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Questions :

Question :
What differentiates the STYLUS 1 from the XZ-2?


The following table describes the differences:

Focal Length 6.0 mm - 64.3 mm
(28 mm - 300 mm equivalent in 35 mm photography)
6.0 mm - 24.0 mm
(28 mm - 112 mm equivalent in 35 mm photography)
F 2.8 F 1.8 (W) - 2.5 (T)
Optical Zoom 10.7 x 4 x
Digital Tele Converter 2 x
Imaging Range Wide: 10 cm to infinity
Tele: 80 cm to infinity
Super Macro Mode: 5 cm to 60 cm
(Zoom position fixed)
Wide: 5 cm to infinity
Tele: 20 cm to infinity
Super Macro Mode: 1 cm to 60 cm
(Zoom position fixed)
Image Processing Engine True Pic VI
Effective Pixels 12 million pixels
Image Sensor 1 / 1.7", CMOS
ISO ISO 100 - 12800
Auto: ISO 100 - 12800 (Customizing is possible, Default setting: ISO 100 - 1600)
Manual: ISO 100 - 12800
Dustproof / Splashproof Not available
Memory SD / SDHC / SDXC cards
(UHS-I compatible), Eye-Fi card
SD / SDHC / SDXC cards
(UHS-I compatible), Eye-Fi card, FlashAir
Internal Memory Not available Approx. 39 MB
Built-in Flash Available
Sequential Shooting Approx. 7 fps Approx. 5 fps
Approx. 15 fps (when shooting with High-Speed sequential shooting)
Viewfinder Built-in,
Eye-level electronic viewfinder,
1,140,000 dots, Field of View: 100%,
Eye Sensor: available
External viewfinder (Sold separately)
Hot Shoe Available
Accessory Port (AP2) Not available Available
Monitor 3.0 inches, Approx. 1,040,000 dots, TFT color LCD, adjustable 3.0 inches, Approx. 920,000 dots, TFT color LCD, adjustabl
Touch Panel Available
Camera Grip Available Available, removable, packaged with the camera
Movie MOV (HD / MPEG-4AVC/H.264),
AVI (HS / Motion JPEG)
MOV (MPEG-4AVC / H.264)
Record Mode (Movie) Full HD: 1920 × 1080
HD: 1280 × 720
HS120: 640 × 480
HS240: 320 × 240
Full HD: 1920 × 1080
HD: 1280 × 720
AF Area Up to 35 points
Shutter Speed 60 - 1/2000 sec.
Bulb (Up to 15 min.)
60 - 1/2000 sec.
Bulb (Up to 16 min.)
Focus Mode Single AF (S-AF),
Continuous AF (C-AF),
Manual Focus (MF),
AF tracking (C-AF+TR),
SuperMacro Mode
MF Assist Available
Art Filter 11 art filters
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color,
Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process,
Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line

Art filter variation and 5 art effects available.
Multi Exposure 2 frames maximum
Level Gauge Available (2-axis, 3D) Available (2-axis)
Wi-Fi Function Available
  • Wireless Shooting
    (Remote control function by using Smartphones)
  • Image Share
    (Order for image upload onto a Smartphone can be saved)
  • GPS info. Function
    (by using Smartphone GPS data)
  • Easy Connection
    (QR code setting)
Not available
Underwater Housing Not available Available (PT-054)
HDMI Output Connector HDMI Micro Connector (Type D)
Battery Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery BLS-5 Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery LI-90B
Number of Recordable Pictures Approx. 410 shots Approx. 310 shots
(Excluding Protrusions)
116.2 mm (W) × 87.0 mm (H) × 52.0 mm (D) / 4.6" (W) × 3.4" (H) × 2.0" (D)

* When an automatic lens cap is attached: 56.5 mm (D) / 2.2" (D)

113.0 mm (W) × 65.4 mm (H) × 48.0 mm (D) / 4.4" (W) × 2.6" (H) × 1.9" (D)
Weight Approx. 402g
(Battery, Media Card, Automatic Lens Cap and Eye Cup included)
Approx. 346g
(Battery and Media Card included)
Color Black Black
Release Date November 29, 2013 October 26, 2012 (Black)
February 23, 2013 (White)
Refer to the Product's Page STYLUS 1 XZ-2
Product Comparison Page STYLUS 1 / XZ-2

You can also compare other models on the following web page:

* Product comparison

Question :
What comes packaged with the camera?

The following items are packaged with the camera:

  • STYLUS 1 camera
  • Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (BLS-5)
  • Lithium-ion Battery Charger (BCS-5)
  • USB Cable (CB-USB6)
  • Automatic Lens Cap (LC-51A)
  • Strap
  • Olympus Setup CD-ROM: OLYMPUS Viewer 3 software (Windows/Mac)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card

Question :
What are the compression rates and size of the image files in each recording mode?

The following tables show the approximate values:

【 Still Pictures 】
The following table shows the approximate values when shooting still pictures in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

RAW Mode

Recording Mode Number of Pixels File Format Number of Storable Pictures
File Size (Approx.)
RAW 3968 × 2976 ORF 190 18.5 MB


  • * The following table shows the approximate values when shooting still pictures in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • * The compression rate of JEPG file format is 1/2.7 in SF mode, 1/4 in F mode, 1/8 in N mode and 1/12 in B mode.
  • * You can select four JPEG modes in default setting: L-F, L-N, M-N (2560 × 1920) and S-N (1280 × 960).
Recording Mode Number of Pixels File Format Number of Storable Pictures
4GB SD / SDHC / SDXC card
File Size (Approx.)
3968 × 2976 JPEG 420 8.8 MB
600 6.1 MB
1,320 3.3 MB
1,960 2.3 MB
SF 3200 × 2400 620 5.9 MB
F 1,020 4.2 MB
N 2,030 2.3 MB
B 2,970 1.7 MB
SF 2560 × 1920 1,080 4.0 MB
F 1,580 2.8 MB
N 3,120 1.7 MB
B 4,520 1.3 MB
SF 1920 × 1440 1,900 2.0 MB
F 2,770 1.4 MB
N 5,300 0.7 MB
B 7,620 0.5 MB
SF 1600 × 1200 2,710 1.4 MB
F 3,930 1.0 MB
N 7,620 0.5 MB
B 10,170 0.3 MB
SF 1280 × 960 4,060 0.9 MB
F 5,810 0.6 MB
N 11,090 0.3 MB
B 15,250 0.3 MB
SF 1024 × 768 6,100 0.6 MB
F 8,710 0.4 MB
N 15,250 0.2 MB
B 20,340 0.2 MB
SF 640 × 480 13,560 0.3 MB
F 20,340 0.2 MB
N 30,510 0.1 MB
B 40,680 0.1 MB
  • The same image (Olympus' standard image) is used to calculate the number of storable pictures and file size in each mode.
  • The number of storable pictures depends on the image quality, the type of memory card or whether print reservation is enabled. The number of remaining pictures on the LCD may not change even when a picture is taken or deleted.
  • The number of storable pictures in this table differs from the number of remaining pictures displayed on the LCD. This table shows the approximate number, but the camera shows the maximum (up to 9999).
  • The option of JPEG recording mode can be selected in Custom Menu Custom Menu. In Color/WB , select Set to change the setting. Image size M and S can be changed in Pixel Count.

【 Movies 】
Recording Mode Image Size Frame Rate (frames per second) *1 Recording Format Maximum Recording Time (Approx.)
Full HD 1920 × 1080
(29.97 fps)
(MPEG-4AVC/ H.264)
29 min. *2
HD 1280 × 720
29 min. *2
HS 120p 640 × 480
120 fps AVI
(Motion JPEG)
20 sec.
HS 240p 320 × 240
240 fps 20 sec.

HS mode: HS mode records quickly moving subjects for slow-motion playback. This mode is available in P/A/S/M mode.

  • *1 When shooting movies with an Art Filter, the frame rate varies based on the selected filter.
  • *2 The maximum file size of a movie is 4GB or 29 min.

Depending on the memory card, the recording may stop without recording to the maximum time.
A Speed Class 6 SD or SDHD card is recommended for HD movie recording.

* Compatibility table for Media Card ( STYLUS-Series )

Question :
What are the features of the built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF)?

The following describes the main features of the built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF):

  • Eye-level electronic viewfinder
  • Approx. 1,440,000 dot resolution
  • Field of view: 100%
  • Eye point: Approx. 18 mm (in -1m⁻1, Distance from rear lens surface)
  • Diopter adjustment range: -4 to +2m-1
  • Eye sensor available (Automatic switching on the back monitor is possible)
  • Eyecup: Interchangeable, Optional Large Eyecup EP-11 (sold separately) is available

Question :
How many pictures can be taken sequentially per second?

The following table shows the speed and recordable pictures of sequential shooting:

Drive Mode Speed Recordable Pictures
Sequential Shooting
Approx. 7 fps RAW: Approx. 25 frames
JPEG (in LN mode): Approx. 70 frames
  • * TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I card (EXCERIA TYPE1 32GB) is used.
    The value is confirmed by Olympus' testing conditions.
  • Focus, exposure and white balance are locked at the first frame.
  • If the battery check icon blinks due to low battery during sequential shooting, the camera will stop shooting and start saving the pictures on the card. The camera may not be able to save all of the pictures depending on the remaining battery power.

Question :
What is the available range of ISO sensitivity setting?

You can change the ISO sensitivity to AUTO (Auto) or Manual.

AUTO (Auto)

By default, the ISO sensitivity is adjusted ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 depending on the shooting condition.

You can set the upper limit for the ISO sensitivity ranging from 1600 to 12800 by doing the following procedure:

  1. Press the [MENU] button.
  2. In Custom Menu (Custom Menu) Custom Menu , select Exp/ISO .
  3. In ISO-Auto Set, set the upper limit for the ISO sensitivity to the desired value.


The ISO sensitivity can be changed to the following values (1/3 EV step) :

100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 /
1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 /6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800


In some shooting modes, the ISO sensitivity cannot be changed. (e.g. iAUTO, SCN mode)

Question :
What does a Neutral Density (ND) filter do?

If you turn on the Neutral Density filter function, you can block the amount of light by changing the shutter speed or aperture value to 3 steps using the built-in Neutral Density filter.

The Neutral Density filter will be effective when you shoot pictures with blurred background by opening the aperture of the camera in extremely bright conditions. You can also express the streams of water with the slow shutter speed.

For example, if you set the Neutral Density filter in an environment that takes pictures with 1/250 shutter speed, you can take pictures with 1/30 shutter speed without changing the aperture value. (The brightness of your image will be left unchanged).

The Neutral Density filter can be set to On or Off in the live control.

  1. Press the OK button to display the live control. Use the updown to select the ND filter.
  2. Use left right to select ND Filter On, and then push the OK button.

Question :
What type of memory card can I use with this model?

This model is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, including Eye-Fi cards.
xD-Picture Card™ and CompactFlash® media cannot be used.


To see a list of compatible memory cards, click here:

* Compatibility table for Media Card ( STYLUS-Series )

Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

You can find the manual online. You can either read it online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
See the following Web page to find the available manuals:

* Download Manuals

Question :
Why is the camera not auto-focusing?

The lever on the front of the camera may be assigned to switch between the AF (Auto Focus) and MF (Manual Focus).

Auto-focusing is not operational if the lever is switched to MF position. Switch the lever back to the down position (AF) as illustrated below and AF should resume functioning. If it does not resume functioning we suggest checking the AF mode the camera is set to in the camera menu.

The lever on the front of the camera may be assigned to switch between the AF (Auto Focus) and MF (Manual Focus).

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