Olympus 1

Olympus Stylus 1 front
  • 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 November 2013
  • New Model is Olympus 1s
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus 1 overview

Olympus 1 is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first introduced on November of 2013. It has a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/1.7" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3968 x 2976.

Olympus introduced the fresher Olympus 1s (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this model.

The 1 ranks at #34 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #460 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can use our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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Here is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus 1 history

The Olympus 1 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can see all older and latest models alongside key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Olympus 1 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Olympus 1 based on aspects that are usually seen as useful in a digital camera.

better than average battery power (410 shots)
built-in flash
built-in touchscreen
built in zoom lens (28-300mm 10.7 x zoom)
exports RAW formats
great flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
has face detection focus
has HDMI port
has manual focus
has tracking autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch to focus
long reach (300mm)
really wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
screen tilts up and down
very good min ISO (100)
very good screen resolution (1,040 k dot)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
missing external microphone port
missing headphone port
missing Timelapse recording
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Olympus 1 Sensor specs

The Olympus 1 is powered by the TruePic VI chip. The size of the sensor on the Olympus 1 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3968 x 2976 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 12800. RAW format is supported which means that the user has more margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the 1's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The 1 sensor has a crop factor of 4.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus 1 dimensions

Olympus 1 has a weight of 0.89 lb (402g or 14.18 ounces) & has outer measurements of 116mm x 87mm x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Olympus 1 is very similar as compared to its rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Olympus 1 beside a soda so you can get a sense of its size.

Olympus Stylus 1 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button layout on the 1.

Olympus Stylus 1 topview buttons dials

Olympus 1 Lens details

The 1 has got a built-in lens having a focal range of 28-300mm giving it a 10.7 x zoom which might not be amazing but it will probably be handy in some scenarios.

At it's widest 28mm, it has an aperture of f2.8 which will be rather sluggish and not very good for low light events and you might find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will probably also have to raise your ISO setting giving you noisy great zoom and

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Olympus 1 Connectivity

The 1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to send files and usually alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Several apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Olympus 1 Video details

The highest video resolution on the Olympus 1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance for video quality and file size but FULL HD is not going to give you any room to downsample. The body doesn't include a microphone and headphone port which means you get absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to purchase an alternative camera in case you want better sound for your videos.

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Olympus 1 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Olympus 1 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Olympus 1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus 1 has a 3" tilting display having a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you can shift focus point and change settings with your finger.

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The View Finder specs for Olympus 1 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 1,440k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful for bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Olympus 1 Shutter details

Olympus 1 is able to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Olympus 1 Flash and Hot shoe details

Olympus 1 has both inbuilt flash as well as external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/2000 sec.

Olympus 1 Autofocusing details

Olympus 1 has only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and exact as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection making it valuable for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor has 25 focus points to select from. Olympus 1 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to switch focus. It also boasts Tracking AF for moving objects. Olympus 1 boasts manual focusing when needed for low light conditions or you need to have more precise control on focusing.

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Olympus 1 Battery life

The battery power (BLS-5) on the Olympus 1 is built to last for 410 pictures as per the CIPA benchmarks making it above the usual for its category. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the highest (600) battery life for this type of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Olympus 1 for varying styles of photography

The following graph indicates a summation of the Olympus 1 for varying styles of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Olympus 1 Portrait photography info

The Olympus 1 gets a score of 48 which is decent, meaning that it is relatively suited to use for portraits. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files and capability to work with external lighting.

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has manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
provides face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")

Olympus 1 Street photography highlights

Getting a very good score of 70, the Olympus 1 is a respectable pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
features focus by touch
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")

Olympus 1 as a Sports photography camera

A bad sports photography points tally of 43 indicates the Olympus 1 is just not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs fantastic focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
good battery (410 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect AF

Olympus 1 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is very critical when selecting a travel camera. On the whole, the Olympus 1 gets a nice 61 as a travelling camera which is a fine choice to purchase for your journeys.

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great battery (410 shots)
includes focus via touch
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
great zoom (300mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Olympus 1 Landscape photography highlights

When you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Olympus 1 at it's reasonable grade of 49 as a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate compared to its competitors.

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has manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (410 CIPA)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Olympus 1 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging really should offer a articulating screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Olympus 1 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a bad score of 32.

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decently wide (28mm)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
missing microphone socket

Olympus 1 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the 1, below is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram below will give you an overview of the 1 versus it's highest ranked competitors mentioned previously.

These are various other cameras you may view as alternate options. To look at a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus Stylus 1
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
TruePic VI
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-300mm (10.7x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Range of screen
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Lowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash settings
Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual
External flash
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync
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)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
402g (0.89 pounds)
116 x 87 x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2")
Battery life
410 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Storage slots
Launch price