With the rapid collapse of the compact camera market that was once considered the best, many manufacturers are on the lookout for new markets. The customers are on the lookout for real cameras along with their smart phones. With many cameras getting smarter and entering the arena, it is essential for a user to get more than what s/he pays for. Olympus Stylus 1 fits into that category.
Perhaps one of the most compact cameras available in the market, the Olympus Stylus 1 features a 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that is similar to that used in the XZ-2. This camera features one of the longest zoom ranges found on a camera. The camera has a 1/1.7”type sensor. Its 28-300 mm lens is pretty interesting. With an F2.8 maximum aperture, the camera makes a handy companion. The camera has a built in 3EV Neutral Density filer and its ISO ranges from 100 to 12800. It’s no surprise that this camera has the touch of the latest features. The camera features in-built Wi-Fi with smart phone control.
The camera shares most of its features from the PEN series cameras. The Wi-Fi works with iOS and Android devices. It can also connect with various other devices and can share images by downloading the app.
Design and Display:
The Stylus 1 has an OM-D-esque design that takes a little risk of being a little misleading - not just by potentially diluting the public perception of the Micro Four Thirds cameras, but also because the Stylus's control method owes more to the XZ-2 than the E-M5. The camera has click/free dial around the lens to handle its primary control. There is also a second dial on top of the camera. This does the same things as the small, fiddly and imprecise rear dial on the XZ-2, but is very much more usable, giving the camera a true twin-dial interface. However, the camera lacks the ability to directly access the AF point selection.
As far as the display goes, this camera has a 1.04M dot 3”tilting touch screen rear LCD panel. Also included is a 1.44M dot LCD Electronic Viewfinder that is adapted from the E-M5, and which with its 1.44M dot resolution and 0.58x magnification, is larger and sharper than almost any other 'super zoom' cameras. This camera comes with SD/SDHC/SDXC card compatibility and has plenty of connectivity options such as, USB 2.0, HDMI, Wireless, and Remote control. The body of this camera is not environmentally sealed, but it can be used outdoors during pleasant conditions. With a magnesium alloy finish and 116 x 87 x 57 mm measurement along with 402 grams weight, the Stylus 1 is a pretty good camera.
The camera comes with a BLS-5 Lithium-ion battery pack and charger. The estimated life of the battery when charged is around 410 shots (CIPA).
The Olympus Stylus 1 makes a great and handy super zoom camera with plenty of exciting features.