Reviews and Problems with Olympus Stylus 790 SW / µ 790 SW / Mju 790 SW
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Olympus mju 790 SW
2 weeks ago
Summary: The Olympus mju 790 looks good, handles well and takes respectable quality images. A poor screen is the only real let-down, but you're paying a premium for the waterproof, shockproof, even freezeproof ruggedness
Summary: The attractive ultra-compact water, shock and shockproof Stylus 790 SW is perfect for those who love to take their camera outdoors without having to baby it. The camera can take a beating and you can even use it underwater, down to a depth of ten feet. It has the same features as standard consumer models, which means it is useful anywhere and not just as a sports camera. We like the internal zoom, the excellent 2.5-inch LCD with its very wide viewing angle.
Pros: Attractively styled sports and outdoor camera, Snorkeling possible with 10 feet depth limit, Inherent waterproofing provides peace of mind when handling in/around water, Can survive 5-foot drops and 14 degree temperature!, Superb wide-angle, high-res 2.5-inch LCD, Very good underwater macro mode, LED illumination useful.
Cons: We had hoped for a higher res CCD and 33 foot water rating or more, Return to mode dial not an improvement for this type of camera, Strictly point & shoot, 640 x 480 movies limited to 10-second clips, Uses often hard-to-find xD-Picture Card
Conclusion: Olympus Mju 790 SW digital compact camera The Olympus Mju 790 SW is a handy camera to always carry with you. The camera's shockproof and waterproof features make the camera stand out from the crowd. When you are aware of these features you tend to use the camera in a casual manner. Place it on a table with the risk of it dropping? No problem. Put it in a glass of water just for fun, no problem either. The Olympus Mju 790 SW isn't likely to fail you!
Summary: Just breaking the £200 barrier – although it's a safe bet retailers will price it at a more appealing level – is this waterproof (to 3m deep) and 'drop proof' (from heights up to 1.5m) beauty from Olympus, the Olympus Mju 790 SW.
Summary: The Olympus µ / Stylus 790 SW is certainly a unique compact camera, being able to happily operate underwater at depths up to 3m without the need, bulk or expense of a specialist housing. You can literally just dive in and keep taking photos. It’s also tougher than the average compact, and so long as you don’t mind a few cosmetic dings, can survive drops onto hard surfaces from 1.5m. It’s additionally freeze-proof to minus 10 degrees Celsius.
Pros: Works 3m underwater without accessories., Shock-proof at 1.5m & freeze-proof at -10c., Live preview of exposure compensation., LED lamp can provide super-macro lighting.
Cons: Soft images throughout ISO range., Pedestrian 38-114mm lens range., No optical or sensor shift stabilisation., Better models if you don’t need toughness.
Excerpt: When someone tells a reviewer that a camera is drop, shock and water-resistant, what do they seriously expect to happen? Quite... the claim's going to be tested. What red-blooded reviewer is going to take some camera maker's word for it?
Excerpt: The first Olympus Stylus was a tough, elegant, and very popular compact 35mm (film) point & shoot camera that produced dependably first-rate snapshots. The earliest digital Stylus models retained the panache of that original “clamshell” Stylus and added twenty-first century imaging technology. The third generation super-light, ultra-compact, and very thin Olympus Stylus 790 SW shrinks the mystique to shirt-pocket size.