Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1 is a premium compact camera that was launched on October 29, 2013. This camera combines high performance and portable design for easy use as OM-D E-M5. Olympus Stylus 1 has a 1/1.7-inch 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with i.Zuiko 10.7x optical zoom lens that has aperture f/2.8 and a focal length equivalent of 28-300mm. Other features of this camera include Super Macro mode with minimum focus of 2-inch, High-definition electronic viewfinder, 3-inch LCD screen that can be tilted, and Full HD 1080p video recording. For the focus and zoom adjustment, the Olympus Stylus 1 using hybrid control ring features that allow you to set up the most important camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed. Meanwhile, for the connectivity, the camera uses a built-in WiFi includes a built-in flash and hot-shoe for adding an external flash. This camera will be available on December 2013 with price of $699.00.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Our Review

Features & Design

Olympus Stylus 1 adopts a design that is owned by the OM-D E-M5 but without weather protection and do not use the same viewfinder. The top of the camera there is an internal flash that is put in front of the viewfinder and can be used by pressing the flash button on the front of the camera as well as the Hot Shoe for adding an external flash or other accessories. There is also a control ring to adjust the manual focus function and a control dial. If observed, the control buttons on the top is the same as XZ2 just a different placement.


While the rear camera, you can use a 3-inch touch screen that can be tilted to view pictures and videos that have been captured clearly and accurately. The back of the camera there is a button-like control buttons that can be programmed FN1 button, menu button, info button, playback button, and control button. You can also use the High-Definition electronic viewfinder 1.44k-dot resolution to clearly see the image and exposure settings, white balance, art filters, and others.


The Olympus Stylus 1 has been equipped with a built-in WiFi that allows you to transfer images and videos to a compatible device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. Not only that, the feature also lets you control the camera with your smartphone or tablet as a remote. Meanwhile, to support your skills, this camera is equipped with Scene Select AE feature that automatically adjusts camera settings to match the scene are detected by the camera. The feature consists of a Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Multiple Exposure, Beach & Snow.

Performance & Image Quality

Olympus Stylus 1 has i.Zuiko 10.7x optical zoom lens with aperture f/2.8 that is very effective in low light and allows you to get a picture with background blur while the subject looks sharper. The lens has a focal length equivalent of 28-300mm that allows you to take pictures from a wide angle to a distant subject. In addition you can also take pictures with the Super Macro mode which allows the camera to focus up to 2-inch from your subject.

The lens Will be entered into the camera when not in use so it makes the camera slimmer and smaller to fit into a jacket pocket. Although the lens has aperture f/2.8, you will still need to increase the ISO when shooting range from telephoto to get the shutter speed needed to keep the resulting image sharper. Olympus Stylus 1 has a range of ISO100-12800 which lets you take pictures in dark and light situations. While the speed autofocus lets you shoot continuously with a speed of 7 frames per second thanks to the performance of the TruePic VI image processor.

This camera also allows you to record Full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second with a duration of up to 29 minutes which is supported by the built-in microphone for voice recording video. You can see the video by connecting the camera to an HDTV using the HDMI output. Additionally, this camera is also equipped with scene modes such as Art Filters, RAW Capture, Photo Story, as well as additional features including Face Priority AF, Eye-Detect, Bracketing, Multi-Exposure, RAW Capture with the P/A/S/M mode, and a Neutral Density Filter.

Should I buy the camera?

Seeing the design and features offered, Olympus Stylus 1 is promising for enthusiastic photographers. The camera is priced at Rp. 7.ooo.ooo, – and will be sold from December 2013. For those of you who are interested in this camera, you will be quite satisfied with the design and features of this camera mainly features manual controls that you can use like a DSLR camera.

Rating: ★★★★☆


Images Sensor

Pixels Actual: 12.76 Megapixel, Effective: 12 Megapixel

Sensor 1/1.7″ CMOS

Bit Depth 12-bit

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MJPEG, MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
+ Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)

Max Resolution 3968 x 2976

Other Resolutions
+ 2560 x 1920
+ 1280 x 960
+ 640 x 480

Aspect Ratio 4:3

Image Stabilization Optical


+ 12 elements in 10 groups
+ 9 Aspheric
+ EFL: 6.0-64.3 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-300 mm)
+ Aperture: f/2.8 (W) – 2.8 (T)

Filter Thread None

Zoom Optical: 10.7x, Digital: 2x

Focus Range
+ Wide: 3.94″ (10 cm) – Infinity
+ Telephoto: 31.50″ (80 cm) – Infinity
+ Super-Macro: 1.97″ (5 cm) – 23.62″ (60 cm)

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800

Shutter 60 – 1/2000 seconds, 15 minutes in Bulb Mode

Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Digital ESP, Spot

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Art Filter, Auto, Custom, Manual, Photo Story, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority
+ Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 20.0
+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

Shooting Modes
Art Filters, Beach, Documents, Filter (Advanced Filter), Fireworks, High-Key, Landscape, Low Key, Monotone, Multi-Exposure, Muted, Natural, Night, Night Portrait, Panorama, Picture Tone, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, Vivid Color, e-Portrait, ifinish

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Sunlight

Burst Rate
+ Up to 7 fps at 12 MP for up to 70 frames
+ Up to 7 fps at 12 MP for up to 25 frames

Self Timer 2 Seconds, 12 Seconds

Remote Control RM-UC1 (Optional)


Flash Modes
+ Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Manual, Off, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction

+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in .3 EV steps)

Built-in Flash Yes

Effective Flash Range
+ Wide: 1.97 – 33.79′ (0.6 – 10.3 m)
+ Telephoto: 2.62 – 33.79′ (0.8 – 10.3 m)

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless


Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC


Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

+ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps
+ 1280 x 720
+ 640 x 480: 120 fps
+ 320 x 240: 240 fps

Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes

Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Still Images & Video, Stereo,

Viewfinder / LCD Monitor

Viewfinder Type Electronic

Diopter Adjustment – 4 to +2 m

Viewfinder Coverage 100%

Screen 3.0″ LCD Rear Touch Screen Tilt (1,040,000 pixels)

Connectivity/System Requirements

Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0

Connectors 1x HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0

Wi-Fi Yes built-in

Software Requirements
+ Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7, 8
+ Mac: OS X 10.5 or later


Operating/Storage Temperature
+ Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 30 – 90%

+ Storage
-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Humidity: 10 – 90%

Waterproofing None


Type: 1x BLS-5 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

Weight & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.6 x 3.4 x 2.2″ / 116.2 x 87.0 x 56.5 mm

Weight 14.18 oz / 402 g including battery and memory card

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