Olympus Stylus 1s Review

Overall 44
Imaging 15
Features 61
Size 76
Price 100

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)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 116 x 87 x 57 mm
  • Weight: 402 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Olympus 1.

Olympus Stylus 1s Summary

This review is devoted to Stylus 1s that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Apr 13, 2015. 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.

This is an upgraded model that Olympus released to replace their older product 1.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #34 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #462 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus Stylus 1s Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Stylus 1s 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
  • Number Of Focus Points: 35
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 450 shots

CONs

  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus Stylus 1s 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 1s. 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 1s

Olympus Stylus 1s 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 1s, 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 1s 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 1s 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 1s 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 1s compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus Stylus 1s — 450 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

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

Weight

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

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus 1s 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 1s 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 1s Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus Stylus 1s 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 1s 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 1s 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus Stylus 1s 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 1s with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus Stylus 1s

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus Stylus 1s 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 1s’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 1s are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Stylus 1s 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 1s 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 1s 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 1s, 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 1s allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

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

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

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus Stylus 1s provides a shooting life of 450, 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 1s offers the highest battery life that reaches 450 shots.

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

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

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

Olympus Stylus 1s for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 1s performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 1s 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 1s for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 1s performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 78. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 1s 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 1s for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 1s performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 1s can be called a 62 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 (35)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)
  • Small battery life (450 shots)

Olympus Stylus 1s for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 1s performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 1s 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 1s for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 1s performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 1s can be called a 60 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:

  • 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 Max Native ISO (12800)

Olympus Stylus 1s Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model Stylus 1s
Announced Apr 13, 2015
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 10.3
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 No
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 35
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
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 450 shots
Battery Type 450 shots
Battery Model BLS-50
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots 1

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