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Overview of the Stylus SP-100
The Olympus Stylus SP-100 has caught the attention of many photography enthusiasts because of its 50x optical zoom, a feature that is hard to come by in an affordable camera. But zoom alone doesn't make for a great camera. In this review, we will take a closer look at the Olympus Stylus SP-100 and see how it stacks up against other cameras in its price range. We will also explore the camera's features, image quality, and who would benefit from using it.
Olympus Stylus SP-100 Pros and Cons
Now, we will look more closely at our review of the Olympus Stylus SP-100 camera. We will see what it can do and compare it to other cameras like it. We will tell you what's good about it and what's not so good. This way, you'll know if it's the camera for you!
Build and Construction
Body and dimensions
Olympus Stylus SP-100
|Dimensions||122 x 91 x 133mm|
The Olympus Stylus SP-100 is not sealed against water and dust, so it's important to be careful when using it in such conditions. If you often shoot in environments with water or dust, it's recommended to check out another camera with weather sealing.
Design and Handling
Main design features
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
This camera has a fixed type 3.00" screen, with a display resolution of 460k dots. This makes the Olympus Stylus SP-100 not as suitable for those looking for a vlogging camera as you cannot view yourself while shooting selfies easily. Unfortunately, the camera does not have a touch screen, which may make it less user-friendly.
Stylus SP-100 includes a electronic viewfinder with 920k dots of resolution with a coverage of n/a and a magnification of n/a. This feature enhances the camera's suitability for outdoor photography in bright conditions.
Olympus Stylus SP-100 has a 16MP sized BSI-CMOS sensor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 16 pixels. Olympus Stylus SP-100 has a native ISO range of 125 - 6400 which can be boosted to null - 12800.
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125 - 6400
|Extended ISO||null - 12800|
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456 pixels|
DXO Sensor Scores
Low Light ISO
DXO mark sensor scores
The DXOmark rankings indicate that the Olympus Stylus SP-100 camera has excellent color depth performance, which refers to the number of colors the sensor can distinguish. Additionally, its dynamic range is also excellent, allowing it to retain high amounts of details in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The camera's low light ISO performance is excellent, which is an important factor to consider if you plan to use it in dimly lit indoor environments or at night. Overall the image quality of the Stylus SP-100 is excellent
Camera crop factor (or focal length multiplier) refers to how a camera's sensor size affects the apparent field of view of a lens. Crop factor is determined by comparing the size of a camera's sensor to that of a full-frame sensor, which is a standard reference size for camera sensors.
Crop factor calculator
Full frame equivalent
This camera: 1/2.3-inch
Connectivity, storage, battery
|Battery Life||330 shots|
The Olympus Stylus SP-100 supports SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal with 1 slots for storage. This may suffice for everyday use. However, for professional applications such as wedding photography, it is not recommended as a memory card malfunction could lead to the loss of all footage.
The Olympus Stylus SP-100 uses the LI-92B model of battery pack. This is rated for 330 shots shots which is high. If you intend to take photos or record videos for an extended period, it might be a good idea to bring along additional batteries.
The Olympus Stylus SP-100 has built in flash which is great for event photography and in low light situations. However it lacks an external flash shoe, which limits you to using the built-in flash.
The Olympus Stylus SP-100 boasts a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/1700s, which is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects in bright environments, such as in sports photography. Faster shutter speeds enable you to freeze the action and capture every detail, making it easier to get the perfect shot.
With a continuous mechanical shutter speed of n/a or an electronic shutter speed of n/a, this camera is not capable of capturing the perfect moment more easily, making it not as suited for wedding, sports, and wildlife photography. Higher shutter speeds make it easier to capture fast-paced action, ensuring that you never miss the perfect shot.
The Olympus Stylus SP-100 includes contrast detection autofocus (AF), with null number of focus points.
While contrast detection is generally more accurate and precise, phase detection autofocus is faster and more effective in most situations, particularly when photographing moving subjects.
Phase detection autofocus works by dividing the incoming light into pairs and then analyzing how they intersect on the camera's sensor. This method allows the camera to determine not only if a subject is in focus but also the direction and distance needed to adjust the focus to achieve perfect sharpness.
On the other hand, contrast detection autofocus works by analyzing the contrast of an image and adjusting the focus until the highest contrast is detected. While this method is very accurate, it can be slow, especially in low light conditions or when photographing moving subjects.
The Olympus Stylus SP-100 features a BSI-CMOS sensor
No the Stylus SP-100 does not have weather sealing.
The Olympus Stylus SP-100 was announced on Jan 29 2014
Yes the Stylus SP-100 does have in-body image stabilization that can compensate for camera shake, making it easier to shoot handheld in low light conditions.
The Stylus SP-100 has a native ISO range of 125-6400, which can be expanded to ISO null-12800 for even greater sensitivity in low light conditions.
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