Olympus Stylus 1 Sample Images
The Olympus Stylus 1 shipped today, and I managed to get my hands on one for review purposes. So I took out for a some street photography to see if could suit some practical needs.
Olympus Stylus 1: Pro Potential in a Portable Package
Just getting my hands around this camera impressed me on the outward emphasis Olympus has come to put on its cameras’ controls. Not unlike picking up the E-M1, the first thing that struck me was the ability to fine-tune the camera to my needs right away. Buttons do what they should, and diving into the menus has become less irksome and eye-straining than it used to be.
The big draw on controls here is the innovative control ring on the front of the camera, which feels like a smooth-stopping aperture ring you’d find on vintage film lenses. In manual mode, this same ring changes from a setting modifier to smooth-as-silk focusing ring.
A huge improvement to manual focus, the EVF can give you digital zoom to ensure crisp manual focus. Coupled with the f/2.8 aperture (available through the entire zoom range!), you get some amazing precision here. Not to mention the fact that you’re using the same sensor and “guts” of the penultimate E-M5.
Offered the chance to test drive this brand new camera, I immediately strolled around the block in Midtown, taking some snaps to see just what this camera could offer.
While I didn’t have a chance to try landscape or macro, or any closeup portraits, I have to say that for my street-shooting purposes, it’s spot on the money. Assets here include the small, discrete presence, coupled with a near-silent shutter. When I take a photograph, the sound seems to be just inside my ear, but not so much part of the surrounding ambiance. I can’t say how useful this is when photographing people unawares. Better still is the amount of detail you’re getting for a Micro Four Thirds Sensor. Zoom capabilities (equivalent to 28-300mm on a full frame) effectively extend this camera’s comfort zone to sports, macro, and wildlife.
ISO was fine, with minimal grain at 800, though time constraints did not allow for a full test of the range.
My only real qualm in testing this baby was the EVF which for all it’s progress still leaves something to be desired. I still prefer and EVF to viewfinder whatsoever, but it’s not like an optical, and my preference for the latter places this complaint squarely in the realm of nitpicking. Still, if I must say one negative thing after ten minutes of easy shooting, there is still a minimal lag of a split second. Taking time to bring the camera to my eye a little earlier than I did might have easily solved this problem, but you can’t teach an old photographer new tricks, right?
Anyway, here are the images.