Olympus dive into the super zoom arena with the Stylus 1, officially announced today. The OM-D E-M5 wannabe features a larger-than-average 1/1.7" BSI-CMOS sensor.
The new 28-300mm equivalent, constant aperture F2.8 zoom lens, high resolution EVF,'hybrid' control ring, and Wi-Fi lead the attractive features.Olympus also includes built-in ND filter, tilting touchscreen, in-camera Raw processing, and 1080p movie recording!!
You can even get a 1.7x teleconverter for this mini E-M5 look alike, which increases the telephoto end of the lens to 510 mm!
I was told the Stylus 1 will be available in December for a list price of NZD 850.00.
Olympus Press Release
CENTER VALLEY, PA., October 29, 2013 – Olympus has redefined the enthusiast compact camera by uniting many of the best features found across its camera lineup in the new STYLUS. Designed for semi-pro shooters who demand optical brilliance, DSLR operation, convenience and portability, this one-size-fits-all package has head-turning, OM-inspired looks as well as premium imaging performance.
The STYLUS 1 includes an i.ZUIKO lens that incorporates the
outstanding optical quality of the Olympus ZUIKO interchangeable lenses.
At its heart is a large 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VI image
processor along with additional features, including the built-in
electronic viewfinder (EVF) from the award-winning Olympus OM-D E-M5®
and Wi-Fi for shooting and sharing anywhere. Whether you want the latest
and greatest high-tech tool, or if you simply prefer something that is
lightweight and easy to take when you are on the go, there is truly
something for everyone.
One Great Lens
The newly developed, ultra-slim
10.7x (28–300mm*) high-power i.ZUIKO lens features constant f2.8
brightness across the zoom range and is versatile enough to capture wide
to telephoto shots and produce pro-quality stills with beautiful,
defocused backgrounds and crisp images even when telephoto shooting in
low light. The large diameter lens incorporates a powerful, built-in VCM
image stabilization mechanism that virtually eliminates camera shake
and blur. Its lens can also capture stunning macro shots from 2 inches
away. When the lens is not in use, it retracts fully into the camera
body (behind a removable automatic lens cap), so the STYLUS 1 fits
easily into a coat pocket.
One Great Sensor
Olympus designed the new lens
to work seamlessly with its 12.0 megapixel 1/1.7-inch high-sensitivity
backlit CMOS sensor and TruePicVI image processor, the same processor
used in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, for fast recovery time and shutter speed
to capture images with rich details and low noise. Images come through
with true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies and precise tonal
expression. The STYLUS 1 also inherits FAST TOUCH AF system from the
Olympus PEN® series for near-instant, precision focusing via the
tilt-able LCD touchscreen monitor.
One Great Electronic Viewfinder
The STYLUS 1 is
the first Olympus enthusiast, premium compact camera equipped with a
built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). The 1.44 million dot resolution
LCD EVF has a 1.15x viewfinder magnification rate (equivalent to 0.58x
of 35mm film camera) and 100 percent field of view — just like a DSLR —
so users can easily compose their subjects directly with clear
visibility from the center to the edges. The eye sensor automatically
switches the live view display from the high-resolution 3.0-inch, 1.04
million dot resolution tilt-able LCD touchscreen monitor to the EVF in
no time as the camera approaches the user’s eye. A variety of
information is displayed in an easy-to-view layout on the EVF screen,
including variables such as exposure and color.
Operability for all Shooting Styles
The STYLUS 1 incorporates an ideal blend of effective, hands-on controls, including a hybrid control ring similar to the one found on the Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS. The control ring is built around the lens and can be switched between digital and analog operation with the control lever located on the front of the camera. In digital mode, the ring turns smoothly for fine zooming or manual focusing, and in analog mode, users can adjust settings such as aperture, shutter speed and more. The front grip ensures a precise hold, while the sub-dial, positioned near the shutter button, provides further operational accuracy. The camera is also equipped with a hot shoe for accessories, built-in flash, a side zoom lever with variable speeds and two customizable function buttons for easy access to commonly used settings.
Wi-Fi Sharing and Control
Built-in Wi-Fi is
easy to set up. By quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the
camera's LCD with a smart device, it syncs with the Wi-Fi network
created by the camera. The free Olympus Image Share 2.1 Smartphone app
synchronizes a user’s Smartphone and the STYLUS 1 so the camera’s “Live
View” is effectively displayed on the phone, and the camera can be
controlled by touching the Smartphone display*. Users can wirelessly
adjust various settings, such as the shutter speed, aperture value, ISO
and exposure compensation, as well as operate the Live Bulb shooting
mode from their Wi-Fi devices. They can also use their Smartphone to
embed GPS information into their images.
In addition to superior still image quality, the 1080p Full HD Movie capability with stereo sound and high-speed movie recording (120fps/240fps) captures movies for dramatic slow-motion playback of fast-action scenes. The STYLUS 1’s 11 included Art Filters™ with bracketing option, five Art Effects and Photo Story™, which shoots a group of still photos straight into attractive, prepared layouts, effortlessly bring the user’s artistic visions to life. Users can also capture RAW image data for post-processing flexibility, create motion blur effects without overexposing thanks to a built-in ND filter (with 3 EV stops) and capture up to 7 frames per second in full resolution!
Several new accessories are
designed to complement the STYLUS 1 and broaden the creative potential
of this powerhouse compact camera. The EP-11 eyecup cuts out peripheral
light for improved visibility in bright conditions; a full-body jacket
protects the camera against damage and comes with a tailored cover, and
the CLA-13 converter adapter for the high-grade TCON-17x 1.7x
teleconverter lens that extends the focal length of the camera to 510mm
and retains the outstanding brightness of a constant 1:2.8 aperture.