Olympus Stylus 1 Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 12MP 1/1.7" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 28-300mm equivalent F2.8 lens (10.7x optical zoom) with optical image stabilization
  • ISO 100-12800
  • Up to 7 FPS continuous shooting
  • 3" tilting touch LCD with 1,040,000 dots
  • Built-in electronic viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots
  • 1080/30p HD video (H.264/MPEG-4)
  • Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with smartphone control
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory

Product Description

The Olympus Stylus 1 compact camera pairs a larger-than-average 1/1.7" BSI-CMOS sensor with an F2.8, 28-300mm zoom lens, high resolution electronic viewfinder, 'hybrid' control ring, and Wi-Fi. The control ring can be toggled between digital or analog mode. In digital mode, the ring adjusts zooming or manual focusing; in analog, it adjusts settings such as aperture, shutter speed and more. The camera is also equipped with a hot shoe for accessories, built-in flash, a side zoom lever with variable speeds, and two customizable function buttons for easy access to commonly used settings. Other notable features include a built-in ND filter, tilting touchscreen LCD, built-in Wi-Fi, and 1080p movie recording. All of these features are packed into a compact body that strongly resembles the popular Olympus OM-D EM-5.

Specs

Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
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 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor TruePic VI
Image
ISO Auto, 100 - 12800
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (2)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal, basic
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–300 mm
Optical zoom 10.7×
Maximum aperture F2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 10 cm (3.94)
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points 25
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes (Touch focus, touch shutter, menus)
Screen type LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1.15×
Viewfinder resolution 1,440,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 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
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual
Continuous drive 7 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (2, 3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p); high speed: 640 x 480 (120p), 320 x 240 (240p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes with smartphone control
Remote control Yes (via RM-UC1)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BLS-5 lithium-ion battery pack and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 410
Weight (inc. batteries) 402 g (0.89 lb / 14.18 oz)
Dimensions 116 x 87 x 57 mm (4.57 x 3.43 x 2.24)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

User Reviews

3.75 out of 5 stars
  • Jay_B, Mar 3, 2014 GMT:
    My experience with the Stylus 1

    I purchased the Stylus 1 to complement my two Canons - a G1X and an SX230HS - with the hope of replacing my SX230HS and giving it to a relative as a gift. I tested the camera alongside my SX230 over the weekend in various shooting situations. Unfortunately, the camera did not meet my needs/expectations and I am returning it. I am going to keep this brief and to the point. What I liked about the camera: (1) Beautiful bright LCD (2) Very nice, useable EVF (3) ...

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  • Wim1964, Mar 31, 2014 GMT:
    Versatile, not flawless.

    I like a lot about this camera; it has a sturdy 'feel' about it. The EVF and the nice large (touch-) screen work fine. For me it's the ideal camera to take out on a trip, shoot some nice landscapes and some details you like one a building.... The focusing could be a bit faster under difficult circumstances (photographing a frog in a dark pond proved to be quite difficult). I don't experience this as a very 'fast' camera when being around kids or sports. And it's hardly a ''pocket''-camera. I ...

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  • Robert Evagelista, Apr 25, 2014 GMT:
    Olympus Cameras

    Olympus is my first Camera and introduced me to Digital Photography PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG using OMD EM-1 The best Thing about this camera 0.) Image Quality Super Sharp, Great Saturation even at RAW. Best JPEG Quality like everybody say. Accurate Metering, Lots of details on The Shadows and Highlights even at JPG Best kit lens I ever Had. 1.) Super Fast and Accurate Auto Focus The touch screen interface is just so useful. 2.) Mind Blowing Optical Image Stabilization You wont believe it even after ...

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  • princewolf, Jul 11, 2014 GMT:
    Money well spent

    This camera is just too good for my age (born in 1981).  The technology has come so far, it's hard to catch up.  I'm using this with the tcon 17x teleconverter and the results are great. The smaller sensor does suffer a bit in lowlight, but even high-iso images have a sharpness I cannot easily describe.  While the image in the frame on the LCD looks moving, the IS is so good when you playback the image it's tack sharp.  For good available light, this cannot be beaten.   Yes, the tcon 17x is ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Stylus 1: A deafening silence

For a long time Amazon had an availability date of 11/28 posted, but no more. And I find no news about possible release here or anywhere else I can search. So I'm wondering if Olympus has cancelled the release of this model and I'm the only person who missed their announcement. Does anyone out there have any news?

morepix asked
7 months ago

ANSWERS

you could try the actual, official Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/stylus-1.html where you will find this statement: "PRE-ORDER | FREE SHIPPING!   Expected to ship in early to mid December." Steve Continue Reading

skeys answered
7 months ago

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/special/20131211_627071.html Continue Reading

Dimac answered
7 months ago

Like I say last week, I gone to the presentation of the new products of Olympus in my shop. I play with the stylus. Like there are only 3 in stock, now.....2, because the 3rd is in my house. Continue Reading

Jacque1 answered
7 months ago

QUESTION

Olympus Stylus 1 or Sony RX100 II

HI Quite new to the photography world and reading hundreds of reviews of everything from CanonS120 to Sony RX10 has my head spinning. Hoping to get some guidance from the people who seem to know what they are talking about. My background in photography doesn't extend beyond the use of smartphone cameras. I am thinking of purchasing a proper camera to create better memories than what i can with my smartphone now. The top specs are: (1) Portable - to be used atleast couple of times a week in the city parks, inside house, backgardens etc (2) Good at taking pics of energetic under 5 years (3) Good enough quality to make prints of size 24*36cm (4) Make decent videos (5) Easy to use interface - will be used by myself (can see myself experimenting with thwe camera to get blurred ...

ChampakBhai asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

I have had rx100 sold it,it is an amazing camera but olympus is much more fun to use, has longer zoom and takes great photos, rx100 has bigger sensor and is much better for low light, but how many times you will shoot children in really low light? Stylus1 is much better for portraits with it's 2.8. and 200mm and you can buy much cheaper flash for it than for sony. Continue Reading

Lars Luciano answered
2 months ago

Keep in mind, this will NOT be your last camera, it will be your best guess now, you have narrowed it down to two excellent choices, either one will be a great start, and you will learn plenty, and then when you consider another, in a few years perhaps, you will know so much more. Not a collection, but, any camera can fail, so that is why, for travel, rare opportunities involving substantial money to get there, a spare camera is important, and then, given that, I say, think in Pairs when choosing the main one. Will you be likely to have the rx100 with you all the time: yes. Will you likely have the shoulder/belt case with you all the time? doubtful. with you a lot, probably, because you will get results far beyond your cell phone. EVF, yes, it definitely helps, both to see when the lcd reflects poorly, and to hold steady when against your face, which helps give blur free shots involving some motion. Actually, more weight than the rx100 also helps with steadiness. Continue Reading

elliottnewcomb answered
2 months ago

I think you wont go wrong with either.  But considering you mentioned young kids, I find having some zoom helps.  Kids will put up with cameras in their face for a while, but will quickly get annoyed.  I like to sit at the park with my FZ200 and shoot from some distance.  I also prefer using an EVF in sunny outdoor conditions.  That being said, I have used an RX100 and love the smaller size.  But if your OK with a camera that will fit in your coat pocket I say get the stylus 1. Continue Reading

phazelag answered
2 months ago

QUESTION

Stylus 1. Would You Take It On An Alaska Cruise?

I'll be taking a cruise to Alaska in late June and doing some land excursions including several days in Denali National Park. I'd really like to take only one camera. I know the reach of the Stylus 1 isn't enough for most wildlife but I'd like to go light with a fast lens like the Stylus 1. Having been to Alaska before I don't expect to get spectacular wildlife shots on this type of "family vacation." So, what do you think?

1 month ago

ANSWERS

I have a telecon and I do use it, but it becomes so limiting when installed and heavy and bulky to carry when off. Kind of defeats the purpose of the stylus 1 for me. But that is just me. I would also consider the original RX100 for one pocket and wide shots and maybe a HX50 or TS40 for the other pocket And long shots.  Both can be had for a combined price that is a little more than the stylus 1 Continue Reading

phazelag answered
1 month ago

Yes - especially if you want to take one camera because it is a "family vacation" and not a "photographic vacation". The zoom range of the lens is great for an all-rounder and as others have pointed out, the built in digital teleconverter works very well (especially in good light). I have the Stylus 1 (and an EM10 MFT camera) and while I prefer the EM10 for travel, if I was still traveling with family (read "younger children" not my adult kids), I would prefer a camera that would not require me to do a lot of lens swapping. And the Stylus 1 is perfect for that. As you pointed out is is a pretty fast lens for a P&S camera and the sensor/processor combination handle ISO noise very well up to around ISO 800 (I leave my Auto ISO set to max at 1600, but I am not as picky about noise as some others.) Continue Reading

Steven Wandy answered
1 month ago

The Panasonic FZ200 would be a better choice. Lens as fast, focal length twice as long and somewhat wider. Continue Reading

morepix answered
1 month ago

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