Summary: Review: I bought the Olymupus Stylus 1040 a couple of months ago and was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive camera. The camers's size is perfect for carrying in a pocket and the battery has a pretty good lifespan of roughly 4 hours. My only complaint is that it was very difficult saving pictures to the SD-rom. Other cameras I've owned have simpler menus and get you to important features easily.
Summary: My parents bought me this Olympus camera for one of my birthdays a few years ago to help with taking photographs for my art studies. This camera is fantastic for clear, detailed images without having to spend thousands of pounds. It looks sleek and sophisticated with a black sliding panel in front of the lens, which switches it on and off. It's extremely easy to use, with flat yet sensitive buttons and a large clear screen.
Pros: Great picture quality, not too expensive, easy to use, attractive.
Summary: Lots of picture settings: automatic panoramic function, face recognition, burst, good video function (but that does drain the battery pretty quickly) and lots more. I take it everywhere with me and am always taking pictures. Trial and error with some of the functions has lead to a few disappointing results at times but it hasn't put me off. Timed auto-off is good so you don't waste precious battery.
Summary: I have used Olympus cameras for many years, through film to ultra zoom digital. I wanted a very compact camera that would slip in to a shirt pocket. Its first outing was at a wedding in Oxford. Once set up, which is very similar to other Olympus cameras, the sliding front cover and quick start-up meant taking that unrehearsed picture was very easy. Although I prefer looking through a viewfinder, I found this rear screen large and clear.