Olympus STYLUS 1 Gordon Laing, February 2014
 
 

Sony RX10 vs Olympus STYLUS 1 vs Panasonic Lumix FZ200 quality at 100mm

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To compare real-life performance at an effective focal length of 100mm, I shot this scene with the Sony Cyber-shot RX10, Olympus STYLUS 1 and Panasonic Lumix FZ200 within a few moments of each other using their base sensitivities and best quality JPEG settings. I tried every aperture setting and selected the sharpest result for the crops below.

For comparison here I attempted to match the vertical coverage as closely as possible on all three models. Each was delivering an effective focal length of around 100mm on this page.

For my results at other focal lengths, noise and RAW comparisons, see the results index above right.

  Olympus STYLUS 1 results
1 Olympus STYLUS 1 Quality at wide angle
2 Olympus STYLUS 1 Quality at 50mm
3 Olympus STYLUS 1 Quality at 100mm
4 Olympus STYLUS 1 Quality at 200mm
5 Olympus STYLUS 1 Quality at 300mm
6 Panasonic FZ200 Quality at 600mm
7 Olympus STYLUS 1 noise
8 Olympus STYLUS 1 RAW noise


On my third results page I'll compare all three cameras at an equivalent focal length of 100mm, and as before I've attempted to match their vertical coverage by fine-tuning their zooms. The crops, as always, are taken from the areas indicated by the red rectangles and reproduced below at 100%. The STYLUS 1 and FZ200 crops show the same area as both share the same 12 Megapixel resolution, while the RX10 crops show a smaller area due to its higher 20 megapixel resolution.

I tested all three cameras at every aperture setting and at an equivalent of 100mm I found the STYLUS 1 and FZ200 were crispest at f4, while the RX10 performed best closed a stop further to f5.6.

Here I'd say all three start off resolving similar amounts of detail, although as you examine the later crops, the RX10 again enjoys a visible edge over its lower resolution rivals. Meanwhile the STYLUS 1 and FZ200 are looking very similar, although for my money the latter is slightly crisper on the optics, while the former is slightly cleaner on the noise. Ultimately not much to choose between the pair though.

What happens as they zoom-in further? To find out, I additionally tested the three cameras at 200mm, followed by comparing the STYLUS 1 and FZ200 at 300mm and finally checking out how the FZ200 looks at 600mm. Find out how they compare in my 200mm comparison, 300mm comparison and 600mm comparison. Alternatively you can compare their performance at higher sensitivities in my noise results or check out what's happening behind the scenes in my RAW noise results. Or perhaps you'd like to check out my sample images or skip straight to my verdict on all three cameras!

 

Sony Cyber-shot RX10
 
Olympus STYLUS 1
 
Panasonic Lumix FZ200
f5.6, 125 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f5.6, 125 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f5.6, 125 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
         
f5.6, 125 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
         
f5.6, 125 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO

Olympus STYLUS 1 results : Quality / At 50mm / At 100mm / At 200mm / At 300mm / At 600mm / Noise / RAW Noise


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