Reviews and Problems with Olympus mju 720 SW / Stylus 720 SW
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Don't use as "fancy camera"
3 September 2007
Summary: I figure it's the perfect present for someone you don't like very much. Really. Very frustrating to learn and get used to. If you keep the resolution low, like for e-mailing, it makes an ok point and shoot. Otherwise, the multiple features only get in the way.
Summary: I own the Olympus Stylus 720 SW, and while it is virtually indestructible (good for clumsy folks like myself) the picture quality leaves a lot to be desired. The gadgets and settings might fool you into thinking this is the best camera for your $$$, but they don't really do much for me.
Summary: My last compact digital camera was a Canon SD700IS. It took much better pictures than the Olympus 720SW, until I accidentally dropped it and it busted to pieces. The compact digital camera before that was an Olympus that got wet and died when my sailboat capsized.
Summary: Just came back from snorkeling. Nice thing about this camera is that it is campact and waterproof, and it takes decent pictures. However, it is hard to see the LCD underwater, and it is hard to get a steady shot. The lens is poorly positioned, and your finger easily finds its way into the image.
Summary: I have a Canon sd500 and a Canon XTi. I got this camera to use in the water. It is indeed waterproof, very compact, easy to use. The lens is internal and well-protected by a little metal shield when the camera is off. It goes up to ISO 1600 but the noise is obvious even at 800.
Nice camera but not for the beginning photographer
3 January 2007
Summary: Takes nice pictures with a lot of practice. I like that it has preset scene selections to help get a good picture but found that I needed to take a lot, to get one really clear picture. My Sony Cybershot almost always takes really great clear pictures on the first try.
Summary: I got this camera for vacation shots. I have owned many digital cameras before, from cheap point-and-shoot to pro DSLR. The Olympus has some very unique features that you have to love - waterproof is #1. Take it in the pool, in the ocean - makes nice snorkeling pictures, too!
Summary: This is an OK camera but the results are disappointing. Yes it's tough and waterproof and that's why I bought it (for skiing, mountain biking etc) but you sacrfice a fair amount of image quality. See below...
Pros: Well it's allegedly a rugged beast (not that I have dropped it to find out)., It's fairly small and looks nice., Adequate LCD, That's about it.
Cons: Plenty:, Serious distortion at the 'wide' setting which I think is about 38mm. Same as most compacts but it's certainly not really wide angle and distortion should not be present - and it's very pronounced., Images are soft, and very soft at the corners and edges., Images lack contrast and colour...
Summary: There are several great features offered by this camera.. BUT I wanted a waterproof camera to take photos outdoors, boating, fishing, at the pool and beach in sunlight. The default shooting mode for this camera is "portrait mode" that is very poor for these situations.