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.
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,...
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.
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.
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 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.
Excerpt: We’re no strangers to gadget beat downs – in fact, we think they build character. But Olympus only fed the flame when they shipped us the 790 SW. This update of the ultra-rugged 770 SW we reviewed back in June has a lot in common with its predecessor.
Pros: Slick design and tight frame. Built to military and industrial spec for dust, and liquid immersion. 5 foot drops onto concrete don’t even begin to phase the device. 2.5-inch LCD screen is both resistant to freezing and viewable in sunlight. Reasonably priced when compared to its predecessor.
Cons: Paltry 3x optical zoom. Picture quality is lacking compared to others in its class. 10 second max of 640 x 480 video is neither long, nor visually compelling. 14.7 MB of internal memory ensures the need for an xD memory card.
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: 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...
Pros: Incredibly sturdy design, suitable for a huge variety of users, sharp pictures
Cons: Colour and white balance issues, a little sluggish at times