Summary: I have had this camera for about 4 years now. I have took it camping in the Rockys, to combat in Iraq, and to the beach. It does not take the best picture in the world, but I never expected it to. With the demanding world I live in this camera has been through hell and still works. It holds up to the promises that Olympus makes.
Pros: The durability, ease of use, size, and versatility.
Summary: The Olympus Stylus 770SW is an easy to use digital camera for the casual user. It's strength is in it's ruggedness. This is not a camera that will please Pro photographers or videophiles. What do I mean by that? Well, while this camera takes very good pictures, both above and below water, it does not always take excellent or perfect pictures. For daily use and use on vacation: You can abuse this camera!
Summary: We got this camera as a secondary camera (against my larger more expensive digital SLR) as something that could go places my larger camera shouldn't. This was for a rather active vacation in Costa Rica. Took it snorkeling- great pictures! ( I felt that as great as 10ft depth was , I wanted to have the option to go deeper than that so the 33ft depth was important to me. I did on more than one occasion swim down past 10 ft.
Summary: I am writing this review to mainly comment on the warranty service offered by Olympus and the 770SW. After 9 months of use in all conditions, the camera began to take whited-out pictures that lacked any contrast, and ultimately the view screen went completely static. I filled out the Olympus warranty forms, sent it in, and within 24 hrs of them receiving the broken unit they diagnosed the problem, fixed and replaced all broken parts, and sent me a fully refurbished,...
Summary: I carried this camera in my pants pocket while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. It survived several falls onto lava, tropical weather at the bottom, frigid glacial weather at the top (19,344 feet above sea level), and worked flawlessly without complaint. Battery life was much better than expected. I was truly impressed with its ruggedness, and thrilled with the pictures. I'll post one of sunrise over Mawenzi Peak.
Summary: this is a great camera if you need something durable (eg you have a child who might drop it). it takes mostly very good pics. occasionally i get grainy pics that i can't explain. but, honestly, if you need A+ pics 100% of the time, then you should be buying a DSLR, not a point and shoot. the pictures are the same as any other camera in its class. it adds the peace of mind of knowing that it won't go kaput when it's banged or dropped.
Summary: Have had the 770SW for a week; shot in rough surf jetskiing; bunch of surface tourist point-and-shoot shots; underwater in the Olympus housing on a 30 ft dive and a 100 ft. dive. I also intend to use the camera snowboarding (I have broken two previous digital cameras in snowboard falls) so I'm hoping the "crushproof" claim holds up.
Summary: This is an excellent sports/water camera. Be certain though why you buy it. If you are looking just for a compact camera without the waterproof capability you should look elsewhere as this model may not be for you. You can take this camera in the water (33 feet), treat it badly (to a certain extent) drop it and the pictures will come out superb. It has 27 shooting modes, you can take it to extreme tempetures. So it is directed towards sports andactivities.
Summary: What a great camera! Just came back from a week in Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas on my boat and this camera captured the trip better than any camera I own. Best features? You can take it in the pool, take it snorkeling and even knock it around a bit. Still takes a great picture. Underwater shots were quite good but the shots we took having fun on the beach and in the pool were priceless. One suggestion. Buy the floating lanyard that Olympus sells on their site.