Reviews and Problems with Olympus mju 720 SW / Stylus 720 SW
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It's great for outdoor and adventurous person
9 September 2012
Excerpt: It's great for outdoor but not for indoor, it's depends with lighting.If the object is close up, it's ok.We went to Disney World and while we were lining up and waiting, I tried to take a pics.Suddenly, the camere fell from my hands.But guess what, I still can use it.No damage.
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. Now I have a 720SW that has not gotten wet yet, but it has been dropped at least once, and it still works. In good light, it takes excellent pictures.
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! And it is really tough built, that's great. It takes 7MP pictures, so you can crop them later and still get a good resolution print.
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... Also, the functionality is far less intuitive than Canon cameras, and the software is really crap. PLUS my charger doesn't work.
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., Images are noisy., AF is slow., Functions are not intuitive and navigation is not great.
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. There are options to select better settings for "sport", "beach" etc. but it takes a few clicks on multiple buttons to get to them.
Summary: On the search for the ultimate ultracompact digital camera ive owned the popular Canon SD600 elph, the ultra portable Sony T9, and finally the Olympus 720sw. If any of these cameras are on your list of choices then read on... Image quality: Of the three cameras the Canon SD600 wins hands down, followed shortly by the Sony T9. If excellent quality photos are a must for you then the Olympus might not be the best choice.