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Olympus Stylus 1 Review

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Introduction

The Olympus Stylus 1 is a new entry in the advanced compact digital camera category aimed at photographers. It is built around slightly-larger-than-average 10 megapixels CCD sensor paired with an ultra-bright F/1.8 wide-angle 4X optical zoom lens. The zoom range is equivalent to 28-112mm and features a variable F/1.8-2.5 aperture.

The Stylus 1 is a full-featured digital camera with plenty of manual controls and efficient controls, including dual-control dials and a mode-dial. Manual-controls include PASM exposure modes, manual focus, custom white-balance with 2-axis fine-tuning, choice of metering patterns and bracketing for exposure and white-balance. The Olympus Stylus 1 also supports external flashes via its hot-shoe, something very rare among compact digital cameras. The hot-shoe has a connector for an EVF, the same one used for its SLD cameras.

The CCD sensor used in the Olympus Stylus 1 has a large ISO range from 100 to 6400, all at full-resolution. It also captures 720p HD video at 30 FPS. The camera has a built-in mono microphone but the extra hot-shoe connector also supports an external stereo microphone. Continuous shooting at 2 FPS is available at 10 megapixels with increased speeds up to 15 FPS available at 1 megapixel.

This feature set is ideal for photographers looking for a second light-weight camera to keep with but still be able to shoot creatively. It is also excellent for people wanting to learn photography without spending on an ILC and lenses.

Capability - What can it do?

The Olympus Stylus 1 is one of the most versatile fixed-lens digital cameras around. The extensive feature set is suitable for most photography subjects. Its combined bright constant maximum aperture and ISO range lets the Stylus 1 shoot hand-held in relatively low-light without being forced to stay at wide-angle. The shutter-speed range is favorable to shooting at night from a tripod and capture light-trails for up to 15 minutes. In this review section, we describe each important feature and what it implies.

12 Megapixels CMOS Sensor

With 12 megapixels, this camera is suitable for sharp prints up to 12x16" as long as the ISO is kept low enough to prevent noise from destroying details. The 1/1.7" CMOS used is slightly larger than a typical compact camera sensor, with a crop-factor of 4.7X rather than 5.6X. With a larger sensor and lower resolution than most recent cameras, the Stylus 1 gets larger photosites to keep noise relatively low and increase dynamic-range.

Olympus Stylus 1

Stabilized 10.7X Wide-Angle F/2.8 Optical Zoom Lens

The 10.7X optical zoom range, equivalent to 28-300mm in 35mm-terms, is suitable for most subjects. Near the wide-end, it can be used for architecture and interiors as long as they are not too large. The long end allows for candid street photography, spectator sports and even some wildlife photography. The built-in 5-axis image-stabilization system compensates for small involuntary movements of the photographer to capture still subjects when light is low.

The constant and relatively bright F/2.8 aperture is extremely impressive considering the size of this camera. A reach of 300mm with F/2.8 is quite rare and would be quite heaver on an interchangeable lens camera. Only a few much larger ultra-zooms can do it.

ISO 100-12800 Range

This wide ISO range covers bright to rather dim lighting conditions. This is typical of modern cameras which is accompanied by a reduction of image quality as ISO increases. The CMOS used in the Stylus 1 makes more of this range usable than usual, as some models have ISO settings which are unusable.

Olympus Stylus 1

1/2000-60s Shutter-Speeds & 3-Stop ND Filter

The shutter-speed range is wider than most digital cameras and covers both action and night photography. The maximum shutter-speed of 1/2000 can freeze all but fast motorized sports. The Stylus 1 would rarely need to go any faster in bright light unless shooting straight into the sun thanks to its optional neutral density filter.

With slow shutter-speeds reaching 60s until the top ISO of 12800, the Stylus 1 can shoot in very low-light. A one minute exposure is long enough to nicely photograph light trails of moving vehicles. The built-in 3-stop ND filter allows this camera to shoot at slower shutter-speeds for creative photography, reducing the sensitivity down an equivalent of ISO 12.

This Olympus also allows for Bulb exposures, something which is extremely rare among fixed-lens cameras. Exposures of up to 15 minutes are possible. This is useful for capturing sparks and astro-photography.

White-Balance

The Stylus 1 is equipped with numerous and detailed white-balance controls. There is an automatic (AWB) setting, 6 presetsDaylight, Shade, Cluody, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, a Kelvin setting and two custom white-balance memories. All settings except Kelvin can be fine-tuned along 2-axis in 15-steps. Each step is fine and allows precise control over color rendition. There is also WB Bracketing which can vary white-balance along one or two axis with 3 steps along each. This means that either 3 or 9 files are produced from a single release of the shutter. There are 3 step sizes which can be chosen independently on each axis.

Customizable Image Parameters

The Olympus Stylus 1 has 5 Picture Modes which affects how it renders colors and details: iEnhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted and Portrait. Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation are controllable in 5-steps. There is also a Gradation option which can be set to Normal, Low Key, High Key or Auto. There is also a Monotone mode, along with a number of artistic filters.

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Exposure Modes

All PASM exposure modes are available and dual-controls dials are there to set them efficiently. Two Custom memories are there to save user settings. There also 12 Scene modes plus an Automatic mode, called iAuto. Two scene modes are worth noting: Panorama and Multiple-Exposure.

Panorama mode locks exposure and displays a guide to align multiple images. Unlike with the XZ-2, there is no automatic merging, but more shots are possible with the Stylus 1. Multiple-Exposure produces a single image from two separate exposures. After the first shot is taken, it appears superimposed over the preview to align the second shot. The blended results are saved when the second shot is taken.

Metering & Exposure Compensation

There are 5 metering modes on Olympus Stylus 1: Multi-Segment (ESP), Center-Weighed, Spot, Highlight Spot and Shadow Spot. The first 3 are the most common modes among advanced cameras. The availability of the Spot option allows to precisely select the mid-tone from a scene. The last two are unique to Olympus and allow to meter using a highlight or shadow, rather than a mid-tone.

Metering can be adjusted by ±3 stops, in 1/3 steps with Exposure-Compensation (EC) or Flash-Compensation (FC). The EC range is standard on modern cameras. The FC range is much more than usual though.

The Stylus 1 offers Auto-Exposure Bracketing (AEB). It takes 2 or 3 consecutive shots, one normal, one under- exposed and one over-exposed. The ordering cannot be changed to a more natural, under-normal-over. The increments between exposures is controllable from 1/3 to 1 EVs in 1/3 increments. There are options for AEB, WB, FL, ISO and ART bracketing.

Olympus Stylus 1

Continuous Drive & Self-Timers

There are a good number of Self-Timer options with fixed options for 2s and 12s delays. The custom Self-Timer captures up to 10 images with a selectable delay from 1 to 30 seconds and interval of ½s to 3s.

The continuous drive runs at 7 FPS. It can capture an impressive 70 JPEG images or 25 RAW files in a single burst, assuming a sufficiently fast card. This rivals even advanced DSLRs in terms of buffering.

Autofocus & Manual Focus

The Olympus Stylus 1 has 5 focus modes:

  • Autofocus: This is a standard single-shot (AF-S) mode which locks focus with a half-press of the shutter. The camera stops to focus as soon at it locks. All digital cameras at least support this.
  • Macro: This is simply a version of AF-S which lets the camera focus closer at any focal-length. Almost every camera has a mode like this and is mostly there to speed up standard autofocus mode.
  • Continuous: This continuous (AF-C) mode constantly adjusts focus within an area.
  • Tracking: This is a Subject Tracking AF-C mode. It uses the entire focusing range, so can focus at macro distances as well.
  • Manual Focus: The focus distance is set manually in MF mode. There is a rough scale to indicate distance, plus a magnified to assist focusing. The front ring or rear vertical directions of the 4-way controller can be used to set the focus-distance.

Autofocus can automatically choose among 28 focus points or the point can be manually selected. In Tracking AF-C mode, the selected point is used to lock initial focus but the camera tracks a subject even if it moves to another focus area.

Built-In Flash & Hot-Shoe

This digital camera has a built-in flash, set free via a mechanical release. Keeping the flash down, prevents the camera from using it in all modes. The flash range is an incredible 10.3 meters throughout the zoom range! It has Auto, Redeye, Fill, Fill & Redeye and Off flash modes. Flash can also be manually controlled between full and 1/64 power.

There is a standard hot-shoe which naturally supports external lighting. Although it is compatible with an add-on flash, most such flashes are much heavier than the Stylus 1 and we suspect people will prefer to use a remote-trigger instead.

Connectivity & Power

There is a built-in WiFi function in the Stylus 1. It also sports a Micro-HDMI slot and USB 2.0 connection. WiFi can be used both to transfer images and control the camera.

The Olympus Stylus 1 support SDXC memory cards. For HD video, a fast card is recommended. The camera is powered by a small proprietary lithium-ion battery which gives it a battery-life of 410 shots according to the CIPA standard. This is more or less average these days.

Olympus Stylus 1
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Olympus 1 Facts

Medium digital camera
12 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 100-12800
10.7X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-60s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.44" Built-in EVF 1.4 Megapixels (1.15X)Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
2 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
7 FPS Drive, 70 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3" LCD 1 Megapixels
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