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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