Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera, 12MP, 10.7x i.Zuiko Optical Zoom, 3.0" LCD Display, Full 1080p HD Movie, HDMI/USB2.0, VCM Lens Shift Image Stabilizer, WiFi

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About Olympus Stylus 1

Retromaina is heating up, thanks the Olympus Stylus 1. Olympus has reimagined its successful Stylus as a self-contained compact digital camera with a generously-sized electronic viewfinder, 3-inch touchscreen control, a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture 28-300mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens, and built-in Wi-Fi.

The Olympus Stylus 1 is the latest in a trend towards cameras that have a style that hearkens back to the pre-digital era. The secondary, and very welcome, trend that it represents is the addition of an eye-level viewing via an EVF, rather than an optical viewfinder. Until this year, the more common camera design was to build a camera with no eye-level viewfinder whatsoever, leading to consumer complaints about difficulty seeing images in the LCD in low light and forcing users to hold cameras at arm's length, a position that could promote camera shake. With the advent of high-quality cameras in smart phones (which have no optical zoom or any kind of viewfinder), the Stylus 1 offers a compelling reason to use a stand-alone camera instead of a smartphone.

Let's take a closer look at the Olympus Stylus-1

The STYLUS 1 includes an i.ZUIKO lens that incorporates the outstanding optical quality of the Olympus ZUIKO interchangeable lenses. At its heart is a large 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor along with additional features, including the built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) from the award-winning Olympus OM-D E-M5® and Wi-Fi for shooting and sharing anywhere. Whether you want the latest and greatest high-tech tool, or if you simply prefer something that is lightweight and easy to take when you are on the go, there is truly something for everyone.

Built-in 10.7x zoom lens

The camera features a 28-300mm (35mm equivalent) i.ZUIKO lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture across the zoom range. The lens incorporates a built-in VCM image stabilization mechanism that Olympus claims virtually eliminates camera shake and blur. Super Macro mode lets you get as close as 1/2 inch, while standard focus gets you to about 5 inches away at its widest setting, and about 3 feet at 300mm. When the lens is not in use, it retracts fully into the camera body (behind a removable automatic lens cap). They're calling it coat-pocket-sized.

Small Sensor

The trade-off is the sensor, a 12.0 megapixel 1/1.7-inch backlit CMOS sensor paired with the same TruePicVI image processor that's used in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which Olympus says will boost performance and limit noise. Olympus also says the Stylus 1 inherits the Fast Touch AF system from the Olympus Pen series, which we've found to be impressively fast with minimal lag time.

Finally: An Electronic Viewfinder

The Stylus 1 is the first Olympus enthusiast-level premium compact camera to have a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), which as I said before, is welcome news. The 1.44 million dot resolution LCD EVF has a 1.15x viewfinder magnification rate (equivalent to 0.58x of 35mm film camera) and 100 percent field of view - just like a DSLR. The eye sensor automatically switches the live view display from the high-resolution 3.0-inch, 1.04 million dot resolution tilt-able LCD touchscreen monitor to the EVF as the camera approaches the user's eye. A variety of information is displayed in an easy-to-view layout on the EVF screen, including variables such as exposure and color.

A control ring is built around the lens and can be switched between digital and analog operation with the control lever located on the front of the camera. In digital mode, the ring turns smoothly for fine zooming or manual focusing, and in analog mode, users can adjust settings such as aperture, shutter speed and more. The front grip ensures a precise hold, while the sub-dial, positioned near the shutter button, provides further operational accuracy. The camera is also equipped with a hot shoe for accessories, built-in flash, a side zoom lever with variable speeds and two customizable function buttons for faster access to commonly used settings.

Wi-Fi Sharing and Control

Built-in Wi-Fi is easy to set up, according to Olympus. By quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera's LCD with an iOS or Android-based smart device, it syncs with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera. The free Olympus Image Share 2.1 Smartphone app synchronizes a user's Smartphone and the STYLUS 1 so the camera's "Live View" is effectively displayed on the phone, and the camera can be controlled by touching the Smartphone display. Users can wirelessly adjust various settings, such as the shutter speed, aperture value, ISO and exposure compensation, as well as operate the Live Bulb shooting mode from their Wi-Fi devices. They can also use their Smartphone to embed GPS information into their images.

Video, Filters, and More

The 1080p Full HD Movie capability with stereo sound and high-speed movie recording (120fps/240fps) captures movies for slow-motion playback of fast-action scenes. The STYLUS includes 11 Art Filters with bracketing option, five Art Effects and Photo Story, which shoots a group of still photos straight into attractive, prepared layouts. Users can also capture RAW image data for post-processing flexibility, create motion blur effects without overexposing thanks to a built-in ND filter (with 3 EV stops) and capture up to 7 frames per second in full resolution, a pretty impressive performance claim.

Along with the camera, Olympus is announcing several new accessories for the Stylus 1, including: The EP-11 eyecup cuts out peripheral light for improved visibility in bright conditions; a full-body jacket protects the camera against damage and comes with a tailored cover the CLA-13 converter adapter for the high-grade TCON-17x 1.7x teleconverter lens that extends the focal length of the camera to 510mm and retains the outstanding brightness of a constant 1:2.8 aperture.

Conclusion and Recommendation

The Olympus Stylus 1 is be aimed at photography enthusiasts who need a lightweight, relatively compact camera that can replace or occasionally enhance their bigger, heavier rigs. It is one of several cameras that are redefining the "Posh Point-and-Shoot" category and taking it in a welcome direction. It has a distinctive look but more importantly, is loaded with some great-looking features.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (3),Fast shutter speed (3),Great resolution (3),Large clear LCD (3),Zoom range/performance (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

Olympus Stylus 1 Features

  • The STYLUS 1 expresses elegance and redefines premium. The finely crafted dials and buttons and textured soft grip remarkably redefine the premium design that an ultra-compact pro-quality long zoom deserves
  • Full-Featured Controls at Your Fingertips: The 3" tilt-touch LCD screen has an amazing resolution of 1.04 million dots to reproduce vivid accurate colors while providing superb outdoor and low light visibility
  • Instant Access to Your Most Frequently Used Settings: From perfect zooming or fine manual focusing in analog mode, to adjustment of the aperture, shutter speed and more in digital mode-it's easy with a simple twist of the hybrid control ring around the lens
  • The STYLUS 1's built in Wi-Fi lets you instantly sync your camera to your smartphone or tablet. When using the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) application, the remote function lets you fully control the camera's shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Bulb shooting and more all from your smart-device
  • Creativity is Built In: The STYLUS 1 leaves nothing to the imagination (except for yours). Eleven in-camera Art Filters are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Photo Story lets you combine multiple shots into one photo to tell your tale in pictures

Olympus Stylus 1 Specifications

SD Memory Card(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi)
Screen size
7.341 mm (H) x5.506 mm (V)
Sensor type
1/1.7" BSI CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels number
12 million pixels
Total no. of pixels
Approx. 12.76 million pixels
Aspect ratio
1.33 (4:3)
Filter array
Primary color filter (RGB)
Lens Structure
12 elements in 10 groups
Lens Aspheric
9 sides
Lens Focal length(35mm equivalent)
6.0mm to 64.3mm (28mm to 300mm; 35mm equiv.)
Lens Maximum aperture
Constant f1:2.8 through entire zoom range
Lens Optical zoom
Lens Digital Zoom
2x magnification available via one touch button
Imaging range
Wide (28mm): 10cm to infinity, Tele (300mm): 80cm to infinity, Super Macro Mode: 5cm to 60cm,Zoom position fixing
Recording format
DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size
[RAW] 3968 x 2976 pixels
[JPEG] 3968 x 2976 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File Size
RAW: 3968(H)x2976(V)
Set1(LF): 3968(H)x2976(V)
Set2(LN): 3968(H)x2976(V)
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V)
Image stabilizer system
VCM Lens shift image stabilizer
Image stabilizer mode
1 modes (ON:2 dimensional activation ), OFF
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 1.44M-dot
Viewfinder Field of view
Approx. 100%
Viewfinder Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder Eye point
Approx. 18mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface)
Viewfinder Diopter adjustment range
-4 - +2m-1
Viewfinder Magnification
1.15x (0.58x; 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Eye Sensor
Viewfinder Displayed Grid
Off / Normal Grid / Golden Grid / Scale / Diagonal selectable
Viewfinder Level Gauge
2-axis level gauge; horizontal /vertical
Viewfinder Brightness control/
+7 levels and -7 levels
Viewfinder Color temperature
+7 levels and -7 levels
Viewfinder EyeCup
Optional EP-11
Live View
Exposure, WB, Shadow adjustment and face detect mode, Grid Line Mode, Histogram Mode, OFF Mode
Live View Type
Image Sensor type
Field of view
Display Mode
Normal Mode, Grid Line Mode(4 types), Histogram Mode, Off
Monitor information 1
Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, Custom, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance
Monitor information 2
Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area, Wi-Fi, Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP, Focal length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition, Digital teleconverter, Battery check
Display of Face Detection
Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed.
Monitor type
3.0-inch tilt-able touchscreen LCD monitor
1040k dots
Touch function
Touch shutter release, Touch Live Guide, AF area selection, Frame advance/backward, Enlargement playback, Touch Super Control Panel
Tilting angle
Upward tilting angle: up to 80 degrees / Downward tilting angle: up to 50 degrees
Brightness control/Color temperature
±7 levels / ±7 levels
Color setting
Vivid / Natural
Focus mode
Single AF (S-AF) / SuperMacro Mode / Continuous AF (C-AF) / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) / Manual Focus (MF)
Advance AF
Only movie mode is available.
Face priority AF/Eye Detect AF
Eye Detect AF: OFF / Near side eye priority mode / Right side eye priority mode / Left side eye priority mode
Focusing point/Focusing point selection
35-area multiple AF / All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target
AF illuminator
Manual Focus Assist
Live view image is magnified when the Control ring is rotated. (at MF mode)
AF tracking
Metering system
Digital ESP metering, Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control
Target frame linkage light measurement
EV 0 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering)(At normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode
i Auto, P: Programme AE, A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, C1:Custom 1, C2:Custom, Photo Story, Scene select AE, Art Filter
Picture Mode
ifinish, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Art Filters
Picture Mode Gradation
Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key [except Art Filters]
Scene select AE
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Multiplex exposure, Beach & Snow
ISO sensitivity
AUTO ISO 100 - 12800 (customizable, Default 100-1600)
Manual ISO 100 - 12800, 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Compensation Range
±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
AE lock
Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1)
Shutter speed
1/2000 - 60 sec.
Bulb: default setting 15min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)
Flash intensity control
TTL Auto, Auto, Manual
Built-in flash
Built-in flash reach
W: 0.6m-10.3m (ISO1600)
T: 0.8m-10.3m (ISO1600)
Flash Mode
Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync, Full,1/1.3, 1/1.6, 1/2, 1/2.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/16, 1/20, 1/25, 1/32, 1/40, 1/50, 1/64, 1/80, 1/100, 1/128.
Compatible external flash
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
USB/Video/RemoteContoroller connector: Dedicated multi-connector [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used.]
HDMI: Micro HDMI (Type-D)
Flash attachment: Hot shoe
PC interface: USB2.0 Hi-Speed
TV interface: HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
Color Temperature
5500±400 deg. K
External Flash control mode
TTL Auto, Auto, Manual
Flash Control type
Built-in flash
External Flash intensity type
TTL Auto, Auto, Manual
Channel No.
Group No.
4ch, 4Groups (External flash: 3group and a Built-in flash)
Drive mode
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, BKT, Self-timer
Sequential shooting: maximum speed
7fps(Sequential shooting)
Max. recordable pictures
[RAW] Max. 25 frames (in seq. shooting), [JPEG] Max. 70 frames (in seq. shooting) With TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I card R95-W80 8GB model, based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec., Custom, (cancel available)
Exposure bracketing
2 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
White balance bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Flash bracketing
3frames (0.3, 0.7, 1EV step selectable)
ISO bracketing
3 frames in 0.3, 0.7 steps selectable
Art Filter bracketing
Art Filter Mode
Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
Soft Focus ( - / c.e.)
Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d.)
Light Tone ( - / d.)
Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.)
Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)
Diorama ( - / d.)
Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.)
Gentle Sepia ( - /b.c.d.)
Dramatic Tone (I, II /c.d.e.)
Key Line (I, II / a.c.d.e.)
Art Effect
Soft Focus Effect
Pin-Hole Effect
White Edge Effect
Frame Effect
e. Star Light Effect
Photo Story
Standard (Type I, II, III, IV)
Fun Frame (Instant, Film, Stripe)
White Balance mode
Auto WB, 6 Preset WBs, 2 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
White balance compensation
±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (Except for Custom WB)
Power Requirements
Battery: BLS-5 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode: Available (1/3/5 min. off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures (with 50% flash light): 410 shots
Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Noise Filter
High ISO setting: Off, Low, Standard, High
Slow shutter speed: Off, On, Auto
On: effective when shutter speed is slower than 1 sec.
Auto: effective when shutter speed is slower than 4 sec. (at ISO 200 or higher) or 8 sec. (at lower than ISO200)
Multi Exposure
Number of picture/Functions: 2 frames / Auto gain, Live View
Multi Aspect
Aspect Ratio: 4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1
Process: RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is produced based on the aspect ratio
Image Editing 1
Editing function: RAW development, Gradation auto, Red-eye fix, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Postrecording
RAW picture editing: RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter)
JPEG editing: Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Trimming, Aspect, Black&White, Sepia, Saturation, Resize, e-portrait
Image Editing 2
Erasing function: Single frame, All, Selected frames (from Index)
Protect function: Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
116.2 x 87 x 56.5 mm / 4.57 x 3.42 x 2.22"
Approx. 402 g / 14.18 oz [including BLS-5 battery and Memory card]
Mfr #

Olympus Stylus 1 Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great travel camera


from Memphis, TN  -  Photo Enthusiast

Bought this for my wife who decided she wants to take pictures rather than waiting for me to take pictures! Size and weight near OMD models, well built, nice feature set, IQ very good, good zoom range, I personally like the Oly jpegs and there is raw for those who want to tinker. It's a really great all around camera and easy to carry in a small bag. It is a little large for the pocket but would fit in a jacket pocket. Two thumbs up!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Camera


from Cleveland, OH USA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought the Stylus 1 to take to a recent music festival and it performed flawlessly! It handled the difficult stage lighting beautifully. The fast constant f/2.8 aperture was great for freezing high energy stage performances. The compact size is unobtrusive, and the 300mm optical zoom is a great touch. My only complaint with the Stylus 1, as eel as most other cameras in its class, is that the smallest aperture is f/8. This isn't optimal for landscapes. While f/16 would be amazing, I can live with an f/11.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great camera


from NYC  -  Photo Enthusiast

The perfect all around camera. Small, nice zoom and stupendous photos.


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Craig L  Is the lens threaded to accept filters?
Andrew R  Not specified, however Olympus does make screw-on lens convertors that fit this camera.
Craig L  I know it's not specified . And I know they offer a converter, and you have to buy an adapter separately for the converter. But can someone just LOOK at the camera and tell me if there are any threads on the end of the lens? Can't really buy the photo's I've seen
Herb W  Does the zoom lens work by a lever? Is focus auto
Richard K  I just recently purchased the new Olympus Stylus 1 camera and like it very much. To answer your questions, yes the focus is auto and there are two positions to zoom the lens, with one being by lever. The focus is quick and the zoom capabilities are amazing for such a compact camera. I have taken it to several of our grandsons basketball games and the pictures are simply wonderful. I do not have all the features figured out yet but with more practice I will learn all the features. Richard.
Herb W  Does the zoom lens work by a lever? Is focus auto
Richard K  I just recently purchased the new Olympus Stylus 1 camera and like it very much. To answer your questions, yes the focus is auto and there are two positions to zoom the lens, with one being by lever. The focus is quick and the zoom capabilities are amazing for such a compact camera. I have taken it to several of our grandsons basketball games and the pictures are simply wonderful. I do not have all the features figured out yet but with more practice I will learn all the features. Richard.
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