Olympus Stylus SP-100 Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 16MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 24-1200mm F2.9-6.5 equivalent image stabilized lens (50x optical zoom)
  • ISO 125-6400
  • 3 inch LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 920,000 dots
  • Unique dot-sight finder aids in focusing at super telephoto focal lengths
  • Up to 7 fps continuous shooting (for 6 shots or 2.5 fps up to 200 shots)
  • In camera art filters, scene modes, and PSAM exposure control
  • 1 cm minimum focus in macro
  • 1080/60p/30p HD video (H.264)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory

Product Description

The Stylus SP-100 is the world’s first-ever camera with a built-in dot-sight, enabling you to easily track moving subjects, like a soccer game or a flying bird. This technology will allow you to record smoother videos and will help you to not lose sight of your subject. Once the subject is still, then you can frame and shoot. The dot-sight combines with the SP-100’s newly developed 24-1200mm, 50x optical Ultra Zoom lens, or 2400mm 100x Super Resolution zoom, for capturing detailed shots of moving, distant subjects.


Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto, 125-6400 (extends to 12800)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–1200 mm
Optical zoom 50×
Maximum aperture F2.9 - F6.5
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2x Super Resolution zoom, 4x digital zoom)
Manual focus Yes
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 920,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/1700 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off
Continuous drive 7 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format H.264
Videography notes High speed: 120 fps (640 x 480), 240 fps (432 x 324)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage included 37MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini HDMI)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via Toshiba FlashAir card
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description LI-92B lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 594 g (1.31 lb / 20.95 oz)
Dimensions 122 x 91 x 133 mm (4.8 x 3.6 x 5.25)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None


User Reviews

2.75 out of 5 stars
  • SilenrocKunst, Aug 12, 2014 GMT:
    Olympus SP100ee tested.

    L. S. I have the Olympus SP100ee tested, I found it possible to keep the camera steady without a tripod (and I thought that there was also meant to light) The photos were 100% not good in Photoshop CS3 Furthermore, it was difficult to really raptors in flight well foto'ste make Lepelaar regards, SilenrocKunst

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  • marcus550, Sep 24, 2014 GMT:
    SP-100 on safari

    Bought the SP-100 based on recommendations of a 'super zoom' camera for use on our first ever trip to Africa.  In general, I was very glad to have it.  The zoom is incredible.  I could zoom in on something and take a shot, then zoom in on the shot and see what kind of raptor was on a branch on a mountain ahead of us.  Just awesome.  It was quick, too, which is a huge benefit when dealing with random wild animals. The dot-sight worked great.  I was able to get many birds on the wing and be ...

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  • Riteshdoshi, Oct 8, 2014 GMT:
    Super Zoooooom

    According to the price they have quoted, Stylus SP-100 is the perfect product. With the view finder and the auto focus "Eagles eye technology" feature, this camera touches greater height. We have many other cameras which provides 60x zoom,but we can compromise .. Olympus Rocks..!!

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Questions & Answers


For EM-5/E-PM2, do people like Olympus 75-300mm or Panasonic 100-300mm

I was wondering which long lens people like with the Olympus EM-5 (and E-PM2 as backup)? Do people like the Olympus 75-300mm or the Panasonic 100-300mm? Now, on the EM-5, the Panasonic's IS would need to be turned off (or the camera's IS turned off). On the E-PM2, I can set the camera to favor using lens IS if it has it over sensor based IS. I suspect lens based IS might be more effective than sensor shift. The Olympus wins out in terms of weight (430g vs 520g), which might be a factor in handling the camera. The Olympus is slightly smaller at minimum zoom (116mm vs 126mm), but I suspect this is to small to matter. The Panasonic is 1/3 stop faster (f/4-5.6 vs. f/4.8-6.7). For my E-5, I have the Olympus 50-200mm and 70-300mm lenses, but the weight of those lenses and having to use the 4/3rds to micro 4/3rds adapter makes them feel bulky on the E-P2/E-PM2 (I haven't gotten the EM-5 yet), so I'll looking at native micro 4/3rds solutions. I figure either of the lens will be problematic ...

10 months ago


I have owned both. Like the Oly II better but can't wait for the 40-150mm PRO for wider aperture and hopefully improved IQ and the Tele Converter! May also consider the new 300mm F4. Continue Reading

sinkas answered
10 months ago

The Panasonic if you value the slightly wider aperture.  The Olympus version II if you like closer focus and a slightly better bokeh.  They are both good even at 300mm, but you've got to understand how to shoot at that range.  Got to rush off to work but I know others here have great examples of sharp 300mm shots. Continue Reading

Landscapephoto99 answered
10 months ago

I have the Olympus 75-300mm on my E-PM2 and it's a bit of a challenge to get shake free shots at the longer focal lengths hand held.  I only received it a few weeks ago and haven't used it on a tripod yet. I'm sure on the EM-5 it would be more stable since it has the 5 axis IBIS. On the E-PM2 you might be better off with the Panasonic because it has OIS. That is only a hunch because I can't directly compare the two lenses.  As far as I can tell from reading reviews the two lenses are pretty well matched as far as resolution goes. Continue Reading

Tony8232 answered
10 months ago


Video super-zoom camera

Video super-zoom camera I am interested in buying a super zoom camera video photography I studied the following models: NIKON P600 OLYMPUS SP1000 CANON SX50 Which camera looks better in video photographic than the other to  your point of view And what camera do you think offer a good combination of option is photography and video (Minimum compromises) Thanks Eran

EranS66 asked
3 months ago


FZ-1000 Continue Reading

FrankieJ answered
3 months ago

Another vote for Panasonic. If you can't afford the FZ1000, look for a good used FZ150. Or even an FZ35. Continue Reading

Alisande answered
3 months ago

If not the fz1000, the fz200, which has a particularly bright lens at the long end of its zoom for a superzoom and leads its class. It is also reasonable value for a very sophisticated camera indeed. Get the fz1000 if you can afford, even though it has one or two minor issues that will probably be sorted by software (firmware) updates in future. They are fairly minor issues that shouldn't detract from this camera upping the superzoom game to a new level of competence. Continue Reading

Aberaeron answered
3 months ago


Replacement or upgrade for Olympus SP-590 UZ? Recommendations?

The short : I have the above camera and I was looking to upgrade in either the compact area or small DSLR. I was looking at the Stylus SP-100 and the OM-D E-M10. There are just so many camera's to choose from! Suggestions? The long ; I enjoy taking pictures, but I'm not a professional by any means. Strictly travel, wildlife, portrait, people etc. (I did do a few weddings very successfully, but only for friends that asked and I do not see that in my future.) As much as I like reading about it, I cannot justify myself spending $K's for something like the new OMD 1. $500-$800 and maybe a bit more to cover lenses seems within my budget. I like the Olympus line and have had great luck with the 590. I'm leaning towards the OM-D E-M10. I still have and old film Nikon F2 I haven't used in eons so no complete stranger to interchangeable lenses and all. But, I really liked the portability and zoom of the 590 in one unit. I have a pocket Canon SX280HS I bought recently which does a fair job ...

JohnUser asked
9 months ago


I have had the C-750UZ which died with the lens open, and AF clicking on video. I still have the SZ-30MR with grinding zoom noises on video. The Stylus 1 has these features again. Its continuous f2.8 aperture was a convincing argument in long zooms when CCDs were the only sensors you could get. But the BSI-CMOS sensor in my SH-50 compensates quite a bit at f6.9 (twice the reach of the Stylus 1). The SP-820UZ was released in 2012 with a 14MP BSI CMOS sensor, using 4 AA cells. I like the combination of recent sensor design with a power supply that does not tie you to the power socket in a motel. I have seen the first long zoom stills of the Panasonic ZS40/TZ60. They have blue haloes in some shots and fuzzy outlines in others. My SH-50 shows neither, so this is not a good time to jump brands. The ZS40 long zoom video of a mocking bird is clean though. The SH-50 enables me to do videos and 12 full-res stills in them without stopping. Sandra now relies on this when I document her family ... Continue Reading

Henry Falkner answered
9 months ago

The OM-D E-M10 is establishing a favourable reputation for itself. In my perception, with the SP100 it depends a lot on which design team did it. If it is that behind the Stylus 1, you may end up with 11-year-old design features (clicking AF sound in videos, worse, the camera will not shut down properly before the battery dies, leaving the lens extended). If it is the SH-50 design team, you should have a camera that never lets you down. My last SP-series bridge camera is the SP-570UZ, which does have quirks: All rotations for 'up' go counter-clockwise. Some menu features shut out others. and with some duplication of functions it may take a while to find out what is shutting down what. So until someone actually has an SP-100EE, I consider its useability open to question. I would like its 50x optical zoom. The red dot sight would enable me to zoom in closer to flying gannets without loosing them. But my emphasis these days is on reliability and speed of functions. As an illustration, ... Continue Reading

Henry Falkner answered
9 months ago

It really depends on how you use the SP-590UZ, what your budget is, etc. Right now, there is not really a replacement in the Olympus line up that will perfectly match your SP-590UZ. So, you have to judge what features are must haves and what features you can live without. Now, the SP-590UZ has an 35mm film camera equivalent focal range of 26-676mm. If you take a lot of pictures at the long end of the zoom range, then you probably want one of the long zoom cameras (SH-50 for $250US, SZ-16 for $230, SP-820UZ for $280, SP-100 for $400). If you find yourself need more range than you already have, then you should look at the SP-100, which will give you 24-1200mm equivalent zoom. It isn't available yet, but it should be next month. If you want that range in an interchangeable lens camera (ILC) like the OM-D or Pen, you will need at least two lenses, the 12-50mm (24-100mm equivalent), and the 75-300mm (150-600mm equivalent). The E-M10 + 12-50mm + 75-300mm will set you back $1,650 (US) or ... Continue Reading

Michael Meissner answered
9 months ago

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