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Olympus Stylus 1 Hands-On Preview

The Olympus Stylus 1 is the latest serious compact camera from Olympus, and features a bright f/2.8 10.7x optical zoom lens and electronic viewfinder.

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Olympus Stylus 1 Hands-On Preview: Olympus Stylus 1 (15) (Custom)

The Stylus 1 is the latest serious compact camera from Olympus and features a bright f/2.8 10.7x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, a 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and full manual controls. The Stylus 1 will be priced at £549.99, and will be available in classic black from late November 2013.

Olympus Stylus 1 Features

Olympus Stylus 1 Hands-On Preview: Olympus Stylus 1 (3) (Custom)

The camera comes with a removable lens cap / screw on lens cap that automatically closes when the camera is switched off, and automatically opens when the camera is switched on, protecting the lens when the camera is not in use, and also making sure that you don't lose the lens cap.

There is a zoom control on the left hand side, as well as a control ring surrounding the lens, and another control wheel on top of the camera. The rear of the camera features a 3inch tilting touch screen, as well as the 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF). There is a built in flash, which is popped up using one of the side buttons. 

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

Olympus Stylus 1 Handling

Olympus Stylus 1 Hands-On Preview: Olympus Stylus 1 (12) (Custom)

The top of the camera features the mode dial, flash hot-shoe, control wheel, shutter release with zoom control surrounding it, the on/off button and a dedicated video button. There are a total of two dedicated function buttons, with one on the back where your thumb rests, and another at the front with a switch. 

Olympus Stylus 1 Hands-On Preview: Olympus Stylus 1 (5) (Custom)

The rear touch screen tilts up and down, a control wheel surrounds the lens, and pressing the middle OK button will bring up options on the rear screen making it easy to change settings, and the options and menus are almost identical to the menus you find on the Olympus PEN and OM-D Micro Four Thirds cameras. 

Olympus Stylus 1 Hands-On Preview: Olympus Stylus 1 (1) (Custom)
The bottom is where you'll find the battery and memory card compartment, and the camera takes the same battery as other Olympus PEN cameras. Battery life is rated at 410 shots according to Olympus / CIPA testing standards.

Compared to the Sony Cyber-shot RX10:

Olympus Stylus 1 Hands-On Preview: Olympus Stylus 1 Vs Sony Cyber Shot Rx10 Front Sharp
Olympus Stylus 1 Vs Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 Front 

Olympus Stylus 1 Features vs Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Features:
12mp BSI 1/1.7inch Sensor 20mp 1inch BSI Sensor
10.7x optical zoom lens 8.3x optical zoom lens
f/2.8 constant aperture f/2.8 constant aperture
28-300mm equivalent 24-200mm equivalent
Optical image stabilisation Optical image stabilisation
1.44m dot EVF 1.44m dot EVF
Flash hot-shoe Flash hot-shoe
3inch tilting touch-screen 3inch tilting screen
Wi-Fi and remote operation Wi-Fi and NFC for remote operation
ISO100-ISO12800 ISO80-25600
7fps continuous shooting 10fps continuous shooting
Dual-axis electronic level Dual-axis electronic level
Full HD video, stereo sound Full HD video stereo sound,
mic / headphone sockets
Metal body Weather sealed magnesium alloy / plastic body
116.2x87x56.5mm 129x88.1x102.2mm
402g 755g
£549 RRP £1049 RRP
Olympus Stylus 1 Hands-On Preview: Olympus Stylus 1 Vs Sony Cyber Shot Rx10 Rear1
Olympus Stylus 1 Vs Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 Rear
Olympus Stylus 1 Hands-On Preview: Olympus Stylus 1 Vs Sony Cyber Shot RX10 Bottom
Olympus Stylus 1 Vs Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 Bottom

Olympus Stylus 1 Verdict

The Olympus Stylus 1 is a stylish looking digital camera that features a good 10.7x optical zoom lens, yet is still pocketable, even though the lens is a constant f/2.8. This should give better low light performance, and mean you can take it with you where you wouldn't normally be allowed more serious cameras. It's also noticeably smaller and lighter than the Sony Cyber-shot RX10, yet still features a built in electronic viewfinder with a good viewing size and high resolution of 1.44m dots. We will be testing the camera in full when production versions of the camera are available.

Olympus Stylus 1 Specifications

Max Aperturef/2.8
35mm equivalent28mm - 300mm
Optical Zoom10.7x
Image Sensor
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
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • 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
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS30p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeBLS-5 Li-Ion battery (included)
Battery Life (CIPA rating)410shots
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.

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mikesavage Avatar
mikesavage 21 299 2 England
8 Nov 2013 4:17PM
This looks like an improvement on the usual bridge camera & may well satisfy those who don't want to move up to a DSLR or CSC.
RJPhoto Avatar
RJPhoto 11 16 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 3:06PM
Looking forward to the review and sample images. Olympus, Fuji and now Nikon seem to be designing cameras that satisfy the aesthetics of what a lot of photographers want in their hands, and usually deliver the photographic results we expect. Look at the Sony in the comparison shots above and it looks not only dated next to the retro Olympus, but a little bland too. I"m on the look out for a compact to keep with me at all times, and this Olympus could stop me getting the Fuji. Interesting!
Andy_Curtis Avatar
Andy_Curtis 9 811 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2014 1:31PM
Where is the full review then?
joshwa Avatar
joshwa Plus
13 927 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2014 2:58PM

Quote:Where is the full review then?


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