Olympus STYLUS 1 Review

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Review posted 1/6/2014

Quick Take
Pros
  • iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Performance is better than most compacts of the market
  • Excellent overall image quality 
  • Outstanding low-light performance from sensor, lens and image stabilization
  • Easy to see and operate 3.0-inch Tilting Touch LCD screen
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Great and fun extra features
  • HDMI output allows you to view your images and video on any HDTV
Cons
  • Camera avoids using the flash if possible, raising ISO levels
  • Higher noise than we'd like to see at ISO 1600 and above
  • Weak Pop-up flash
  • High price tag is not for most people
Bottom Line
The Olympus Stylus 1 combines a fantastic feature set with excellent image quality and performance to create a compact camera that you will have to get your hands on. Although you may want to put it back down after seeing the $700 dollar price tag. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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During the fall of 2013, Olympus announced their new STYLUS 1; an "enthusiast" compact camera designed for semi-pros who need an all-in-one with manual controls and a quality lens. The STYLUS 1 boasts a newly developed, ultra-slim 10.7x i.ZUIKO zoom lens with a constant f2.8 aperture, built-in VCM image stabilization, Macro Shot capabilities as close as 2-inches, and a 28-300mm 35mm equivalency. 

In addition to quality glass, Olympus gives the new STYLUS 1 a 12.0-megapixel 1/1.7-inch high-sensitivity backlit CMOS sensor and same TruePic VI image processor used in the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Together, this sensor and processor should be fast and and accurate, even in lower lighting conditions. The SYTLUS 1 not only shoots Full HD 1080p video, but also has two Slow Motion modes capable of recording 120 and 240 frames-per-second.

A Hybrid Control Ring, similar to the XZ-2 iHS, is at the heart of the 1's manual operation. Basically, the control ring can -- in digital mode -- handles fine zooming and manual focus; or -- in analog mode -- users can adjust aperture, shutter speed, and other settings. There are also two customizable Function buttons, a built-in flash, a side zoom lever with variable speeds, and a hot shot for optional accessories.
 
Like most 2013 cameras, the STYLUS 1 includes built-in Wi-Fi. Users should first download the free Olympus Image Share 2.1 app for smartphones. Then, it's easy to sync the phone to the camera by scanning the QR code on the camera's LCD. This allows users to wirelessly adjust camera settings, depress the shutter, operate in Live Bulb mode, or simply use the smartphone as an external Live View display. Pretty cool stuff.
 
Olympus STYLUS 1 Features
  • 12.0-megapixel 1/1.7-inch high-sensitivity backlit CMOS sensor
  • TruePicVI image processor
  • 10.7x  high-power i.ZUIKO lens 
    • 28-300mm 35mm-equivalent
    • constant f2.8 brightness 
  • 3.0-inch tilt-able LCD touchscreen monitor (1.04M dots)
  • Electronic View Finder (1.44M dots)
  • Fast Touch Auto Focus
  • VCM Image Stabilization
  • Macro Shots as closes as 2-inches
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording with Stereo Sound
  • High-Speed Movie Recording (aka, Slow Motion)
    • 120 frames-per-second
    • 240 frames-per-second
  • 11 Art Filters
  • 5 Art Effects
  • Photo Story (still photos in prepared layouts)
  • RAW Capable
  • Hot Shoe
  • Built-in Flash
  • Hybrid Control Ring  
    • Zoom
    • Manual Focus
    • Aperture
    • Shutter Speed
  • Side Zoom Lever
  • Built-in ND Filter
  • Wi-Fi
    • Works with Olympus Image Share 2.1 Smartphone App 
  • Compatible with Optional Accessories:
    • EP-11 eyecut
    • A full-body jacket
    • CLA-13 Converter Adapter for the TCON-17x 1.7x Teleconverter Lens

The Olympus STYLUS 1 is available now with a $699.99 MSRP. Click on our buy button to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • STYLUS 1 Camera Body
  • Automatic Lens cap
  • Eyecup (EP-14)
  • BLS-5
  • BCS-5
  • USB cable
  • Shoulder strap
  • CD-ROM (OLYMPUS Viewer3)
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty card

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