The Stylus 1 features a compact i.Zuiko optical zoom lens with a constant f/2.8 max aperture throughout the full 10.7x zoom range. With a 35mm of equivalent of 28mm-300mm, this lens will satisfy your needs in any situation and in just about any lighting condition. Olympus also offers a 1.7x tele-converter, the TCON-17x, which extends the zoom range from 300mm to 510mm while maintaining the f/2.8 aperture. Assisting you in keeping your low-light images crisp is a mechanical lens-shift image stabilization system. When the camera is turned off, it retracts into the body and the flaps around the lens close over it for protection.
Capturing the images for the Stylus 1 is a 1/1.7-inch, 12-Megapixel BSI CMOS imaging sensor. This Backside Illuminated sensor provides excellent low-light performance that further enhances the already fantastic low-light capabilities provided by the lens and I.S. systems. Plus, the sensor is larger than the typical 1/2.3-inch sensor found in other super-zoom cameras, which will also lend to improved image quality.
Small but mighty, the built-in flash unit has a range of up to 10.3m (T) at ISO 1600. It operates in Auto, off, Red-Eye reduction as well as fully adjustable manual settings from Full power down to 1/128. The Stylus 1 also features 4-channel wireless control, allowing you to use the FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-14, FL-300R or FL-600R external flash units for more advanced lighting setups.
If you wish to have a more powerful on-board flash, Olympus has built-in a hot-shoe feature as well. This could also provide power to a future external microphone to increase audio quality.
For a complete dSLR feel from this compact camera, the high definition EVF features 1.44-million dots of resolution and offers all of the same features and information that you will find on the LCD. This allows you to completely view the final result of your images before you fully press the shutter. An eye-level sensor turns the LCD screen off and turns on the EVF when the camera is put up to your eye. You can also press the Monitor button shown to the right.
For shooting in tough situations or around objects; the 3.0-inch, 1040k dot touch and tilting LCD will get the job done. It is also great for viewing images in the field. Its touch controls are sensitive and easy to use, adding another dimension to the camera's easy operation.
On the left side of the camera you will find the mode dial on top, and down the front of the lens you will also find the flash release and a zoom lever. This provides a dSLR-like feel, having the zoom control around the lens.
On the right side you have the Fn2 and switch on the bottom by the lens. On top of the camera is a command dial, shutter release coupled by 2nd zoom control, power button and the dedicated video recording button.
On the back of the camera you have the Fn1 button at the top above the thumb grip. Below is the playback button, 4-way controller, menu and INFO buttons. The 4-way controller acts as a set of shortcuts to the exposure compensation, flash, burst shooting and focus area control.
On the right side of the camera you will find its two I/O ports. Hidden behind a small door, you will find a high-speed USB port as well as a HDMI output. These allow you to hook up to a computer, printer or any HDTV, as long as you have the proper cable.
Your captured images are stored on a SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. The Stylus 1 can handle UHS-1 memory cards as well as Eye-Fi cards.The camera is shown here with the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 8GB SDHC card that was used in the testing of the camera.
Powering the Stylus 1 is a 7.2V, 1150mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This larger battery is usually found in larger cameras, so it provides plenty of juice to keep you shooting with all of the powerful features. It can allow the camera to capture up to 410 images on a single charge, which is an excellent life for a compact camera not featuring an optical viewfinder. Also shown above is the portable quick charger included with the camera.