Olympus Stylus Adds Retro Good Looks To Superzoom

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I’ll be honest: I’m writing about Olympus’ new Stylus camera mostly based on its look. Because frankly, I usually hate superzoom cameras for the ugly non-compromises that they are. They want to give you everything, and usually they deliver nothing.

The Stylus packs Olympus’ retro-styling into a body with a 1/1.7-inch sensor (a good compact-camera sensor, but not crazy big) and a 28–300mm equivalent ƒ2.8 zoom. It has Wi-Fi, 1080p video, shoots RAW and has a built-in ND (neutral density) filter to cut out light and let you shoot wide open on bright days.

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From the front, the Stylus looks pretty stylish, like one of the company’s cool Micro Four Thirds bodies. But from any other angle its long-lensed-ness is betrayed. Why do I hate on superzooms so? Because usually they’re full of auto gimmicks and slow lenses, and they’re huge. Worse, they offer little advantage over a regular compact with a good fast zoom (like the latest entries in the Canon G series). But the Stylus at least has a fairly fast ƒ2.8 lens, and offers a couple of multi-purpose knobs: one up where the shutter speed dial would be on a film camera, and one around the lens, where God intended. This should make manual control easier.

The Stylus will be out in December for $700/€550.

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