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
Olympus Stylus 1 delivers enthusiast compact for zoom lovers
12 February 2014
Summary: For those who crave an enthusiast compact with more zoom range, the Olympus Stylus 1 should be high on your list for its excellent balance of performance, design, and features.
Pros: The Olympus Stylus 1 has an excellent 10.7x f2.8 zoom lens, fine photo quality, and excellent shooting performance. Its touch screen and electronic viewfinder are very nice, and its features and controls give it a dSLR feel.
Cons: For its $700 price tag, pixel peepers might be disappointed with its photo quality above ISO 400. Better suited for photos than movies, and there's no external mic jack.
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: 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. It gives you enough user control for the times that call for it, but its automatic mode can handle all the other times.
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.
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. What lacks is the sort of image processing finesse that such a high price tag might suggest.
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
Summary: Olympus-kameraets prætentiøse design skuffer ikke. Med en stor og skarp elektronisk søger, fornemme 10,7 x zoom og fremragende brugervenlighed kan dette kamera bruges til næsten alt. For mange vil det dække alle de behov, man har i forhold til et kamera, og de færreste vil blive skuffet over billedkvaliteten.
Pros: Olympus’ lille Stylus 1 er et kompaktkamera, der kan det meste. Superzoom og god lysstyrke kombineret med en fremragende søger og god brugervenlighed gør det alle pengene værd. Et smart valg for dem, der rejser meget, og som synes, at andre kompaktkameraer har for mange begrænsninger.
Cons: Synlig støj ved høj ISO og moderat billedkvalitet på video er det eneste, der trækker ned.