loads of other cameras? I’ll talk about that in a subsequent post. For now, I’ll have another camera that fills a narrowly defined niche in my need/want for a photographic tool. The white unit is not my favorite. My younger son called it girly. My older son was, perhaps, a bit more complimentary calling it hipster. Either way, I’m now the owner of a white Olympus XZ-1 point and shoot. I will put it through its paces along side my Olympus Pens. You, of course, will get a report on how it performs.
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