Reviews and Problems with Olympus µ 1030 SW / Stylus 1030 SW
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The perfect all-around camera for outdoors: 10 megapixel, shockproof, freezeproof and waterproof to 33 feet
30 November 2011
Summary: The Stylus 1030 SW is the camera a lot of divers have been waiting for. It brings 10-megapixel resolution to scuba diving without the need of an underwater case. It's also the most rugged Olympus Stylus camera yet, being able to survive huge drops from almost seven feet and freezing temperatures.
Pros: Attractively styled sports and outdoor camera, Real diving possible with 33 feet depth limit, Inherent waterproofing provides peace of mind when handling in/around water, Can survive 6.6-foot drops and 14 degree temperature!, Superb wide viewing-angle, high-res 2.7-inch LCD, Pre-capture movie mod...
Cons: Strictly point & shoot, Small mode wheel hard to read underwater, Over-zealous underwater depth warnings, Tiny gray on silver labels difficult to read, LCD not always bright enough for underwater viewability, Elegant metal body can get scratched, Integrated automatic lens cover can get clogged an...
Conclusion: The Olympus Stylus 1030SW has the features you'd expect in a compact camera, with the protection against the elements and accidents thrown in. This 10 megapixel camera sounds like the absolute choice for clumsy people, mountain climbers (or outgoing and adventurous people in general), people who are...
Pros: Very sturdy construction: water, drop, crush and freeze proof, Compatible with both xD-Picture and microSD cards, Very usable LCD outdoors and indoors, Handy LED lamp (for AF assist, macro lighting and torchlight), Helpful built-in guide and help system, Perfect Shot Preview is useful to view eff...
Cons: No manual controls, not even long exposure or custom white balance, Slow burst mode when using full resolution, No optical image stabilization, Plastic tripod mount (!) and cramped buttons on the back, Redeye (removable via playback tool), Image overall softness, especially corners
Conclusion: The tough, waterproof Olympus Stylus 1030SW takes terrific pictures in practically any situation including treacherous weather or terrain, but if you're looking for speed, you may be disappointed by significant shutter lag and recycle times.
Pros: Rugged and waterproof. Takes underwater pictures and video. Terrific image quality.
Cons: Significant shutter lag and long recycle times between shots. Uses xD-Picture Cards, which are limited to 2GB storage. (Can use microSD cards too but requires an adapter to do so.)
Excerpt: Slightly larger than a pack of cards, the Olympus Tough 1030SW feels reassuringly solid. With a stainless steel case, it is designed to be water resistant up to a depth of ten meters and survive being dropped from two meters, crushed by 100 kg or even frozen in temperatures down to -10° centigrade.
Waterproof, crushproof, drop proof extreme sports digital camera
Consumer Electronics Net
26 September 2008
Excerpt: Compact digital cameras are easy to use, output excellent quality images, and are loaded with features that can enhance the user's photographic capabilities. One thing that many compact digital cameras are not, as with most personal electronic devices these days, are sturdy.
Conclusion: As an outdoor photographer who’s out shooting in all kinds of conditions, I think the Olympus Stylus SW cameras are really, really cool. If it seems like I am judging this camera harshly, it’s only because I want it to be awesome.
Pros: Waterproof and nearly indestructible, Pocket-sized, Live histogram, 28mm, real wide-angle lens – yay!, Panoramic mode (requires Olympus xD card), Boaters, cyclists, skiers, fishermen, and hunters who want to take pictures in all kinds of weather conditions., People who want a vacation camera they...
Cons: Too easy to get finger in front of lens, Image quality isn’t what I’d expect of a 10-megapixel camera, No mechanical image stabilization, No optical viewfinder, xD memory cards only work with Olympus and Fujifilm compact digital cameras, Mode dial rotates in pocket or case, Boaters, cyclists, ski...
Excerpt: At first glance, the Olympus
Stylus 1030SW ($399) looks like just another
ultra-compact camera, albeit a very well constructed
one. As it turns out, the 1030SW is anything but
ordinary -- it's "everything-proof".
Pros: Good exposure and color, Ultra-rugged, "everything-proof" body, Wide-angle, 28 - 102 mm lens, Snappy performance, Large, sharp 2.7" LCD display with good low light visibility, Tons of scene modes, Handy Shadow Adjustment and Perfect Shot Preview features, In-camera help system and unique Guide me...
Cons: Soft images with heavy noise reduction and substantial blurring around the edges of the frame, Redeye a problem (but at least you can remove it later), Lens is on the "slow" side, No manual controls, Poor white balance performance in the studio (won't apply to most people), Slow full resolution c...
Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
where specified. The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is built as tough
as it gets -- with waterproof capability up to 10m (33 ft).
Summary: The 10.1 megapixel Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is ready to go just about everywhere you want to go with a camera. This rugged camera can handle the elements and can still look good enough for a night out on the town.
Pros: Rugged – waterproof, shockproof, cold proof and crush proof, LED illuminator is a nice touch for macro shots, High quality construction, Quick performance
Cons: Pricey, Panoramas better done on a computer since in-camera stitching results were not great, Mediocre battery life