Olympus Stylus 1 Review

Overall 46
Imaging 18
Features 55
Size 76
Price 1

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/1.7" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p); high speed: 640 x 480 (120p), 320 x 240 (240p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 116 x 87 x 57 mm
  • Weight: 402 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Olympus 1s.

Olympus Stylus 1 Summary

This review is devoted to Stylus 1 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Nov 25, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

Olympus has replaced this product with their most recent model 1s.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #8 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #274 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus Stylus 1 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Stylus 1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 410 shots

CONs

  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 179
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 25
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus Stylus 1 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus Stylus 1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1 has the following external dimensions 116 x 116 x 57 mm (45.67 x 34.25 x 22.44″) with the weight of 402 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus Stylus 1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus Stylus 1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 57mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus Stylus 1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus Stylus 1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus Stylus 1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus Stylus 1 — 410 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Olympus Stylus 1 — 57 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Olympus Stylus 1 — 402 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus 1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus 1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus Stylus 1 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus Stylus 1 comes with TruePic VI processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus Stylus 1 has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Olympus Stylus 1 features a 12.0 MP 1/1.7" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Olympus Stylus 1, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 51 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Olympus Stylus 1’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus Stylus 1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.7" sensor featured in Olympus Stylus 1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus Stylus 1

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus Stylus 1 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Olympus Stylus 1’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 1,440k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus Stylus 1 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Stylus 1 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Stylus 1 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, Stylus 1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus Stylus 1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus Stylus 1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Olympus Stylus 1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Olympus Stylus 1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Olympus Stylus 1 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Stylus 1 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Stylus 1 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus Stylus 1 provides a shooting life of 410, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Olympus Stylus 1 offers the highest battery life that reaches 410 shots.

How Good is Olympus Stylus 1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Stylus 1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus Stylus 1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Stylus 1 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus Stylus 1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 46. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 1 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus 1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 78. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (116 x 87 x 57 mm)
  • Small 1/1.7"(7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus 1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 1 can be called a 63 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (179)
  • Small battery life (410 shots)

Olympus Stylus 1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (402 g)
  • Big size (116 x 87 x 57 mm)

Olympus Stylus 1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 1 can be called a 70 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (11.6)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (179)

Olympus Stylus 1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model Stylus 1
Announced Nov 25, 2013
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 1,440k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 51
DxO Color Depth 20.7
DxO Dynamic Range 11.6
DxO Low Light ISO 179
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
Sensor Dimensions 7.44 x 5.58 mm
Sensor Area 41.52 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3968 x 2976
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p); high speed: 640 x 480 (120p), 320 x 240 (240p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 402 g
Physical Dimensions 116 x 87 x 57 mm
Battery Life 410 shots
Battery Type 410 shots
Battery Model BLS-5
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots 1

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