Olympus Announces the New Stylus 1 Digital Camera with Constant f/2.8 Zoom Lens


With a form factor that incorporates the best of the legendary OM series cameras, the just-announced Olympus Stylus 1 Digital Camera is a slim, stylish compact digital camera with a 12MP sensor and a 10.7x optical zoom lens. The 1/1.7” BSI CMOS sensor offers clear, color-accurate imaging and low-light capability. The ISO sensitivity of the Stylus 1 ranges from 100-12800 and includes an auto mode. Fast autofocus speeds and a 7 fps continuous shooting rate, up to a maximum of 70 full-resolution jpeg exposures and 25 RAW exposures, speak to the performance capability of the TruePic VI image processor on this, Olympus’s new top-of-the-line point-and shoot camera.

The optical zoom lens provides the 35mm focal-length equivalent of 28-300mm for a zoom range from true wide angle to super telephoto. It can magnify distant subjects, compress space and open up to shoot expansive landscapes and tight interiors. Most impressive is that it features a constant f/2.8 aperture for effective low-light shooting and shallow-depth-of-field focus control. In-camera image stabilization also adds to its ability to capture clear, blur-free images in low light and when shooting at the lens’s longer focal lengths.

For clear, stable, eye-level image composition, the Stylus 1 supports a high-definition electronic viewfinder with 1.44-million-dot resolution and 1.15x magnification. The live view image in the EVF shows adjustments made to exposure, white balance, and even when art filters are applied and camera settings and modes are visible within the finder’s image. An eye sensor registers when the camera is brought to your eye and automatically switches the live view from the rear LCD monitor to the EVF. The LCD monitor is 3.0” with 1.04 million dots. It supports touchscreen control of camera settings, autofocus, and shutter release. Swipe gestures in playback let you rapidly see the images in memory. With tilt capability upward to 80º and downward to 50º, the LCD will adjust for high- and low-angle composition and to minimize reflections in strong light. Brightness, tone, and color saturation are all adjustable via touch control.

The LCD monitor also provides live view and playback for the camera’s HD 1080p video mode. Full HD video can be captured at 30 fps and slow-motion video is supported in lower resolutions. A built-in stereo microphone with a Wind Noise Reduction feature enables quality sound recording; a micro HDMI output connects directly to an HDTV for direct screening.

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity lets you sync the Stylus 1 to your smartphone or tablet and immediately share images and post them to social media sites. In addition, when using the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) application, the remote function lets you see the camera’s live view and control aperture, ISO, autofocus, shutter release, and more from your iOS or Android device. Geotagging is supported and filter effects and customized signature stamps can also be added to your transferred images and videos.

The form factor of the Stylus 1 is reminiscent of the OM series of Olympus cameras and is not only handsome but very practical. Well-placed dials and buttons and a textured grip complement its style and make for intuitive navigation and comfortable handling. A zoom lever at the base of the lens is placed right where your finger rests, and an impressive hybrid control ring around the lens is customizable to control functions like zoom and manual focus and even exposure, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity. Two function buttons also provide fast access to your most important settings and in combination with the control ring and sub dial, you can control nearly all camera functions without taking your eye off your subject. An integrated automatic lens cap opens and closes when the camera is powered on and off. The thin plastic shield eliminates the persistent worries associated with lens caps such as: where did I put it, or when will I lose it?

A built-in TTL flash with numerous flash modes is available when light is scarce or when adding fill flash to eliminate shadows. In addition, the built-in flash can wirelessly control up to 4 groups of off-camera flash. A hot-shoe mount enables the use of external flash units and is able to hold other accessories such as microphones and monitors when shooting video.

As mentioned, the Stylus 1 offers RAW capture, fast continuous shooting, and P/A/S/M modes for exacting exposure and color control as well as fast performance, but as a point-and-shoot that is designed for any level of shooter there are also comprehensive auto and assistive features. Scene Select AE automatically makes the optimal camera settings when shooting specific scene types such as Fireworks, Night, or Sports. Face Priority AF recognizes faces within a scene and Eye Detect places focus directly on your subject’s eye when shooting portraits. Eleven in-camera art filters, such as Grainy Film and Pop Art allow you to add effects to your images, and Photo Story creates a mini photo essay by combining multiple shots into one.

With a form factor that leans toward a slim, lightweight version of the Olympus OM-D series and includes an impressive Electronic Viewfinder as well as a versatile 28-300mm equivalent zoom lens with constant f/2.8 aperture, the new Stylus 1 is an advanced point-and-shoot camera that should impress shooters of all levels.

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Pixels Effective: 12 MP
Actual: Approx. 12.8 MP
Sensor 1/1.7" BSI CMOS with primary color filter (RGB)
File Formats JPEG, RAW (12-bit lossless compression), RAW+JPEG
DCF, DPOF compatible/ Exif
PRINT Image Matching III
Max Resolution 12 MP: 3968 x 2976 (RAW or JPEG)
Other Resolutions 5.0 MP: 2560 x 1920
1.2 MP: 1280 x 960
0.3 MP: 640 x 480
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Image Stabilization Optical (VCM), 2-dimension
Noise Reduction On, off, auto, low, standard, high
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 ISO 200)
Lens 12 elements in 10 groups (aspheric: 9 sides)
EFL: 6.0-64.3 mm (35mm equivalent: 28-300 mm)
Constant aperture: f/2.8
Optical zoom: 10.7x
Digital zoom: 2x
Focus Range Wide: 3.9" (10 cm) - infinity
Tele:  31.5" (80 cm) - infinity
Super Macro: 2.0  - 23.6" (5.0 - 60 cm)
Focus System
Focus Mode Single AF (S-AF)
SuperMacro Mode
Continuous AF (C-AF)
AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
Advance AF (movie mode only)
Face priority AF
Eye Detect AF: near side eye priority,  right side eye priority, left side eye priority
Manual focus (MF)
MF assist: live view image magnified when control ring rotated
Face priority AF
Autofocus Points 35, 9 or 1
AF Illuminator Available
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity AUTO ISO 100 - 12800 (customizable, Default 100 - 1600), Manual 100 - 12800, in 1/3 EV steps
ISO Bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.7 steps
Shutter Speed 60 - 1/2000 sec
Less than 1/30 sec in S mode and M mode for video
Bulb: default setting 15min.  (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)
Exposure Metering Modes Digital ESP, center-weighted average, spot, spot with highlight control, spot with shadow control
Metering Range EV 0 - 20
Exposure Modes iAuto, programmed AE, AE lock (locked at 1st release of shutter button), apeture priority, shutter priority, manual, custom 1, custom 2, photo story (Standard / Type I, II, III, IV) and Fun Frame (Instant, Film, Stripe), scene selection, art filter
Shooting Modes Portrait, e-Portrait, landscape, sport, night, night + portrait, sunset, documents, panorama, fireworks, multiplex exposure, beach and snow
Picture Modes ifinish,Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Art Filters
Gradation: Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key  (except Art Flters)
Adjustment parameter: 4 levels (Auto, Normal, High key, Low key)
Filter effect: Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green for Monotone
Tone: Natural, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green
Art Filter Modes 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.)
a. Soft Focus Effect, b. Pin-Hole Effect, c. White Edge Effect, d. Frame Effect, e. Star Light Effect
Multiple Exposures 2 frames with auto gain and live view
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Bracketing 2 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0 EV steps, 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0 EV steps (selectable)
White Balance Modes Auto, 6 presets, 2 capture modes, custom (Kelvin: 2000-14000K), one-touch with 2 custom settings
Presets: Sunny (5300K), Shadow (7500K), Cloudy (6000K), Incandescent (3000K), Fluorescent (4000K),  WB Flash (5500K)
White Balance Bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis
White Balance Compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (except custom mode)
Burst Rate 7.0 fps for up to 25 (RAW) or 70 (JPEG)
Self Timer 12 sec., 2 sec., custom, cancel
Remote Control No
Flash Modes TTL auto, auto, manual, red-eye reduction, fill-in, off, red-eye reduction slow sync., slow sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range Wide: 2.0 - 33.8' (0.6 - 10.3 m)(ISO 1600)
Tele: 2.6 - 33.8' (0.8 - 10.3 m(ISO 1600)
Variable Power 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
Flash Compensation Up to ±3 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Flash Bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps
External Flash Connection Hot shoe
Compatible External Flash FL-50R, FL-36R,  FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R
External Flash Modes TTL Auto, Auto, Manual
Color Temperature 5500±400 K
Wireless Flash Control FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R controlled by built-in flash
4 channels, 4 groups (3 groups and built-in flash)
Memory Card Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, including UHS-1 and Eye-Fi
File Formats MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264), Motion JPG
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 1920 x 1080p, 30 fps (29.97),  20 Mbps
1280 x 720p, 30 fps (29.97), 13 Mbps
640 x 480p, 120 fps
320 x 240, 240 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Video Clip Length Full HD: up to 29 min
SH: 20sec
File Size Maximum: 4.0 GB
Exposure Control (Movie) (1) i Auto (2) P: Programme AE (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE
(5) M: Manual  (6) C1: Custom1 AE  (7) C2: Custom2 AE (8) SCN: SCN AE
(9) Art Filter: ART Filtr AE
IS for Movie Multi-motion compensation
AE Lock Available
Audio Recording Yes, via stereo micophone (WAV/linear PCM/16-bit, sampling frequency: 48 kHz)
Wind noise reduction
Recording volume adjustable
Voice memo for still photos (30 sec)
Speaker Mono
Video System NTSC/PAL selectable
Viewfinder Type Eye-level electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution Approx. 1.44 M dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Eye-Point / Diopter Adjustment Range Approx. 18mm (-1m^-1, distance from rear lens surface) /  -4 to +2m^-1
Magnification 1.15x (0.58x 35mm equiv.)
Eye Sensor for Automatic Switching Available
Displayed Grid Off / Normal Grid / Golden Grid / Scale / Diagonal  selectable
Level Gauge  2-axis level gauge: horizontal /vertical
Brightness Control +/- 7 levels
Eyecup Optional EP-11
Display Screen 3.0" (7.6 cm), 1040k-dot, tiltable touchscreen LCD
Touch Function Touch shutter release, touch live guide, AF area selection, frame advance/backward, enlargement playback, touch super control panel
Tilting Angle Up: 80 deg
Down: 50 deg
Brightness Control ±7 levels
Color Setting Vivid, natural
Super Control Panel Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value/indicator, Exposure indicator, ISO sensitivity, Flash intensity compensation value/indicator, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size, Drive mode, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation,  Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP, Date, Auto BKT setting, Internal Temperature Warning
Live View
Modes Exposure, white balance, shadow adjustment, face detect, grid line,
histogram, Off
Type Image Sensor type
Coverage 100%
Display Mode Normal Mode, Grid Line Mode (4 types), Histogram Mode, Off
Monitor information Aperture value, shutter speed, auto bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, shooting mode, battery check, custom, internal temperature warning, face / eye detection (max 8 faces), histogram, number of storable still pictures, record mode, ISO, sequential shooting, self-timer, white balance, 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
Live Guide Settings: Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Express Motion, Shooting Tips
Playback Mode Single-frame, information display (Histogram with independent luminance / RGB available, Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, off), index display (4/9/25 frames),  enlargement (2x - 14x), movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), picture rotation (auto), slideshow (Still/Movie/Still+Movie, with BGM/BGM+sound/sound)
Image Editing
Editing Function RAW development, Gradation auto, Red-eye fix, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Post-recording
RAW Picture Editing RAW development based on settings of the camera (including Art Filter)
JPEG Picture Editing Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Trimming, Aspect, Black&White, Sepia, Saturation, Resize, e-portrait
Erasing Function Single frame, All, Selected frames (from Index)
Protect Function Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Ports  USB 2.0
Remote control connector for optional RM-UC1
HDMI Micro (Type D)
VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
PictBridge Compatible Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, built-in
System Requirements Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7 SP1, 8
Mac OS X 10.5-10.8
Operating/Storage Temperature Operation: 32 to 104 deg F (0 to 40 deg C)
Storage: -4 to 140 deg F (-20 to 60 deg C)
Humidity Operation: 30 - 90%
Storage: 10 - 90%
Battery BLS-5 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep Mode Available (1/3/5 min. off selectable)
Number of Pictures 410 shots (with 50% flash power)
Construction Metal
Dimensions 4.6 x 3.4 x 2.2" (11.6 x 8.7 x 5.7 cm)
Weight Approx. 0.9 lb (402 g) including BLS-5 battery and memory card 

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