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Olympus Stylus 1 vs Stylus 1s

The Olympus Stylus 1 and the Olympus Stylus 1s are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in October 2013 and April 2015. Both the Stylus 1 and the Stylus 1s are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/1.7-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 11.8 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Olympus Stylus 1 versus Olympus Stylus 1s
Olympus Stylus 1 Olympus Stylus 1s
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
28-300mm f/2.8 28-300mm f/2.8
11.8 MP, 1/1.7" Sensor 11.8 MP, 1/1.7" Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-12,800 ISO 100-12,800
Electronic viewfinder (1440k dots) Electronic viewfinder (1440k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Tilting touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
7 shutter flaps per second 7 shutter flaps per second
410 shots per battery charge450 shots per battery charge
116 x 87 x 57 mm, 402 g 116 x 87 x 57 mm, 402 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Olympus Stylus 1 and the Olympus Stylus 1s? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Olympus Stylus 1 and the Olympus Stylus 1s are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Olympus Stylus 1 vs Olympus Stylus 1s
Compare Stylus 1 versus Stylus 1s top
Comparison Stylus 1 or Stylus 1s rear

In this particular case, the Olympus Stylus 1 and the Olympus Stylus 1s have exactly the same width and height, and, thus, have identically-sized bodies. Moreover, the two cameras also share the same weight. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the Stylus 1 nor the Stylus 1s are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the Stylus 1 gets 410 shots out of its BLS-5 battery, while the Stylus 1s can take 450 images on a single charge of its BLS-50 power pack.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Olympus Stylus 1 116 mm 87 mm 57 mm 402 g 410 n Oct 2013 699i
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s 116 mm 87 mm 57 mm 402 g 450 n Apr 2015 699 i
3.
 
Canon G5 X 112 mm 76 mm 44 mm 353 g 210 n Oct 2015 799i
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 116 mm 74 mm 66 mm 553 g 240 n Feb 2014 799i
5.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
6.
 
Canon G1 X 117 mm 81 mm 65 mm 534 g 250 n Jan 2012 799i
7.
 
Canon G15 107 mm 76 mm 40 mm 352 g 350 n Sep 2012 499i
8.
 
Fujifilm X30 119 mm 72 mm 60 mm 423 g 470 n Aug 2014 599 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X20 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 353 g 270 n Jan 2013 599i
10.
 
Fujifilm X10 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 350 g 270 n Sep 2011 599i
11.
 
Nikon P7800 119 mm 78 mm 50 mm 399 g 350 n Sep 2013 549i
12.
 
Olympus XZ-2 113 mm 65 mm 48 mm 346 g 340 n Sep 2012 599i
13.
 
Olympus E-420 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 440 g 500 n Mar 2008 599i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The two cameras under review were launched at the same price and fall into the same market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/1.7-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 4.5. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Olympus Stylus 1 and Olympus Stylus 1s sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 11.8 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the Stylus 1 and the Stylus 1s have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the Stylus 1s is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 5 months) than the Stylus 1, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Olympus Stylus 1 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800. The Olympus Stylus 1s offers exactly the same ISO settings.

Stylus 1 versus Stylus 1s MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Olympus Stylus 1 1/1.7 11.8 3968 29761080/30p20.711.617951
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s 1/1.7 11.8 3968 29761080/30p........
3.
 
Canon G5 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p........
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.858158
5.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.723054
6.
 
Canon G1 X 1.5-inch 14.2 4352 32641080/24p21.710.864460
7.
 
Canon G15 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/24p19.911.516546
8.
 
Fujifilm X30 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
9.
 
Fujifilm X20 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
10.
 
Fujifilm X10 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/30p20.511.324550
11.
 
Nikon P7800 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/30p21.211.720054
12.
 
Olympus XZ-2 1/1.7 11.8 3968 29761080/30p20.411.321649
13.
 
Olympus E-420 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.510.452756

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The Stylus 1 and the Stylus 1s are similar in the sense that both feature an electronic viewfinder, which is helpful when framing images in bright sunlight. Moreover, their viewfinders offer an identical resolution of 1440k dots. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Olympus Stylus 1 and Olympus Stylus 1s along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Olympus Stylus 11440 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 7.0 Y Y
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s1440 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 7.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon G5 X2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 5.2 Y Y
5.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
6.
 
Canon G1 Xoptical n 3.0 922 Swivel n 1/4000s 1.9 Y Y
7.
 
Canon G15optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.1 Y Y
8.
 
Fujifilm X302360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
9.
 
Fujifilm X20optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
10.
 
Fujifilm X10optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
11.
 
Nikon P7800921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y
12.
 
Olympus XZ-2optional n 3.0 920 tilting Y 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y
13.
 
Olympus E-420optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n

The Olympus Stylus 1 and the Olympus Stylus 1s both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Both the Stylus 1 and the Stylus 1s have zoom lenses built in. Both optics have identical focal length range and aperture specifications (6-64mm f/2.8-2.8). Both cameras offer the same maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the Stylus 1 and the Stylus 1s write their files to SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Olympus Stylus 1 and Olympus Stylus 1s and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Olympus Stylus 1Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1sYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon G5 XYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
6.
 
Canon G1 XYstereomono--mini2.0---
7.
 
Canon G15Ystereomono--mini2.0---
8.
 
Fujifilm X30Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Fujifilm X20Ystereomono--micro2.0---
10.
 
Fujifilm X10Ystereomono--mini2.0---
11.
 
Nikon P7800YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Olympus XZ-2Ystereomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Olympus E-420Y-----2.0---

The Stylus 1s is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Olympus. In contrast, the Stylus 1 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the Stylus 1 was succeeded by the Olympus Stylus 1s. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Olympus website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Olympus Stylus 1 or the Olympus Stylus 1s – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Advantages of the Olympus Stylus 1:

  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in October 2013).


Arguments in favor of the Olympus Stylus 1s:

  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (1 year and 5 months) more recently.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the match-up finishes in a tie (1 points each). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

Stylus 1 01:01 Stylus 1s

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Olympus Stylus 1 and the Olympus Stylus 1s place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the Stylus 1 or the Stylus 1s perform in practice. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Olympus Stylus 1..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2013 699i
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s.......... Apr 2015 699 i
3.
 
Canon G5 X5/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 799i
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II3/5+77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799i
5.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
6.
 
Canon G1 X5/5+76/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2012 799i
7.
 
Canon G154/5+76/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 499i
8.
 
Fujifilm X304/5..76/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2014 599 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X204/5+ +77/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 599i
10.
 
Fujifilm X10....76/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2011 599i
11.
 
Nikon P78003/5....4/54.5/5 Sep 2013 549i
12.
 
Olympus XZ-24/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 599i
13.
 
Olympus E-420..85/100+ +4/54.5/5 Mar 2008 599i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Olympus Stylus 1 vs Olympus Stylus 1s

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Olympus Stylus 1 Olympus Stylus 1s
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 28-300mm f/2.8 28-300mm f/2.8
    Launch Date October 2013 April 2015
    Launch Price USD 699 USD 699
    Sensor Specs Olympus Stylus 1 Olympus Stylus 1s
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/1.7" Sensor 1/1.7" Sensor
    Sensor Size 7.6 x 5.7 mm 7.6 x 5.7 mm
    Sensor Area 43.32 mm2 43.32 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 9.5 mm 9.5 mm
    Crop Factor 4.5x 4.5x
    Sensor Resolution 11.8 Megapixels 11.8 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3968 x 2976 pixels 3968 x 2976 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.91 μm 1.91 μm
    Pixel Density 27.26 MP/cm2 27.26 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Image Processor TruePic VI TruePic VI
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 51 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 20.7 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.6 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 179 ..
    Screen Specs Olympus Stylus 1 Olympus Stylus 1s
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.58x 0.58x
    Viewfinder Resolution 1440k dots 1440k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Olympus Stylus 1 Olympus Stylus 1s
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/2000s 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 7 shutter flaps/s 7 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Olympus Stylus 1 Olympus Stylus 1s
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Olympus Stylus 1 Olympus Stylus 1s
    Battery Type BLS-5 BLS-50
    Battery Life (CIPA)410 shots per charge450 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 116 x 87 x 57 mm
    (4.6 x 3.4 x 2.2 in)
    116 x 87 x 57 mm
    (4.6 x 3.4 x 2.2 in)
    Camera Weight 402 g (14.2 oz) 402 g (14.2 oz)

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