Olympus 1s

Olympus Stylus 1s front
  • 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 April 2015
  • Previous Model is Olympus 1
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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.

Olympus introduced this camera as a way to update the previous Olympus 1 (Read Full Comparison)

The 1s is placed #22 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over all #439 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should check our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Stylus-1s front thumbnailOlympus 1s28-300mm
Olympus-Stylus-1 front thumbnailOlympus 1
1s vs 1
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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.

built-in flash
comes with focus via touch
does have HDMI support
good battery pack (450 per charge)
good minimum ISO (100)
good zoom range (28-300mm 10.7 x zoom)
has face detect autofocus
has tracking focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
image stabilization (Optical)
long zoom (300mm)
quite wide (28mm)
screen has good resolution (1,040 k dot)
screen size is good (3 inches)
screen tilts
supports RAW files
touchscreen capability
you can focus manually
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have mic jack
does not contain selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect autofocus
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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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.

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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.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

Photography Glossary

Here is a shot of the Olympus 1s besides a soda so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Olympus Stylus 1s dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the 1s.

Olympus Stylus 1s topview buttons dials

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 great zoom and

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 46 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.

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has manual focus
supports face detection focusing
supports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")

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.

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screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
provides touch to focus
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")

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.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (450 per charge)
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus

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.

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better than average battery life (450 shots)
includes focus by touch
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
great zoom (300mm)
MP count low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

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.

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has manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
good battery (450 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")

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.

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pretty wide (28mm)
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no mic socket

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.

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General Information
Olympus Stylus 1s
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-300mm (10.7x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Range of display
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
60 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
10.30 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash options
Auto, redeye reduction, fill-on, off, redeye reduction slow sync, full, manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
402g (0.89 lb)
Physical dimensions
116 x 87 x 57mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.2")
Battery life
450 shots
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Storage slots
Retail price