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Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s

Portability
72
Imaging
35
Features
38
Overall
36
Olympus SP-590 UZ front
 
Olympus Stylus 1s front
Portability
79
Imaging
38
Features
66
Overall
49

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s Key Specs

Olympus SP-590 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-676mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 413g - 116 x 84 x 81mm
  • Revealed January 2009
  • Renewed by Olympus SP-600 UZ
Olympus 1s
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-300mm (F2.8) lens
  • 402g - 116 x 87 x 57mm
  • Introduced April 2015
  • Earlier Model is Olympus 1
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Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Olympus SP-590 UZ and Olympus 1s, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are manufactured by Olympus. The image resolution of the SP-590 UZ (12MP) and the 1s (12MP) is relatively comparable but the SP-590 UZ (1/2.3") and 1s (1/1.7") boast totally different sensor sizing.

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The SP-590 UZ was launched 7 years before the 1s and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras have the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before diving right into a full comparison, here is a concise view of how the SP-590 UZ matches up against the 1s with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-590 UZ over the Olympus 1s

 SP-590 UZ 1s 

Reasons to pick Olympus 1s over the Olympus SP-590 UZ

 1s SP-590 UZ 
IntroducedApril 2015January 2009More recent by 76 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus SP-590 UZ and Olympus 1s

 SP-590 UZ 1s 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera often, you are going to need to think about its weight and size. The Olympus SP-590 UZ features outer dimensions of 116mm x 84mm x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") having a weight of 413 grams (0.91 lbs) and the Olympus 1s has specifications of 116mm x 87mm x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2") having a weight of 402 grams (0.89 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus SP-590 UZ and Olympus 1s in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have chosen at that time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the SP-590 UZ against the 1s.

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the SP-590 UZ and 1s is 72 and 79 respectively.

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be tough to visualise the gap in sensor measurements just by seeing technical specs. The photograph underneath will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the SP-590 UZ and 1s.

As you have seen, both of these cameras have the same resolution albeit not the same sensor measurements. The SP-590 UZ offers the smaller sensor which is going to make getting shallow DOF trickier. The older SP-590 UZ will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Portrait photography information
Olympus 1s Portrait photography information
37
you can focus manually
exports RAW formats
can't use external flash
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
46
has manual focus
includes face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus SP-590 UZ
Street photography with Olympus 1s
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
71
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
supports touch focus
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Sports photography details
Olympus 1s Sports photography details
38
excellent zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
44
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (450 shots)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Travel photography factors
Olympus 1s Travel photography factors
58
weather sealing
has built in flash
really wide (26mm)
very long reach (676mm)
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
64
better than average battery power (450 CIPA)
supports touch focus
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
long reach (300mm)
low megapixels (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Landscape photography factors
Olympus 1s Landscape photography factors
46
you can focus manually
really wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
53
has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (450 shots)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-590 UZ Vlogging highlights
Olympus 1s Vlogging highlights
24
really wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
no microphone jack
32
decently wide (28mm)
touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have external mic port
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Olympus SP-590 UZ vs Olympus 1s Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-590 UZ and Olympus 1s
 Olympus SP-590 UZOlympus Stylus 1s
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus SP-590 UZ Olympus Stylus 1s
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-01-07 2015-04-13
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3968 x 2976 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Lowest native ISO 64 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 35
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-676mm (26.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/2.8
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 4.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 6.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 8.00 m 10.30 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 413 gr (0.91 lb) 402 gr (0.89 lb)
Physical dimensions 116 x 84 x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") 116 x 87 x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 450 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - BLS-50
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage media xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $249 $699