stylus1s-350x271Around this time last year, Olympus announced the Stylus 1 camera, which is why we can’t say we’re too surprised to learn that Olympus has refreshed the camera by announcing the Olympus Stylus 1s. Unfortunately for photographers, it looks like the Stylus 1s will be exclusive to the Japanese market for now, but perhaps Olympus could bring it to international markets in the future, who knows?

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That being said, the Stylus 1s is not a huge upgrade over its predecessor from last year. In fact most of its specs will be kept the same, which means that users can look forward to a 12MP CMOS sensor, a 28-300mm f/2.8 lens, 7fps continuous shooting mode, and an ISO range of 100-12800. Its 3-inch 1.04 million dot touchscreen display will also remain part of the camera.

olympus3So what’s new then? Well for starters the Stylus 1s will feature a new step-zoom function. It will also sport a smaller auto focus target, focus peaking, and interval shooting functionality. It will also come with a BLS-50 battery which is apparently good for 450 shots, at least that’s according to the CIPA standards.

olympus4Like we said it doesn’t seem to be a particularly huge upgrade, but if the new features are to your liking, the Olympus Stylus 1s will be going on sale in Japan starting next month, although pricing of the camera has yet to be confirmed.

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