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Olympus Stylus 790SW 7.1MP Waterproof Digital Camera with Dual Image Stabilized 3x Optical Zoom (Black)

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  • 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD screen minimizes glare
  • 3x optical zoom; Face Detection technology
  • Waterproof (down to 10 feet), freeze-proof, and crush-proof design
  • 27 Shooting modes; in-camera editing options
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: Stylus 790SW Black
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 7.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 7.4 x 5.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000UW8C62
  • Item model number: Stylus 790SW Black
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,529 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 24, 2007

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

The shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, and sand/dustproof Stylus 790SW captures amazing 7.1-megapixel images in any situation -- whether it is a day of fun at the beach, an action-packed snorkel adventure, a family ski trip or a night out with friends.

The camera’s good looks, smooth design and rugged exterior contain an array of innovative features and technologies that ensure sharp, vibrant images in any environment.

Stylus 790SW Highlights

Worry-free, shockproof design Built with durable materials and shock-absorption technology that minimizes the impact delivered to the lens and circuitry when dropped, the Stylus 790 SW offers superior durability in a point-and-shoot digital camera.

Takes pictures underwater By combining a light-weight, aluminum exterior with rubber gaskets and O-rings to seal the interior from the elements, Olympus delivers a slim body design that performs as well under water (down to 10 feet/3 meters below the surface) as it does on land. The inclusion of four preset underwater scene modes makes the Stylus 790 SW the perfect camera for the pool, waterpark, or snorkeling in the ocean. The Stylus 790 SW also features a water-repellant lens coating to prevent water droplets from forming on the lens, so you get crystal-clear shots no matter how wet the shooting environment.

Freezeproof for winter fun You can take the cold, so why shouldn’t your camera? Unlike other point-and-shoot cameras, the Stylus 790 SW still performs when the temperature dips below freezing (14 degrees Fahrenheit; -10 degrees Celsius) so this camera is ready to hit the slopes.

Sand/dustproof for everyday durability The Stylus 790 SW is the perfect camera for a trip to the beach or the great outdoors. Its airtight construction makes the camera impervious to dust, dirt and other particles. Shoot without worry no matter how harsh the conditions; when the camera gets dirty, just rinse it off in the sink!

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

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 790 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 their naked eye.

Large, 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD The Stylus 790 SW boasts a large, high-resolution HyperCrystal LCD, which displays clear, high-contrast images. It increases the brightness of the LCD for better visibility in low-light and bright-light situations -- perfect for composing pictures underwater or in direct sunlight. Images are also viewable on the 2.5-inch LCD from 176-degrees, enabling photos to be composed from a wider range of angles and viewed by several people at once.

Bright Capture Technology for easy low-light photography Low-light photography has never been easier thanks to Olympus’ revolutionary Bright Capture Technology. A brightened preview on the LCD enables simple composition, and with specific scene modes for high sensitivity settings (up to ISO 1600) and rapid auto-focus, even fast-action photos can be captured under low levels of available light.

Bright Capture Technology in Action

Digital Image Stabilization The Stylus 790 SW features Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) for capturing 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.

Perfect Shot Preview mode The Stylus 790 SW features a Perfect Shot Preview mode that enables users to preview and select various photographic effects on a live, multi-frame window on the LCD before snapping the shot. This feature allows 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 a great way for novice users to learn about the effects of different photography techniques, such as exposure compensation, white balance and metering.

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.

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.

Stylish, compact, rugged design The Stylus 790 SW combines light, durable body construction with shock-absorbing materials throughout the interior and the sealant technology used in Olympus underwater housings. In addition to the shockproof and waterproof construction, the Stylus 790 SW features a light-weight, all-metal body and clean, smooth lines that make it the ultimate pocket camera. At a slim 0.8 inches, the camera easily slips into a pocket, handbag or backpack.

27 selectable shooting modes With 27 pre-programmed shooting modes, such as Beach & Snow, Available Light Portrait, Sunset and Under Water Snapshot, the Stylus 790 SW makes it easy to capture beautiful images in a variety of lighting and shooting situations. The Stylus 790 SW features a Movie Mode that can record TV-quality video (640x480/30fps) with sound -- above and below the water’s surface.

In-camera editing With in-camera editing features such as red-eye fix, resizing, adding frames or text, and color or saturation adjustments, users can edit photos anywhere with ease -- touch up or embellish photos without a computer.

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 e-mailing. 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.

Product Description

Olympus Stylus 790SW 7.1MP Waterproof Digital Camera with Dual Image Stabilized 3x Optical Zoom- Black

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

We bought this camera with the intention of taking it outdoors for…Although the picture quality was not perfect, we were able to capture all our adventures on this camera. Read more ›
Photo management program very nice as well. Size takes alittle getting use to, but picture quality is amazing. Read more ›
I have taken this camera to the pool, waterpark, beach, and on a few ski trips. The underwater photo quality is amazing; even better than the out of water photo quality. As… Read more ›
It functioned excellently in high winds and cold temperatures. Indoor photos are good, except for fast motion in low light (e.g., a tango show in a darkened theater). The… Read more ›
This camera seemed like a good choice. The pictures are sharp and clear. I wouldn't intentionally use it underwater without the accessory water proof case though. Read more ›
10ft is deep enough for all of my activities. The image stabilizer works well. Read more ›
I enjoy it's underwater features. It is stylish and easy to use. It takes excellent photos and is in a price range that suits my needs. Read more ›
I have purchase 7 of the Olympus Stylus 790SW cameras for the City in their Parks & Rec, Building & Zoning, Engineering, and Utilities…They are sturdy and easy to use. I… Read more ›
This camera fills this need…The camera is easy to use and the pictures are excellent, even during the rapids sections of the river due to the image stabilization feature. Read more ›
we love this camera...it is fun to use and knowing that if it gets wet or is dropped...is such a comfort..because my hubbie is hard on things and we have 5 small children… Read more ›
This is a good camera for a family because it will stand up to most of the abuse dished out by kids. It also has decent picture quality and is easy to use. I have taken it… Read more ›
Its such an easy camera to use and takes great pictures. Loooove the sand waterproof feature!! Read more ›
I was attracted to the waterproof and…The picture quality is good, but not outstanding, and the various shooting modes are very useful when I remember to use them. It… Read more ›
You have to use or the auto shoot (terrible in many situations) or scene mode. Scene mode works well enough in some scenarios, but it's terrible with low light. If you're… Read more ›
I love this camera. All the different functions are great, as long as you have a few seconds to flip through to the different functions. If not, I would suggest only to use… Read more ›
You bet! I feel that you definitely sacrifice a little bit of photo quality with this camera in exchange for some very cool features. However, if you're willing to play… Read more ›
Olympus recently released a camera nearly identical to this one (Called the Olympus Stylus 850sw), except it has a few other good features and 8 mega pixels, rather than 7.1. Read more ›
Since getting it, 3 of my friends have purchased it as well because they liked mine so much. This is a really sturdy camera with great functions and easy to use. You can… Read more ›
Besides that, though, it…The different settings (cuisine, landscapes, video, etc.) are great and very easy to use and it's size/weight make it easy to take everywhere. I… Read more ›
The video feature is decent, but again, not as good as other brands like SONY or PANA. You have to make sure the camera is focused before you start video, otherwise it gets… Read more ›
You can take pictures under water (she has). It takes very good videos. Read more ›
I took this thing snowboarding at 12,500 feet with temps of 4 degrees F and it worked like a champ. Turns on in one second and makes great videos and pictures. I have a… Read more ›
I took pictures and video snorkelling in Kealakeuka Bay and I was…My pictures came out pretty good under water but what was really cool was the video I was able to take. Read more ›
You have to make sure the camera is focused before you start video, otherwise it gets blurry for the whole…The zoom doesn't seem to work well in video mode either. Othe… Read more ›
I…The picture quality is just as good as what I got from my non-waterproof camera, the screen size was great, the camera super easy to use, I couldn't ask for more! Read more ›
While the big disappointment is the lack of a view finder, the 2.5-inch LCD screen does offer brightness settings for use even in bright ambient light. Face Detection… Read more ›
I was specifically concerned about the contrast these little point and shot cameras have, coming from the world of pro DSLRs...…The large screen is very sharp and bright. Read more ›
AWESOME! * big huge lcd screen * multiple shooting modes Read more ›
With the right expectations this is a great…I wanted something small enough for a pocket, a good size screen on the back, take memory cards, a decent zoom, and easy to use. Read more ›
Therefore a camera should be as versatile and have the conveniences of the latest point and shoot models. It should be small and thin with a decent sized LCD display. The… Read more ›
I have owned the camera for years now and just now writing a review. Battery life is great and picture quality is super. This camera has been everywhere with me and in some… Read more ›
It is very small and light, and fits very comfortably into a pocket. The battery life is decent. With 7.1 megapixels and 3x optical zoom, even the above water photos look… Read more ›
Plus battery is good for hundreds of shots, the video clips are surprisingly crisp, and I rarely have issues with blurry pictures any more. Also, Olympus' face-finding… Read more ›
The Olympus Stylus 790SW is almost perfect for the job. First, when outfitted with an in-specification memory card and a fully charged battery, it works great in the cold! W… Read more ›
This camera delivers on all those. It dose have good battery life, nice land or under water pictures, nice color selections, and good buttons. Read more ›
Robust camera with great battery life. Only negative is there is a small wait time for the camera to focus before you take pictures, resulting in some blurry images. Read more ›
I'm not a shutterbug and wont pretend to know if the color balance is good or if the noise levels are unacceptable, but I know I have plenty of great pics of my trip. Like… Read more ›
We have just returned from a…Based on other reviews, that expectation did not include good color reproduction and, indeed, color reproduction was not its strong point. W… Read more ›
This camera delivers on all those. It dose have good battery life, nice land or under water pictures, nice color selections, and good buttons. Read more ›
I used the camera in the hot tub and snow skiing and didn't even worry…As for the photos, they are crisp and the color and quality seem more than good enough for most uses. Read more ›
Okay, I love the orange color of my camera and it looks highly stylish. The camera is really small so it fits easily into my pocket so I can carry it around everywhere. Read more ›
I submerged it in fresh water later back on the ship. Simple to use, great underwater shots, great in motion shots, good price. Read more ›
After she had gone through several other cameras that she had broken,…This one was the only one that I found at a reasonable price that was shock resistant and waterproof. Read more ›
XD card format: Going the way of the dinosaur. Finding decent priced cards is hard. Also, the XD format tops out at 2gb. Read more ›
Again, don't let it's weight throw you off (it's very light). Check it out at any decent electronics store but buy it at Amazon to get the best price. Read more ›
The shots are clear and perfectly focused. I knew going in that the optical zoom was not great, but I bought it specifically for the water resistance and am not disappointed. Read more ›
With the right expectations this is a great…I wanted something small enough for a pocket, a good size screen on the back, take memory cards, a decent zoom, and easy to use. Read more ›
I replaced the…I love the internal zoom--the camera fires up instantly--I hit the "on" button and by the time I have a picture framed it is ready, flash is charged, etc. Read more ›
Ive tried every possible setting and either the flash is too bright, everything i take a picture of looks like its got about a week to live after watching some tragic… Read more ›
There are others available but the orange color looks distinct and cool. The Sound quality is great too and the flash is bright. Still not convinced? Read more ›
The zoom really is a 3x Lense Zoom. The flash is Super Bright, one of the brightest I've seen on a small camera. Get the Spare battery it's worth the few extra dollars. Read more ›
This camera delivers on all those. It dose have good battery life, nice land or under water pictures, nice color selections, and good buttons. Read more ›
The stabilization feature is great for low-light and fast-action shots. Overall, I think Olympus has developed a splendid and intuitive user interface. Most of all, I love… Read more ›
We usually turn the flash off indoors because it is too bright. Other than that it's a great piece with an easy to use interface. Read more ›
It's waterproof and pretty indestructible, so how can you go wrong? The size is great, it also has a nice large LCD screen. Standard manual options are available, plus the… Read more ›
The battery does NOT change from a cable connection, only…I love this camera, It's a perfect size, rugged, and I don't have to be concerned about rain or spilled drinks. Read more ›
I love the size and portability of this camera. I have had it 3-4 years and it's pretty reliable and takes GREAT pictures for the MOST part. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

277 of 285 people found the following review helpful By Rich on November 22, 2007
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I will admit I was a skeptic when I bought this camera. I have a toddler and a tech-retarded wife, both of whom are responsible for previous spectacular digicam annihilations, so I turned to the Stylus 790 more out of desperation than anything.

Now I admit to being a total convert. For the price-point, I was just hoping for something that took mediocre pics and wouldn't die in 6 months at the hands of my ruthless gadget assassins. It, in fact, takes remarkable pictures, comes with a ton of handy features barely noted on Amazon, and really is indestructible.

Really. And by indestructible I mean it has survived being burried at the beach, dropped in the bubble bath, thrown in the toilet (more than once), gone through the dishwasher cycle (don't ask), dropped from our 3-level balcony to the sidewalk below, and having been laundered (washer AND dryer).

Plus battery is good for hundreds of shots, the video clips are surprisingly crisp, and I rarely have issues with blurry pictures any more. Also, Olympus' face-finding technology is pretty amazing stuff.

Overall I would highly recommend this camera on its own merits as a great camera. The fact the it survived my household is the icing on the cake, since (I hope) you won't be nearly as rough in testing it. Enjoy!
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Motta on December 10, 2007
Color Name: Orange
I have some special requirements for a digital camera, and the Olympus is one of the few that seemed to fit the bill. In particular I needed a camera that had image stabilization and be somewhat weather proof as I use it to take one-handed shots from a moving vehicle. While I am not a photo journalist, I do take a lot of photos for a motorcycle publication and needed something that I could use in less than ideal circumstances.

Unfortunately my last camera had no image stabilization, so about 1/3 to 1/2 of all the photos I took came out blurred. But before I could make a decision on a replacement, my old one died. Apparently some road grit had gotten into the lens and one day it refused to extend or retract. Since most of the compact digital cameras on the market have lenses that extend prior to use, it narrowed the field down dramatically. This was the main reason I decided to go with the Olympus.

I've had it for a few months now and had occasion to use it for both moving and normal photography (I've posted a few good and bad photos here). I'm not completely sold on it, but to me the pros outweigh the cons so I'm going to keep it. There are however, a few design issues that I find frustrating.

The first is the focus time (the time between pushing the shutter button and when the photo is actually taken). With my old compact digital it was almost instantaneous, so "I got what I shot". With the Olympus it takes a second or two, which when shooting moving vehicles (from a moving vehicle) is enough time to allow the subject to change position and now be slightly out of focus. Unfortunately image stabilization will not compensate for that.

Another issue is the placement of the flash.
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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca and Brian on November 20, 2007
Color Name: Silver
I am a pro photographer, shooting with a Nikon D2Xs. I was looking for a compact camera for my wife, when I saw this camera in the reviews, it seemed like a good choice. I did some research and found a SCUBA website that tested it to 64' deep, and although the depth gauge stops at 30 something feet, it performed fine event at over double the rated depth.

I was specifically concerned about the contrast these little point and shot cameras have, coming from the world of pro DSLRs... This isn't a $4500 D2Xs, but I was very surprised how good the picture is. The large screen is very sharp and bright. The integrated lens cover is metal, and seems like it would be sturdy.

I would recommend this camera as a high performance compact point-and-shoot.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Waxingellaesque on November 16, 2007
Color Name: Orange Verified Purchase
First let me say, while not the highest MP's on the block, the advertized "oopps-proofing" of this camera drew me in. Drops from up to 5 feet can be weathered, its submersible, can operate in temperature conditions to 10 below 0, and the portability are all sure fire winners in our family. Now onto the software: Can I say WOW? Very user friendly (as I have YET to crack open the book). Was able to literally shoot right out of the box, navigate the settings on the camera without issue(still more to learn I am sure, though), and with a simple plug in of the USB, uploading is automatic! SOOOOO much easier than my first digital camera circa 1994 (yes, you read me right)....AND WORKS SEAMLESSLY WITH VISTA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice editing tools within the software, thus no need to import pics into Photoshop or the like to correct red eye, etc. You can even email right out of the software v. attaching pics of old camera softwares gone-by. Camera boasts the ability to shoot video as well (although I'd recommend the 2GB card, which likewise allows for tons of still images should you be away on vacation and unable to download/free up space). Case colors are eye catching too. All in all, considering the rough-in-tough capabilities (without the tank look of many electronics that are made for active and or clumsy users), the requisite/acceptable number of mega pixels (note I did not say stellar, just acceptable), the software (both in and out of the camera) and the large viewing screen (considering the overall size of the camera to begin with), this was a good buy for our family's needs.
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