Olympus adds another camera to the Stylus line, the Stylus 1s, successor to the Stylus 1. While maintaining all of the features of the Stylus 1, the Stylus 1s adds a variety of functions, such as Small AF Target, enabling pinpoint focusing on specific locations, and Step Zoom, which provides nine preset zoom positions. Olympus has enhanced the premium feel of the camera by redesigning the grip and also incorporating the blue line characteristic of the i.Zuiko Digital lenses.
A compact 56.5 mm (2.2 in) thick, the 402 g (14.2 oz) body contains a 10.7x (28-300 mm) constant aperture f/2.8 zoom lens with an anti-reflective ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, assembled through multilayer film deposition technology, applied to the surface of the lens.
For close-up shooting, the Stylus 1s includes a Super Macro mode for capturing subjects as close as 5 cm from the end of the lens. The camera’s new lithium-ion battery, which is also compatible with the Stylus 1, features an improved capacity for longer shooting times.
The Stylus 1s has a built-in high-resolution interactive LCD electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a 100 percent field of view, allowing users to preview the exposure, colour and focus peaks. The EVF’s integrated eye sensor allows users to simply look into the viewfinder to automatically switch the display from the rear monitor to the viewfinder. Adaptive Brightness Technology raises the backlight brightness when shooting in bright outdoor conditions and lowers the brightness in dark indoor conditions.
The Stylus 1s inherits a blend of dedicated physical controls from the Olympus OM-D line. The Hybrid Control Ring allows users to adjust settings with a twist of the ring without taking their eye off the subject. The subdial can be controlled with the thumb on the right hand, and functions can be assigned in the same way as the Hybrid Control Ring, making it easy to apply complex adjustments. There’s also a customizable zoom lever and two function buttons.
Tap the Wi-Fi icon and launch the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) smartphone app to connect. By using the smartphone as a remote control, the Live View screen can be viewed on a smartphone while remote shooting in P, A, S, M, and iAuto modes, and zoom and Touch AF Shutter are available to compose and capture the shot. Recorded images may be instantly transferred to a smartphone or tablet.
Several new features found on the Stylus 1s are also available on the Stylus 1 through a firmware update. These features include Small Target AF, Focus Peaking, Interval Shooting, Time Lapse Movie, Easy Step Zoom, and Switchable Zoom Factor Display.
The Olympus Stylus 1s should be available now (available in black).