Summary: Conclusion The Olympus Stylus 1 is a thoughtfully designed and robustly constructed imaging tool that is dependably responsive, non-threatening to subjects, and capable of reliably generating first-rate images. The Stylus 1 was obviously designed for photography enthusiasts, by photography enthusiasts. The stylish little Stylus 1 does everything very well - image quality, operational speed, and usability/functionality are all above average. Still not convinced?
Pros: fast f2.8 fixed maximum aperture, excellent image quality, fun to use.
Cons: The screw-in lens cover, slight menu complexity, minor video start/stop lag
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 disappears inside a bag.
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.
Conclusion: With a 10.7x zoom lens and a built-in ND filter feature, the Stylus 1 is a powerful camera. It enables you to shoot in a host of situations and it's compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket or handbag. That versatility comes at a price though. At Â£549 the Stylus 1 is at the more expensive end of the bridge and compact markets, costing as much as an entry-level D-SLR. For this reason, it will only appeal to enthusiasts who value portability first and foremost.
Summary: Olympus has designed the Stylus 1 for photographers who want sophisticated controls and raw file support without the bulk associated with a DSLR or a CSC with a collection of lenses. Two features are likely to have the greatest appeal for most potential purchasers: having a viewfinder on a compact, high-end digicam and the relatively long zoom range with the compact camera body.