Olympus has combined its two very popular products: the premium XZ-2 compact and the Four Thirds OM-D E-M5 standard camera to create Olympus Stylus 1, a "bridge" camera. between common and semi-specialized machines.
According to the Imaging Resources, Notable features on the Stylus 1 include an electronic viewfinder, hotshoe, powerful Wi-fi connection and most importantly the i. Zuiko lens with 10.7x optical zoom and f / 2.8 aperture. Olympus has followed Sony to launch a remote zoom camera, but with its compact size and much lower price than Sony RX10.
Although you can hardly put the Stylus 1 in your pocket, this camera is much smaller in size than RX10. Even with the lens attached, the Stylus 1 is only 116.2 x 87 x 56.5 mm, much smaller than the RX10's size of 129 x 88 x 102 mm. Interestingly, the Stylus 1 is designed to be almost identical to Olympus' E-M5, which measures 122 x 89 x 43 mm.
The Stylus 1 weighs only 402g when it comes with a battery and memory card, which is only half as heavy as the Sony RX10 (813g). Most importantly, Stylus 1 only costs $ 700 (equivalent to 14.8 million, the price in the US), while RX1 costs up to $ 1,300 (27.5 million, the price in the US). Compared to both the $ 600 Olympus XZ-2 brother ($ 12.7 million), the Stylus 1 is still a worthwhile upgrade.
Sensors, microprocessors and autofocus systems (AF)
Stylus 1 has a 12.8 MP CMOS sensor of 1 / 1.7 inch size after lighting, most likely the same type of sensor with XZ-2. Compared to other high-end compact models, the Stylus's sensor is quite large in size and obviously a step ahead of the 1 / 2.3-inch sensors that we often see on cameras in the bridge segment. . However, this sensor is not as big as the 1-inch Sony RX10 and Sony RX100 II sensors – a true pocket camera.
The Stylus 1's TruePic VI processor is "borrowed" from OM-D E-M5, so it can be said that the Stylus 1 is as fast as its predecessor. Stylus 1 supports ISO from 100 to 12800 in both automatic mode and manual ISO adjustment. The default ISO is from 100-1600. The camera can capture 12-bit RAW formats, as well as JPEG and RAW + JPEG images simultaneously. Continuous shooting mode allows 7 frames per second at maximum JPEG resolution. The shutter speed is up to 1/2000 seconds, but can also be reduced to 60 seconds in bulb mode (exposure shot).
With a 35-zone multi-point autofocus system, with the 9-zone focus feature, the Stylus 1 has the ability to focus once and focus continuously. Stylus supports focus tracking (tracking), face priority (Face Priority) and eye detection (Eye Detect).
The 10usx Zuiko optical zoom lens of the Stylus has a 28-300 mm conversion focal length, far exceeding both XZ-2 (28 – 122 mm) and Sony RX10 (24-200 mm). However, it's hard to say that Stylus 1 is a wide-angle lens camera. Zuiko lens of Stylus 1 has 12 elements, including 8 aspheric elements, and is divided into 10 groups. Stylus 1 can focus at the nearest distance of 5 cm in Super Macro mode, 10 cm in normal mode and 80 cm in telephoto mode.
While the XZ-2 uses a built-in lid that automatically opens every time you turn on the device (while also putting the lens in the shooting position), which is annoying for many people, the Stylus 1 uses an automatic lens cover, able to protect the lens when fully attached to the body.
The integrated ND filter can reduce up to 3 bright steps, allowing shutter speed control and avoiding overexposure when shooting wide angles and creating bokeh, or reducing shutter speed to clarify movement in the lips school too much light. In addition, the teleconverter TCON-17X is also compatible with Stylus 1, allowing for a maximum focal length of 510m while maintaining an aperture of f / 2.8, according to Olympus. This teleconverter tube currently has an original price in the US of 200 USD (about 4.3 million VND).
Electronic viewfinder (EVF) and LCD screen
The electronic viewfinder of the Stylus 1 is the same as the E-M2, with a 1.44 million "dot" resolution with nearly 100% field of view and 1.15 times magnification. The Stylus 1 has a sensor near the eye that detects when you bring your eyes up near the viewfinder and turns off the LCD screen below.
The Stylus's LCD touch screen is 3 inches in size, 1.04 million dots in resolution, able to rotate up to 80 degrees and rotate below 50 degrees to allow shooting in a variety of conditions. The touch screen also has a simple navigation menu, allowing you to change the settings on the Super Control Panel interface similar to E-M1. The Stylus 1 also features Fast Touch AF (fast focusing on the touch screen) and shutter system like Olympus PEN series cameras (E-P5, E-PL5 and E-PM2).
The Wi-fi feature of the Stylus 1 will definitely interest you. This is one of the few compact cameras that has integrated multi-function controller via Wi-fi. Most compact models that support Wi-fi remote control only allow you to focus and press the trigger from the smartphone screen.
However, like the high-end Olympus E-M1 model, you can use a smartphone that install Olympus's Image Share 2.1 application to focus and shoot on the Stylus 1, and also change the shutter speed, password Stylus 1, ISO and exposure compensation of the Stylus 1 via phone. This is a useful and quite advanced feature.
And like Wi-fi cameras, you can share photos from Stylus 1 on your PC or smartphone / tablet. Olympus has also provided QR codes to synchronize directly to tablets and smartphones via Wi-Fi networks.
Shooting modes, color filters
The Stylus 1 has a lot of creative shooting modes, allowing you to freely display your photos. The most noteworthy mode is Photo Story, which has a square icon divided into 3 pictures on the mode scroll bar. Photo Story, which has appeared on Olympus E-M1, lets you take multiple photos at once and place them in a creative background, such as a virtual photo album. While this mode is not really suitable for the professional E-M1, Photo Story will definitely attract more users on the Stylus 1.
Stylus 1 supports Panorama mode and 11 "art" color filters like Grainy Film, Diorama and Dramatic Tone … You can choose these color filters at your own discretion (taking multiple images Next, each picture with a different filter). However after the first hours of use, the editor of Imaging Resolution can't find the integrated HDR feature.
Like most Olympus models, the Stylus 1 is capable of recording Full HD 1080p video, but only at 30 frames per second. The quality of the Stylus 1 is not really clear either, because E-P1 and E-M1 have impressive video recording quality, while the XZ-2 and Olympus low-range models have poor video recording quality. . Stylus supports video recording at 120 frames per second and 240 frames per second. The maximum video recording time is 29 minutes for regular video and 20 seconds for high-speed video.
Stylus 1 is equipped with a stereo microphone to reduce environmental noise. You can also voice a still image with a maximum of 30 seconds. Sorry, you cannot attach a removable microphone to the Stylus 1.
The first thing you will notice when holding the Stylus 1 on your hand is that the device is not too heavy but still feels very solid. Stylus 1 looks very similar to Olympus OM-D E-M5, with the electronic viewfinder on top of the camera body and the handle having the same angle, and also quite similar in size. However, due to its plastic body, Stylus 1 is much lighter than the metal body of the E-M5.
When viewed from the front, you will see the Stylus 1 uses a lot of OM-D E-M5 design elements with quite nostalgic style and quite traditional shape. The handle of the Stylus 1 allows you to hold your hands comfortably and safely.
Large-size lenses are one of the most important elements of a camera for beginners. The Stylus 1's lens has a removable lid, which automatically opens into 4 wings when you activate the lens.
The front of the Stylus 1 is a customizable Fn2 button, with a focus ring. Surrounding the lens is a "combination control ring" that can customize exposure elements such as shutter speed or aperture, and can also adjust the manual focus feature like a focus ring. on loose lenses. The combined control ring of the Stylus 1 can be customized to support many other functions.
Above the machine there are many wheel (dial) controls, including a mode control wheel on the left side including familiar PASM exposure modes, Scene modes, Art Filter and Story Mode with 2 modes. degree of customization. Above the viewfinder, the hotshoe has a standard size that allows the use of removable flash (note that the device does not support removable microphone).
The two sides of the viewfinder are stereo microphone. On the right side of the viewfinder is a large control wheel with a feature that changes based on the current shooting mode. This control wheel has no annotation, and is also one of many parts that allow you to customize the Stylus 1. Continue on the right side of the machine is the trigger button with the zoom lever. Close to the edge of the device is a red video dial button, allowing users to easily record video without paying attention to shooting mode. Finally, under the video dial button is the power on / off button.
At the back of the Stylus 1 is a large electronic viewfinder, capable of launching 1.15x (equivalent to 0.58x on 35mm) and displaying 100% field images. Most of the back of the machine is occupied by a 3-inch LCD touch screen with the ability to flip like on E-M5 and E-M1. Like other Olympus models, the Stylus 1 has a sensor to switch between the LCD screen and the viewfinder when the user places the camera on the eye. On the left of the viewfinder is the diopter adjustment wheel; The manual selector button between the viewfinder / LCD is on the right of the viewfinder.
Stylus 1 has the Fn1 button that can be customized right above the thumb pad. Below are 4 navigation buttons that are very familiar to ordinary camera users. The Playback button is located above these 4 navigation buttons, while the Menu and Info buttons are located at the bottom. The Menu button will open the system menu of the device, you can use 4 navigation buttons and OK button in the middle to select. Info button allows you to select many features such as level gauge, photometer, shadow clipping.
4 navigation buttons include the four main features commonly found: the top button to adjust the exposure (aperture, shutter speed), the right button to adjust the flash, the bottom button to adjust the continuous shooting mode / capture each plate (drive mode) and timer, the left button is used to select the focus point.
At the bottom of the Stylus 1 is the familiar 1 / 4-20 tripod slot, as well as the Li-ion battery slot and SD memory card. Unfortunately, the tripod slot is too close to the memory card / battery slot, and so you won't be able to change these 2 areas when shooting with a tripod.
On the sides of the device are triangular ear plugs like the other Olympus models. The right side of the device has USB 2.0 / AV / Remote slot and MicroHDMI Type-D port.
The left side of the device is a selector button between the wide zoom and telephoto zoom, which allows for a smooth but slower zoom than the zoom lever on the trigger. You can adjust the zoom speed for this button, but you cannot adjust the speed of the lever. Located above the zoom selector button is the flash on button located just above the viewfinder. The Stylus 1 supports Olympus RC's wireless flash system (FL-50R, FL-36T, FL-300R and FL-600R), allowing you to control 4 separate flash channels.
Thanks to the handle and the slightly curved part of the thumb, you can hold the Stylus 1 comfortably. The trigger button is logically arranged so you can shoot with one hand.
While the Stylus 1 screen has a higher resolution than its predecessor, you'll notice the difference between 1040K dots (Stylus 1) and 912K dots is negligible. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a resolution of 1.44 million dots is enough to see clearly but does not interfere with the user's vision too much. The view on the viewfinder is very wide and comfortable enough for the human eye, although if you use glasses you may need to apply the glass to the viewfinder to see enough frames. The viewfinder also has very accurate image quality, bringing sharp images from one corner to another, almost without color distortion.
Due to the EVF, the built-in flash of the Stylus 1 is under the hotshoe, allowing Olympus to integrate the mode dial on the left and a custom control wheel on the right. Like on XZ-2, the Stylus 1 has control wheels around the lens feet. In general, the number of custom wheels for control is quite limited: you can only choose between changing the mode or exposure compensation, or choose which wheel to adjust which feature. In some modes, you can choose exposure compensation for the environmental light or flash brightness.
Custom quantity for the buttons can be larger than the control wheels. You can choose almost all of the settings for the Fn1 button on the top of the machine, the Fn2 button on the front, the "record" button on the top and the right button, and the bottom button on the back of the camera body. You can select the feature for the lever located around the Fn2 button, select the direction of increase or decrease for Exposure, Menu, manual focus and Zoom. You can also customize whether the Playback button starts the computer.
While the Stylus 1 has a lot of customizable, customizable control buttons / wheels that the Stylus 1 offers are still inferior to other high-end models like the RX100 or RX100 II. Sony. The Fn1 button can use 9 features, while the Fn2 button can use 14 features.
In return, the Fn2 button has a good way of operating. Instead of selecting a feature to assign to the Fn2 button, you can select an arbitrary number of 14 options. Pressing the Fn2 button will allow you to browse the features you have selected, ie you can flip through all 14 features by pressing this button multiple times. Stylus 1 will remember the feature you used last, and will bring you back to this feature when you press the Fn2 button. However, if you want to revert to the previously used feature, you will have to choose up to 13 times. Obviously, this is an unfortunate omission, but Olympus can easily change this flaw by fixing the firmware before releasing the device.
When you click the OK button, Stylus 1 will display a quick menu consisting of 2 icon groups, each consisting of 7 icons. You can use the upper and front rotating wheels to choose from.
The wheel selects the mode of Stylus 1 with 2 custom modes. In these 2 modes, the machine will save all the customizations you used in the previous shot. Thus, you can create 2 separate modes (eg an outdoor shooting mode and an indoor shooting mode) and choose between them easily.
Like the E-M1, Stylus 1 adds Photo Story mode with a square icon divided into 3 parts. This mode allows you to blend multiple photos into one creative photo: you can choose the size of the final product, the number of original images included in the combined picture. 3 types of "Fun Frame" to create prints that can be printed immediately.After selecting a frame type, you can capture new original photos to fit in. my reviews.
The touch screen works quite well but seems a bit limited. This screen has many uses, depending on the shooting mode you use, but in most modes, the feature of the touch screen is just to select the focus point and press the trigger. In iAuto mode, the screen will display a small card on the left, allowing you to adjust the color saturation, color balance, brightness, level of background blur (aperture), ability to capture motion (shutter speed) or some shooting tips. The touch screen does not support much in selecting menus, both on Quick Menu and on the main menu. When you open the Super Control Panel interface, you can touch the settings you want to change, but after this step the touch screen only plays a display role. To change the customizations, you will have to press the Ok button and then use the navigation buttons to change.
Test of Imaging Resources conducted on a sample version (firmware version 0.9), but the experience is quite pleasant. While the Stylus 1 does not have a super-fast f1.8 aperture when shooting wide-angle like XZ-2, the f / 2.8 aperture cannot be changed from the machine not too far from the XZ-2's aperture of f / 2.5. telephoto The Stylus 1 also has a 10.7x zoom lens that allows you to achieve a conversion focus of up to 300mm. While the quality of the Stylus 1 image has not been clearly tested, users will probably be willing to reduce the aperture slightly to achieve such a high focal length. One shortcoming is that Stylus 1 should have a minimum conversion focal length of 24mm instead of 28mm, but this is not too big a problem.
The CLA-13 adapter and the TCON-17X tele-tube can raise the focal length to 510mm while keeping the f / 2.8 aperture
One of the most admirable points of the Stylus 1 is that it is very responsive: the trigger press delay is negligible, regardless of the maximum wide-angle or telephoto shooting. The strange thing is that telephoto shooting is faster than wide-angle shooting, different from other models. At this point, the parameters of dark macro launchers have not been published, but the editors of Imaging Resources confirms Stylus 1 very good macro shooting. The maximum zoom ratio seems to have occurred at the 2.2x zoom level, and the photos are clearly displayed in red, green and blue 3 on the 11 inch MacBook Air.
Video mode of Stylus 1 is nothing special. You can hear the sound of the zoom in action while shooting a movie. The Stylus 1 will also focus automatically in real time, although the focus time is not too fast. This is not a model for shooting sports activities, although the Stylus 1 supports high-speed video recording of 120 frames per second (640 x 480 pixels) or 240 frames per second (320 x 240) pixel).
Just like the camera models have another 4: 3 aspect ratio, when you shoot HD movies the picture is suddenly enlarged (real focus changes). This may cause a frame error when shooting movies, and may not even be corrected when switching to a 16: 9 aspect ratio. This situation doesn't happen when you shoot high-speed movies.
Overall, the handheld experience and the use of Stylus 1 are very pleasant. Currently, the newly tested Stylus 1 model is a model, but it is likely that the final product will have the same quality. Due to the smaller sensor, the Stylus 1 may be of poorer quality than Sony RX10, but it has a much more comfortable price and size. Stylus 1 is a pretty perfect camera to take trips with. Overall, Stylus 1 promises to be a highly competitive product in its market segment thanks to good image quality, small size and soft price.
According to Imaging Resources