Olympus has unveiled a new premium compact camera, the Stylus 1, which will be the flagship of the Stylus range.


The new Olympus Stylus 1. (Source: Olympus.)

Featuring a 12-megapixel 1/1.7-type (7.6 x 5.7 mm) back-lit CMOS sensor and TruePic image processor, the Stylus 1 comes with a 10.7x optical i.ZUIKO DIGITAL zoom lens that covers the equivalent of 28-300mm in 35mm format and has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. A large electronic viewfinder (EVF) provides the highest magnification factor in its class and similar viewing quality to the OM-D cameras. The new camera provides an advanced range of controls with a hybrid control lens ring and a side mounted zoom lever. Users can customise multiple buttons for a shooting experience like that of an Interchangeable Lens Camera.


Back view of the Olympus Stylus 1. (Source: Olympus.)


Top view of the Olympus Stylus 1 with the lens in the wide (28mm) position. (Source: Olympus.)


Side view of the Olympus Stylus 1 with the lens in the tele (300mm) position. (Source: Olympus.)

Built-in Wi-Fi functionality makes it easy to connect the camera with smart devices via the Olympus Image Share App (OI.Share) for iOS and Android. Using OI.Share’s simple connection function, initial settings can be easily completed simply by scanning the QR code that appears on the camera’s screen. The Stylus 1 provides 11 Art Filters and 5 Art Effects, which can be used with still photos and movies. High -sensitivity shooting is supported to ISO 12800 and the camera includes a built-in ND filter for controlling exposure in three steps. This enables users to record de-focused backgrounds in bright conditions. i-Enhance enables the automatic detection of subjects for optimal colour and contrast reproduction.


The illustration above shows the tilting monitor on the Stylus 1. (Source: Olympus.)

The 3-inch LCD monitor has a resolution of 1.04 million dots and a capacitative touch panel. It can be tilted for waist-level or above-the-head shooting. The Stylus 1 also includes a Bulb setting that supports exposures of up to 30 minutes as well as a variable self timer function with customisable options such as the number of shots, duration and shooting interval.

Optional accessories include a snapshot style leather camera case (CSCH-118) and 1.7x tele-converter (TCON-17X) and CLA-13 converter adapter. The Olympus Stylus 1 will be available in black from December 2013. Recommended retail price of the camera and accessories is to be announced. Details can be found at www.olympus.com.au.  

Image sensor: 7.6 x 5.7 mm BSI CMOS sensor  with 13 million photosites (12 megapixels  effective)
Image processor: TruePic V1
Lens: 6.0-64.2mm f/2.8  (mm in 35 mm format)
Zoom ratio: 10.7x optical, up to 2x digital
Image formats: Stills – JPEG  (DCF / Exif 2.3), raw (12-bit lossless), RAW+JPEG; Movies – MPEG-4/H.264
Image Sizes: Stills – 3968 x 2976, 2560 x 1920; Movies – 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Shutter speed range: 1/2000 to 60 seconds plus Bulb (max. 30 minutes)
Self-timer: 2 or 12 seconds delay
Image Stabilisation: Lens-shift type
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3EV in 1/3EV steps
Focus system/range: 35-area Imager AF (contrast-based) with  S-AF, C-AF, Tracking AF and Manual modes; range: 10 cm to infinity; macro 5 cm to 10 cm
Exposure metering/control: Digital ESP   metering with Centre weighted average and Spot metering; highlight / shadow bias spot metering are available
Shooting modes: iAuto, Program AE, Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE, Manual, Custom (x2), Photo Story, Scene select AE (Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night + Portrait, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Multiplex exposure), Art Filter
ISO range: Auto, ISO 100-12800 in 1/3EV steps
White balance: Auto plus 6 pre-sets: Sunny, Shadow, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash. Two Custom measurement settings provided. Kelvin (3000K – 7500K); WB bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis
Flash modes/range (ISO auto): Auto, red-eye reduction. fill-in, off, red-eye reduction slow sync, slow sync; up to +/- 3EV adjustment in 1/3EV steps; external flash control (TTL Auto, Auto, Manual); range: 0.1 to 10.3 metres
Sequence shooting: Max. 7 frames/second for up to 200 JPEG shots
Storage Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; UHS-1 and Eye-Fi compatible
Viewfinder: Eye-level EVF with 1.44 million dots; +/- 7 levels each brightness and colour temperature adjustment
LCD monitor: 3-inch tilting monitor with 1,040,000 dots and electrostatic touch-screen control, +/- 7 levels each brightness and colour temperature adjustment, Vivid/Natural colour settings
Wi-Fi: Yes, QR code setting;  remote shooting controls: Live View, Power off, Rec View, Self timer, Touch AF & Shutter, P/A/S/M exposure modes, Bulb mode, Zoom
Power supply: BLS-5 lithium-ion battery pack; ; CIPA rated for 410 shots/charge
Dimensions (wxhxd): 116.2 x 87 x 56.5  mm  (with Automatic lens cap attached, without protrusions)
Weight: 402 grams (including battery and memory card)

RRP: US$700; Australian RRP t.b.d. Distributor: Olympus Imaging Australia; 1300 659 678, www.olympus.com.au