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Olympus Stylus 1 Compact Launched

Olympus Stylus 1 Compact Launched - Olympus has launched a new compact camera that is styled like the OM-D and features a 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Olympus Stylus 1
Price : £400
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Stylus 1
Olympus has announced the launch of a new premium compact camera styled on the OM-D range. 

The Stylus 1 features a DSLR look and feel, and a slim, full range constant aperture i.ZUIKO Digital lens which produces excellent image quality and brightness. It also features the same electronic viewfinder featured on the OM-D E-M5

Olympus say the camera combines a larger high quality sensor with a versatile zoom and full manual control yet remains truly pocketable. It features a 10.7x optical zoom, as well as an f/2.8 aperture. 

Olympus Stylus 1 Key Features: 

  • 12 megapixel BSI 1/1.7inch CMOS sensor
  • i.Zuiko Digital 10.7x optical zoom lens
  • 28-300mm equivalent, f/2.8, ZERO coating
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3inch tilting touch screen, 1040k dots
  • Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), 1.44million dots
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • Fn1, Fn2 function buttons
  • P,A,S,M shooting modes
  • Analogue / Digital Hybrid Control Ring
  • Wi-Fi and remote operation
  • 11 Art Filters and 5 different frame / art effects
  • 1080p Full HD Movie with sound and high-speed movie recording (120fps/240fps)
  • ISO 100- 12800
  • 7fps continuous shooting, 200 shots
The Stylus 1 will be priced at £549.99, and will be available in classic black from late November 2013.
Olympus DI STYLUS 1 Black Rear
From Olympus: 
Ambitious photographers demand excellent picture quality. One look at the STYLUS 1 spec sheet and you know you’ve found it. Despite a casing depth of just 52mm, it has a brand new 28-300mm* high-power i.ZUIKO DIGTAL lens that offers a constant 1:2.8 aperture from wide to telephoto shots, with a 10.7x optical zoom. Olympus designed this lens to work seamlessly with its large-format BSI CMOS sensor, as well as the TruePic VI image processor that is already familiar to users of its high-end OM-D E-M5 system camera. 

Other tried-and-tested OM-D features include the rock-solid handling and grip that comes from the D-SLR-style casing and layout. For accurate and professional framing, there is the large, 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder, Fast AF for near-instant, precision focusing via touch screen and built-in WiFi for real-time smartphone access – likewise all OM-D-proven.

The STYLUS 1 has superb dynamic range and low-light capability, plus the same Hybrid Control Ring for manual or digital control of key settings that has proved so successful on the Olympus XZ series.

New leader, new lens
Compact users shouldn’t have to compromise on the single most crucial component of any camera – the lens. So for the STYLUS 1, Olympus developed a remarkable piece of optical engineering. The ultra-slim, ‘fullrange’, constant-aperture 1:2.8 10.7x (28-300mm*) high-power i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens has the versatility and quality for everything from wide to telephoto shots. The large-diameter lens features a powerful, built-in VCM image stabilization mechanism that virtually eliminates camera shake and blur.

Unlike lesser rivals, deliberate defocusing generates bokeh approaching D-SLR standards and the lens’ brightness enables high-shutter speeds even in dark scenes. Another significant advantage of the lens is only apparent when it’s not in use – it retracts fully into the camera body (behind an automatic lens cap), so the STYLUS 1 fits easily into a coat pocket. Bulkier cameras can’t match that.
Olympus DI STYLUS 1 Black Top
What you see is what you get
What the lens is to image quality, the viewfinder is to ease of use. Unlike most compact cameras, for eye-on-camera shooting the STYLUS 1 has an electronic viewfinder. It’s the same very large, fast-response, high-definition model as the O-MD E-M5, that puts the EVF on many entry-level D-SLR style cameras to shame. 1.44 million dots, a level gauge and shadow highlighting make shot and pre-shot setting selection a joy.

With VCM image stabilization mechanism readings visible in the viewfinder, it’s a lot easier to shoot sharp at long focal lengths. Automatic backlight control ensures accurate reproduction of dark and bright parts of the scene and there is no noticeable time lag. The STYLUS 1 automatically detects your eye behind the viewfinder and shuts off Live View on the tilting LCD.

Compact dimensions, D-SLR style
The STYLUS 1 measures just 116mm x 87mm x 56.5mm, which is less than half as deep as several bulkier rivals. Despite its diminutive dimensions, it looks every inch a professional camera. The front grip makes the classic black design easier to hold steady, leaving you free to focus on creative expression. The intelligent layout of the controls also makes the camera easier to operate. For example, you can operate the Hybrid Control Ring and zoom lever with your left hand and concentrate on the shutter release with your right. A lack of clutter and attention to design details such as button size, shape and surface texture is an inspiration to anyone who aspires to pro-standard creativity.

Control is king
The STYLUS 1 offers the ideal blend of effective, hands-on controls and intuitive, high-tech aids like finger-triggered Fast AF and Touch AF Shutter via the LCD. The customizable analogue / digital Hybrid Control Ring on the front lets you assign the parameters you adjust most frequently (e.g., aperture, shutter speed, exposure time and program shift) to the ring or subdial on the top of the camera. This way you can adjust them manually without taking your eye off your subject – in the style of a pro. In analogue mode, the ring turns smoothly for zooming and focusing. In digital mode, you can assign functions to a single menu and click through it with the Fn2 button.

Camera loves smartphone
Built-in WiFi combined with OI.Share software makes your camera one with your smartphone, which becomes a portal for image sharing. Pairing is quick and easy: one touch of the WiFi field on your camera display reveals a QR code, which you scan with your smartphone before opening the app. You then effectively mirror the LCD on your phone – to focus and release the shutter remotely via WiFi (in P, A, S, M modes) directly on the phone’s touch screen.

Accessories: 
  • Eye cup for electronic viewfinder - The EP-11 eye cup cuts out peripheral light for improved visibility in bright conditions.
  • Full-body jacket - This smart jacket protects your camera against damage and comes with a tailored cover.
  • 1.7x teleconverter lens - Extend the focal length of your camera to 510mm with this high-grade lens via the CLA-13 converter adapter, and retain the outstanding brightness of a constant 1:2.8 aperture. Ideal for shooting distant subjects and animals unobserved.
For more information, take a look at the Olympus website

Olympus Stylus 1 Specifications

ManufacturerOlympus
Lens
Max Aperturef/2.8
35mm equivalent28mm - 300mm
Optical Zoom10.7x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)3968
Pixels (H)2976
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/1.7inch
Sensor Size (width)7.3mm
Sensor Size (height)5.5mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1.04 million dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • TTL
  • ESP Light Metering
ISO sensitivity100 - 12800
White balance
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting7fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS30p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeBLS-5 Li-Ion battery (included)
CIPA Rating410
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera Body, Automatic Lens cap, Eyecup(EP-14), BLS-5, BCS-5, USB cable, Shoulder strap, CD-ROM (OLYMPUS Viewer3), Instruction manual, Warranty card.
Dimensions
Weight402g
Width116.2mm
Height87mm
Depth56.5mm

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StrayCat e2
10 14.9k 2 Canada
29 Oct 2013 5:26PM
Looks like a winner to me. The fine tuning of focus via the lens ring is a big plus, and of course, the constant f2.8 aperture. The compact size when the lens is retracted makes it an ideal camera to have with you all the time.

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Niknut e2
4 644 63 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 4:52PM
Mmmmm...cute !!!!

Looks to be Very pocketable, with a decent EVF, & amazing lens range.....like it !!

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