Olympus Stylus 1 sensor review

By Kevin Carter - Friday, February 21, 2014

Camera Review
Introduction | Olympus Stylus 1 sensor performance: Slightly below par low light score | Olympus Stylus 1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7800 vs Canon PowerShot G16: Comparable image quality | Olympus Stylus 1 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX 100 II vs Nikon 1 V2 | Conclusion
Olympus Stylus 1 sensor review

Bearing a striking resemblance to the firm’s hugely popular mirrorless OM-D E-M5 the Stylus 1 is in fact a high-end digital compact camera complete with EVF and a high speed constant aperture 28-300mm equivalent zoom. Is it enough to compete with rival offerings and reclaim some of the market share taken by camera-phones? Read on to find out how well it performs.

Like other camera makers Olympus are concentrating on high-end models to distinguish them from the more capable camera phones. Viewed from the front, top and rear this new compact camera even resembles the firm’s popular OM-D E-M5 mirrorless model. It doesn’t have interchangeable lenses but it features an 6-64mm (28-300mm equivalent) f2.8 constant aperture zoom lens, which is longer than most rivals in this category while still being regarded a high-speed lens even if it’s slower at the shorter end.

Like other models aimed at enthusiasts it has a 12-Mpix 1/1.7” type (5.6 x 7.4mm) BSI CMOS sensor. Although not as large as the 1” type sensor found on the Sony enthusiast compacts and the Nikon 1 mirrorless models, the 1/1.7” is larger than most found on digital compacts.

As well as the unusual inclusion of a hi-resolution 1.4M-dot EVF, the Stylus 1 can boast of a 3-inch tilt and touch sensitive rear screen, as well as built-in Wi-Fi for image capture and sharing from a smartphone. It also features the hybrid control ring borrowed from the Stylus XZ models and hot-shoe plus users can benefit from the huge zoom range when capturing full-HD video.  It’s available now at $699 

Key specifications:

  • 12-Mpix 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor
  • 10.7x i.Zuiko optical zoom Lens (28-300mm equiv)
  • F2.8 Constant Aperture
  • Super Macro Mode with 2" Minimum Focus
  • 1.4M-dot High-res EVF with proximity sensor
  • 3.0" 1.04M-dot tilt & touchscreen LCD
  • Full 1080p HD video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Hybrid control ring and built-in lens cover
  • Built-in Flash & hot shoe

Olympus Stylus 1 sensor performance: Slightly below par low light score

Olympus Stylus 1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7800 vs Canon PowerShot G16: Comparable image quality

Olympus Stylus 1 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX 100 II vs Nikon 1 V2 

Conclusion