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A first of its kind, the Olympus STYLUS 1 Digital Camera with OM-D styling is the first digital compact to sit in Olympus' new STYLUS series and is designed for compact enthusiasts or DSLR owners looking for a more compact, second camera. The STYLUS 1 combines a large 12 megapixel sensor with a versatile 10.7x zoom lens and manual control in a portable 'anytime anywhere' camera. The tilting LCD screen and 1.44 million-dot HD electronic viewfinder with automatic eye detection and backlight provides a clear view for quality framing and pre-shot setting selection. Built-in Wi-Fi together with OI.Share software delivers a fast and easy way to connect with your smartphone for remote camera control and image sharing on social media sites. More features include full HD movie recording with sound and an option to shoot at high speed for slow-motion playback, 11 Art Filters, 5 frame effects and a high ISO range of 12,800 for low-light shooting. More
October 2013 - Olympus has added an enthusiast superzoom camera to its line of compacts, the Olympus Stylus 1. Aimed at the enthusiast user, the camera combines a large sensor with an impressive 28-300mm f/2.8 lens. We got our hands on a pre-production sample. Read more here... »
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The STYLUS 1 at a glance
Ambitious photographers demand excellent picture quality. One look at the STYLUS 1 spec sheet and you know you’ve found it. Despite a casing depth of just 52mm, it has a brand new 28-300mm* high-power i.ZUIKO DIGTAL lens that offers a constant 1:2.8 aperture from wide to telephoto shots, with a 10.7x optical zoom. Olympus designed this lens to work seamlessly with its large-format BSI CMOS sensor, as well as the TruePic VI image processor that is already familiar to users of its high-end OM-D E-M5 system camera. Other tried-and-tested OM-D features include the rock-solid handling and grip that comes from the D-SLR-style casing and layout. For accurate and professional framing, there is the large, 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder, Fast AF for near-instant, precision focusing via touch screen and built-in WiFi for real-time smartphone access – likewise all OM-D-proven. The STYLUS 1 has superb dynamic range and low-light capability, plus the same Hybrid Control Ring for manual or digital control of key settings that has proved so successful on the Olympus XZ series.
New leader, new lens
Compact users shouldn’t have to compromise on the single most crucial component of any camera – the lens. So for the STYLUS 1, Olympus developed a remarkable piece of optical engineering. The ultra-slim, ‘fullrange’, constant-aperture 1:2.8 10.7x (28-300mm*) high-power i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens has the versatility and quality for everything from wide to telephoto shots. The large-diameter lens features a powerful, built-in VCM image stabilization mechanism that virtually eliminates camera shake and blur. Unlike lesser rivals, deliberate defocusing generates bokeh approaching D-SLR standards and the lens’ brightness enables high-shutter speeds even in dark scenes. Another significant advantage of the lens is only apparent when it’s not in use – it retracts fully into the camera body (behind an automatic lens cap), so the STYLUS 1 fits easily into a coat pocket. Bulkier cameras can’t match that.
What you see is what you get
What the lens is to image quality, the viewfinder is to ease of use. Unlike most compact cameras, for eye-on-camera shooting the STYLUS 1 has an electronic viewfinder. It’s the same very large, fast-response, high-definition model as the O-MD E-M5, that puts the EVF on many entry-level D-SLR style cameras to shame. 1.44 million dots, a level gauge and shadow highlighting make shot and pre-shot setting selection a joy. With VCM image stabilization mechanism readings visible in the viewfinder, it’s a lot easier to shoot sharp at long focal lengths. Automatic backlight control ensures accurate reproduction of dark and bright parts of the scene and there is no noticeable time lag. The STYLUS 1 automatically detects your eye behind the viewfinder and shuts off Live View on the tilting LCD.
Compact dimensions, D-SLR style
The STYLUS 1 measures just 116mm x 87mm x 56.5mm, which is less than half as deep as several bulkier rivals. Despite its diminutive dimensions, it looks every inch a professional camera. The front grip makes the classic black design easier to hold steady, leaving you free to focus on creative expression. The intelligent layout of the controls also makes the camera easier to operate. For example, you can operate the Hybrid Control Ring and zoom lever with your left hand and concentrate on the shutter release with your right. A lack of clutter and attention to design details such as button size, shape and surface texture is an inspiration to anyone who aspires to pro-standard creativity.
Control is king
The STYLUS 1 offers the ideal blend of effective, hands-on controls and intuitive, high-tech aids like finger-triggered Fast AF and Touch AF Shutter via the LCD. The customizable analogue / digital Hybrid Control Ring on the front lets you assign the parameters you adjust most frequently (e.g., aperture, shutter speed, exposure time and program shift) to the ring or subdial on the top of the camera. This way you can adjust them manually without taking your eye off your subject – in the style of a pro. In analogue mode, the ring turns smoothly for zooming and focusing. In digital mode, you can assign functions to a single menu and click through it with the Fn2 button.
Camera loves smartphone
Built-in WiFi combined with OI.Share software makes your camera one with your smartphone, which becomes a portal for image sharing. Pairing is quick and easy: one touch of the WiFi field on your camera display reveals a QR code, which you scan with your smartphone before opening the app. You then effectively mirror the LCD on your phone – to focus and release the shutter remotely via WiFi (in P, A, S, M modes) directly on the phone’s touch screen.
* 35mm equivalent
** The art effects and frame effects available depend on the Art Filter used
*** When the LCD is tilted, the EVF automatically switches off
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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent for size & zoom range
from Devon, UK
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
Comments about Olympus STYLUS 1 Digital Camera:
Great zoom lens that stays at f2.8 throughout the range. Light, fairly small and easy to use. Excellent EVF. Image quality good up to print size 8 x 6. Rather noisy at high ISO. I use it mainly for landscape/travel/family at ISO 200. I tend not to use it indoors. Wi Fi is great for transfer to smartphone, works well and easy to set up and use.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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