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Olympus Stylus 1 12 MP Digital Camera with 10.7X f2.8 Zoom Lens by Review Summary ,  Aug 2, 2015

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Olympus Stylus 1 12 MP Digital Camera with 10.7X f2.8 Zoom Lens
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 53 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 7.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Image5.0   above average
Lens5.0   exceptional
Zoom4.6   above average
Size4.4   average
Range4.3   average
Focus4.1   above average
Light3.9   average


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Focus

Focus:
"Plus, the autofocus on the XZ-1 often left me frustrated."
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"I tested the Nikon Coolpix P7800 and was very disappointed in it's focus speed and it's macro capability."
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"Low light focus was not good but the real disappointment for me was that it only does macro at full wide angle (same for the Sony RX100)."
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"Speed of focus is excellent."
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"But image quality, scene modes, fast autofocus, and other features make this an outstanding camera."
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"I had great difficulty getting its auto focus to focus."
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"Olympus Stylus 1 pros and consPROS:-Extremely responsive autofocus in all conditions-Great battery life-Very good image quality (but noise performance is consistent with other cameras with the relatively small 1 1.7 sensor)-Fairly decent lens optical quality given its range (though a little soft at telephoto - but this is not unusual for a lens of this type)-Image stabilization works well-Touch AF works well-Nice EVF - even in low light-Two zoom levers-Very customizable-Great ergonomics-Nice tilting LCDCONS:-Menu system is a little convoluted and takes some getting used to."
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Image

Image:
"I take pics mostly with the EVF and this one is the best of all my cameras."
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"Probably because the EVF is so fantastic - clear and bright image."
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"Google: Stylus 1 Robert Wong, look through his amazing images shot with this camera, read his suggestions for how to get the most of it."
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"Olympus Stylus 1 pros and consPROS:-Extremely responsive autofocus in all conditions-Great battery life-Very good image quality (but noise performance is consistent with other cameras with the relatively small 1 1.7 sensor)-Fairly decent lens optical quality given its range (though a little soft at telephoto - but this is not unusual for a lens of this type)-Image stabilization works well-Touch AF works well-Nice EVF - even in low light-Two zoom levers-Very customizable-Great ergonomics-Nice tilting LCDCONS:-Menu system is a little convoluted and takes some getting used to."
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"The Nikon is too bulky even though it does give excellent pics."
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Lens

Lens:
"I bought it because dropping my Lumix zoom lens camera after many happy years gave me the excuse to move up to get many features I missed having."
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"Olympus Stylus 1 pros and consPROS:-Extremely responsive autofocus in all conditions-Great battery life-Very good image quality (but noise performance is consistent with other cameras with the relatively small 1 1.7 sensor)-Fairly decent lens optical quality given its range (though a little soft at telephoto - but this is not unusual for a lens of this type)-Image stabilization works well-Touch AF works well-Nice EVF - even in low light-Two zoom levers-Very customizable-Great ergonomics-Nice tilting LCDCONS:-Menu system is a little convoluted and takes some getting used to."
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"Olympus's handling of colors and the lens sharpness throughout most of its range make for some nice photos at low ISOs."
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"Absolutely love that automatic lens cover when the cameras is off."
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"What we like:1) Small, easy to carry, and no shoulder fatigue after a long day.2) f 2.8 from 28-200mm = superb depth of field control.3) Long battery life (WiFi off).4) Light weight means a smaller, lighter tripod works nicely.5) Touch screen controls.6) Built-in lens cap cover."
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Light

Light:
"Disappointing in low light."
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"There's some lag and weird effects in low light and at full zoom, but it's mostly good and let's me track flying birds without too much trouble."
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"Low light focus was not good but the real disappointment for me was that it only does macro at full wide angle (same for the Sony RX100)."
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"The camera is light and fairly easy to hold; wish the grip was a bit bigger and I have small hands."
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"It is small enough and light enough for me to carry it comfortably in a pouch that attaches to my belt."
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"However, the constant f2.8 aperture means it takes great photos in relatively low light in full zoom mode."
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"I am happy with my decisionThe camera is small and light, but feels very well in the hand."
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"There's some lag and weird effects in low light and at full zoom, but it's mostly good and let's me track flying birds without too much trouble."
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Photo

Photo:
"After taking photos for a couple of weeks, I was disappointed at how soft the photos looked, even at low ISO and with the sharpening turned up in the camera."
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"It takes excellent indoor outdoor photos and features are easy to use."
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"It also has built-in Wi-Fi to easily upload your photos via your smartphone."
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"Olympus's handling of colors and the lens sharpness throughout most of its range make for some nice photos at low ISOs."
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"However, the constant f2.8 aperture means it takes great photos in relatively low light in full zoom mode."
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")However, I couldn't be happier with the photos I have captured and the ease of use, features and especially the portability."
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Quality

Quality:
"Here is a summary of the pros and cons of the Stylus 1:Pros:1) Bright, clear EVF2) Excellent LCD3) Excellent 25-300mm equivalent zoom range4) Light and portable5) Good video capability (30p max)6) Decent battery life7) Quick autofocus, even in low light8) Clean, sharp stills9) F2.8 aperture on lens throughout zoom range10) Integrated lens cap is a dream come trueCons:1) Can't display ISO setting and level gauge at the same time2) Can't display all photo settings at the same time in shooting mode3) Flash photos are underexposed--need to increase flash intensity by +0.7EV4) Buttons are too small5) Not enough customization options for soft keys and dials6) No in-camera HDR or dynamic range optimization7) Video quality degrades a little when panning8) Priced higher than the competition"
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"It has excellent picture quality."
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"Olympus Stylus 1 pros and consPROS:-Extremely responsive autofocus in all conditions-Great battery life-Very good image quality (but noise performance is consistent with other cameras with the relatively small 1 1.7 sensor)-Fairly decent lens optical quality given its range (though a little soft at telephoto - but this is not unusual for a lens of this type)-Image stabilization works well-Touch AF works well-Nice EVF - even in low light-Two zoom levers-Very customizable-Great ergonomics-Nice tilting LCDCONS:-Menu system is a little convoluted and takes some getting used to."
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"Great camera with superb picture quality."
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"Overall photo quality seems every bit as good as what I was able to get from the XZ-1, but with a view finder and that long telephoto, in a package that's still fairly compact."
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Range

Range:
"Here is a summary of the pros and cons of the Stylus 1:Pros:1) Bright, clear EVF2) Excellent LCD3) Excellent 25-300mm equivalent zoom range4) Light and portable5) Good video capability (30p max)6) Decent battery life7) Quick autofocus, even in low light8) Clean, sharp stills9) F2.8 aperture on lens throughout zoom range10) Integrated lens cap is a dream come trueCons:1) Can't display ISO setting and level gauge at the same time2) Can't display all photo settings at the same time in shooting mode3) Flash photos are underexposed--need to increase flash intensity by +0.7EV4) Buttons are too small5) Not enough customization options for soft keys and dials6) No in-camera HDR or dynamic range optimization7) Video quality degrades a little when panning8) Priced higher than the competition"
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"I just received the Stylus 1 today and maybe will change my mind; however, so far I am disappointed by the noise even at low ISO settings, the low dynamic range at ISO 400 and above, as well as the chromatic aberration problems."
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"Enhanced dynamic range is the single greatest advantage of modern digital photography, and any camera without it, whatever other bells and whistles it has, is not worthy of consideration."
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"Great zoom range with constant aperture."
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"The zoom lens is a killer; not the longest, but an aperture of f2.8 across the entire range of a 10X zoom is very nice."
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"Enthusiasts and travelers wanting a versatile zoom range in a relatively small form factor will be very pleased with the Stylus 1."
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"It is beautifully crafted camera with a wide range of Auto and Manual exposure modes to suit all skill levels."
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Size

Size:
"(of course it's a personal opinion) Pros: ==== - so many built in high end features, like WiFi, EVF, 3 inch swivel screen, EM-5 styling, higher end compact sensor, f2.8 aperture, 28-300mm lens- sure, not as far as Lumix's constant f2.8 camera, but it's a fraction of the size- an excellent performance weight size compromise, 7 frame per second with real shutter sound and tactile sensation, better button layout than the EM-5, very smooth bokeh (out of focus background), very customisable, built in flash."
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"It is small enough and light enough for me to carry it comfortably in a pouch that attaches to my belt."
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"Enthusiasts and travelers wanting a versatile zoom range in a relatively small form factor will be very pleased with the Stylus 1."
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"Olympus Stylus 1 pros and consPROS:-Extremely responsive autofocus in all conditions-Great battery life-Very good image quality (but noise performance is consistent with other cameras with the relatively small 1 1.7 sensor)-Fairly decent lens optical quality given its range (though a little soft at telephoto - but this is not unusual for a lens of this type)-Image stabilization works well-Touch AF works well-Nice EVF - even in low light-Two zoom levers-Very customizable-Great ergonomics-Nice tilting LCDCONS:-Menu system is a little convoluted and takes some getting used to."
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"I am happy with my decisionThe camera is small and light, but feels very well in the hand."
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"What we like:1) Small, easy to carry, and no shoulder fatigue after a long day.2) f 2.8 from 28-200mm = superb depth of field control.3) Long battery life (WiFi off).4) Light weight means a smaller, lighter tripod works nicely.5) Touch screen controls.6) Built-in lens cap cover."
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Speed

Speed:
"I tested the Nikon Coolpix P7800 and was very disappointed in it's focus speed and it's macro capability."
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"Speed of focus is excellent."
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"But image quality, scene modes, fast autofocus, and other features make this an outstanding camera."
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"Zooming is fast but easy to control."
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"Way too many controls - the zoom ring also doubles as AFMF controlI seemed to remember being able to change fstops and speeds with it but now I can'tResetting doesn't helpc."
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"A high-end point-and-shoot with a larger than average sensor (1 1.7 in) and a fast f 2.8 lens throughout its 28-300mm range, this camera is an excellent companion."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"There's some lag and weird effects in low light and at full zoom, but it's mostly good and let's me track flying birds without too much trouble."
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"Great zoom range with constant aperture."
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"The zoom lens is a killer; not the longest, but an aperture of f2.8 across the entire range of a 10X zoom is very nice."
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"I bought it because dropping my Lumix zoom lens camera after many happy years gave me the excuse to move up to get many features I missed having."
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"I purchased in June, 2014 based on several reviews calling this the BEST bridge or super zoom."
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"There's some lag and weird effects in low light and at full zoom, but it's mostly good and let's me track flying birds without too much trouble."
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