Digital Cameras Guide
Olympus Announces Premium Superzoom, the Stylus 1
Olympus has announced the Stylus 1, a premium compact superzoom that has more than a passing resemblance to the company's high-end mirrorles system camera, the OM-D E-M1.
A limitation of the advanced compact cameras has always been their focal range, and the Stylus 1 gets rid of that with a 10.7x optical zoom lens that has a constant aperture of f/2.8 throughout its zoom range. The lens also features built-in image stabilization, and fully retracts into the body when the camera is not in use.
The camera comes with a large 1/1.7-inch, 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor, which is the same processor found in the Olympus OM-D E-M5. While it's smaller than the one found in the Sony RX10, it's still larger than the majority of compact cameras.
Unlike other digital compact cameras, the Stylus 1 comes with a 1.44 million-dot LCD electronic viewfinder (EVF) that has a 1.15x viewfinder magnification rate that also gives users a 100 percent field-of-view. An eye sensor helps with switching the display form the rear monitor to the EVF when the camera approaches the user's eye. The 3-inch, 1.04 million-dot tilting LCD monitor is also touch-sensitive, which users can user to set their focus point with the Fast Touch AF system used by the Olympus Pen series.
And to top of all it off, Olympus has also squeezed in Wi-Fi, a 3 EV-stop ND filter as well as the ability to shoot RAW with the Stylus 1. The built-in hot shoe can also be mounted with accessories. Details about price and availability have not been revealed, though the Stylus 1 is expected to be available in the US in December at the price of US$699.