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Olympus Stylus 1050SW 10.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Black)

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  • 10.1-megapixel image sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom; wew Tap Control feature for quick, easy programming and results
  • Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof design
  • Face Detection and Smile Shot; Perfect Shot Preview and Shadow Adjustment Technology
  • Stores images on xD Picture Cards or microSD cards (not included)
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Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

While other digital cameras may use touch screens to access settings, the new Stylus 1050 SW has a shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof body that is sensitive to touch all over. So getting to the most common menu settings in situations where pushing buttons takes time or is difficult is now as fast and easy as a tap on the top, back or sides of the camera. The rugged 10.1-megapixel Stylus 1050 SW is designed to take the hard knocks that everyday life - particularly those with kids - can throw its way, so you know that the memories it captures will be protected. It can handle five-foot drops to the hard ground, operate in freezing snowstorms, and swim with the fishes - lethal conditions for most other digital cameras. Additionally, the Stylus 1050 SW weathers the elements in style with four trendy colors (blue, champagne, silver and black) and a new streamlined body. The sleek, lens-protecting faceplate slides down, turning the camera on and revealing the lens in an instant to capture the moment.

From the Manufacturer

While other digital cameras may use touch screens to access settings, the new Stylus 1050 SW has a shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof body that is sensitive to touch all over. So getting to the most common menu settings in situations where pushing buttons takes time or is difficult is now as fast and easy as a tap on the top, back or sides of the camera.

The rugged 10.1-megapixel Stylus 1050 SW is designed to take the hard knocks that everyday life--particularly those with kids--can throw its way, so you know that the memories it captures will be protected. It can handle five-foot drops to the hard ground, operate in freezing snowstorms, and swim with the fishes -- lethal conditions for most other digital cameras. Additionally, the sleek, lens-protecting faceplate slides down, turning the camera on and revealing the lens in an instant to capture the moment.

Stylus 1050SW Highlights

Tap Control
The Stylus 1050 SW camera can be controlled with a simple tap on its top, back or sides, which is made possible thanks to the new camera’s 3D accelerometer that detects the direction of the force on the camera’s body. For example, to turn on the flash or Shadow Adjustment Technology, tap the camera’s side twice. In adverse climates, where the Stylus 1050 SW thrives, the new Tap Control ensures fast results so you get the shot, even if you are adjusting settings while fighting frostbite with large gloves that would make traditional buttons nearly impossible to maneuver.

Shockproof design for worry-free fun
The shock-absorbing technology designed into the Stylus 1050 SW minimizes the impact delivered to the lens and circuitry when the camera is dropped from heights up to 5 feet. Whether the camera slips out of a backpack or a toddler drops it down a staircase, the Stylus 1050 SW can take a licking and keep on clicking.

Waterproof for underwater adventures
The Stylus 1050 SW performs as well under water as it does on land because its lightweight, aluminum exterior is matched with interior rubber gaskets and O-rings to seal out the elements. It can take photos while being fully submerged to depths of approximately 10 feet (3 meters). The inclusion of a preset underwater scene mode makes the Stylus 1050 SW perfect for snorkeling or a day in the pool. It 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 conditions
Unlike other point-and-shoot cameras that freeze up in frosty weather, the Stylus 1050 SW still performs when the temperature dips well below freezing (down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit; -10 degrees Celsius) so it is ready when you are to make a snowman or hit the slopes.

Face Detection and Smile Shot
Face Detection tracks up to 16 faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) for sharp, brilliant portraits and group shots. The Stylus 1050 SW also features Smile Shot, which tracks your subject’s face to detect a smile and automatically fires off three consecutive shots so you never miss that perfect smile. This feature is great for parents hoping to capture hard-to-predict baby smiles.

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 right in the camera -- resulting in one seamless panorama-size picture ready for printing. To create the ultimate panoramic picture, consumers can use the Olympus Master Software 2 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. Shadow Adjustment Technology 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 1050 SW features Perfect Shot Preview mode that enables users to preview and select various photographic effects on a live, multi-window screen before snapping the shot. This feature 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 1050 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.

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-up shots where light is scarce.

Digital Image Stabilization
This camera 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 captures virtually blur-free images, even when you or your subject is moving.

Large HyperCrystal II LCD
The Stylus 1050 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, providing a preview that is more true to the final image.

Stylish Design and Colors
The Stylus 1050 SW is available in four stunning colors to suit your individual taste: blue, champagne, silver and black. Its newly designed body has a lens protecting component that slides in front of the camera’s lens to further protect it from extreme conditions.

Versatile Memory
All Olympus digital point-and-shoot cameras accept xD-Picture Card media. The Stylus 1050 SW will also come equipped with an adapter, which will enable microSD memory cards to be used when capturing images. The microSD cards are emerging in consumer electronic devices, including mobile phones and PDAs. Users can also easily display photos on their HDTVs.

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.


Product Information

Color:Black
Product Dimensions 3.7 x 0.9 x 2.4 inches
Item Weight 6.7 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
ASIN B001CCJNY4
Item model number Stylus 1050SW Black
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
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4.1 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,637 in Camera & Photo
#1,809 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com August 25, 2008

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Color: Black
First the negative: Yes, there is some lag after pushing the shutter button, as well as inbetween photos. I knew that going into the purchase, though it wasn't as bad as I was expecting.

I can live with that, however, because otherwise this camera is amazing. I had a Nikon Coolpix 550, which gave me the dreaded "lens error" message after only 3 months, and it never worked again. Having young children in the house and enjoying taking pictures on all kids of trips in all kinds of conditions, I can't afford to have a camera that needs to be treated like a decorated egg.

That's where the 1050SW comes in. The durability of this camera is nothing short of awesome. I love having a camera that can be dropped and get soaking wet and still work perfectly. The sliding lens cover keeps junk out of the lens area when the camera's not in use. Genius all-around design.

As far as the photos themselves, there are TONS of settings that can greatly improve picture quality. Leaving the setting to "auto" 100% of the time will not always provide the best photo quality, but making a change in the easy-to-use photo menu can make a huge difference in the end result.

A 3x zoom has its obvious limitations, but for an everyday/every condition camera that will last and last, this is a superb all-around camera.
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Color: Black
Whats Great: durability, picture quality is great so far too...I have 3 small boys, so I needed to buy something that could handle them. I have always purchased olymupus cameras becuase of the picutre qauality, but my boys seem to always manage to throw my cameras out a window, or into water...this was my only choice. There are no other's like it on the market in this price range.

What's not so great: shutter delay..i hate it. I absolutely hate th delay, i'm trying to get used to it. I almost have to guess what's gonna happen...not easy with a 1,3 and 5 year old! Thre are other settings you can use to try and make it better, but i just have to get used to it, again, durability is the most important thing to me ..i have gone through-i think-3 cameras alredy...I cant keep buying them, too expensive. the other not so great feature is the strange lcd screen. when you make the slighest movement it gets blurry..i really dont use it, when i'm taking a picutre, i just look at the subject..i iwll peek to make sure what i'm taking is in frame but that's about it. I'm not a huge fan of the slider that opens and closes the lens..it does open easy, sometimes when it's in my bag, it opens on me. the last thing i'm not too crazy aobut is that it takes a while to turn on...if sometihg is happening that i want to shoot really fast, between the delay of it turing onn nd the dely on the shutter, i usually miss it. I also think all cameras should come with a case-only some do, this one doesnt..that annoys me...the card, and extra battery costs enough..

All in all, it's ok. If durability wasnt the most important thing, i would hve returned it and gotten something different.

Hope that helps!
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Color: Silver
I use this camera at sea (caribbean). Yesterday it survived four hours in very rough water when hurricane was a few hundred miles north, through crashing waves and the like while I mostly tread water and watched to keep from being carried out to sea. However, there are three things which are troublesome. First, when you click to take the picture, there's a delay in its taking the picture so if you want to get something that's gone quickly, you can't judge things too well. Secondly, the digital display is hard to aim with a moving target, and it can't be seen in heavy sunlight. Third, movies seem to be limited to about ten seconds, and there is popping noise in the video at somewhat regular intervals. So, it's fairly rugged for shallow depths, and the size is great, some pictures are not too bad, but the above criticisms create problematic results under certain circumstances.
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Color: Black
First, the downside. There is a lag time between photos. I've experienced it most often in Auto mode at sunset, due to the shutter remaining open longer. In bright daylight, this is not as much of a problem.
The upside: huge. I've had plenty of point and shoot cameras. One fizzled out when a single raindrop hit it. Another froze up every time we were in the snow. Spent one day on a sandy beach, and its back to camera shopping. The Olympus is different. It's a fantastic family camera.
All the places I like taking family photos are precisely the environments that will ruin most cameras. Not this one.
This camera has taken crisp, high-quality photos underwater (it was strange, dunking my camera in freezing water, taking a photo, then continuing on our hike--the camera still worked!)at the top of a ski run in gusting freezing wind, on the beach at sunset, and also indoors.
My past experience w/point-and-shoots is that they advertise loads of features, but once I had the camera, I never used them. The olympus features and the different modes for sunset, snow, portrait, close-ups, etc. are easy to find.
This Olympus is a go-anywhere camera. Its design is simple and straightforward. The battery held its charge for a long time and recharged quickly. Using the features and settings results in better photos.
My friend has a 12 mp Canon Digital SLR, and we've taken comparable photos of sunsets, etc--but he's had to leave his camera at home when its snowing and raining.
In short, a well-rounded moderately priced camera that you can occasionally drop, get wet, and expose to dirt and real life.
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