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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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SO)OLYMPUS STYLUS 1030SW BLACK
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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 cameras 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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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. You are shooting around f/5 and changing the exposure time as you select different settings. What it sees is what you get.
4. It's small. I have several great shots -- that feature my finger over the left 1/3 of the lens.
5. it has the usual metering delay of P&S - so you can't take a TRULY instant shot - but there IS a feature called SHOOT&SELECT - which takes about 8 shots in "motor drive" mode - you then pick one or more that you want to keep. (you must do it NOW - before going on to the next shot, and it does take a moment for them to save.) But for action shots of kids, its fun and works well.
SUMMARY: For a camera you can throw in your kayak, drop off your bike, keep in your jacket pocket, and let your kids take pictures from the monkey bars without worrying about, this is the perfect fit.
The camera is versatile and takes great pictures.
The built-in software is superb and easy to navigate.
I have snorkelled down to about 25' in Australia, Alaska (yes), Florida and the Caribbean with it and have gone Skiiing in North Carolina. Only once did it leak.
I dried it out and it has worked ever since.
However, due to the exposure to salt water, when it had leaked, the USB port began to give trouble connecting to the computer over a period of months until it finally failed. Thus it has gone in for warranty repair.
The Black trim on my camera did not last more than a few months before it began peeling off. So it you are planning to get one, get a silver model.
Also, it is a good idea to buy an extra battery to keep in rotation with the original. You never know when you may need it and face it, if you are out on an excursion, this doesn't take AAA batteries, so you can't just pop into a convenience store and solve your dead battery issues.
One hopes that in future models the leaking issue would be resolved. It only happened once to me, so I wouldn't call it a problem with all the units made. Maybe it was a lemon. However, I went with the model that could go to 30ft, because I can freedive that easily.
It may be a good idea to get a silicone skin. My view screen is scratched up.
Would I buy again? Probably. This is my second unit as an upgrade from the 10ft depth model
Same for me. I had (2) Canons, one dropped with the lens extended, the other forgotten in my bathing suit mesh pocket. My 8 mega-pixel Canon SD870-IS took consistently clearer, richer photos than this one. By a wide margin? No, but it's noticeable when browsing my photo library.
Where this camera excels is in its durability and I suspect most folks requiring this functionality will end up purchasing something in the Stylus SW line. Ironically, it hasn't been dropped yet, but it's gotten dirty, wet, and dusty. I no longer have to obsess about seeing or imagining motes of dust in the lens. This camera is air-tight and I like that the lens is fixed. Best part is that the directions tell you to clean the camera under running water. Nice.
I went in the pool with this camera for 20 minutes and followed the included wet-care instructions and didn't encounter the problems claimed by other reviewers. That doesn't mean they're not true -- maybe the camera was defective or the environment subjected to the camera was more severe.
As for camera performance, well it's OK. I'm not going to go into technical details but 1) I experience a lot of white, bleached faces with the auto setting and 2) occasional inconsistent flash leading to image blurring. Image stabilization for low-light photography is ho-hum and certainly inferior to the beloved Canon.
Some elements that are top-notch for a point&shoot though (and exceed my Canon):
- Camera takes wonderful panoramic photos with auto-stitching on the fly. A dummy could use it and get seamless images.
- High-speed photos in manual-mode look great
- A plethora of useful presets such as available light, candlelight, and cuisine
- Macro mode takes stunning pics with LED flash options
Now to movie mode which is now quite decent. There used to be *so* many caveats with movie length and what memory cards are compatible with what movie mode that aren't worth mentioning. Suffice it to say that there have been major improvements in the latest firmware version 1.1. Read on:
- With an Olympus xD TypeM+ or TypeH card you can record movies (640x480, 30fps) up to the full capacity of the card (max xD card size is still 2GB I think). However, a single movie can't exceed 29 minutes.
- Lameness still exists when using micro SDHC or non M+/H xD cards. 640x480, 30fps is still limited to 10 seconds (??). However, 4GB+ mSDHC cards are now supported for movie-mode full card capacity *although* only in 320x240. Single movie length is likewise limited to 29 minutes.
Bottom line: download and install the firmware from the Olympus site.
Last but not least, (2) final things:
1) Regular usb cables aren't compatible with Olympus devices so add another cable to detangle from the spaghetti.
2) Why, oh why is Olympus still using xD memory cards? The fact that these cameras support micro SDHC cards with an adapter is just a sign that xD has limited time on this planet. They're trailing in capacity, more expensive, and larger. I made sure I ordered an 8GB microSDHC SanDisk card with this camera. I only use the 2GB xD M+ when I know I'm going to be recording a movie and don't feel like bringing a camcorder (note to self: buy a Flip HD).
- 5 stars, Durability
- 3 stars, General, auto-mode photo quality vs. Canon
- 4 stars, Camera functionality
- 3 stars, Movie functionality
- This camera looks great - sexy comes to mind but I didn't say it. Canon has the waterproof, shock-resistant D10 but it looks bubbly, like a Fisher Price kid camera.
- For features/price this camera wins over the Olympus Stylus Tough 8000. With that model you pay a price premium for the 2 extra mega-pixels. Otherwise everything else is identical even down to the image processor.