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
9 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 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.