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Hands-on with the Olympus Stylus 1

By Barney Britton on Oct 29, 2013 at 05:00 GMT
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Hands-on with the Olympus Stylus 1
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Hands-on with the Olympus Stylus 1

On the rear of the Stylus 1 you'll find a fairly conventional array of controls, centered around a 4-way controller, and a 3-inch 1.04 million-dot touch-sensitive LCD screen. The screen is articulated too, although not fully - it's tiltable, but can't be fully extended (or reversed on itself). 

Olympus is billing the Stylus 1 as its first 'enthusiast, premium compact' with a built-in electronic viewfinder. And it's a pretty impressive one, boasting 1.44 million dots, and 100% field of view (there's really no excuse for anything less in an electronic finder, but we'll let that slide for now). I didn't have much chance to use the Stylus 1 in the confines of a meeting room at PPE, but I found the viewfinder to be pleasantly sharp and detailed. 

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Total comments: 47
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (5 months ago)

Wide angle- that starts at only 28mm. No wide angle adapter/converter. Tele converter makes this thing immense. $700 price for a 1/1.7-inch sensor fixed lens camera is quite ludicrous in late 2013. Does this thing even have a 5-axle image stabilization? Video w. this Stylus is vintage 2005 standard. Hmmm....

0 upvotes
Alejandro del Pielago
By Alejandro del Pielago (5 months ago)

"The Olympus TCON-17X boosts the camera's telephoto reach to 510mm (equivalent) without affecting the maximum aperture of F2.8"... hmmm that sounds too much good; but I need images...

0 upvotes
Lilianna
By Lilianna (5 months ago)

The relatively compact size, excellent EVF and fast Zoom allmakethis an attractive package.If the IQ matches or beast my XZ-1 then I may bite...

0 upvotes
Dougbm_2
By Dougbm_2 (6 months ago)

Maybe Fuji can take a hint from this release and the RX-10 and give us an X30 with a f2.8 25-250 zoom and 2/3 sensor.

And an X200 with a fixed zoom lens (at least 25-75).

2 upvotes
jacketpotato
By jacketpotato (6 months ago)

The only 1/1.7" 28-300 F2.8 ever made

Also compare Sylus 1 small size to Pansonic Fz30/ FZ50 1/1.8" 35-420mm.

0 upvotes
Harold66
By Harold66 (6 months ago)

One thing that I do not get is this silly unfinished-looking silver buttons around the dialpad on the back and for the Fn1 button
Harold

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (6 months ago)

It's bare, polished metal. What's wrong with that? One practical advantage to the "unfinished" silver buttons is that they are much more visible against the black body. Much more visible than black on black. Plus, most black "finished" buttons on today's cameras are black because they are made of black plastic. At least these get their silver color from actually being silver metal buttons! Sure you can paint metal buttons black, but then the paint can chip off. No thanks, I'll take the silver metal buttons.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (6 months ago)

basically a camera should not reflect light as much as possible but the shutter button will be covered while shooting so no issue here.

makers have to make profit and it's the right thing to do as long as there is no performance issue (a bare button may get stained if no one use it or care it).

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Owen
By Owen (6 months ago)

Why does Oly have to make their stuff look like outdated SLRs? My car looks nothing like a Model T.

3 upvotes
likeafoxow
By likeafoxow (6 months ago)

plenty of today's american cars have retro styling with a modern flair. just look at the camaro and mustang.

1 upvote
eivissa1
By eivissa1 (6 months ago)

...so just a few...!

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (6 months ago)

for it targets the users who are less interested in photograph.

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ecm
By ecm (6 months ago)

I might have to give up my Oly C-5060WZ for this baby..... too bad it's not just a little bit more like a brick; it coulda been a contender....

Seriously, though, what a nicely thought out camera; if the images hold up (up to ISO 400 anyways) I might have to give it a go when the price drops a bit.

This camera typifies what I love Olympus for; it's fresh, original thinking, unafraid of those who will poo-poo it for it's modest sensor. It's like a Panasonic FZ-series for the modern age; it will certainly give Canikon a thing or two to think about.....

1 upvote
GeraldW
By GeraldW (6 months ago)

Dear Barney Britten,

Thank you for not calling this a "superzoom"!!! The article by DPR calling the Sony RX10 a "superzoom" confused an already confusing naming structure, and almost immediately, it was being called a superzoom in the Forums.

I think "bridge camera" in the sense in which it was used back in 2004 for the Canon Pro 1 and the Nikon 8700, Sony 828, and Minolta A2, is the most appropriate for the RX10 and for cameras like this one.

1 upvote
ChrisKramer1
By ChrisKramer1 (6 months ago)

A sheep in a wolf's body...

1 upvote
viktoriskra
By viktoriskra (6 months ago)

That's a tad harsh - this is one of the most serious fixed-lens cameras on the market, hence its beefed up ergonomics and styling.

In the right pair of hands, this sheep could be a feisty beast.

3 upvotes
Harold66
By Harold66 (6 months ago)

I agree. In the compact with relatively small sensor size , this is a nice addition and I think with better settings than the sony Rx100 fr those of us who like to control parameters ( manual mode, custom setting ,manual zoom)

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (6 months ago)

a fly in yellowjacket.

0 upvotes
Piggy the bad
By Piggy the bad (6 months ago)

I stopped carrying a dslr when I got an Olly xz-1wiyh vf-2. I thought it would be nice to have a longer zoom and built in vf. Think Olympus have answered my prayers.

3 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (6 months ago)

D600 may be the largest that I can carry around the clock.
anything similar/smaller are okay for me as point&shoot.

0 upvotes
jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (6 months ago)

HAL, open the airlock.
seriously, if this camera were ruggedized/water resistant they might have something here.

1 upvote
JeaPS
By JeaPS (6 months ago)

The name Stylus is associated with weather resistance. Wonder what happened here.

It would be a great buy if it offered weather resistance.

0 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (6 months ago)

This is kind of like a Camedia C-9090 :P .. I like it!

1 upvote
108
By 108 (6 months ago)

The more I look at this camera the more I love it. Should be voted design of the year. Ah Olympus, ever since my first OM1 at the age of 19....Panasonic doesn't even come close. Just from looking at it you know it's quality built. I checked the GX7 the other day at my local store and had the feeling I was holding a cheap lightweight plastic box

1 upvote
Shamael
By Shamael (6 months ago)

It has one thing that Sony RX10 does not have, and it has not one thing that Sony RX10 has. The first is, it has a correct price, the second is an acceptable sensor size, Sony has a correct sensor size and a horrible expensive price, and here it is just the other way around, acceptable price and a horrible sensor size. In some way, both cameras are just to forget, unless you want a correct priced camera and you take the disadvantage of the small sensor, or you take a better sensor and take in account the horrible price to pay for it. There is a third choice, forget them both, and I think it's the best choice you can do.

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T3
By T3 (6 months ago)

Life is full of compromise, pal. If you sit around waiting for the perfect combination of everything, you'll be sitting around waiting quite a lot. And you'll miss a lot of pictures, too.

4 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (6 months ago)

It's almost as if putting a sensor twice the size in a superzoom makes it more expensive...

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
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BeyondPluto
By BeyondPluto (6 months ago)

What a strange creature. And at about the same price, I can't imagine choosing this over the newly released Panasonic GM1 with compact kit zoom.

1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (6 months ago)

There's a big difference between 64mm and 300mm, if you need tele reach in a compact body you're not going to get it with an ILC.

0 upvotes
Wim1964
By Wim1964 (6 months ago)

And there's the viewfinder....

0 upvotes
rpm40
By rpm40 (6 months ago)

They aren't even close to similar cameras. No point in comparing them.

0 upvotes
Kirppu
By Kirppu (6 months ago)

Mixed bag of toughts here.
Nice compact cam and all in one solution with small sensor. Doesn't stop you from taking good photos. But the price, totally personal point of a view is that II would not buy this camera for the realease price.

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T3
By T3 (6 months ago)

I can't imagine even comparing the two because they are very types of cameras. Plus, have you sized and priced what a constant aperture 28-300 zoom would be like for the GM1?

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Mikity
By Mikity (6 months ago)

I like this new format! Big pictures, and small paragraphs of text :) Thanks DPR...

1 upvote
CBuff
By CBuff (6 months ago)

Keep pushing it.. no more text please! Who needs specifications, opinions ? Just pictures! Oh, and double-post the pics directly on flickr ;-)

Laziness is taking us all onto new heights ! The 5 symptoms of laziness:
1.

1 upvote
Dougbm_2
By Dougbm_2 (6 months ago)

This does seem overshadowed by the RX10 and even bridge zooms such as the FZ200. I wonder who will buy this?

1 upvote
T3
By T3 (6 months ago)

The Stylus 1 is significantly more compact than both the RX10 and FZ200. If you want an ultra compact bridge zoom, the Stylus definitely has these other two cameras beat in the size department.

Stylus 1 vs RX10:
http://camerasize.com/compare/#494,489

Stylus 1 vs FZ200:
http://camerasize.com/compare/#494,349

2 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (6 months ago)

Thanks for those links, they truly are in vastly different size classes.

So many choices these days, there is a tool for every single purpose out there right now.

Now all I need is to win the lotto so that I can hoard a slew of these nifty new tools!

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tron555
By tron555 (6 months ago)

@T3... unfortunately, the size and efficiency of the sensor matters more that a few centimeters of the camera size. If Oly could have designed the camera with at least a 2/3-1/1.2" sensor, it would/could have been a LOT better and a possible consideration!!! :-(

http://images.gizmag.com/inline/camera-sensor-size-12.jpg

If Sony can do it with a 1", why can't Oly?! Also, that Huge hump makes it look ridiculous for a P&S. Put a flush mount one on the left side :/

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rpm40
By rpm40 (6 months ago)

It's half the size, and more importantly, half the price- so anyone who doesn't want to spend $1300 on a superzoom might...

2 upvotes
tron555
By tron555 (6 months ago)

Just saying that it would have been nice to see at least a new, more efficient 2/3" sensor instead of the small 1/1.7". I also thing the RX10 should only cost $8-850 and the Stylus 1 more like $600 in a smaller/lighter package, rear/flush mount EVF without that HUGE hump. Too expensive and too big IMHO.

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Peter Lacus
By Peter Lacus (6 months ago)

"If Oly could have designed the camera with at least a 2/3-1/1.2" sensor, it would/could have been a LOT better "
and a LOT BIGGER - there's no such thing as a free lunch, bigger sensor means bigger lens unless you know how to avoid the laws of optics... and more glass usually means higher price as well

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deep7
By deep7 (6 months ago)

You could throw the Canon G1X into the mix. Less zoom range and slower lens but similar size and way bigger sensor, even than the Sony. Compromises galore...

2 upvotes
T3
By T3 (6 months ago)

@ tron555 - you may think the Stylus 1 is ridiculous, but I definitely appreciate diversity in the market. This camera may not suit you, but it will suit plenty of other people. Yes, we are all aware of sensor size. (Thanks, Einstein! LOL. You made yourself look like a fool, pointing out that different sensor sizes exist. Wow, who knew? LOL.) Every camera has some compromise associated with it. You weigh the options, then make your choice. Your choice may be different than the next guy.

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Dougbm_2
By Dougbm_2 (6 months ago)

"The Olympus TCON-17X isn't a new product, but it's compatible with the Stylus 1 and when attached using the CLA-12 adapter it boosts the camera's telephoto reach to 510mm (equivalent) without effecting the maximum aperture of F2.8. That's the good thing…"

You mean "without affecting…"

2 upvotes
shnikus
By shnikus (6 months ago)

just in time for Halloween :)

2 upvotes
Spectro
By Spectro (6 months ago)

looks like a transformer

2 upvotes
Total comments: 47