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 viewfider, '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.


Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
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
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
  • 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 types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
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)
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


User Reviews

3.5 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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Questions & Answers


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
4 months ago


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
4 months ago

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

Dimac answered
4 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
4 months ago


USB charging an Olympus Stylus 1

I read that the Olympus Stylus 1 battery can be recharged via usb. However, the reviewer went on to say about usb charging with windows xp, vista, 7, 8 etc. This left me wondering if windows is needed as part of the charging process or if it can be recharged via any usb ports e.g. a usb port found in a car radio? Thank you for any help.

Roger Bays asked
3 months ago


Buy me a Stylus 1 and I'll gladly test it for you :-P With my XZ-1 it's no problem, it charges with usb in the car, or with the usb adapter of my Sony phone. Continue Reading

Sho-Bud answered
3 months ago

Thanks for the indicator that usb might be ok with my camera. Hoping a Stylus 1 user might be able to confirm. Continue Reading

Roger Bays answered
3 months ago

I have one. In the instructions for use, they say nothing about this. They say only the battery in the charger. Continue Reading

Jacque1 answered
3 months ago


Oly XZ-2 vs Panny LX7 at elevated ISO?

If anyone out there has first-hand experience of these two cameras at ISO 400-1600, either raw or jpg or both, I'd appreciate your comments. The reason for my question is that I understand the forthcoming Stylus 1 will have the same sensor as the XZ-2 (tho maybe an upgraded processing engine). I'm strongly inclined to buy a Stylus 1 to supplement, and eventually replace, my LX7, which has been a fine camera for me. The Stylus 1 has at least three obvious advantages over the LX7; namely an on-board EVF, a longer tele, and a tilting screen. (Slower lens, tho. :-( ) It would be icing on the cake if the Stylus 1 image quality at elevated ISO at least matches, or possibly betters, the LX7. The ISO comparisons by DPR look like the XZ-2 does better than the LX7 all across that range, but studio tests don't always tell the same story as field experience. Please let me know if you have any experience -- or even informed opinion on the question. Thanks. I hope my LX7 doesn't know I'm thinking ...

morepix asked
5 months ago


David, Whether you trust the DxOMark data or not (let's assume they are reliable, which is a safe bet), they make a very good living comparing sensors and lenses to each other in somewhat narrowly defined and precise parameters. Measuring SNR for each sensor in a fixed lens body requires some interpolation and fudge factoring as the lens itself cannot be removed from the system. The calculations are done on the RAW file output from the camera and various lens induced variables have to factored out using complex formulas (see the site for the mind blowing mathematics). Even DxOMark offers this caveat: (1) All sensor scores reflect only the RAW sensor performance of a camera body. All measurements are performed on the RAW image file BEFORE demosaicing or other processing prior to final image delivery. DxOMark does not address such other important criteria as image signal processing, mechanical robustness, ease of use, flexibility, optics quality, value for money, etc. While RAW sensor ... Continue Reading

Everhandy answered
5 months ago

Well, neither can I. So I pre-ordered one from B&H. Next step: psychotherapy! Continue Reading

morepix answered
5 months ago

There are so many choices, hard to say if the one we make is the best anymore. Used to be clearer. The why would be: 28-300mm f2.8 lens 1.44M dot built-in EVF borrowed from the EM5 1.04M dot 3" tilt touchscreen LCD display with the Fast Touch AF Usable WiFi with Smartphone App for external viewing and control 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor Full HD video Amazing looks All for half the price of an RX10. Sure, the RX10 will have slightly better IQ but, since I had spent some time owning the amazing Canon SX50HS, I have learned the secret to better IQ through optical zoom versus digital cropping (pixel peeping). Optical zoom, especially with a bright, sharp lens, trumps cropping every time. Just frame the shot right in the first place and you don't have to give up any IQ in post processing. I have found using this technique, you can significantly offset a disadvantage in image sensor size. The problem with the SX50, as I had discovered, was it's rather lackluster lens. It was just too slow ... Continue Reading

Everhandy answered
5 months ago

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