Reviews and Problems with Olympus Stylus 790 SW / µ 790 SW / Mju 790 SW
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Shockproof, freezeproof, waterproof
30 November 2011
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: The Olympus Mju 790 SW is a camera that is less about headline image quality and more about the practicalities of taking photos in scenarios that would otherwise test â€“ or possibly destroy â€“ lesser rivals. You pay a premium for the Olympus Mju 790 SW's 'death proof' abilities. Extreme sports enthusiasts who care more about capturing the moment than poster-sized prints would seem to be the most receptive target market.
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.
Summary: The third generation Olympus SW digital camera, the Olympus Stylus 790 SW , gains a more elegant design in its all-metal
brushed silver compact body which is JeansPocket ™
Certified . It basically retains its "toughness": it is shockproof and can internally withstand a 1.5m (5 ft) fall; is waterproof up to 3m (10 ft); and, is freezeproof to -10°C (14°F).
Summary: Olympus' latest tough model, the 790 SW, is a brilliant camera suited to a wide variety of users. Whether you want a family device that you can give to the kids or a rugged photography machine for skiing and hiking, it will do the job, and while its pictures aren't exceptional they will be more than adequate for most.
Pros: Incredibly sturdy design, suitable for a huge variety of users, sharp pictures
Cons: Colour and white balance issues, a little sluggish at times