Last year, I decided it was time to buy a compact "carry-everywhere" camera. After a lot of research, I chose the 12 megapixel Olympus Stylus 1 - even though it had already been discontinued. It had most of the features I was looking for in a compact camera: small; lightweight, but sturdy; a good EVF; tilt-screen; and a great lens. The lens is really the most impressive feature, boasting a fast f2.8 aperture throughout the entire 28mm-300mm range. The sensor weighs in at a small 1/1.7", but the image quality is excellent at low ISOs. The built-in image stabilization allows you to shoot in relatively low light without the need to push the ISO limits. Anyway, the reason for my post is not to review the camera (which I've been very happy with), but to share a piece of information that may help other Stylus 1 users out of a potentially frustrating experience. While in Sequential Shooting mode (under Shooting Menu 2), if your Rec View (in the Setup Menu/wrench icon) is set to display images for any length of time immediately after shooting, the viewfinder will momentarily blackout. This can be extremely irritating if you're trying to focus-track a moving object because you will lose your subject when the viewfinder goes blank. So, if you're shooting in Sequential mode, go to the Setup Menu, scroll down to Rec View and set to Off. Problem solved!
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