Olympus has just announced the Olympus Stylus 1: A high-end OM-D styled compact and it isn’t a run-of-the-mill bridge camera, if that’s what you are thinking! The Stylus 1’s SLR-like shape is similar to that of the OM-D E-M1. The camera sports 12MP. It is a compact camera with a 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor, a constant f/2.8 lens, which offers an equivalent focal length range of 28-300mm and has a large electronic viewfinder. The image processing is handled by the same TruePic VI engine as is in the Olympus O-MD E-M5, which is the original OM-D. This enables sensitivity to be set in the native range of ISO 100-12,800.
All this is packed into a body with a casing depth of only 52mm, the overall dimensions of the camera are 116x87x56.5mm. The camera also has Wi-Fi connectivity which is compatible with the Olympus app, Images Share, for remote control and wireless image transfer. The camera’s lens is an ‘ultra-slim’ iZuiko Digital optic and it is specifically harmonized with the sensor. It also has an image stabilising element, which is built-in to reduce the impact of camera shake by up to 5EV. In addition to this there are 11 Art Filter modes available, which can be used when shooting movies in Full HD at up to 120 or 240fps.
Unlike many compact cameras that are currently available on the market, the Olympus Stylus 1 has a built in viewfinder. This is the same 1.44-million dot electronic device, which is found in the OM-D E-M5. This EVF is supported by a tilting 3-inch, 1.04-million dot LCD screen which is also touch sensitive and it uses capacitive technology to speed AF point selection etc. Olympus has given the Stylus 1 an SLR-like shape that is extremely comparable to the OM-D E-M1’s, with a control dial, mode dial and direct movie button on the top and on the front of the body there’s a sprung switch next to the lens to control the zoom and a dial around the lens to control the focus and the aperture.
What is the price? I hear you say! Well, get out your wallets because it is only a mere US$699.99/£549 and will be available from late November.
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