Olympus Stylus SP-100 Review

Overall 37
Imaging 11
Features 29
Size 69
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Expands to 12800)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 122 x 91 x 133 mm
  • Weight: 594 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Olympus Stylus SP-100 Summary

This review is devoted to Stylus SP-100 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 29, 2014. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #194 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 37/100 and it takes a rank of #1076 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus Stylus SP-100 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Stylus SP-100 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

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Battery Life: 330 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus Stylus SP-100 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 SP-100. 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 SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100 has the following external dimensions 122 x 122 x 133 mm (48.03 x 35.83 x 52.36″) with the weight of 594 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 SP-100, 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 SP-100 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 133mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus Stylus SP-100 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 SP-100 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 SP-100 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus Stylus SP-100 — 330 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Olympus Stylus SP-100 — 133 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Olympus Stylus SP-100 — 594 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus SP-100 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 SP-100 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 SP-100 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus Stylus SP-100 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus Stylus SP-100 has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 12800.

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus Stylus SP-100. However, if you are looking specifically for a SLR-like (bridge) camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus Stylus SP-100 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" 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 SP-100 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 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus Stylus SP-100 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus Stylus SP-100

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus Stylus SP-100 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

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

The Olympus Stylus SP-100’s embedded viewfinder comes with a resolution of 920k dots.

% coverage ensures that that the resulting photo will capture the scene a bit differently from what you could see in the viewfinder while shooting.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus Stylus SP-100 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/1700 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Stylus SP-100 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/1700 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

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Stylus SP-100 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Stylus SP-100 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 SP-100, 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 SP-100 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Olympus Stylus SP-100 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Olympus Stylus SP-100 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Stylus SP-100 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus Stylus SP-100 provides a shooting life of 330, 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 SP-100 offers the highest battery life that reaches 330 shots.

How Good is Olympus Stylus SP-100 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Stylus SP-100’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus Stylus SP-100’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Stylus SP-100 to the average SuperZoom camera.

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

Olympus Stylus SP-100 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SP-100 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SP-100 can be called a Strong 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 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus SP-100 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SP-100 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 66. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SP-100 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

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

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (122 x 91 x 133 mm)
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus SP-100 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SP-100 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SP-100 can be called a 79 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (122 x 91 x 133 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1700s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (330 shots)

Olympus Stylus SP-100 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SP-100 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SP-100 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 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (594 g)
  • Big size (122 x 91 x 133 mm)

Olympus Stylus SP-100 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SP-100 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 41. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SP-100 can be called a 41 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

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus Stylus SP-100 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model Stylus SP-100
Announced Jan 29, 2014
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 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 920k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1700 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, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO 12,800
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
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 n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port Yes
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 594 g
Physical Dimensions 122 x 91 x 133 mm
Battery Life 330 shots
Battery Type 330 shots
Battery Model LI-92B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage Slots 1

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