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OlympusStylus 1 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (12)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Large clear LCD (11)
  • Compact (10)
  • Good battery life (10)

Cons

  • Complicated controls (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (10)
  • Travel (10)
  • Low light (7)
  • Macro photography (7)
  • Wildlife (4)
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5.0

FANTASTIC COMPACT CAMERA

By Missy

from Sausalito

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Large Charger

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

It is a small compact camera that does so many things. The ART APPS are fantastic and the pictures are clear with gorgeous color….the charger is a bit big for such a small camera with a 6 foot cord? what were they thinking?

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5.0

A Departure from Canon

By Gerry Dawes

from Putnam County, New York

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Multiple Zooming Capable
  • Small / Compact
  • Touch Screen

Cons

  • Complicated Controls

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

I just got this camera yesterday and so far it looks like a winner. I ordered a Canon G16 at the same time, since I have been a Canon user for a long time. My G15 got an interior crack in the LED and the screen became useless after 4 months. Canon wanted to charge me half the price of the camera for labor and charge me tax on shipping it back to me. I called them and said "Thanks, but no thanks," then I ordered the Olympus Stylus 1 to replace the G-15. I am in the process of ratcheting down from carrying 2-3 Canon SLRs and the lenses around all day for 14 hours a day in Spain (and elsewhere; France, this year, too). Since I am doing mostly blog and Facebook, Pinterest, etc., I don't need exhibition prints to keep me going, so I want to lighten up. So, far the Stylus 1 is the keeper, the Canon G16 the loser. Will let you know more with more use of the camera. Loved the first shots. There is a learning curve if you are a Canon user, but that is to be expected. I am learning quickly.

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5.0

Nice camera can't to take wildlife pictu

By squid

from levittown pa

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

    I'm still trying to learn how to use the camera i like it but i wish they gave you a hand written book with it so i could study it when ever i had a chance

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    5.0

    Perfect camera for those of us on the go

    By Herb

    from Jackson MI

    Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

    We have no desire to go back into the past where we lugged heavy camera gear around. So far the Stylus 1 has been very easy to work with and we took off and started using it immediately.
    We haven't use the telephoto lens and coupler kit yet but did mount it and took a few distance shots and were satisfied. Anxious to see how it works in cold temps which is always a challenge with digital.

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    5.0

    Exceeds Expectations

    By PixelPaula

    from Metro Detroit, MI

    Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

    I did a lot of research before deciding to purchase the Olympus Stylus 1. I am very pleased that the camera actually does the things I wanted it to do for me and does them very well. I appreciate the range of options from iAuto to fully manual. This helps me get the photos I need immediately while also allowing me to explore the seemingly endless combination of options when I have more time to experiment. The image quality is excellent and performance time is fast. It took time to learn the menu system but it seems very logical to me and now that I know the 'fingerings' I can concentrate on other aspects of taking the photo. I am very excited about the possibilities this camera has for me to enhance my skills and more fully enjoy my photo hobby.

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    5.0

    Phenomenal Porrtaits

    By DanO

    from Bayonne, NJ

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls
    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

    Still getting used to a very capable albeit complex camera. I've never gotten better close up shots of faces ever before. Wish it had wider angle lens.

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    4.0

    Solid All Around Camera

    By Ger

    from Cleveland, OH USA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

      I bought the Stylus 1 to take to concert venues where I can't get in with my "professional" DSLR. No problem! The 28-300mm zoom lens and constant f/2.8 aperture are perfect for shooting live concerts. Small and unobtrusive, no one knows that you're able to easily and consistently capture DSLR quality shots. The auto focus is fast and accurate, and the menu system is reasonably simple to master. My only complaint is that the minimum aperture is f/8 which isn't optimal for landscapes. But otherwise, this is a solid performer. Good job, Olympus!

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      5.0

      Stylus 1: 300mm f2.8 in a Jacket Pocket

      By Elliott

      from Plainfield, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

        Stylus 1: 300mm f2.8 in a Jacket Pocket means:

        Terrific camera with terrific range is with me most of the time. Anything bigger (better?) more likely to be home, that would give me the best of nothing, hah.

        AF is fast, continuous shooting is fast and accurate.

        28-300mm optical at bright fixed f2.8. Engage terrific in-camera 2x digital telextender, now 600mm. It's good.

        I also have optional tcon 1.7x tele lens which gives 510mm optical, combines with 2x in camera to 1,020mm. Oh yeah!

        One oddity, exposure bracketing only available in P mode. Unless I am missing something.

        Touch screen focus and shoot is amazing.

        Front AF/Manual focus switch located and sized perfectly, switch with one finger while shooting.

        EVF and tilt/touch LCD is a wonderful combination.

        Auto lens cap should be on every camera, excellent

        Menu: I figured it out without a manual

        my first Oly, I am impressed and getting very good results.

        Video: have not used it, cannot say.

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        4.0

        Very versatile camera

        By BrooklynMike

        from Westchester, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Has Great Macro Ability
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

        With a touch screen to set the focus point, both a lcd screen and a eye piece to view through a 10x zoom constant at f2.8, the camera can do just about everything i want it to do. The only draw back is it has so many bells and whistles and options, it is almost too much. I would have preferred less options. They make the menus cumbersome.The SonyRX100 is much easier to use and smaller, but it lacks the zoom range of this camera.

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        5.0

        Just what we were looking for

        By Jon

        from Albuquerque

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

          We needed a compact camera for travel. Had an Olympus Stylus 8010 and two Nikon point and shoots. The Stylus was the best of the three, but we also wanted a view finder for bright light. We take pictures while driving off-road, so focus time and a faster lense are important. While picture quality is important, the pictures are for the web so we could trade sensor size for camera size and weight. The Stylus 1 has surpassed both our requirements and our expectations. It's very fast and easy to use, but has the full range of control when you need it. Great travel camera!

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          4.0

          Good All-Around Compact

          By Jack

          from NYC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Constant Fixed Aperture
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Quality Viewfinder

          Cons

          • Could Be A Tad Smaller
          • No Panoramic View Mode

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light

          Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

          I love my Sony RX100 except for the limited zoom, so I wanted a point and shoot with more zoom, which the Stylus 1 possesses. I was also impressed with the viewfinder and the constant fixed aperture. Decent in low light.

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          4.0

          Great travel camera

          By Richard S.

          from Lacey, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

              I am a 70+ year old retiree who is finding that messing around with a DSLR is getting to be problemetic due to the partial paralysis of my hands. I wanted a smaller, lighter camera with a decent zoom as a replacement when along came the Stylus 1. It fills the bill very nicely. I would indeed recommend it to others (in fact, I have already done so).

              The pros:
              1. It is small enough to carry all day without fatigue.
              2. Its 10+x zoon is a very nice lens. Sharp, bright, and nice reach.
              3. It has controls enough for anyone, including full manual for the old time photographers.
              4. Its screen and EVF are exceptional.
              5. Almost non-existent shutter lag.
              6-n I could go on and on - look at the Features on this or the Olympus site.

              Cons:

              1. The placement of its battery and card door prevents opening it while the camera is attatched to anything via the tripod mount. To me, this is probbly the second worst problem as I need a grip for my left hand which is useless for any other function while shooting.
              2. The shutter release could be a) a bit more prominent and b) slightly more resistent. This is another nit that is the result of the condition of my hands. I have trouble finding the button when using the EVF, and depressing it halfway is a matter of luck. I haven't won the lottery, either.
              3. I agree with other reviewers who have said that having the digital zoom on by default is a terrible decision. Fortunately, it can be assigned to a button and turned off.
              4. The User Guide is designed to frustrate the user. Fortunately, you can customize the buttons and only have to fight your way through the guide once.

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              5.0

              Great pics and fast.

              By adv116

              from Grass Valley CA

              Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

              I bought this for backpacking to save weight by leaving my DSLR home. It's pretty fast, has enough manual controls and custom settings that are fairly impressive. And it takes great pictures!

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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Hassle Free All In One Solution

              By Steve the Hiker

              from Oympia, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Excellent Evf
              • Good Battery Life
              • Great Resolution
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Macro Photography
                • Outdoor activities
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

                This is a feature laden, relatively small (although not easily pocketable) camera, particularly well suited to outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, cross country skiing, and traveling. Sure, its low light/higher ISO performance, video, and chromatic issues could be better, but then it wouldn't be so small or feature laden. If such factors are critical, use a camera with a larger sensor and interchangeable lenses. However, the Stylus I seems to be a nearly perfect hassle free all in one solution if you always want to have your camera with you. For what it is, five stars seem right!

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                5.0

                Maybe all the camera you'll need

                By Lawrence

                from Cape Cod, MA

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Motor-drive Works Well
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Travel

                Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

                My first time using the camera got me a cover on a local entertainment magazine. Good viewfinder, excellent low light capabilities. I do a lot of stage performance work and the constant aperture lens was the compelling reason to buy the Stylus 1. I'm still learning what the camera's features can do - but it's a superior alternative to an entry-level DSLR - and FAR more portable. I'm a happy man.

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                4.0

                a fine camera for what it is

                By Azoth7

                from Mexico

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Battery Life
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

                    I've had mine for a week. It's a fine camera for what it is. The lens is a bit weak at the wide-angle end (soft in the corners and not the best resolution in the center), but by 40mm (35mm equiv.) things sharpen up. In the mid-range and longer, the lens is quite sharp. The sensor is very good indeed. Shots at ISO 800 are no problem at all for this camera. The viewfinder is wonderful, and the controls are very good as well.

                    I have owned and used many great cameras during my fifty years of photographing--some of the best, in fact--and I can recommend this one for general use. If someone is looking to make large-scale wide-angle landscapes, this is not the right tool. Otherwise, most photogs I know would be very happy using this.

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                    4.0

                    Versatile and handy

                    By David traveler

                    from Baltimore, MD

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera:

                      Purchased it for travel to replace bulky SLR and big zoom lens. Very versatile with many manual options. Excellent EVF and handy and light for travel.Wi-Fi was easy to set up and use as well. Only drawback so far is some controls a bit small for my hands, but then it is small!

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