Reviews and Problems with Olympus mju 1050 SW / Stylus 1050 SW / µ 1050SW
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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW
17 July 2009
Conclusion: Waterproofing, ruggedizing, and a unique "tap-control" feature don't make up for subpar image quality and long shutter lag in this Olympus point-and-shooter.
Pros: Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof. Built-in accelerometer and "tap controls" let you activate some features by tapping. Descriptive menus and features are very intuitive and helpful for beginners.
Cons: Long shutter delay. Long wait time between shots. Sharpness weakens at image edges. Noticeable color fringing. ISO speeds 400 to 1600 are very noisy. LCD shows significant motion blur.
Summary: It's quite astonishing that such a slim and elegant camera should also turn out to be so tough. But its small size and slippery finish does limit its usefulness in those extreme environments it's so good at surviving, and its controls and its picture quality are no more than average
Pros: All kinds of proof; slim and elegant.
Cons: Maddening tap control; average lens and picture quality.
Summary: Unfortunately the Tough 1050SW is a bit of a step backwards in the otherwise excellent tough series. Its extreme levels of haloing are problematic and the overall performance is downright slow. The tap control system is pretty innovative, however, and the pictures are good aside from the chromatic aberration.
Pros: 3m waterproof and 1.5m shockproof, can survive in low temperatures, tap controls
Cons: Lots of chromatic aberration, extremely slow shot-to-shot and burst modes