Olympus Stylus 1s

Olympus Stylus 1s: Olympus brings Stylus 1s Also Outside Japan!

The good news is that the Stylus 1s is 100 dollars less expensive than its predecessor model and thus falls just below the 500 dollar mark. The Stylus 1s has an optical 10.7x zoom with a frame-equivalent focal length range of 28 to 300 millimetres at a continuous light intensity of F2.8. The effective 5-axis image stabiliser with a movable image sensor is also on board. The back-illuminated 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor has a resolution of a good 12 megapixels. With the optional wide-angle converter WCON-08X the focal length can be reduced to 22.4 millimetres, while the optional tele-converter TCON-17X extends the final focal length to 510 millimetres in 35 mm equivalent. The zoom can be adjusted using the lever on the shutter release button or the lever on the side of the lens. A step zoom can be activated and instead of the zoom factor, the 35 mm equivalent focal length can be displayed on the screen or in the viewfinder, this function was already included in the firmware update 2.0 for the Stylus 1.

The Olympus Stylus 1s, shown here with the optional automatic lid, has a continuous F2.8 light-intense 10.7x zoom of the equivalent of 28 to 300 millimetres. [Photo: Olympus]

The rear screen measures 7.5 centimetres diagonally and has a resolution of over one million pixels. It is touch-sensitive and can be folded up almost horizontally and down by approx. 45 degrees, so that you can easily keep an eye on the subject even from perspectives close to the ground and overhead. One highlight is the electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million pixels resolution. Thanks to the proximity sensor, it is automatically activated as soon as you take the camera to your eye. The Stylus 1s has both an intelligent automatic, as well as motif programmes and the classic creative programmes P, A, S and M. The familiar Art Filters also allow individual alienation of the shots. In addition to the exposure parameters, the focus can also be adjusted manually if desired. This is where focus peaking, a colored marking of the plane of sharpness, comes in handy. But the 35-point autofocus can also be configured. Thus, for example, a group of nine measuring fields can be controlled or a single focus field. This can also be reduced in size and placed on a scene detail on the display with a fingertip, practical for macro shots, for example.

The modified texture of the metal housing is intended to give the Olympus Stylus 1s more grip. [Photo: Olympus]

The Olympus Stylus 1s has a 7.5 centimetre touchscreen that folds up and down. Your viewfinder resolves a fine 1.44 million pixels and is activated automatically thanks to the proximity sensor. [Photo: Olympus]

Like a real OM-D: The Olympus Stylus 1s has a hot shoe, program dial, viewfinder hump and dial. [Photo: Olympus]

Despite the light-intense zoom and the 1/1.7″ sensor, the Olympus Stylus 1s is only about 56 millimetres thick. [Photo: Olympus]

Furthermore, the Stylus 1s has a hot shoe, WLAN for image transmission and remote control from the smartphone via app as well as an interval function for photos and videos. Speaking of video, the Stylus 1s records 30 frames per second in Full HD resolution and stores them at 20 Mbps in H.264-compressed MOV format. Optionally, it is also possible to switch to simple HD resolution (1,280 x 720 instead of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels); the frame rate is also 30 frames per second. But there are also some minor changes to the case. It is still made of metal and looks very similar to the previous model. However, the new texture is supposed to give the body a better grip and the lens now has the blue ring of the high-end Zuiko Digital lens series. The Stylus 1s is still unrivalled in terms of the ratio of body size to image sensor and compact, fast super-zoom lens.

In early summer 2015 the Olympus Stylus 1s became available in black at a price of just under 500 dollars.

Olympus Stylus 1s Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 1/1.7″ 7.6 x 5.7 mm (crop factor 4.6
)12.8 megapixels (physical), 12.0 megapixels (effective)
Pixelpitch 1.9 µm
Photo resolution
3.968 x 2.976 pixels (4:3)
2.560 x 1.920 pixels (4:3)
1.280 x 960 pixels (4:3)
Image formats JPG, RAW
Color depth 36 bits (12 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard
Video resolution
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 120 p
320 x 240 (4:3) 240 p
Maximum recording time 29 min
Video format
MOV (Codec H.264)
Audio format (video) PCM

Lens

Focal length 28 to 300 mm (35mm equivalent
)10.7x zoom6
to 64.3 mm (physical)
Sharpness range 10 cm to infinity (wide angle
)80 cm to infinity (telephoto)
Macro area 5 cm (wide angle)
Aperture F2.8 (wide angle
)F2.8 (telephoto)
ND filter ND filter (3.0 EV steps)
Autofocus yes
Autofocus mode Contrast autofocus with 35 measuring fields
Autofocus functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Tracking AF, Manual, AFL function, AF Assist Light, Focus Peaking

Viewfinder and monitor

SLR viewfinder 18 mm eye relief
Monitor 3.0″ (7.6 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,040,000 pixels, non-reflective, brightness adjustable, colour adjustable, tilts 90° up to 45° down
Video finder Video viewfinder (100% field coverage) with 1,440,000 pixels

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/2,000 to 60 s (automatic
) bulb with maximum 900 s exposure time
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Exposure bracketing function Bracketing function with a maximum of 3 shots, 1/3 to 1 EV increments
Exposure Compensation -3.0 to +3.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Photosensitivity ISO 100 to ISO 12.800 (automatic
)ISO 100 to ISO 12.800 (manual)
Remote access Cable release, remote control via smartphone/tablet
Scene modes Documents, fireworks, landscape, night scene, portrait, sunset, sports, beach/snow, and two additional scene mode programs
Picture effects Cross development, High Key, Pinhole camera, Low Key, Sepia, Soft focus, Pale, Cross development, Dramatic tone, Key Line, Grainy film, Light tint, Model making, Pop Art, Delicate Sepia, 7 additional image effects
White balance Automatic, sun, fine tuning, shade, flash, fluorescent lamp, incandescent light, from 2,000 to 14,000 K, manual 2 memory
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 7 fps at highest resolution and max. 200 stored photos
Self-timer Self-timer with 2 s interval, special features: or 12 s (optional)
Timer Timer/Interval recording
Recording functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun

Flash built-in flash (hinged
)Flash shoe: Olympus/Panasonic (also Leica compact camera), standard center contact
Flash range 0.1 to 10.3 m at wide angle0
.8 to 10.3 m at telephoto At
ISO 1,600
Flash functions Auto, fill-in flash, flash on, flash off, slow sync, red-eye reduction

Equipment And Features

Image stabilizer Lens shift (optical)
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply 1 x Olympus BLS-50
Playback functions Crop images, protect image, highlight / shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier with 14.0x magnification, image index, slide show function, zoom out
Voice memo Voice Memo (PCM format)
Image parameters Noise Reduction
Grille can be faded in during recording yes
Special functions Electronic spirit level, orientation sensor, Live View, user profiles
Connections Data interfaces: USBUSB type
: USB 2.0 High SpeedWLAN
: availableVideo output
: yes (HDMI output Micro (Type D))
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod thread 1/4″
Special features and miscellaneous TruePic VI Image ProcessorPhotostory modeFace

and Shadow BrighteningMulti-exposuresMonochrome Filter

(Red, Green, Orange, Yellow)
Toning (Sepia, Blue, Violet, Green)
iEnhance FilterNoise Reduction
with 4 levels of bracketing
(ISO, Art Filter, White Balance, Flash)
Audio Commentary max. 30 secondsReduction of
wind noiseFraming Wizard

Size and weight

Weight 402 g (ready for operation)
Dimensions W x H x D 116 x 87 x 56 mm

Miscellaneous

standard accessory Olympus BLS-50 Special Battery PackOlympus
PS-BCS5 Charger for Special Battery PackChargerUSB Connection CableStretch BeltImaging SoftwareOlympus Master Software for Windows and Macintosh
additional accessories Olympus CLA-13 Lens Mount AdapterOlympus
CLA-14 Lens Mount AdapterOlympus
FC-WR (Radio Control Unit) Flash AccessoriesOlympus
FL-700WR Swivel Reflector Attachment FlashOlympus
RM-UC1 Remote Cable ReleaseOlympus
TCON-17X ConverterOlympus
WCON-08X Converter
USB
USB 2.0 High Speed

 

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Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.