Olympus Stylus 1: A Premium Compact In the Style of a Mirrorless Camera


Olympus is bringing the sleek design of its mirrorless cameras to the world of premium compacts. Yesterday it unveiled the new Stylus 1, a fixed-lens camera that borrows quite a bit of form from the company’s popular OM-D line of cameras.

The company says that it is reimagining what a compact camera can be by blending together many of the most popular features across its camera lines. The Stylus 1 is designed for serious photographers who want more image quality and more advanced features than what most compact cameras can deliver.

Inside the Stylus 1 is a 12 megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that measures 1/1.7-inches — the same size as many premium compacts on the market. The image processor is the same as the one that’s used in the OM-D E-M5.


On the front of the camera is a sleek 28-300mm (35mm equiv.) i.ZUIKO lens that features a constant f/2.8 aperture and 10.7x optical zoom. The lens has additional low-light powers thanks to a built in image stabilization system that helps to reduce camera shake and blur. Its minimum focusing distance is just 2 inches.


Although the lens extends quite a bit, it’s rather compact when not in use, as it retracts into the camera body and disappears behind an automatically closing lens cap.



Turn the camera around and you’ll find a 3-inch, 1.04 million dot tilting LCD touchscreen. Above it is a 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder with a 1.15x magnification and a 100% field of view.




Other features of the Stylus 1 include a control ring around the lens, front grip, hot shoe, built-in flash, side zoom lever, built-in Wi-Fi, smartphone connectivity, 1080p Full HD movie recording, slow-motion mode, art filters, RAW image capture, a built-in 3-stop neutral density filter, and 7 frame per second continuous shooting speed.


You’ll be able to pick up a Stylus 1 come December 2013 for the price of $700.

  • Ronald

    I like the look of it.

  • Cinekpol

    It looks like a mix of two different ugly “wanna-be DSLR” mirrorless with one random P&S zoom (this lens with it’s mount looks horribly…weird).

  • Rabi Abonour

    We need a semantic overhaul to describe the current camera landscape. While I understand what you mean when you say that this camera borrows from Olympus’s mirrorless line, this *is* a mirrorless camera.

  • Rob Elliott

    Mirrorless is just short hand for Mirrorless Interchangable Lens, CSC is the only other term that ever really took off which is sad. I really wish EVIL had become part of the vernacular.

  • kombizz

    interesting to see by holding it in December 2013

  • saimin

    Not holding my breath on how this compares in image quality to Sony’s compact cameras with 1 inch sensors.

  • greenarcher02

    I also like Panasonic’s term for it: DSLM. At least it’s closer to the DSLR that people know and moves it away from P&S.