Olympus 1s summary
Olympus 1s is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially announced on April of 2015. The camera has a 12MP, BSI-CMOS 1/1.7" size sensor with a max resolution of 3968 x 2976.
The 1s is placed #26 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over all #411 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should check our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.
Here is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.
Olympus 1s family
The Olympus 1s has a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can check out all past and current models alongside key features.
Olympus 1s Gallery
You can view the 1s from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Olympus 1s Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Olympus 1s based on features which are oftentimes considered crucial in a camera.
Olympus 1s Sensor features
The specification of the sensor on the Olympus 1s is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 3968 x 2976 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath shows the 1s's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The 1s sensor has a crop factor of 4.8 and is presented in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Olympus 1s dimensions
Olympus 1s is 0.89 pounds (402g or 14.18 oz) & has outer dimensions of 116mm x 87mm x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Olympus 1s is very much the same compared to other rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Here is a shot of the Olympus 1s besides a soda so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the 1s.
Olympus 1s Lens features
The 1s has a built in lens giving a focal range of 28-300mm making it a 10.7 x zoom which is not very good but it will definitely be convenient in certain cases.
At it's widest 28mm, it has an aperture of f2.8 and that is fairly sluggish and not great for low light occasions and you will struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You would also need to raise your ISO resulting in noisy photographs.is great zoom and
Olympus 1s Connectivity
The 1s has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer pictures and oftentimes change settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Many apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Olympus 1s Video features
The max video quality on the Olympus 1s is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance in quality and file size but 1080p is not going to leave you with any room to crop. The body does not have a microphone or headphone jack which means you get zero control over the audio. It is perhaps best to buy an alternative model if you want decent audio for your video clips.
Olympus 1s Weather Sealing
Olympus 1s does not have environment sealing so wet conditions can affect the camera.
Olympus 1s Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus 1s has a 3" tilting display screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots.
Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means that you are able to shift focus points and adjust settings by using your fingertips.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder details for Olympus 1s are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Resolution 1,440k dots
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are rather valuable.
Olympus 1s Shutter features
Olympus 1s has the capability to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus 1s Flash and Hot shoe features
Olympus 1s has both built-in flash as well as external flash support.
Olympus 1s Autofocus features
Olympus 1s has only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and exact compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detect making it useful for portraits.
The Sensor has 35 focus points to pick from. Olympus 1s has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to adjust focus points. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. Olympus 1s comes with manual focus if required in low light or you want to have more exact focus control.
Olympus 1s Battery life
The battery pack (BLS-50) for the Olympus 1s is built to last for 450 photographs as per the CIPA requirements which is higher than average when compared to its class. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life in this type of cameras.
Underneath is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the highest battery life:
Olympus 1s for different styles of photography
The following graph presents a outline of the Olympus 1s for different styles of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Olympus 1s
The Olympus 1s has a score of 47 which is modest, and means the camera is fairly suitable for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the option to use off-camera flash.
Olympus 1s Street photography advice
Coming in at a very good rating of 71, the Olympus 1s is a respectable pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Olympus 1s Sports photography highlights
A bad sports photography points total of 44 means the Olympus 1s is simply not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera should have very good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus 1s Travel photography info
Size is very crucial in buying a camera for travel. In general, the Olympus 1s gets a nice 64 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable fit to take on your holidays.
Olympus 1s Landscape photography advice
For anyone planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Olympus 1s with it's modest grade of 53 as a landscape camera is fairly adequate within the current marketplace.
Olympus 1s Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera really should offer a moving display, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Olympus 1s is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a bad rating of 32.
Olympus 1s Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the 1s, below is a collection of the top scored cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line chart just below offers you an overview of the 1s versus it's top rated competitors mentioned previously.
These are various other cameras you might see as alternatives. To look at a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.