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DerekC 25th March 2015 08:52 AM

Who uses Stylus 1?
 
I am looking for a camera to take on holiday, with out having to take lens etc with me.
Considering the Stylus 1, it seems to fit the bill still fairly compact, good lens range and using OM-D technology.

Who's using one, what are your thoughts?

Wally 25th March 2015 09:31 AM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Hi Derek, I don't have the Stylus 1 - as yet, but it's in the pipeline - but had an earlier search for a camera for exactly the same reasons and the fact also, that I have additional issues.

After much searching, I found that the Stylus 1 ticked more boxes for general purpose togging.

You can possibly cope with most types of weather conditions, but over the years I've found dust can be a killer. The Stylus 1, like the XZ-1 and XZ-2 all have, IMHO, a crappy dust cap. This can be circumvented by a TCON tube attachment fitted with a filter and/or a 3rd party lens cap. The lens for the three camera's mentioned above do not have a thread onto which a filter can be directly fitted.

Once fitted, perhaps not ideal in many situations, but can be stripped down and kept handy. It also doesn't appear to affect the wide coverage. The TCON 17x set-up, if fitted, extends the range to over 500mm.

If you're into panorama's, the Stylus 1 can stitch upto 10 frames.

IainMacD 25th March 2015 09:57 AM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
The Stylus 'Traveller' SH-2 looks promising. This new release may have a downward effect on the price of the Stylus 1???

Barr1e 25th March 2015 10:24 AM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DerekC (Post 337202)
I am looking for a camera to take on holiday, with out having to take lens etc with me.
Considering the Stylus 1, it seems to fit the bill still fairly compact, good lens range and using OM-D technology.

Who's using one, what are your thoughts?



http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2014/0...-1-review.html

http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2014/0...-stylus-1.html


Regards. Barr1e

Ross the fiddler 25th March 2015 12:41 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DerekC (Post 337202)
I am looking for a camera to take on holiday, with out having to take lens etc with me.
Considering the Stylus 1, it seems to fit the bill still fairly compact, good lens range and using OM-D technology.

Who's using one, what are your thoughts?

Me! *yes I like to take it to places where my normal kit is too much, such as to the airport to see off my daughters as they travel etc. One thing that you need to remember with that smaller sensor is that it has less dynamic range range than the later PENs & OM-D's with little (or no) headroom if clipping highlights. It's great for indoor shots & with flash. In a confined space where low flash power is used I can use continuous sequence (at up to 7 fps without flash) as it fires off frames at least at 1 fps with the flash.

Here's a few photos I've taken with it.
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...SC250035-s.jpg

http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...SC270214-s.jpg

http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...9-adj-cr-s.jpg

And being used by my son-in-law (before he was) at Featherdale Wildlife Park

http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S7145996-s.jpg

Through glass
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S7146189-s.jpg

Through bird wire
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S7146079-s.jpg

http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S7146029-s.jpg

http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S7146211-s.jpg
Clicking on the photos will take you to my Four Thirds User gallery where there are more photos.

Here's one I took at the airport through the glass & edited the raw file in Capture One for a better result.

http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...CaOn_adj-s.jpg

The original http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S8046726-s.jpg

I do love this camera with what it can do & it is even better with Version 2.0 firmware now.

I hope that helps.

*chr

Melaka 25th March 2015 01:14 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
The sample photos here and on Robin Wong's pages say it all really. They're good enough but not as good as you'd get from an EM1/5 or EP5 with a prime or one of the better zooms. 10x lenses, especially small ones, will always be a compromise of quality versus weight/price/size/convenience.

DerekC 25th March 2015 01:46 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Thanks to all who have replied, reviews of the Stylus are positive.
I think it will be ideal for travel holiday photography, not a E-M1 replacement but a useful addition. There are always those time you don't take a camera because a small compact is not enough but CSC or DSLR is too much.

jamsa 25th March 2015 02:53 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
I have the EM1, had the EM5, but also have the Stylus 1, with recent firmware has also got time lapse as an option too... it's handy and light and the spare Olympus batteries not expensive either. I do have the Tcon tube for filters and to act as a good cover and lens protection. No regrets and quite happy with results. The Traveller lens doesn't have the reach of the Stylus 1 which is a good reason why I think the Stylus one has lots of control like the EM5 etc. but the convenience of the size.

DerekC 25th March 2015 03:23 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Thanks for posting the images Ross, definitely nothing wrong there ver good images.
Now I think it is a case of finding one at the best deal. Still got a few weeks before we go away, so time look around.

DerekC 25th March 2015 03:25 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jamsa (Post 337272)
I have the EM1, had the EM5, but also have the Stylus 1, with recent firmware has also got time lapse as an option too... it's handy and light and the spare Olympus batteries not expensive either. I do have the Tcon tube for filters and to act as a good cover and lens protection. No regrets and quite happy with results. The Traveller lens doesn't have the reach of the Stylus 1 which is a good reason why I think the Stylus one has lots of control like the EM5 etc. but the convenience of the size.

I had discounted the Traveller as I like the range of the Stylus 1 lens.
Robin Wong review is an interesting read.
I also like fact unlike most compact with the Stylus you something to get hold of.

Gwyver 25th March 2015 04:48 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DerekC (Post 337278)
Thanks for posting the images Ross, definitely nothing wrong there ver good images.
Now I think it is a case of finding one at the best deal. Still got a few weeks before we go away, so time look around.

Derek,
Wex currently have a S/H Stylus 1 for 189 - see here;
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-o...544815#details
and click on the "Used" tab

Wally 25th March 2015 04:56 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
I may have this wrong but I believe I read in one of the many reviews I trawled through that the Stylus 1 has a second zoom selection - digital zoom - which can extend the zoom range to 600mm.

If so, can anyone show what end result does it produce?

Found the review in question, you can review it -> here

DerekC 25th March 2015 06:37 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gwyver (Post 337282)
Derek,
Wex currently have a S/H Stylus 1 for 189 - see here;
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-o...544815#details
and click on the "Used" tab

Thank I will have look.

jamsa 25th March 2015 07:52 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Yes it also has a digital zoom of X2...I will try to get a before and after pic tmw if I get a chance for you.

Phill D 25th March 2015 08:04 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Looks like someone got a bargain as it's gone now. Well done if it was you Derek. I'd have been tempted myself had it still been there.

DerekC 25th March 2015 08:23 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Sadly not Phill, I was still at work and din't have time to look. It was sold when I got home.

Ross the fiddler 25th March 2015 08:47 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Wally (Post 337283)
I may have this wrong but I believe I read in one of the many reviews I trawled through that the Stylus 1 has a second zoom selection - digital zoom - which can extend the zoom range to 600mm.

If so, can anyone show what end result does it produce?

Found the review in question, you can review it -> here

It has the 2 X DTC that the OM-D & PENs have. I had used it to grab that shot of the water fowl running across the water but because I saved RAW as well I realised the original size had the perfect shot after all & that is what I have here.

It also has two levers to operate the zoom, with the left one being stepable or slow (for movie use) if desired. The right is a standard compact type zoom lever around the shutter button. also the front ring can change from step (for various parameter changes like a front dial) to smooth with the lever & that can be for MF or zoom etc.

jamsa 26th March 2015 11:36 AM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...ps49c29jfd.jpg
Wide shot with Stylus 1, Oil Rig in distance.

jamsa 26th March 2015 11:37 AM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...psgjls14uz.jpg

Full zoom Stylus 1

jamsa 26th March 2015 11:38 AM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...psp0w3dqi9.jpg
X2 Digital zoom Stylus 1

Ross the fiddler 26th March 2015 11:52 AM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Just for the sake of it, here are a couple of shots taken at Springwood Foundation Day (Blue Mountains) in 2014 taken by my daughter with my Stylus 1.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/S4054201-s.jpg

This is a crop of another frame
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/5...54195-cr-s.jpg

Clicking on these photos will take you to the gallery where my E-M5 shots were shaky (shutter shock?) compared to these.

DerekC 26th March 2015 12:21 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Thanks again for those who have posted images.
From what I've seen Stylus 1 looks like good value as a walk around compact.
I'm not big into Compact all in one camera, limited experience with, hence the request for users thoughts.
Want a holiday camera with out the extras required with a PEN or OM-D.
Her in doors may use this more than her PEN

Ross the fiddler 26th March 2015 12:55 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DerekC (Post 337406)
Thanks again for those who have posted images.
From what I've seen Stylus 1 looks like good value as a walk around compact.
I'm not big into Compact all in one camera, limited experience with, hence the request for users thoughts.
Want a holiday camera with out the extras required with a PEN or OM-D.
Her in doors may use this more than her PEN

It certainly does a lot that is good, especially with the constant f2.8 lens. So long as you allow for its limitations it will surprise you with what it does do for you. I stuff mine into a front pouch (bum bag) often or else a small camera bag (where I include the FL36R flash). I have also had it with me as a 3rd camera to cover my needs. Although it only goes up to 1/2000 sec it includes an ND 3EV filter that can be switched in (through the SCP with touch is possibly the quickest rather than using up a function button that can be used for something more important). I use the Record button (in PASM) for AE Lock & Fn1 as 2 X DTC but then I need to use one of the 2 Custom positions on the mode dial for video which can only be started & stopped with the Record button. That works for me.

The front Fn2 button (in the front lever for click & smooth ring rotation) can have functions selected for it but it only cycles through the list to get to them with each press of the button so it is best to only have a small number of functions selected for it to keep it quick enough to get to the desired function.

Another thing that may be just a gimmick to you, it not only has the standard level gauge but also a (digital) bubble type too.

Wally 26th March 2015 01:24 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
:tup I'd just like to add my thanks to all concerned for the help and advice offered over the previous few weeks. *chr

:tup :tup DerekC's request has added much more info than my prior request for help. *yes I'm now even more convinced I made the right decision for getting my new toy, especially after seeing the photo's posted earlier and today by Jamsa and Ross.

A double whammy! *super

Ross the fiddler 26th March 2015 01:34 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Wally (Post 337421)
:tup I'd just like to add my thanks to all concerned for the help and advice offered over the previous few weeks. *chr

:tup :tup DerekC's request has added much more info than my prior request for help. I'm now even more convinced I made the right decision for getting my new toy.

*yes A double whammy! *chr

I'm sorry I didn't come up with more earlier. I guess I didn't think to mention these things before. I might have been pre-occupied with a certain daughter's wedding during that time or just thinking about new toys I might get myself. :D

wellyboot 26th March 2015 01:50 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
I hope you don't mind me jumping in as well with a question?
I was thinking of getting the Panasonic FZ1000 for use when walking my dogs (I walk with a stick, which makes it hard with 2 dogs as well!) however circumstances at the moment dictate that the price is just not justifiable.
So I was wondering what sort of ISO can you go up to before noise is problematic please?
Many thanks

Wally 26th March 2015 02:37 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ross the fiddler (Post 337425)
I'm sorry I didn't come up with more earlier. I guess I didn't think to mention these things before. I might have been pre-occupied with a certain daughter's wedding during that time or just thinking about new toys I might get myself. :D

:tup No apologies needed, Ross. I hadn't remembered your post with the daughter's pics and yours with the XZ, but I'm sure, that however dim the light bulb, it was on when I decided to go for it. :tup


I found a series of reviews (3) which proved very informative, even when skipping through much of it. plenty of info, and pics to use as a comparison on various subject etc. including noise levels at various settings.

Here they are with separate links if anyone is interested:

Dreamy Bokeh on a Budget Stylus 1 Shooters Report Part 1

Reader Requests, Special Features and More
Stylus 1 Shooters Report Part 2

Ergonomics, lens comparison testing and conclusions Stylus 1 Shooters Report Part 3

jamsa 26th March 2015 02:37 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...ps4rlexzpy.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...psemnd5glg.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/d...psbbjpiwm7.jpg

These were taken with the 75-300 on the Em1 for comparison the top one using the X2 digital zoom.

Ross the fiddler 26th March 2015 11:30 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by wellyboot (Post 337433)
I hope you don't mind me jumping in as well with a question?
I was thinking of getting the Panasonic FZ1000 for use when walking my dogs (I walk with a stick, which makes it hard with 2 dogs as well!) however circumstances at the moment dictate that the price is just not justifiable.
So I was wondering what sort of ISO can you go up to before noise is problematic please?
Many thanks

The Panasonic FZ1000 looks to be a very nice capable camera, but if weight is a problem it isn't the lightest camera around at 831g & of course, the price isn't the cheapest either.

To answer your question, the Stylus 1 is set with Auto ISO to go up to 1600 (max. ISO 12800) & that's how I leave it set as the constant f2.8 lens does do its job pretty good with the size (1/1.7" CMOS) sensor in that camera. The weight is only approx. 402 g.

Here are some higher ISO shots for you. These are all using Auto ISO & not forcing high ISO artificially.

ISO 800 in a low light hallway
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S3270052-s.jpg

ISO 1600 in a darkened room
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S3270053-s.jpg

Even darker on top of a cupboard at ISO 1600
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S3270056-s.jpg

This room was pretty dark, so I can't see you being troubled by low light applications walking the dogs somehow. I'll try & get some hand held night scenes if I can.

Again, it's the lens that does so well here.

Ross the fiddler 27th March 2015 12:19 AM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Here's two more low photos for wellyboot. This is in a very dark location where I had to lean my elbow on wall to steady the camera to get this one (at Auto ISO 1600).
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S3270059-s.jpg

Some daylight coming in here (ISO 1600) at maximum telephoto range across the room.
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...S3270061-s.jpg

Just to compare with E-M1 + Sigma 150 f2.8 lens at ISO 1600
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...M3274162-s.jpg
Comparing with E-M1 + Sigma 150 f2.8 lens ISO 6400
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries...M3274163-s.jpg

I hope that helps.

wellyboot 27th March 2015 06:49 AM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Thank you so much Ross for going to all that trouble. I'm really grateful!
I have to say that I'm very impressed with the higher ISO shots, especially compared to the higher spec of the E-M1.
And you're right, I hadn't realised that the Stylus 1 was half the weight of the FZ 1000!
Once again thank you very much
Best wishes
Marcia

blu-by-u 27th March 2015 07:40 AM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
I loved that Stylus 1. I went with it to Kota Kinabalu with a group of photographers.

This was shot from inside a moving van. The IS do work.
B01) https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2895/...fca218a5_c.jpg

Was challenging a TQ-3 toa macro shot, Stylus 1 lost. :(
B02) https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3919/...57a7cdb8_c.jpg

B03) https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2917/...425b2748_c.jpg

wellyboot 29th March 2015 12:02 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
I just wanted to thank everyone for their input on this thread, especially Ross.
As a result I went and bought a Stylus 1 yesterday!! I'm really pleased with it so far, but having realised the firmware needed updating I think I should be even more pleased!!
As always with updates, a very fraught 10 minutes or so, but it all went well.
Such a shame we have high winds and squally showers today. But it will give me a chance to set it up as I like and to explore all the things that are different from the OMD's eg exp comp!!
Thank you all again
Marcia

Wally 29th March 2015 12:22 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by wellyboot (Post 337763)
I just wanted to thank everyone for their input on this thread, especially Ross. As a result I went and bought a Stylus 1 yesterday!! I'm really pleased with it so far, but having realised the firmware needed updating I think I should be even more pleased!!
Marcia

Would be interesting to hear more once you have tried it out. 1st impressions so to speak?

:tup Mine arrived, or so the 'Missed You' card informed me yesterday when I arrived back home late in the evening. *sob

For the first time in ages, I'm actually looking forward to a Monday morning, but to the fact I may have to do an update... more time wasted. *ohwell

Just hope it's all worth it? ;)

Ross the fiddler 29th March 2015 01:04 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Wally (Post 337767)
Would be interesting to hear more once you have tried it out. 1st impressions so to speak?

:tup Mine arrived, or so the 'Missed You' card informed me yesterday when I arrived back home late in the evening. *sob

For the first time in ages, I'm actually looking forward to a Monday morning, but to the fact I may have to do an update... more time wasted. *ohwell

Just hope it's all worth it? ;)

The update will be worth it, I just hope you will be happy with the camera as well after all of my persuasions & sorry you now have to wait for it.

Barr1e 29th March 2015 03:09 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by wellyboot (Post 337763)
I just wanted to thank everyone for their input on this thread, especially Ross.
As a result I went and bought a Stylus 1 yesterday!! I'm really pleased with it so far, but having realised the firmware needed updating I think I should be even more pleased!!
As always with updates, a very fraught 10 minutes or so, but it all went well.
Such a shame we have high winds and squally showers today. But it will give me a chance to set it up as I like and to explore all the things that are different from the OMD's eg exp comp!!
Thank you all again
Marcia

Hi Marcia -

Just one thing to look out for - when at the Photography Show at the NEC, I think it was Paul (PDK) who wanted to take a pic or two with mine and he had difficulty gaining a focus on the subject/s. Looking at the settings a few minutes later I spotted the FN2 button/switch at the front of the camera had been knocked on to another setting. Not the first time this has happened. One to keep in mind should it happen to you.

Regards. Barr1e

wellyboot 29th March 2015 03:26 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Barr1e (Post 337784)
Hi Marcia -

Just one thing to look out for - when at the Photography Show at the NEC, I think it was Paul (PDK) who wanted to take a pic or two with mine and he had difficulty gaining a focus on the subject/s. Looking at the settings a few minutes later I spotted the FN2 button/switch at the front of the camera had been knocked on to another setting. Not the first time this has happened. One to keep in mind should it happen to you.

Regards. Barr1e

Thank you Barr1e. A good bit of info that will doubtless stop me scratching my head and posting about a faulty Stylus 1, as having looked at it, I can see that it could easily be moved!
I've also just realised that the firmware update caused my settings to disappear, so I am back to the drawing board again!
All that being said, I think it is going to be a welcome addition to my Olympus Kennel (having 3 dogs I thought Kennel far more appropriate than Stable, especially as it's for use while walking the dogs!)
Best wishes
Marcia

DerekC 29th March 2015 08:14 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Barr1e (Post 337784)
Hi Marcia -

Just one thing to look out for - when at the Photography Show at the NEC, I think it was Paul (PDK) who wanted to take a pic or two with mine and he had difficulty gaining a focus on the subject/s. Looking at the settings a few minutes later I spotted the FN2 button/switch at the front of the camera had been knocked on to another setting. Not the first time this has happened. One to keep in mind should it happen to you.

Regards. Barr1e

Thanks Barr1e and Marcia, When I started this post I didn't realise how much interest it would generate. I haven't clicked buy just yet but shouldn't long. It interesting what Barr1e says about the buttons/switches being knocked. With looking at the Stylus 1 the layout is similar to the OM-D, I find it so easy to move the wheel around the shutter button altering the exposure comp catch the rear wheel altering the shutter speed. I have altered some settings so they don't get adjusted.

Ross the fiddler 29th March 2015 08:34 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Barr1e (Post 337784)
Hi Marcia -

Just one thing to look out for - when at the Photography Show at the NEC, I think it was Paul (PDK) who wanted to take a pic or two with mine and he had difficulty gaining a focus on the subject/s. Looking at the settings a few minutes later I spotted the FN2 button/switch at the front of the camera had been knocked on to another setting. Not the first time this has happened. One to keep in mind should it happen to you.

Regards. Barr1e

That sounds like the lever around the Fn2 button on the front & by default it changes to MF. It caught me out on at least one occasion but is useful for a quick change for MF (if actually used).

Ross the fiddler 29th March 2015 09:08 PM

Re: Who uses Stylus 1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by wellyboot (Post 337763)
I just wanted to thank everyone for their input on this thread, especially Ross.
As a result I went and bought a Stylus 1 yesterday!! I'm really pleased with it so far, but having realised the firmware needed updating I think I should be even more pleased!!
As always with updates, a very fraught 10 minutes or so, but it all went well.
Such a shame we have high winds and squally showers today. But it will give me a chance to set it up as I like and to explore all the things that are different from the OMD's eg exp comp!!
Thank you all again
Marcia

Oh dear! What have I done? :eek: I hope you do enjoy it & find it fills your needs well. *yes

*chr


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