Reviews and Problems with Olympus µ 1030 SW / Stylus 1030 SW
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Be careful with this "rugged" camera...
4 October 2013
Summary: I read several reviews before buying it about it getting water in it. I still bought it. I had it in my hand as I was swimming in a river. I climbed on to a rock to take some photos but every time I turned it on, it kept telling my battery door was open. It wasn't open. I triple checked. Not until I saw the water creeping into the screen that I knew it was too late.
Summary: I bought the camera with the hope that it would still have the ability to remain waterproof to some extent. I used it one day and it got wet, but I did not keep it submerged for long or go deeper then a couple of feet. The camera flooded and I had to dry it out and now know that I cannot rely on it being water proof at all. Since it was only $50 I cannot say that I can complain too much, but wish I had known before using it in the water.
Summary: I purchased this in April 2008 from amazon and have since taken it in/on/under snow, sand, 20 feet deep in the ocean; its been dropped on the ground, in punch bowls, on dance floors. Ive always had the silicone bumper case for extra protection & washed it with fresh water after. Its taken all of my abuse and kept on going. (until last month that is...) It takes decent photos for what it is.
Summary: I loved my Stylus 410. I could take it in the shower and it would stop each and every drop...frozen dead in their tracks. I expected this from the 1030SW. I do my best not to drop my camera, however accidents happen. I do take it in the shower every once in a while. I honestly felt I had outgrown my 410 and what else would I replace my best friend with but a newer model.
Mediocre and dislike the proprietary cable and XDcard
James Cornes "Gadget Man", Amazon
29 September 2010
Summary: I loved the ruggedness of this camera but the lens is not good for land based pics. Underwater pics are great. I really dislike the fact that Olympus is trying to make an extra buck by having a proprietary cable connector rather than a mini usb and they have joined the club with Sony on the proprietary memory card. I am stuck with my pictures on the memory card because my two card readers do not have an XD slot and my cable is at work.
Summary: The camera is durable as my wife found out when she dropped it out of her lap exiting the car. I love to show off it's waterproof by dropping it in a glass of water in front of friends (make sure everything is closed). It takes great pictures, but my gosh, you better have a steady hand. My wife can't take a focused picture to save her life and even when I try, it is difficult.
Summary: I've had great fun with this camera in pools, rivers, lakes, hot springs and oceans for just over a year. Yep, just long enough for the warranty to run out. I researched this camera quite a bit before buying it and at the time the main problems mentioned in online forums seemed to be about accidentally leaving the card covers open before or while submersing it.
The ideal knockabout travelling camera, except for two problems.
M. C. Corcoran "Corky", Amazon
7 February 2009
Summary: I purchased this to be the camera I could finally just stick in my pocket or pack and be gone. No other has been able to take the abuse. And it's very, very good, including features and optional on-camera guides to effects. The problems have to do with use as a travelling camera. One cannot download pictures without their special computer to camera cord.
1030 SW great idea, failed after a week of heavy use
James Kirchhoffer, Amazon
20 January 2009
Summary: I used my 1030 SW as backup for a digital SLR during a once in a lifetime cruise through the Galapagos. Picture quality good for P&S; after 4 one hour trips in the water, the camera failed. It turned on and off, but would not take pictures and the LCD screen did not work. I am sending it back for replacement. Its a great idea for a go anywhere do anything camera, but it did not stand up to what I consider minor water exposure.