Stylus 1 -- very interesting looking (although not m4/3)

Discussion in 'Other Systems' started by twalker294, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. twalker294

    twalker294 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 18, 2010
    So I just saw on Olympus' Facebook page the announcement of the Stylus 1:

    Looks like an EM1 with a fixed lens. It's a 28-300/2.8 constant aperture zoom and will have an MSRP of $699 when it comes out in December. I'm seriously thinking about ditching my 45-175 lens and getting this camera for my tele shots. I'd much rather have a 28-300/2.8 as long as the glass is good, which I'm sure it will be.

    This is an interesting trend and one that I think is long overdue. It seems that camera makers are recognizing the advanced amateur market and making more reasonable zoom ranges with constant apertures rather than the 24-8000 that looks good in an advertisement but has a 5.6-8.0 aperture and looks like mush at both ends of the zoom range. The Sony RX10 is another camera that fits this mold with its 28-200/2.8 but it's twice as expensive as the Stylus 1.
  2. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I am seriously thinking about getting one. There are times when I want a camera with me but don't want to hassle with a DSLR or even a PEN. I used to have a Nikon Coolpix 5200 and loved it for those times. I thought going m4/3 would fill that niche but I either end up with the wrong lens or too many or if have my 14-150 I find it too big. This camera would work better overall in those situations. I have been tempted to get a XZ-1/2 but never did. One reason is that I often go tele and the lens was just too short. The other is no VF although my VF2 would fit on it. Thank you Olympus for providing a better solution.
  3. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2012
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    Saw rumours a few weeks ago and as you have said not m4/3 but obviously aimed at looking like EM5/EM1 but "hybrid control ring" placement harks back to the OM1,2,3 & 4 shutter speed control location. It would appear retro is in at the moment.

    The zoom range is good as perhaps a backup body and I suspect the choice of "only" 12M pixels is try and maximise sensitivity and lower noise performance.

    Might wait to see actual sensor/IQ performance before any decision.
  4. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
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    Very attractive package indeed... Certainly much more attractive than the Sony RX10 appearance and size-wise. I just wonder how the smaller sensor stack up against the RX10's 1" sensor...
  5. twalker294

    twalker294 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 18, 2010
    I'm sure the RX10 will give superior image quality. It's basically an RX100 MkII with a longer lens and the RX100 has amazing image quality. But I'm guessing at half the price the Stylus 1 will give 90% of the quality, which is good enough for me to buy one. Of course we'll have to see but I have high hopes for this one...
  6. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Not sure about it being all that compact - the body is practically the same shape and size as the E-M5 (actually a little deeper):,

    To each their own I suppose. I could never stuff the E-M5 even without a lens into any pockets, mainly because of the EVF. If neither will fit in a pocket... I'd just end up taking the E-M5, which is light and compact enough. My backup for travel would either be the smartphone camera, or a water/shock resistant compact.

    It looks like a freaking transformer here :tongue::
  7. HappyFish

    HappyFish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
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    I would take the sony RX100 any day 1.8 lens while not as long reach better low light and truly smaller and 1 inch sensor

    neat for a super zoom if someone is looking for that though :)
  8. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
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    Has it really not been done before the RX10? I find that curious. I would think a constant f/stop 'super'-zoom would be quite a seller.
  9. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
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    Off the top of my head, Panasonic has one in DSLR-style body, but the sensor is even smaller at 1/2.33".
  10. 少林chris

    少林chris Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 28, 2013
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    Personally I fail to see why this is so attractive. It's not pocketable and seems to be as portable as any other Mu43 camera on the market. I would rather invest in some nice glass.
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  11. twalker294

    twalker294 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 18, 2010
    The sensor size is what sets the RX10 apart. It's the first with a constant aperture zoom with that kind of focal length range and a 1" sensor.
  12. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
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    Well, it looks a lot smaller to carry than anything in the u4/3 world with a 200 2.8 lens. Oh, wait, there isn't a 200 2.8 lens in the u4/3 world is there?
  13. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Uh, 35-100 f/2.8? About the same volume actually. I think I'd rather carry that than another 'full size' body (m4/3 is full size for me :p).
  14. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    I have friends and relatives who won't change lenses, and think MFT bodies with the lenses attached are too big. At the same time they want either long telephoto capabilities and/or a viewfinder. I'd been pointing them toward the LF1, but now this is possibly a better option.

    It must be a popular feature set, since the new Nikon P7800 is similar (and is sold out on Amazon).

    Now, if Sony was smart they'd come out with a lower priced EVF for the RX100 II.
  15. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
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    The trick with this one is that the IQ might not be as good but I'll bet it's a nice camera to use. As time goes on I find myself in situations where small is best. Hell, just walking around Disney can become a drag with the wrong camera. This is the quintessential high end snapshooter.
  16. Serhan

    Serhan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 7, 2011
  17. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
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    Exactly. I know many people who own an M4/3 camera and never change lens, but wish their lenses have longer reach or faster aperture.
  18. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Wow...I may be a bit biased (I think my E-M5 is the best-looking camera on the market), but that is the best-looking compact I've ever seen!!

    Nice lens on it too...better than anything Canon/Nikon has to offer, and right up there with the Panasonic FZ200/Leica VLux 4, though with less range...
  19. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
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    How about a 300mm equivalent at f2.8?