Summary: I have used this camera on dozen of kayak-trips, dangling from its lanyard on my life-vest, since I bought it in 2008 and it has not shown any weaknesses. Never any issues with water-leakage or from rough care. I also find battery-life to be good.
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.
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.
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 wh...
Summary: This is a very positive review...be warned I purchased my Olympus SW1030 (for around AUD400 - sorry I can't remember) about 18months ago. I needed it to take pictures during my outdoor lifestyle in AK and while riding a bike across Africa.
Summary: This camera seems to hold up to some pretty stout abuse. It takes crisp, clear pictures. It functions well underwater. All in all a good piece of equipment. Only wish Olympus would stop using XD cards and use something that is more standard, like SD, but it is worth it since Olympus makes a quality...