Olympus Stylus 1 First Impressions Review
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|The mode dial has the usual PASM modes, alongside two user-programmable memory positions (C1 and C2). You can also access Art Filters, Scene modes, Olympus's composite image 'Picture Story', or simply turn the camera to full auto.
Here you can also see one of the openings for the camera's stereo microphones, next to the 'S' position.
|The Stylus 1's second command dial is placed in a very E-M5-like position on the top plate, next to the shutter release and zoom lever.
The camera's second microphone is just visible top left here.
|The Stylus 1 has an autofocus illuminator lamp on its front plate to aid focusing in low light. It can be turned off in the menus if you prefer.
Thankfully the samples of the Stylus 1 we've used for this preview seem free of the low-light AF problems that plague the XZ-2.
|The switch at the bottom of the lens surround switches the mode of the lens control ring, from clicked to click-less (for focusing and zooming).
The Fn2 button in its center gives quick access to a key camera functions.
|A standard Olympus hot shoe sits atop the viewfinder housing. It can accept a range of units from the small fixed-head FL-14 to the large powerful FL-50R, with the compact FL-300R being perhaps the best-matched for size.|
|The built-in flash pops up from in front of the hot shoe. As usual for a compact camera it's not especially powerful, but its trump card is the ability to control Olympus's 'R' type flashguns wirelessly.
The flash is released by a sliding switch on the side of the lens throat, just visible at the bottom of this picture.
Here's a closer look at that flash release switch. Below it is a sliding zoom lever on the side of the lens throat.
These are popular on superzoom cameras, as they allow zooming during movie recording without pulling the whole camera left or right (which can happen when using levers around the shutter button).
|Here's the other zoom lever, which surrounds the shutter button, and is arguably better-placed for stills work.
Beside the shutter button are the red video record button, and the conveniently-placed power button. The customizable Fn1 button sits behind these on the camera's sloping shoulder, recessed into a circular surround which you can see here at the top left.
|That Fn1 button can be assigned a variety of functions, including autofocus lock, depth of field preview, and one-touch white balance.|
|A cluster of buttons on the back beside the LCD are used to call up and navigate the camera's menus, change settings and display screens, and give access to shooting functions.
The 'arrow' keys on the 4-way controller give access to (clockwise from top): exposure compensation (useful when the front dial is being used for zoom or manual focus), flash mode, drive / self timer, and focus area selection. The OK button on the center confirms selections and settings.
Above these is the play button, with the menu button directly the below towards the base of the camera.
The 'Info' button switches between live view and playback screens, often functions as a 'back' button during menu operations, and occasionally invokes secret codes to access well-hidden functions like the camera's highlight and shadow tone curve controls.
|The Stylus 1's connectors are placed behind a sprung plastic cover on the handgrip. At the top is Olympus's standard but proprietary) USB connector, which also accepts the RM-UC1 electronic release (or any of its countless third party clones).
Beneath this is a micro-HDMI port for playback of movies and images on a TV.
|In a move that's sure to please many existing Olympus users, the Stylus 1 employs the BLS-5 battery that was used widely in the company's older PEN models and smaller Four Thirds SLRs.
This comparatively large battery helps the Stylus 1 offer an unusually high (for this type of camera) 410 shots per charge, when measured using CIPA's standard test methods.
|As is common with small cameras, the tripod socket sits off-center with the lens and very close to the base compartment door. As you might have guessed, this means that you can't access the battery or memory card while the camera is on a tripod.|