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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 mode, microSD adapter included, 3.6X 28-102mm optical zoom allows wide angle shooting, Very good underwater macro mode, LED illumination comes in handy, Optional PT-043 deepwater...
  • 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 and stuck, Included wrist strap does not tighten around wrist
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Overall 8

Olympus Stylus 1030SW

PC Magazine
16 September 2009
  • 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.)
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Olympus Stylus 1030SW

Digital Photography Interface
7 September 2009
  • 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 too used to severely abusing their 1Ds/D3 every time they take pictures and even kids, who usually aren't too careful with things.
  • 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 effects before snapping, Shadow Adjustment brightens photos; available in playback too, Calendar view and red-eye fix in playback mode are useful, Good image quality below ISO 400
  • 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
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Overall 6

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW

29 May 2009
  • Summary: Other cameras may deliver better image quality and performance, but none can survive the range of conditions that the Olympus 1030 SW was designed for.
  • Pros: Rugged, sealed body that's waterproof, crushproof, shockproof, and freezeproof; solid build and design, onboard Guide for beginners; live preview.
  • Cons: Average image quality and performance.
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Overall 9
Value for money 9
Functionality 9
Audio & image quality 9
Appearance 8

Olympus Tough 1030SW Digital Camera Review

23 May 2009
  • 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. This camera can be used almost anywhere. The camera is very responsive with start-up time almost instantaneous. Similarly, there is no apparent shutter lag.
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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. If you have dropped one, as I have in the past, chances are the LCD screen has cracked internally but still may work, or the unit won't power up at all, relegating it to the round file in the sky.
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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Review

Photography Review
8 September 2008
  • 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. With its near-indestructible pocketability, the 1030 SW could be the best point-and-shoot ever. But it isn’t, yet. At a bare minimum, it needs better image quality.
  • 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 can take to the beach and in the water., People who drop things a lot and families who want a camera that won’t break., Law enforcement, contractors, and other professionals ...
  • 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, skiers, fishermen, and hunters who want to take pictures in all kinds of weather conditions., People who want a vacation camera they can take to the beach and in the water., Peop...
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Expert Review

Dc Resource
8 July 2008
  • 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". That means waterproof (to 10 m), shockproof (2 m), freezeproof (-10C/14F), and crushproof (220 lb/ft). To borrow a phrase, the Stylus 1030SW can literally take a licking, and keep on ticking.
  • 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 menu, LED illuminator can be used to brighten (or blind) your subject, Fancy panorama shooting mode (though ISO is boosted very high), Supports both xD and microSD cards, USB 2....
  • 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 continuous shooting mode; faster mode lowers resolution and boosts ISO, No optical viewfinder, Plastic tripod mount; can't swap memory cards while using a tripod, Very little b...
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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW

20 May 2008
  • Summary: This 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). It is also crushproof, winterized, and shockproof, capable of withstanding a drop from 2m (6.6 ft). The Olympus 1030 SW is elegant in its all-metal brushed silver compact body, which is JeansPocket ™ Certified .
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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Review

Digital Camera Review
12 May 2008
  • Excerpt: 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.
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