Summary: I bought this camera thinking it would be a good camera. It takes good underwater pictures, but it takes very bad "above-water" pictures. Very poor quality. I only recommend this to people who want a WATERPROOF camera for water-sports activities. Not your "everyday" camera.
Would not have bought it I could have tried it first.
29 May 2011
Summary: Poor quality auto focus. Requires very bright light to function. In indoor setting it was only able to focus on my dogs about a third of the time. Fluorescent overhead lighting. Not a problem with my prior Olympus 1050w which died on me recently nor any of my Sony or Nikon DSLRs. This was a budget replacement for occasional use and as a backup camera. Unreliable for use. Not quite a piece of junk but nearly so.
Summary: This camera is NOT waterproof. Given, upon contact with water, water doesn't flood the camera, but it leaks into the computer plug and the battery-and-memory-card compartments. The water cannot make it all of the way in, but it eventually vaporizes and 1)Fogs up the camera lens so that it is IMPOSSIBLE to take any pictures, and 2)Covers the display and leaves PERMANENT marks on it. The result is that I have spent many days(even weeks), leaving the camera open to dry.
Summary: My husband bought me another Olympus Underwater camera in March for our vacation to Hawaii, it worked great, absolutely loved it, until it just stopped working in August. We exchanged it for this one (the one he originally bought me was sold out). This one the on/off button is really the only part that works properly, it will take a few pictures but the zoom, menu, etc. do not work at all. Very disapointed and would definately not recommend.
Summary: I love Olympus digital cameras but was very disappointed with the quality of this one. I owned this for about 2 days before returning it. The pictures turned out very grainy and pictures in low light with a flash were blurry. I bought this to replace a previous Olympus camera we had broke and thought based on megapixels, brand and price range this would be a good replacement, not to mention its underwater ability. I will buy Olympus again, just not this one.