Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2013)
Olympus Stylus 1
12MP 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor | 1.44m dot LCD vewfinder | Built-in Wi-Fi
What we like:
- Huge zoom range
- Attractive JPEG output
- Good EVF and handling
What we don't:
- Low light performance
- Limited control over depth-of-field
- Not exactly pocketable
The Stylus 1 is Olympus's flagship compact, and in style at least, has borrowed from the company's excellent OM-D range. While it looks like an interchangeable lens camera, it actually has an enthusiast sensor (1/1.7" type - around one fifth of the size of the OM-D's) and an impressive zoom lens. At 28-300mm equivalent, with a constant F2.8 aperture, it's longer than its rivals, without being significantly slower.
"Simple Wi-Fi and that long, usefully bright lens make the Stylus 1 a compelling option"
The Stylus 1's output offers great color rendition for excellent good-light images but its noise performance isn't stand-out in this class. Overall, the JPEG quality is very high, with only high ISO shots requiring processing from Raw. The camera's handling is very good compared with its peers, with well worked-out, direct control (though it's not quite OM-D standard, despite its appearance).
Simple image transfer via Wi-Fi and that long, usefully bright lens make the Stylus 1 a compelling option as a travel camera, even if its greater bulk undermines its true 'all-rounder' credentials.