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Olympus Announces the Stylus 1 Premium Compact Camera
by Laura Hicks -  10/29/2013

Today Olympus announced the Stylus 1. This high-end compact offers users an i.ZUIKO constant f2.8 lens and a 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS sensor. It also features a TruePic VI image processor and a built-in electronic viewfinder (same as the Olympus OM-D E-M5). The camera comes equipped with Wi-Fi for easy image transfer to a smartphone. 

The constant aperture, ultra-slim 10.7x (28-300mm equivalent) i.ZUIKO lens offers users the ability to shoot images in low-lighting conditions throughout the entire zoom. The lens incorporates a built-in image stabilization mechanism which helps to prevent camera shake and blur. Macro shots are a breeze with this lens, too. Users can take macro images from only 2 inches away. The Olympus Stylus 1's lens is fully retractable when not in use. 

Olympus designed the Stylus 1 for the discerning photographer. Along with the constant aperture f2.8 lens, the camera boasts a 12.0 megapixel 1/1.7-inch backlit CMOS sensor and TruePicVI image processor (the same processor used in the Olympus OM-D E-M5). The Stylus 1 also inherits the same Fast Touch AF system from the Olympus Pen series cameras--precision focusing by way of the tiltable LCD touchscreen. 

The Stylus 1 is the first Olympus compact camera that has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). The LCD EVF has 1.44 million dots, a 1.15x viewfinder magnification, and 100 percent field of view. In addition to the EVF, the Stylus 1 has a 3.0-inch, 1.04 million dot tiltable LCD touchscreen monitor. A variety of information is displayed as an overlay on the EVF screen--including exposure and color. 

The Stylus 1 also incorporates a hybrid control ring similar to the one on the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS. The control ring, built around the lens, can be switched between digital and analog operation. 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 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. 

You can record 1080p Full HD movies with stereo sound with it, and high-speed recording (120fps/240fps) captures movies for slow-motion playback of fast-action scenes. The Stylus 1 includes 11 included Art Filters, five Art Effects and Photo Story. The camera records both RAW and JPG images and, the Stylus 1 can capture up to 7 frames per second in full resolution.

The Olympus STYLUS 1 will be available in December 2013 for $699.99.