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. The reason I give it a four rather than a five is due to picture quality; due to pixels and a somewhat weaker lens than my Canon 11 I sometimes wish for more pixels. But for the price it is a good buy.
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 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. I have also since used it doing an Alpen Crossing, dolomites wandering and hiking through Turkey.
Summary: The Olympus Stylus 1030SW is the BEST affordable waterproof camera ever. The problem with Olympus is they thought they could improve on it, so they discontinued it and came out with the 8010. Bad move Olympus. The 8010 is very slow, the sound and video quality is terrible and the way you can choose functions leaves a lot to be desired. Let me put it this way....by the time you get it turned on and your shooting function selected your target has moved on.