Olympus Stylus 1 Review - The Olympus Stylus 1 is a new advanced compact that shares a host of its design characteristics with the popular OM-D CSC range. Does it have the picture quality to match? Find out in the full WDC review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Olympus Stylus 1

Overall score:86%
Image Quality:85%


  • Design; Performance; Viewfinder; Versatility


  • Lens quality; Price


Olympus Stylus 1 Review


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Olympus Stylus 1 Review – Performance

Olympus Stylus 1 front angled

The Stylus 1’s resemblance to a DSLR extends to the camera’s overall performance, which is exceptionally good. It can start up, focus and take a picture in approximately 1.6 seconds, which is very fast by any standard.

In single-shot mode, shooting in raw plus JPEG fine, it can maintain a shot-to-shot time of approximately 0.7 seconds, which is also very fast, and seems to be able to keep up that speed indefinitely. In continuous shooting mode using the same quality settings it was able to shoot at approximately 7fps for 22 frames, which is also a very creditable performance.

Some reviewers have criticised the Stylus’ autofocus system, but I could find no fault with it. In single AF mode it focused quickly and accurately in all conditions, including focusing down to 5cm in super macro mode. The motion tracking continuous AF was perhaps a little slow to follow a moving subject, but that was literally the only problem.

In low light conditions the AF was particularly good; in fact with its exceptionally powerful AF assist lamp I found that it focused just as quickly and accurately in complete darkness as it did in daylight, even at a range of around ten metres.

Olympus Stylus 1 rear angled

Battery life

Battery duration was also excellent. I took about 250 shots while testing the camera, as well as about fifteen minutes of video and lots of picture reviewing and fiddling about with the menu, and even after that the battery indicator was still showing a full charge.

Olympus makes no particular claim for the number of shots on a full charge, and as I have noted I was using a pre-production sample, but the total has got to be several hundred shots.

  1. 1. Olympus Stylus 1 Review - Features
  2. 2. Olympus Stylus 1 Review - Design
  3. 3. Olympus Stylus 1 Review - Performance
  4. 4. Olympus Stylus 1 Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Olympus Stylus 1 Review - Verdict
  6. 6. Olympus Stylus 1 Review - Sample Image Gallery
  7. 7. First Look
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