Olympus Stylus 1 Review
Olympus Stylus 1 Conclusion
It's rare when a new class of camera comes our way, but that's just what the Olympus Stylus 1 is. Yes, it's a bridge camera, but in a compact body with a long, constant aperture zoom that still yields high quality images at lower ISOs and at a reasonable price, which does put it in a whole new class.
All cameras have limitations of some form or other, and the Stylus 1 suffers most when higher ISOs are needed, as the sensor is simply too small to deliver high quality over about ISO 800. And yet, the sensor is notably larger than typical long-zooms sporting 1/2.3" sensors, and this difference combined with the excellent quality of the i.Zuiko lens yields exceptional image quality at lower ISOs and better quality as ISO rises than these conventional models. The Stylus 1 falls far short in image quality as ISO rises compared to the Sony RX10, but to get that camera requires a lot more money and more space in your camera bag. It also falls short of the similarly priced Sony RX100 II, but can catch up when zoomed beyond 100mm eq. due to its much faster aperture at that focal length.
As long as you are aware of what you are giving up in the form of limited high-ISO performance, the Stylus 1 packs quite a punch for image quality, ergonomics, speed, customizability and its solid build, making it an attractive proposition for someone wanting all of this in a small package at an affordable price. With all that it has going for it, the Olympus Stylus 1 is indeed a bona fide Dave's Pick.
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