Olym­pus Sty­lus 1

Australian T3 - - RATED -

Looks just like a minia­ture DSLR and shoots like one, too

The Sty­lus 1 has a se­ri­ous, an­gu­lar de­sign that echoes Olym­pus’s flag­ship OM-D cam­eras. The look is “DSLR that’s had a mishap with a shrink ray” and the han­dling is sim­i­larly pro, with a de­cent grip and a viewfinder as well as the three-inch, tilt­ing touch­screen.

A bright aper­ture lens is bolted on to the front like the oth­ers in this test, but in the case of the Sty­lus 1 it pro­vides f/2.8 through­out its en­tire 10.7x zoom range, the 35mm equiv­a­lent of 28-300mm. Switch it on and it’s im­pres­sive from the off, the au­to­matic lens cover splin­ter­ing into four pieces in an ex­tremely cool dis­play of show­man­ship.

Mir­ror­ing its Canon ri­val, the Sty­lus fields a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sen­sor de­liv­er­ing a 12-megapixel res­o­lu­tion and up to ISO 12,800 light sen­si­tiv­ity. Also on board is a lat­est gen­er­a­tion TruePic V1 pro­ces­sor for near in­stan­ta­neous aut­o­fo­cus, with the touch­screen pro­vid­ing both Touch AF and Touch Shut­ter op­tions.

Eleven on-board Art Fil­ter dig­i­tal ef­fects ex­tend cre­ativ­ity and are ex­cel­lent at sal­vaging shots when con­di­tions are dull, al­though not es­sen­tial. Frankly, shots from the Sty­lus 1 look good with­out tin­ker­ing.

A ded­i­cated record but­ton gets you shoot­ing 1080p video in a flash. There’s also the op­tion of high-speed 120fps or 240fps cap­ture modes for cre­at­ing slo-mo ef­fects. The zoom can be used for video and while there’s a low me­chan­i­cal buzz, the lens ac­tion is smooth, au­to­mat­i­cally re-fo­cus­ing as it goes.

Like all good mod­ern com­pact cam­eras, Wi-Fi is built in for shar­ing shots on the go. There’s also a lens ring for quickly ad­just­ing fea­tures. With DSLR-like, per­for­mance this is a se­ri­ous con­tender. How­ever, it is the largest – you’ll have trou­ble slip­ping this into a pocket – and one of the prici­est cams on test. A big in­vest­ment in ev­ery sense.

Love Longer lens reach. Con­stant, fast f/2.8 aper­ture through­out the zoom range. Classy, DSLR-like de­sign Hate Largest com­pact cam on test. High price tag T3 Says Not the small­est or cheap­est cam­era on test, but it is a proper grown-up op­tion

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