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Olympus Stylus 1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and responsiveness. The lens and usability also get good comments. The optics and flash get negative reviews.

portability, usability, lens, responsiveness, performance

value for money, features, flash, optics

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus Stylus 1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Performance is better than most compacts of the market ; Excellent overall image quality ; Outstanding low-light performance from...

Camera avoids using the flash if possible, raising ISO levels ; Higher noise than we'd like to see at ISO 1600 and above ; Weak Pop-up flash ; High price tag is not for most people

The Olympus Stylus 1 combines a fantastic feature set with excellent image quality and performance to create a compact camera that you will have to get your hands on. Although you may want to put it back down after seeing the $700 dollar price tag....

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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.

The Olympus Stylus 1 has an excellent 10.7x f2.8 zoom lens, fine photo quality, and excellent shooting performance. Its touch screen and electronic viewfinder are very nice, and its features and controls give it a dSLR feel.

For its $700 price tag, pixel peepers might be disappointed with its photo quality above ISO 400. Better suited for photos than movies, and there's no external mic jack.

For those who crave an enthusiast compact with more zoom range, the Olympus Stylus 1 should be high on your list for its excellent balance of performance, design, and features.

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An advanced point-and-shoot in an OM-D's duds.

Olympus has created a niche camera in the Stylus 1, perhaps by design. It's too big to appeal to pocketable point-and-shoot shoppers, while its sensor is too small to really please the enthusiasts it seems aimed at. The difficult question of this...


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Olympus has long been an industry leader when it comes to producing small cameras. Their "Pen" series of 35mm half-frame cameras were small before small was cool, and the Olympus OM1 was the very first downsized SLR. After its introduction in 1990, the...

fast f2.8 fixed maximum aperture ; excellent image quality ; fun to use

The screw-in lens cover ; slight menu complexity ; minor video start/stop lag

The Olympus Stylus 1 is a thoughtfully designed and robustly constructed imaging tool that is dependably responsive, non-threatening to subjects, and capable of reliably generating first-rate images. The Stylus 1 was obviously designed for photography...

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Starting with the viewfinders, the first difference to note is when you first raise the cameras to your eye: the Olympus STYLUS 1 and Sony RX10 both feature eye-sensors which automatically switch between the screen and viewfinder, whereas the Lumix...

Very compact body with great controls ; Built-in 28-300mm f2.8 equivalent zoom ; Lower noise than models with 1/2.3in sensors ; Large and detailed electronic viewfinder ; Tilting touchscreen display ; Built-in Wifi with great smartphone control

Optics are a little soft at edges at wider focal lengths ; Basic movie capabilities ; No in-camera HDR or panorama modes ; No focus peaking ; No interval timer ; Lens out-gunned by Lumix FZ200 ; Quality, build & movies better on Sony RX10

The Olympus STYLUS 1 is a very satisfying bridge camera that's confidently positioned between models like Panasonic's FZ200 and Sony's RX10. The zoom may not be as long as the FZ200 and the price higher too, but in use the STYLUS 1 delivers a far more...

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One glance at the Olympus Stylus 1 and it's hard to ignore how much it looks like a smaller version of the interchangeable lens Olympus OM-D series. Only it's not: this is a high-end compact camera with design cues adopted from the company's top-end...

Long zoom with f/2.8 constant maximum aperture, excellent built-in viewfinder, dual function lens ring, fast autofocus, top-spec design

Bulky, expensive, no focus peaking for manual focus, would like wider-angle lens, image quality not great at higher ISO settings

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An advanced compact that looks like a mini DSLR

Good EVF ; Exellent spec ; Retro-styled design

High price ; Camera lens quality issues

The control layout of the Olympus Stylus 1 may not be to everyone’s liking but it is certainly comprehensive. It feels more advanced than most of its compact peers.

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A compact, 12-megapixel digicam with a constant f/2.8 aperture, 10.7x optical zoom lens and OM-D styling and functionality.

Given the relatively small size of the camera's sensor, the review cameras turned in a good enough performance to satisfy most potential purchasers and handled most types of lighting competently. For everyday photography, the Stylus 1 provides all of...

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This 12 megapixel camera, with a 28–300mm f2.8 constant aperture, optically stabilised lens, looks and feels like a hybrid. Olympus call it a “compact” but it has about the same volume and mass as the OMD E-M5. It shares some of the features of the...

Image quality up to ISO400 is excellent. The smartphone app is an improvement on previous Olympus apps and is now one of the best in the business. The Super Macro mode produces superb close-ups. (Sample images:

The sensor is smaller than on a micro four thirds camera, so why is the camera so big

This is a remarkable camera. The constant f2.8 aperture over the 10X zoom range is impressive, making it possible to get a shallow depth of field with out-of -focus background, ideal for portraiture. The Super Fine jpegs are excellent the RAW output is...

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The Olympus Stylus 1 is a cross between and enthusiast compact and a superzoom that covers an impressive 28-300mm zoom range at f/2.8.

Measuring 3.4 by 4.5 by 2.2 inches (HWD) and weighing 14.2 ounces, the Stylus 1 is a bit larger than most compact long zoom cameras, like the pocketable Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (2.5 by 4.2 by 1.3 inches, 8.2 ounces). The Stylus has a noticeably bigger...