Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1

Olympus E-600 front
Olympus Stylus 1 front

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1 Key Specs

Olympus E-600
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 515g - 130 x 94 x 60mm
  • Introduced August 2009
Olympus 1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-300mm (F2.8) lens
  • 402g - 116 x 87 x 57mm
  • Introduced November 2013
  • New Model is Olympus 1s
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Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1 Overview

Here is a in-depth assessment of the Olympus E-600 versus Olympus 1, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are built by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-600 (12MP) and the 1 (12MP) is very comparable but the E-600 (Four Thirds) and 1 (1/1.7") use totally different sensor dimensions.

Photography Glossary

The E-600 was manufactured 5 years prior to the 1 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-600 being a Compact SLR camera and the Olympus 1 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick view of how the E-600 grades against the 1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-600 over the Olympus 1

 E-600 1 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus 1 over the Olympus E-600

 1 E-600 
IntroducedNovember 2013August 2009Fresher by 51 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-600 and Olympus 1

 E-600 1 
Manually focus More exact focusing

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry your camera often, you will have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-600 comes with outer measurements of 130mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") and a weight of 515 grams (1.14 lbs) while the Olympus 1 has proportions of 116mm x 87mm x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2") having a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-600 versus Olympus 1 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you select at the time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the E-600 versus the 1.

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the E-600 and 1 is 71 and 79 respectively.

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is hard to visualise the gap in sensor sizing merely by going through technical specs. The graphic underneath might provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-600 and 1.

As you can tell, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact MP but not the same sensor sizing. The E-600 has the larger sensor which should make getting shallower DOF simpler. The older E-600 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-600 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus 1 as a Portrait photography camera
focusing manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
supports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12MP)
focusing manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000 seconds)
supports face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-600 Street photography details
Olympus 1 Street photography details
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
has focus by touch
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-600 Sports photography features
Olympus 1 Sports photography features
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
terrible battery pack (500 CIPA)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
good battery life (410 CIPA)
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-600 Travel photography highlights
Olympus 1 Travel photography highlights
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
lack of Time Lapse mode
terrible battery pack (500 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
good battery life (410 CIPA)
has focus by touch
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
long reach (300mm)
missing Timelapse function
low resolution (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-600 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus 1 as a Landscape photography camera
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
tiny screen (2.7")
sensor resolution low (12MP)
terrible battery pack (500 CIPA)
lack of Time Lapse mode
focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (410 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-600 Vlogging features
Olympus 1 Vlogging features
can't shoot video
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
missing external microphone socket
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Olympus E-600 vs Olympus 1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-600 and Olympus 1
 Olympus E-600Olympus Stylus 1
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus E-600 Olympus Stylus 1
Class Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2009-08-30 2013-11-25
Physical type Compact SLR SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III+ TruePic VI
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4032 x 3024 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 7 25
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-300mm (10.7x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.8
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 4.8
Type of display Fully Articulated Tilting
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech HyperCrystal LCD LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.48x -
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 4.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Fill-in, Manual Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual
External flash
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/180 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p); high speed: 640 x 480 (120p), 320 x 240 (240p)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 515g (1.14 pounds) 402g (0.89 pounds)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") 116 x 87 x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 55 51
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 20.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 11.6
DXO Low light rating 541 179
Battery life 500 photos 410 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-1 BLS-5
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $0 $700