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Olympus Stylus 1030SW 10.1MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Wide Angle Zoom (Black)

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  • 10-megapixel image sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • 3.6x optical wide-angle zoom; Face Detection
  • 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD
  • Waterproof to 33 feet; shockproof to 6.6 feet
  • Stores images on xD Picture Cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Mac Compatible

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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 0.8 x 2.4 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0011E87RM
  • Item model number: B0011E87RM
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,259 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 22, 2008

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Scuba divers, mountain climbers and adventurers worldwide will love the 10.1-megapixel Stylus 1030 SW, the toughest point-and-shoot camera in the world. This shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof model builds on the Olympus Stylus SW series’ reputation of delivering amazing images while enduring extreme expeditions and everyday adventures, including life with kids.

Even more durable than its predecessors -- it can withstand a drop from 6.6 feet -- the camera has also been pumping up its power with a 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom, 2.7-inch LCD screen and digital imaging advances, including Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, and a TruePic III image processor to capture rich, vibrant detail with every shot.

Olympus Stylus 1030SW Highlights

Shockproof and crushproof design Afraid the mountain winds might sweep a camera out of your gloves? Never fear, the Stylus 1030 SW can withstand a 6.6-foot drop with its shock-absorbing technology, which minimizes the impact on the lens and circuitry. In addition, the Stylus 1030 SW features a crushproof body that can withstand up to 220 pounds of crushing pressure.

Waterproof for underwater photos The Stylus 1030 SW performs as well underwater as it does on land because its lightweight, stainless steel and aluminum exterior is matched with interior rubber gaskets and O-rings to seal out the elements. It can be fully submerged to capture beautiful images down to 33 feet (10 meters) underwater, and features a built-in manometer, making it ideal for more serious underwater adventurers who want to know the depth of where their images were taken. The inclusion of four preset underwater scene modes makes the Stylus 1030 SW perfect for taking photos while snorkeling or scuba diving. Additionally, movies are simple thanks to an underwater movie mode. The camera also features a water-repellant lens coating to prevent water droplets from forming on the lens to get crystal-clear shots no matter how wet the shooting environment.

Freezeproof for icy action Unlike other point-and-shoot cameras that freeze up in frosty weather, the Stylus 1030 SW still performs when the temperature dips well below freezing (14 degrees Fahrenheit; -10 degrees Celsius) so it is ready to climb the mountain or hit the slopes when you are.

Dustproof for desert winds The rugged Stylus 1030 SW is an ideal companion for an expedition in the Sahara because its airtight construction is impervious to dust, dirt and other particles. When the camera gets dirty, just rinse it off with your canteen.

Advanced HyperCrystal LCD The Stylus 1030 SW boasts an advanced HyperCrystal II LCD, which is Olympus’ next generation of LCD technology. It reproduces true colors with a dynamic contrast ratio of more than 180 percent and a color reproduction performance of more than 160 percent compared to HyperCrystal LCD.

Wide optical zoom in ultra-slim body design The Stylus 1030 SW features a 3.6x wide optical zoom (28-102mm equivalent in 35mm photography, f3.5-5.0) so that even more of the subject makes it into each shot -- perfect for underwater photography. The lens does not protrude from its body, so it is further protected from harsh conditions.

Face Detection Face Detection tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.

Digital Image Stabilization The Stylus 1030 SW features Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) to capture crisp, clear pictures. By boosting the camera’s ISO sensitivity and shutter speed, DIS freezes the action and provides blur-free images, even when you or your subject is moving.

In-camera panorama In-camera panorama mode captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture. Simply press the shutter button and slowly pan across a panoramic scene. The second and third images will be captured automatically and stitched together with the first image -- resulting in one seamless panorama-size picture. To create the ultimate panoramic picture, consumers can use the Olympus Master 2 software to stitch up to 10 images together.

Shadow Adjustment Technology Shooting outdoors in bright daylight can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlit areas. While the human eye is capable of detecting the nuances between dark and light and all the details in between, image sensors traditionally have not been quite as sensitive. The Stylus 1030 SW addresses this challenge head-on with Shadow Adjustment Technology, which compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. With this technology, users can preview and capture images with the same contrast as the naked eye.

Perfect Shot Preview The Stylus 1030 SW features a Perfect Shot Preview mode that enables users to preview and select various photographic effects on a live, multi-window screen before snapping the shot. Perfect Shot Preview enables users to see precisely what the image will look like when adjustments are made, ensuring users are capturing the exact image they want. It is an ideal way for novice users to learn about the effects of different photography techniques, such as zoom, exposure compensation, white balance and metering.

Perfect Fix in-camera editing The Stylus 1030 SW offers Red-Eye Fix and Shadow Adjustment Edit, in-camera editing features such as resizing, frames, text options, and saturation adjustments, enabling users to edit photos right in the camera. With the Perfect Fix function, multiple editing features can be applied at once.

LED Illuminator An LED Illuminator works like a mini-flashlight on the front of the camera to enhance focus and exposure for macro shooting -- great for underwater close-ups where light is scarce. The LED also works in conjunction with Bright Capture to help illuminate your subject when taking low-light portraits.

TruePic III image processor Olympus’ enhanced TruePic III image processor produces crystal-clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to deliver superior picture quality with more accurate colors, true-to-life flesh tones and faster processing speeds. TruePic III also captures sharp images at high ISO settings, which are traditionally associated with increasing image noise or producing grainy photos.

New, powerful battery The Stylus 1030 SW includes the new LI-50B Li-Ion battery, which charges 2.5 times faster (two hours instead of five) than its predecessor. The new 925-mAh battery boasts a 25 percent increase in power.

Practical and Fashionable Accessories Olympus offers a number of optional accessories, specifically designed for the Stylus 1030 SW. For users looking to capture their underwater adventures deeper than 33 feet (10 meters), Olympus offers the PT-043 underwater housing, which enables users to take pictures as deep as 130 feet (40 meters). A highly visible floating wrist strap frees users’ hands when swimming or chasing the next big wave. Stylish silicone skins protect the camera from scratches. Skins are available for the Stylus 1030 SW in a new stealth gray color.

Additionally, Olympus offers premium cases in a variety of colors, including a new cream plaid, a new gray plaid as well as camel and red leather. The premium cases are now also available in a new brown leather wallet-like design. Durable, sporty neoprene cases are perfect for active or outdoor expeditions. The neoprene cases are available in black and a new olive color. Carabineers now come with the neoprene cases so they can be hooked to a bag, swimming suit or hiking shorts.

Olympus Master 2 software Olympus Master 2 software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to a computer quick and simple. Images are easily organized by folders or albums and are searchable by date in the Calendar View. With one-click editing tools, such as red-eye removal, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away. Use the optional muvee Theater Pack to create professional-quality slide shows and DVDs from your pictures using any of several built-in templates.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It's small enough for me to put in my purse. The pictures are great. The one down feature is the sound when making a recording it doesn't pick up enough. Read more ›
the pictures are great in the water and in normal but not to good on the dark its normal in the dark but the zoonm is short but the quality its great Read more ›
So those are the two things I've noticed maybe there are options to fix that, if there…So overall, my impression of picture quality is decent and maybe a bit below that. Read more ›
The image quality is pretty good for a point and shoot and cannot complain about prints I have had made. Up to 8 x 10 work well for the most part. Read more ›
No, but I don't expect it to be. This camera does everything I want it to do and the quality is very good. Read more ›
M…They want an abuse-proof and/or waterproof camera (probably have kids, too) and, yes, the pictures are good but not as good as their old Canon that was crushed or dropped. Read more ›
I thought I would love the camera; the onboard panoramic photo-combining feature is something I'll definitely get in my next purchase; the automated "scene" settings work… Read more ›
The auto exposure is current with today's best…Once you learn the menu system, you can get a good shot almost anywhere, and the default setting works well almost anywhere. Read more ›
The photos are quality, the camera is easy to use and it has a lot of nice photo options. Panarama mode is not perfect, but nice. You can edit photos right on the camera. Read more ›
Some appear really…I have minimized all of these by tweaking some of the setting in the camera, and have found that the auto setting is only good up to a certain point. A… Read more ›
Takes nice, clear, well detailed pictures that show well on a computer and make lovely prints. Functions are easy to understand and use. Have taken it to the pool and it is… Read more ›
The shooting options and settings are varied and flexible and the "scene" and "guide" modes are a great addition for newbies who either don't know how or don't wish to… Read more ›
I love this camera. Very versitile, easy to use, and up for any adventure. Dropped it off a roof the other day, not a scratch. Read more ›
Although the pictures were very good and was easy to use, it leaked when I used it underwater. Not very nice when you go to Hawaii and it dies with your first dip! Read more ›
Still like this better than the models that came after (until this year's, 2013 where they moved the shutter to the camera center). Easy to use and great pics. Read more ›
Despite…The camera did take good quality pictures and was easy to use, just don't expect it to stand up to the elements any better than another point and shoot. I… Read more ›
I was always pretty happy with this camera -- picture quality was always good, and it was easy to use. Read more ›
It just seems like its not very waterproof. When it works, it is a beautiful camera, takes great pictures, and is easy to use. This may be better suited to someone who will… Read more ›
I take it out every single weekend (not an exaggeration), and it has been able to put up with all of the abuse I inflict upon it. Additionally, the battery life is excellent! Read more ›
O…Charger says the battery is fully charged, and the "View" mode works (where the camera also indicates a fully-charged battery), but cannot otherwise take photos or videos. Read more ›
I was VERY conscientious of checking the seals for debris or defect and ensureing the memory card and battery were fully seated (because I had read reviews saying people… Read more ›
I am a Marine in Iraq, this camera has stood up to the dust storms, sweat, wind, and a pounding…This camera is extremely tough and rugged, and the battery life is good. A… Read more ›
On auto the pictures look good - your average point and shoot. The shutter speed is much better than my Cannon S2, and so far the battery life has been great as well. Many… Read more ›
This camera is the perfect all around camera with better than average image quality, durable housing, simple controls with the right depth of complexity for customizable… Read more ›
I do not expect DSLR quality from a "point & shoot", however the 1030SW generally fails…Outdoors it does good. and the video is surprisingly good for 2007-2008 technology. Read more ›
I found using editing software to touch it up helps(for wase of use Picasa did a…Even underwater video was of good quality and the sound recording was suprisingly good. I… Read more ›
WHat an amazing camera! The video quality is great, picture quality is excellent. I recently took this camera on a 7-day cruise where I knew I would be snorkeling and spend… Read more ›
I…After taking some great pictures and video and recharging the battery, I powered-up the camera only to find that the digital display on the camera is no longer working. Read more ›
Competing…(xD cards from other companies - if you can find them - won't support full length video, nor will the even more awkward microSD card, which requires an adapter). Read more ›
The video is limited to 10…It's not of the quality you would see in a dedicated video camera but it's great when something video-worthy happens right in front of you. Read more ›
I broke 2 of them but good thing I purchased the warranty. This is a dry land camera and the size is great but not water proof. When I take this out to the beach, the salt… Read more ›
I purchased this camera because of the water proof and shockproof features. From the web research, I expected it to be bigger, so the compact size is a pleasant bonus! Thus… Read more ›
I like the features and is really easy to use. The size is nice, and fits well in a pocket. I've taken super pictures with the macro setting. Read more ›
For the price, I'm not sure there is a better camera for sports activities. The compact size is great. Read more ›
It has many options of different modes, including a few different choices for underwater modes -which is great. It was a convenient size to make it easy to take anywhere. I… Read more ›
The picture quality was good, I took most on 3mg & a few on 10mg. I loved the size...slipped easily into my pocket. I like the wide angle of the camera but I wish it had a… Read more ›
I…That's what this thing was made for, and it feels good to carry it around in my pocket or toss it into my gear bag without worrying about it breaking like my other cameras. Read more ›
Having many SLR cameras, carting around extra lenses, batteries,…Put it in your purse, pocket, bathing suit, so easy to carry, turn it on, dial in a scene mode and shoot! Read more ›
It was so easy to carry the Stylus 1030 SW around on the pool/beach and into the water. It starts up almost immediately upon pressing the power button so I never missed a… Read more ›
I highly recommend this camera for someone looking for a sturdy camera that is waterproof (not just all weather) and easy to carry around. Go for the M+ xd card for the… Read more ›
The underwater thing is as cool as it sounds. The camera is well built and rugged and easy to carry around. The battery life is outstanding. Read more ›
This is a fantastic camera. Easy to use, many features, easy to carry. Too bad it didn't come with a camera case, though. Read more ›
People have written that the lcd screen is easy to see in any light from any angle. I discovered that this is not true. Read more ›
The Good: Solid, well made feel. Large LCD screen is very clear and easy to see in daylight. Waterproof feature is great! Read more ›
- built solid - large, vivid screen - intuitive controls Read more ›
When researching cameras, I thought that…Wanting a wide angle lens was a priority for me, big and bright LCD, another was ease of operation for spur of the moment photos. Read more ›
I have not used underwater yet. It's picture preview is good, and the screen is bright and sharp. Takes poor flash pictures in the dark. Read more ›
*lots of available features on the camera itself (it even has a selection that will "guide" you for certain things), *nice big LCD Read more ›
I loved the ruggedness of this camera but the lens is not good for land based pics. Underwater pics are great. Read more ›
We were just on vacation in Hawaii and used it on a sailing trip with lots of splashing water and underwater in salt…For the most part the lens squeegee works real well. Read more ›
Picture quality is average/mediocre compared to other…The wide-angle lens is great and I think this alone is well worth the $50 price difference between this and the 850SW. Read more ›
So I'll just quickly note I am very happy with this camera. It doesn't have the best lens by any means or the strongest zoom, but it is amazingly waterproof. We used it in… Read more ›
and is easy to use...great user interface. Underwater movies with sound is a cool feature. Just when you think you have all the features you need, you read the instructions… Read more ›
Video quality is ok but the…It's hard to get good sound out of it because it is on the side of the camera where you hold it rather than on the front of the camera. The… Read more ›
panorama is just like it says 180 view. video underwater in a clear planter not too deep but with sound (i can hear the people in the room). i like it. Read more ›
The good: the macro mode works very well and is fun to use. The underwater thing is as cool as it sounds. The camera is well built and rugged and easy to carry around. Read more ›
The reason I give it a four rather than a five is due to picture quality; due to pixels and a somewhat weaker lens than my Canon 11 I…But for the price it is a good buy. Read more ›
Overall I am pleased, It is exactly the rugged, small camera I was looking for. Price was excellent compared to other websites, and the shipping was fast. Read more ›
I love this camera, and can't recommend it enough... One of my friends bought one on my…This is about as bullet-proof as a camera gets, and its a great value, too! Read more ›
So I'll just quickly note I am very happy with this camera. It doesn't have the best lens by any means or the strongest zoom, but it is amazingly waterproof. We used it in… Read more ›
People are amazed at the underwater videos I've taken, and the pictures come out great too. Not so good on maximum zoom in low light, but that's the only complaint. I got a… Read more ›
I…It is a very well built, extremely rugged and water proof (to 33ft) 10MP digital camera with a decent LCD, zoom and software that takes good point and shoot quality photos. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

214 of 217 people found the following review helpful By Laura B on April 17, 2008
Color Name: Black
After 5 years with a 5MP Olympus Camedia C-50 with the underwater housing, I decided it was time to upgrade. We only used the underwater housing to protect the camera from the elements when we went sailing. We used it a couple of times to go snorkeling, but it wasn't worth the bulkiness of the housing.

So, that being said, I went looking for another camera that was waterproof--we could take it on the boat or for the occasional swim without buying an underwater housing. The options were limited with the Pentax and the Olympus. I went for the Olympus because we were happy with the old camera and still have a few xd cards. I went for the 1030sw since it is the latest and greatest. So far I am glad with my choice.

In the box: The camera, USB cable (not the same camera connection as the old one), audio/video cable, microSD converter (put the microSD card in to fit into the xd space), Olympus Master Software, battery, and wall plug-in charger (no more cord--although the manual says in some areas a cord is still used). No xd-card is included.

I took the camera right out of the box and started playing. I took videos of my dog and plenty of pictures of him, too. I loved it! It is strange to me not to have an eye viewfinder, but I am getting used to it. It is super easy to use and I had so much fun dropping it in a bowl of water to test it out and having it work! I've ruined a camera before because it got wet, so this was the coolest feature!

I bought the camera even though I knew it only took VGA video at 30fps for 10sec, which was a disappointment, but I figured I could live with it.
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful By ascNYC on March 20, 2008
Color Name: Silver
I, after much research, purchased this camera about a week ago. Since then I have shot about 100 pictures both indoors and out, on cloudy and sunny days. I have also shot quite a few macro photos on both manual and automatic settings. I have experimented with some the scene modes. I have not tested the movie mode and have not dropped it, frozen it or submerged it yet (however I am going snorkeling in the Bahamas next month). The build design is definitely rugged and the fit and finish is excellent. This is the best built point and shoot I have ever handled. The LCD is big and bright and the buttons and menus are well designed and laid out. Flash seems consistent with other point and shoots in this category (so-so).

Photo Quality: For the most part I am pleased with the photos, especially those taken close up using all three of the macro modes. Outdoor pictures in sunlight were sharp and clear. Cloudy day photos lacked a little sharpness that I felt I got more of with my Canon 870 however I also think that I need to experiment with the spot metering focus mode versus the ESP metering mode. I know my Canon had 9 point AiAf focusing which seemed to make more objects in the photo in focus. I don't think this camera has the same type of focusing system. I haven't really tried the face recognition feature that much but it did work when I tried it in the store prior to purchasing. The color reproduction seems accurate to me and the photos I took outdoors on a sunny day seemed to really pop. Indoor photos seemed overly noisy however this has been consistent with other point and shoots that I have owned (Canon S500 and 870).

Value: The price of this camera is admittedly high however it does offer features that other point and shoots in this category don't.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Held on May 27, 2008
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
This camera is NOT a replacement for a good DSLR. If you aren't expecting that, you won't be disappointed by this Point and Shoot (P&S) camera.

This camera offers strong features for a "take it anywhere" camera - water PROOF (to 30 feet) drop proof (to 6 feet) and dust proof. After a month of dragging it everywhere, I think the claims are real. I've gotten it soaked, dropped it, and been in wind-blown dirt without any damage or crud appearing on my shots.

The camera also offers numerous metering modes for shooting. The auto exposure is current with today's best P&S technology. Once you learn the menu system, you can get a good shot almost anywhere, and the default setting works well almost anywhere.

Yes, it is 10MP. No, it won't rival shots from a Canon 40D (unless you have really cheap glass on it). But you will get shots that don't fall apart into blurriness when you crop them or blow them up a bit, the colors will be good, and you'll have it with you, in your pocket, not home in the camera bag.

Downsides? Sure, there are a few, and they will probably vary by personal taste. Mine include:
1. There is NO finder window, you MUST use the view screen to frame your shot. It's awkward for those of us accustomed to a view finder. But I've learned... (and I'm over 50, so you probably can too ;))
2. The menus are not complex, but there are a lot of options. There are settings that work for "instant" shots. But for more challenging situations there are great options - especially useful is the "portrait flash" options that let you highlight a face while not losing the background. It actually works as advertised.
3. The lens is limited in aperture. This type of camera does not let you stop down to f/11 for that "perfect" depth of field shot.
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