February 15, 2014
This camera has now become my "Go To" camera. I've found that it's compact size means it's always with me.
The one thing I wish it had is more brackets in BRKT shooting and increase the EV to +2, 0, -2 for HDR shots. This is not a big thing as I shoot in RAW and make up for it in Post, but that would make it a little easier.
I am very, very pleased with this camera!
January 09, 2014
As a preliminary (just got it 4 days ago) review, I am very impressed with this camera. It replaces my DSLR that in my opinion become very cumbersome to me.
This camera is easy and simple to use. It acts like a larger camera but is small and compact enough to take anywhere and actually want to use it.
So far so good, have not found a con yet.
December 20, 2013
I got this camera a few days ago so this is a REALLY preliminary look at it with some initial observations which I'll add to as I use it more.
First the odd:
I use panorama mode fairly often and I was surprised to see the panorama mode in the Stylus 1 is the same as in my old Olympus SP 565 UZ (circa 2008) - antiquated. Many cameras now allow you to select panorama mode, slowly pan the camera and the camera handles all the heavy lifting - it decides when the end of the first scene occurs and the second begins, and stitches them accordingly. The Stylus 1 requires the user to take picture 1, remember where the end point is, pan the camera so there is overlap at this end point, and then take picture 2. Etc. Very cumbersome & very old style.
With all the interest in HDR, this camera does nothing to address that. I realize Canon has a patent on processing HDR shots in-camera at the pixel level, so I wouldn't immediately expect Olympus to have the equivalent feature. However, for those of us willing to do post processing of images to achieve HDR results, the camera does little if nothing to support this. For good HDR photos, you need at least 3 shots at -2 EV, 0 EV and +2 EV. The Stylus 1 has +/- 3 EV stops which can be manually set but you can only take a max of 3 BRKT shots with +/- 1 EV for each shot. Even my old SP 565 UZ can take 5 BRKT shots albeit at +/- 1 EV. But then you get the 3 shots at +/- 2EV if you discard shots 2 & 4.
Now for the good:
I took a few casual shots around the house and was blown away with the accuracy of the auto white balance - much better than a lot of my older cameras. And although I haven't done controlled testing, I took some hand held close-up shots at almost full zoom that were really crisp and clear - no noticeable camera shake. My other older cameras can't match this.
The constant f2.8 lens is fantastic - big difference from my other cameras, some of which start at f2.8 but go to 4.5 at full zoom. This is a great light gathering tool.
AF, start-up, and other features are FAST.
Some have said the camera has a cheap plastic feel. I have not found that to be the case and in fact think it has a very solid feel.
Size - for what this camera does, it's really compact and one of the main reasons I bought it. As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you. I won't mind carrying this around but wouldn't think of the RX-10 as being my "go-to" or "take with me everywhere" camera as nice as it might be. And at half the price, half the size, and much lighter, the Stylus 1 wins hands down as my "go everywhere" camera.
So far very pleased.
And finally, I can't wait to try out the other features like Wi-Fi, etc.
December 11, 2013
I bought this to replace my bulky and heavy DSLR. I just had it delivered a couple of days ago and absolutely love it! It's got incredibly fast focus and an automatic lens cap. The menus are easy to navigate and you have all the controls you need on the outside.
This has to be one of my better choices for a camera and it will get a lot of use.