Summary: What we don't like: 1) Interval (time lapse) shooting is limited to 10 frames. 10 frames! That's essentially worthless. 2) Lens barrel isn't threaded for filters; (clumsy) accessory barrel must be purchased. 3) Tiny sensor limits enlargement prospects; prone to purple fringing; struggles with high contrast scenes. 4) No underwater housing. 5) Pop-up flash is weak-n-wimpy.
Summary: Pros: a. Constant f2.8 from 28mm to 300mm b. Camera automatically goes from EVF to LCD c. Can set metering mode using f2 button Cons: a. Bit dubious construction - great problem closing the battery lid after opening it (and I do this a lot because I don't use wifi to download pictures) b. Way too many controls - the zoom ring also doubles as AF\MF control I seemed to remember being able to change f\stops and speeds with it but now I can't Resetting doesn't help c.
Summary: This a great camera in many ways, but Olympus claims the zoom lens is equivalent to 28mm to 300mm. At 28mm, this camera should show significant wide angle capability, but that is false. This camera has no wide angle capability at all. I compared it to my old SLR film camera with a 50mm standard lens, and the 50mm lens shows a wider image than the Stylus 1 has at its widest.
Summary: The photos that came from the Stylus 1 were perfectly fine. The zoom range, while significant, is not as long as I need for my general purposes. Having said that, I probably would have kept the Stylus 1 if not for two big issues. 1) The overall menu system and structure of the Stylus 1 is among the more complicated I've ever used. And that includes actual DSLRs from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony. You REALLY need to devote quite a bit of time deciphering these menus.
Excerpt: Olympus is my first Camera and introduced me to Digital Photography PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG using OMD EM-1 The best Thing about this camera 0.) Image Quality Super Sharp, Great Saturation even at RAW. Best JPEG Quality like everybody say. Accurate Metering, Lots of details on The Shadows and Highlights even at JPG Best kit lens I ever Had. 1.) Super Fast and Accurate Auto Focus The touch screen interface is just so useful. 2.
Excerpt: I purchased the Stylus 1 to complement my two Canons - a G1X and an SX230HS - with the hope of replacing my SX230HS and giving it to a relative as a gift. I tested the camera alongside my SX230 over the weekend in various shooting situations. Unfortunately, the camera did not meet my needs/expectations and I am returning it. I am going to keep this brief and to the point. What I liked about the camera: (1) Beautiful bright LCD (2) Very nice, useable EVF (3) ...
Summary: I have used DLSR's for years. Bought the Stylus 1 mainly because it shoots raw - I do a LOT of photoshop - and for it's specs on the lens f2.8 all the way through to 300mm (equivalent). I REALLY miss having auto ISO in the 'manual' mode - to me this is the biggest drawback!! Overall sharpness appears to be reasonably good, but I have reservations.
Summary: The Olympus Stylus 1 is a good upgrade for any previous ultra zoom compact camera owner. For us, it was too title too late. We received the camera after having purchased the Canon Rebel SL1, which we love, and the Stylus 1 was just not good enough for us to give up the SL1. Size wise, the Stylus 1 wins hands down but the SL1 wins on performance and easy of use by far.
Pros: Small and light compared to DSLR. Manual Controls. Outstanding electronic view finder and screen. Manual Focus (better than I expected). Long zoom range. Fast auto focus. Better image quality at high ISO than typical point and shoot and phone camera.
Cons: Complicated menus. Minimal touch screen control. Fails to focus on moving objects (3 year old running around). Picks up too much lens focusing noise in video recording.
Mostly great camera but image quality (noise, dynamic range, and chromatic aberration) is not what I hoped for
20 December 2013
Summary: Honestly, I am a bit surprised by the very positive reviews. I am a long time Olympus fan and own multiple of their cameras. I just received the Stylus 1 today and maybe will change my mind; however, so far I am disappointed by the noise even at low ISO settings, the low dynamic range at ISO 400 and above, as well as the chromatic aberration problems. The colours using the automatic white balance are also suboptimal (at least indoors).