Olympus XZ-1 as travel companion

Acute Angle, Austin-Bergstrom Airport - Austin, Texas

Acute Angle, Austin-Bergstrom Airport – Austin, Texas

My Olympus XZ-1 has become my take anywhere travel companion. A camera small enough to have on my shoulder without getting in the way. And my white camera seems to attract attention in a good way. Several people have come up to ask me what kind of camera I’m using.

Last week, I was on yet another trip to California. My XZ-1 by my side as I rushed through the Austin and Dallas airports. A couple of months ago, I shot SFO, this time it was Texas. The absolute image quality does not match my Olympus Pens, of course, but it works great for capturing life around me. It’s the kind of photos of the mundane, everyday occurrences that become even more interesting over time. I use this camera like people use smart phones, but I get much better image quality and without all that silly and trendy Instagram like effects.

Local Restaurants, Austin-Bergstrom Airport - Austin, Texas

Local Restaurants, Austin-Bergstrom Airport – Austin, Texas

Airport Salt Lick, Austin-Bergstrom Airport - Austin, Texas

Airport Salt Lick, Austin-Bergstrom Airport – Austin, Texas

The fast zoom lens (f1.8 – f2.5) works well and keeps the quality up. The zoom also allows me the freedom of framing — beyond a prime lens — and I could also do some decent closeups. Whether it’s shooting drinks up close, finding the neat lines of modern airport architecture or doing some “street photography”, the camera has become my entertainment on these trips. Something to take my mind off of the monotony of travel.

Low Water, Lake Travis - Austin, Texas

Low Water, Lake Travis – Austin, Texas

Club Soda - American Airlines

Club Soda – American Airlines

Shooting often and everywhere also trains my brain, forcing me to see new compositions or by doing variations on a style. But I have to admit, it’s just plain fun. Here are several photos I took at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

Skylink - DFW Airport, Texas

Skylink – DFW Airport, Texas

Terminal D - DWF Airport, Texas

Terminal D – DWF Airport, Texas

One World, American Airlines Boarding - DFW Airport, Texas

One World, American Airlines Boarding – DFW Airport, Texas

Baggage Handlers - DFW Airport, Texas

Baggage Handlers – DFW Airport, Texas

All photographs taken with my Olympus XZ-1 point and shoot.

Click on the photographs to see a larger image and hover over the photos to see the exposure detail. Multiply the focal length by 4.66 to get the 35mm equivalent

7 thoughts on “Olympus XZ-1 as travel companion

  1. When traveling I take the OMD and Pany LX5. A lightbulb went off a couple of years ago when I realized 95% or more of my pix will never be printed and will only be seen on the Internet, in a blog, or viewed on a HD computer screen (1920 x 1080). The difference in image quality for this purpose doesn’t really make a difference. More and more I will reach for the LX5 for any image that will not be a “portfolio” shot. That being said I do like the OMD for DOF control when taking pix of the kids and grandkids….

    Peter F.

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