Summary: The Olympus Stylus 1 brings an impressive number of controls and an excellent large 1.15X magnification EVF with Eye-Start in the body of a compact camera. A well-designed control-ring switches between steps and continuous rotation for optimal parameter setting and smooth manual focus.
Pros: Constant F/2.8 aperture, Low image noise, Excellent metering, Very good automatic white-balance, Speedy and accurate autofocus, Fast and responsive, Superb EVF with Eye-Start sensor, Direct mechanical controls and unique control-ring, Great build quality
Cons: General image softness, Limited dynamic-range, Some shutter-lag, Noticeable distortion near wide-angle, Not always Exposure-Priority, Incorrect histogram, Impossible to setup framing for video
Summary: Up to a point, more choice is generally a good thing, so it’s nice to have another camera to choose from at the top of the advanced compact market. The Olympus Stylus 1 is a very accomplished camera from a veteran manufacturer, and can compete on equal terms with the other cameras you’ll see on the...
Conclusion: As we said, we love little cameras like the Stylus 1. No, they aren’t as convenient as a smartphone, but if you want good image quality in a compact – and are willing to carry two devices – the Stylus 1 is the type of camera you want if you aren’t shopping for a DSLR or mirrorless camera.
Summary: The STYLUS 1 is also very compact, and when testing it alongside rivals like Panasonic's Lumix FZ200 and Sony's RX10, I kept being surprised how much smaller it was. Unlike those two models, you really can squeeze the STYLUS 1 into a smaller coat pocket, and comparatively speaking it virtually...
Pros: Very compact body with great controls., Built-in 28-300mm f2.8 equivalent zoom., Lower noise than models with 1/2.3in sensors., Large and detailed electronic viewfinder., Tilting touchscreen display., Built-in Wifi with great smartphone control.
Cons: Optics are a little soft at edges at wider focal lengths., Basic movie capabilities., No in-camera HDR or panorama modes., No focus peaking., No interval timer., Lens out-gunned by Lumix FZ200., Quality, build & movies better on Sony RX10.
Summary: During the fall of 2013, Olympus announced their new STYLUS 1; an "enthusiast" compact camera designed for semi-pros who need an all-in-one with manual controls and a quality lens.
Pros: iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, Performance is better than most compacts of the market, Excellent overall image quality, Outstanding low-light performance from sensor, lens and image stabilization, Easy to see a...
Cons: Camera avoids using the flash if possible, raising ISO levels, Higher noise than we'd like to see at ISO 1600 and above, Weak Pop-up flash, High price tag is not for most people
Conclusion: I wouldn't consider myself a fan of superzooms. In general, the extra zoom range they offer has never been worth the image quality compromise of using a small sensor for the kind of shooting I like to do.
Conclusion: There's no getting around it: the Olympus Stylus 1 is a pricey bit of kit. But is it worth it? Absolutely. Because it's an camera that enables. There's that significant zoom lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture and fast autofocus which saw us snapping some lovely shots.
Pros: Long zoom with f/2.8 constant maximum aperture, excellent built-in viewfinder, dual function lens ring, fast autofocus, top-spec design
Cons: Bulky, expensive, no focus peaking for manual focus, would like wider-angle lens, image quality not great at higher ISO settings