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

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II and Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera which both use a 1” type sensor with 2.7x surface area of the sensor in the Stylus 1 make interesting comparisons. The Sony is quite remarkable and even more so when compared with the Nikon. Not only does the Sony have an additional 4-Mpix over the Nikon it has a much higher color sensitivity and a significantly wider DR. The Nikon struggles to outperform the Stylus 1 at base ISO, although it has superior low light capabilities of just over a +1-stop improvement in sensitivity. The Sony is even marginally better than that.   

The Stylus 1 has excellent DR at base ISO compared with the larger sensor in Nikon 1 V2, but it can’t compete with the RX100 II and both sensors outperform the Olympus at higher ISOs.

Both the Sony RX100 II and Nikon 1 V2 sensors have a superior noise response compared with the Stylus 1, but that’s hardly surprising.