Reviews and Problems with Olympus µ 1030 SW / Stylus 1030 SW
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I was happy not to pay too much.
9 May 2013
Summary: This is a camera I use for underwater photography. It can bu used without a housing to the depth of 33 feet. I also have dedicated housing that allows me to go much deeper. When the camera was new it cost 400 dollars, to have a backup for 1/4 that price enables me year's of underwater use. The only thing I don't like is the sd card that is dedicated olympus. To replace this camera it will cost me about 500.00 dollars. It is a ver good little camera.
Summary: I have owned my Olympus SW 1030 for several years, I think it is 5 years old now. I have used on numerous vacations to Mexico and a number of local hiking trips. It still works perfectly and besides the decrotive lens bezel falling off have had no issues. I love this camera, I take it to the beach, go swiming with it, snorkling with it, in the pool and in high humidity. It takes nice pics but as with most of these rugged point and shoots it is not perfect.
Pros: Tough as nails and can attest to the 33 feet depth in water. Simple to use. Macro led light comes in handy as well. Compact and easy to carry around., Put it in your pocket and go camera, water, snow, dust, sand or occational oops it will work.
Cons: Zoom is basically useless. So if you want to take photos far away get a different camera., You have to use XD cards for all the camera features to work. Bad Olypus., The modes list is difficult to navigate and you have to remember to slect ok before the camera will allow shooting. Not so handy when your in a hurry., Low light result not great but with some practice and playing with functions pertty good.
Summary: This camera has been ...lets just say a disappointment. First time of underwater use (snorkeling) water leaked in and shorted out camera. sent in in since it had only been less than 6 mths ...they reconditioned it and sent it back. 2 yrs later was snorkling again and again seals failed. Lost alot of photos opportunities. And also want to add underwater photos not very good.
Pros: Has nice options setting. Point and shoot
Cons: don't use it underwater ......risk of not having a camera to use!splash proof thats about it. Camera is on the heavy side for being so compact.Picture quality fair!
Summary: Not only is this a great camera for outdoor and underwater enthusiasts, with the features that this camera is loaded with, this is just a plain all around great camera! The auto-stitching Panorama feature is amazing! Highly recommended for anyone looking for a good, durable camera, that you don't have to worry about getting dirty.