Olympus Stylus 1000 Performance


Timing and Performance

Except for autofocus lag, above average speed for a consumer camera.

Startup/Shutdown
Power on
to first shot
1.8 seconds
Time it takes for LCD to turn on and lens to deploy
Shutdown
1.5 seconds
How long it takes to retract lens
Buffer clearing time
13 seconds
(10 seconds buffer clearing in LF JPEG)
Worst case buffer clearing time. -- This is the delay after a set of shots before you can remove the card. Some cameras won't retract their lenses and shut down until the buffer is cleared.
Mode switching
Play to Record,
first shot
1.0 seconds
Time until first shot is captured
Record to play
6.4 seconds
Time to display a large/fine file immediately after capture
Display
recorded image
0.8 second
Time to display a large/fine file already on the memory card.
Shutter response (Lag Time):
Full Autofocus Wide
0.80 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at wide angle position.
Full Autofocus Tele
0.80 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at telephoto position.
Prefocused
0.116 second
Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.
Cycle time (shot to shot)
Single Shot mode
Large Fine JPEG
6.14 seconds
Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots
Single Shot mode
640x480 JPEG
3.27 seconds
Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots
Early shutter
penalty?
No / Yes with flash
Some cameras refuse to snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer
Continuous mode
2048x1536 JPEG
0.27 second (3.75 frames per second);
12 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first
Continuous mode
640x480 JPEG
0.27 second (3.75 frames per second);
13 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first
Flash recycling
6 seconds
Flash at maximum output
Download speed
Windows Computer, USB 2.0
814 KBytes/sec
Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-770=USB 2.0 Low;
More than 770=USB 2.0 High

The 1000's performance is generally above average. Startup and shutdown speeds are above average but shutter response is average. Shot-to-shot cycle times and continuous-mode speeds are above average, though. The weak flash takes an average six seconds to recharge after a full-power shot. Connected to a computer or printer via USB, download speeds are also average. Bottom line, while not a first choice for sports or other really fast-paced action, the 1000 is responsive enough to handle most family photo opportunities.

Battery and Storage Capacity

Battery
Typical battery life for a Lithium-Ion design.

Test Conditions
Number of Shots
LiIon rechargeable battery
280

The Olympus Stylus 1000 uses a custom rechargeable LiIon battery for power. The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of based on CIPA battery-life and/or manufacturer standard test conditions.

Although the battery life isn't bad, we still recommend picking up a spare battery and keeping it freshly charged and on-hand for long outings.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

Storage
The Olympus Stylus 1000 stores its photos on xD memory cards or in approximately 28.5 MB of internal memory, and no card is included with the camera.

Image Capacity vs
Resolution/Quality
28 MB Internal Memory
Fine Normal
3648 x 2736
Images
(Avg size)
5
5.0 MB
11
2.5 MB
Approx.
Compression
6:1 12:1
2560 x 1920
Images
(Avg size)
- 22
1.2 MB
Approx.
Compression
- 12:1
2304 x 1728
Images
(Avg size)
- 28
994 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 12:1
2048 x 1536
Images
(Avg size)
- 35
785 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 12:1
1600 x 1200
Images
(Avg size)
- 43
642 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 9:1
1280 x 960
Images
(Avg size)
- 67
417 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 9:1
1024 x 768
Images
(Avg size)
- 102
272 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 9:1
640 x 480
Images
(Avg size)
- 158
176 KB
Approx.
Compression
- 3:1

The Olympus Stylus 1000 stores its photos on xD memory cards or in approximately 28.5 MB of internal memory, and no card is included with the camera. (I strongly recommend buying at least a 512 MB card, preferably a 1GB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings.) The chart below shows how many images can be stored in the internal memory at each size/quality setting.

 

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