Olympus Stylus 1 Review: Shooter’s Report Part 1 - Dreamy Bokeh on a Budget


posted Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM EST

Who doesn't want dreamy bokeh? Olympus claims this $700 fixed lens camera can do just that, and we at IR exist to test these claims for you, the end user, to give you an unvarnished report of a camera's actual capabilities. I've just posted my first installment of the Olympus Stylus 1 Shooter's Report, in which I tested that and other claims on a variety of subjects and in various shooting situations.

For any of you who have not yet seen our Panasonic GM1 Review, we have recently begun radically changing the way we deliver camera review content to you. Going forward, we'll be bringing you testing information from our lab and actual user reports much faster, as we receive them, so that you get the content and experienced opinions you need to make informed buying decisions more quickly. This will also give you the chance to dialogue about the cameras, ask us questions, or post commentary about our findings and conclusions.

For this first report, I took a look at the excellent zoom range of the Stylus 1 (300mm eq. in 35mm terms) and the shallow depths of field achievable from the relatively fast (f/2.8) aperture at full telephoto. I also took the camera indoors and outside at dusk to test its low light potential. The results were a bit surprising, so dive right in and see for yourself. And don't forget to let us know your thoughts or ask any questions about the camera or our findings at the end of the review.

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Olympus Stylus 1 - 300mm, f/2.8, 1/800s, ISO 100