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New Olympus Stylus 1 Bridge camera


12 Feb 2014 4:19PM
Has any one tried out or ownes this camera, as I'm interested in your thoughts on performance and IQ.
It seems to get good reports from most review sites but a couple had reservations about the lenses edge performance.

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dpr59 e2
170 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 9:07PM
Hi Kodachrome
Just bought a Stylus 1 and after a few days 'playing' and very impressed.
I've had a couple of OM film cameras in the past, an XA and some Mujis and most recently a UZ620 (absence of a EVF on this wasn't to my liking). So I'm an Olympus fan.
Having said that this might just be the best Olympus I've had. My priorities where manual focus, EVF and a reasonable zoom range.
The EVF is excellent, manual focus in all modes and the ability to tailor the function buttons to suit your own preferences.
Haven't had a chance to explore the full range of the camera in a few days but am very happy with my purchase.
My only complaint would be the omission of filter threads.
However the lens cap is a 49mm screw on, so possibly a 49mm tube might resolve this.
This would limit the lens range I suspect and is not ideal in a camera of this calibre and cost.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
11 Mar 2014 9:30PM

Quote:Has any one tried out or ownes this camera, as I'm interested in your thoughts on performance and IQ.
It seems to get good reports from most review sites but a couple had reservations about the lenses edge performance.



I`d expect the edge performance to be down a bit using any lens at its widest setting and widest aperture, not that I have read of any problems with this Stylus 1, from what I`ve read it is generally pretty good.

It will be worth checking out as many reviews and user type blog reviews as you can and then base your final decision on that.
Coast e2
6 1.5k 292 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 11:49AM
I bought the OMD EM10 at the Photography show which incidentally I am blown away with but still trying to get my head around all the customisation options. The wifi link to the iPad is really good.

Anyway whilst I was at the Olympus stand I did have a little play with the Stylus 1. Have to say although I haven't seen the IQ off it, in terms of handling it was quite impressive. Feels very high quality in the hand. Not too small to operate the controls but then again I only have average size hands.

I would certainly include it on any shortlist for further investigation if you are looking for a small compact bridge camera. The EVF on the new Olympus camera's I think is first class.
20 Mar 2014 12:46PM
I have now opted for the Olympus XZ-2 which is a Pen shape and it got better reviews for its optical zoom and IQ. Many reviews said the Stylus 1 gave good or very good image quality, equally most reviews gave the XZ-2 excellent IQ. I suspect though that there won't be much in it in the real world. I can live without the EVF, but I do have the option of getting a clip on EVF, probably look for a used one as and when.
CaptivePhotons e2
11 1.6k 2 England
20 Mar 2014 7:35PM

Quote:I have now opted for the Olympus XZ-2 which is a Pen shape and it got better reviews for its optical zoom and IQ. Many reviews said the Stylus 1 gave good or very good image quality, equally most reviews gave the XZ-2 excellent IQ. I suspect though that there won't be much in it in the real world. I can live without the EVF, but I do have the option of getting a clip on EVF, probably look for a used one as and when.


I have the XZ-1, a great camera but the lack of a vf really did annoy me at times, especially in bright sunlight. The vf accessory is very expensive so be sure you make the right decision.
21 Mar 2014 7:23AM
Iv'e seen a couple of EVF on E Bay.
dpr59 e2
170 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2014 9:28PM
Have just received a kiwifoto tube, 49mm to 55mm. With the filter on it there is slight inference with image at widest angle but disappears by around 35mm (approx). At least now I can get filters on. Also having taken some 450 shots on an orlando holiday. In still mode - image quality as good as any I've had, sequential shooting excellent (ive a fast sd card). Colour rendition accurate. Video a bit grainy, especially in low lighg (however its not a camcorder) and refocus on zoom can be a bit slow. These are, to me, minor points on a splendid versatile camera. I almost waited for a sp100ee but glad i didn't. The Stylus is a well packaged, extremely well built and very competent camera. I would happily purchase again if id had it as a trail unit.
2 Jun 2014 10:13PM
Yup. I got one and happy with it so far. Need to take it out a bit more to check out just how versatile it is.










Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
3 Jun 2014 1:26AM
If any of you are interested I`ve added a couple of LR/Photoshop camera color profiles specific to this camera to the download section.

http://www.ephotozine.com/downloads/lightroom-camera-profiles-448

I still can`t get over just how small this little camera is considering the included lens, its no bigger than my little x10.

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