Stylus 1by Olympus

  • Stylus 1
  • Stylus 1
  • Stylus 1
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
84%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Stylus 1's fast f/2.8 28-300mm fixed zoom lens allows you to frame a wide range of shots.
  • The reliable 35-point autofocus system delivers sharp pictures.
  • A tilting LCD lets you hold camera at angles for more creativity in composing pictures.

CONS

  • Noise at high ISO levels affects your ability to take photos in low-light conditions without a flash.
  • The lens is not as wide at the low end of zoom as some competitors.
  • The Stylus 1 is pricey, but the high-quality viewfinder and the 28-300 mm lens is sufficient justification for the price.
With the Stylus 1, Olympus seeks to sate the hunger of shutterbugs who want DSLR features but don't want to give up the compactness of a point-and-shoot camera. This model, which can fit in a coat pocket, bristles with features and contains high-quality components that will stoke the enthusiasm of many enthusiast shooters, including a fast f/2.8 fixed 28-300 mm lens, tilting touch screen and a quality electronic viewfinder. The Stylus 1 supports Wi-Fi and has a unique lens cover so you never need to worry about losing a lens cap.
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Techwalla Score
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List Price$700$499$700$600
90%

It's also nice to see a respectable battery life figure from an enthusiast compact - I'm happy to take a slight size hit if it means I don't…

It's also nice to see a respectable battery life figure from an enthusiast compact - I'm happy to take a slight size hit if it means I don't have to worry about whether I've charged and brought a spare.

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The design manages to be functional and classy at the same time, closely mimicking DSLRs in general...

The design manages to be functional and classy at the same time, closely mimicking DSLRs in general...

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Here's a feature we're excited about -- sophisticated Wi-Fi controls in a compact camera.

Here's a feature we're excited about -- sophisticated Wi-Fi controls in a compact camera.

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The Stylus 1 has a unique lens cover; the always-on cap... has four hinged doors that automatically open as the lens extends. You won't have…

The Stylus 1 has a unique lens cover; the always-on cap... has four hinged doors that automatically open as the lens extends. You won't have to worry about capping and uncapping, and there's no danger of misplacing the cap when shooting.

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The STYLUS 1...cleverly disables the eye sensor when the screen is flipped-out, preventing it from turning the screen off when the camera is…

The STYLUS 1...cleverly disables the eye sensor when the screen is flipped-out, preventing it from turning the screen off when the camera is held close to your body.

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80%

Compact cameras with fast lenses and large sensors are plentiful these days, but few of them zoom much beyond the 100mm mark. On top of that…

Compact cameras with fast lenses and large sensors are plentiful these days, but few of them zoom much beyond the 100mm mark. On top of that, when they are zoomed in, the lenses can get significantly slower. That's not the case with the new Olympus Stylus 1.

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But what it does offer is features by the boat load. It's rare a compact comes loaded with such a quality electronic viewfinder which is fur…

But what it does offer is features by the boat load. It's rare a compact comes loaded with such a quality electronic viewfinder which is further justification for the price tag and there's nothing else out there with a 28-300mm f/2.8 equivalent lens at this sort of scale.

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The LCD is also a touchscreen, and you can tap to focus or tap to shutter anywhere onscreen, or use it to slide between photos during playba…

The LCD is also a touchscreen, and you can tap to focus or tap to shutter anywhere onscreen, or use it to slide between photos during playback or make edits. Beyond that there’s little you can do.

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The Olympus Stylus 1 is solidly built. The body’s shell is solid metal alloy, while the various controls located around the camera body feel…

The Olympus Stylus 1 is solidly built. The body’s shell is solid metal alloy, while the various controls located around the camera body feel securely mounted and offer a good level of feedback.

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Olympus is aiming the Stylus 1 at photographers who want to take their photography seriously, but who want an alternative to a bulky SLR or …

Olympus is aiming the Stylus 1 at photographers who want to take their photography seriously, but who want an alternative to a bulky SLR or a CSC with a collection of lenses.

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