Olympus has announced that its Stylus 1s bridge camera, previously available only in the company’s home country of Japan, is to launch “soon” in Europe and the US.
The Stylus 1s is an impressive-looking bridge camera. While it resembles a miniature DSLR, or one of Olympus OM-D models, its lens isn’t removable, something that saves on price and increases compactness.
The lens pancakes down to a truly tiny size, allowing the camera to achieve a depth of just 56.5mm. That’s not to say it lacks versatility, however: it has an optical zoom range of 28-300mm (aka 10.7x zoom), maintaining a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout.
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There’s also a 12MP 1/1.7in CMOS sensor (a fairly large size), RAW and full HD movie shooting, a 3in tilting touchscreen and an electronic viewfinder. As has become standard with digital cameras these days, there’s also on-board Wi-Fi allowing you to transfer images and videos to other devices, or remotely control the Stylus 1s through your smartphone.
If you think the Stylus 1s looks familiar, that’s because it’s a souped-up version of the Stylus 1, a camera that Olympus launched here in the UK back in October 2013. If you already own one of those, you might find it hard to justify replacing it with the new model, because many of the changes and improvements are either quite minor or merely cosmetic – and some of the former will be coming to Stylus 1 owners via a future firmware update.
If you do like the look of the Stylus 1s, however, you should be able to get your hands on one from “early summer” for a price of around €549. We’ll update with a UK price once we’ve confirmed it with Olympus.