With my little Canon IXUS point and shoot getting slower and slower to focus, it was time to find an heir apparent.
Enter the Stylus 1 by Olympus.
Lightweight, 10x Zoom, constant F/2.8 (max F/Stop 8.0) with a quick 1/2000 of a second shutter speed. This little powerhouse comes with a built in ND filter, so no need to carry or find an adapter for a polarising filter.
On board flash is good for a bit of fill flash, if needed. There are also two Zoom controls, one on the left side of the lens, and one on top, near the aperture/power control.
Size comparison with the E-M1 and E-M5. With lens extended the Stylus 1 isn’t much smaller, but it’s less than half the weight. All three have the articulated touch screen. All three are amazingly fast to focus.
Pivoting articulated touch screen makes menu reading easy. The Fn1 button activates Digital 2x zoom.The Built in popup flash is good for fill flash, but there’s also a hotshoe, to use an external flash if needed or wanted.
You set the aperture with the button on the top of the camera, but what I really like is you change the shutter speed with the ring on the lens. No more fingers turning the wrong dial!
The Digital Teleconverter only affects the JPG, not the ORF/RAW file. Not a fan of Digital Zoom, but I can say it’s nowhere near as grainy and filled with artifacts as I expected.
Details and texture not lost with the Digital 2x Teleconverter:
Built in Neutral Density Filter functionality. Both images were shot at the same shutter speed, same ISO, same Aperture. The one on the left without the ND filter. The one on the right With the ND Filter on.
The camera also has WiFi, and you can use your Android or iPhone as a wireless remote.
It’s ‘only’ 12mps, but the images are sharp, clear and colorful. It is a bit more expensive than your average “point and shoot” camera, but that’s because it’s above average in features, picture quality. You can still customize some of the buttons, but they aren’t like the E-M5 or E-M1.