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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Review

Review Date: May 20, 2008

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW


This Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

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The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is built as tough as it gets -- with waterproof capability up to 10m (33 ft). It is also crushproof, winterized, and shockproof, capable of withstanding a drop from 2m (6.6 ft).

The Olympus 1030 SW is elegant in its all-metal brushed silver compact body, which is JeansPocket™ Certified. The faceplate is available in three colours: Silver, Black or Green. It handles very well, and though the buttons are on the small side, they are easy enough to operate. Photographers with big hands might want to first try before they buy.

This camera is targeted to Point-and-Shoot photographers, has 10.1MP resolution and a 3.6x optical zoom. AUTO and 24 Scene Modes simplify shooting, and more advanced photographers can also switch to the Programmed AE (P) mode which provides control over ISO (ISO 80 to 1600), WB, exposure compensation, and light metering.

Digital Image Stabilization favours a high ISO and fast shutter speed to reduce blurring caused by camera shake or subject movement. The use of high ISOs, however, do introduce noise and loss of image detail, and so the 1030 SW gives its best when used in the bright outdoors.

The large 2.7-in. LCD monitor has a high 230,000 pixels resolution which, together with a fast refresh rate, makes for a clear and smooth display. The LCD monitor gains up very well in low-light to permit easier composition.

For those who want to stay a long time -- or go explore deeper -- underwater, there is an optional PT-043 Underwater Housing made of durable, high quality polycarbonate construction and which is waterproof up to a water pressure equivalent to a depth of 40 meters.

The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is the perfect snapshot digital camera to take with you if you do a lot of traveling and want a tough camera to take snapshots at the beach, boating on the lake or ocean, hiking in the wild, or skiing down the slopes -- without worrying about bumps, knocks, rain, mud, sand or dust!

See if you fit the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW User Profile below:

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW
User Profile
Desire a 10.1 MP resolution point-and-shoot digital camera.
Camera must be able to take bumps, knocks and falls... and keep working, even in cold temperatures.
Camera must be weather and waterproof (up to 10m / 33ft).
Want a compact, JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera (small fashion purse, jeans pocket).
Have no problem with small buttons and dial as long as they are precise and responsive.
Able to hold a small camera steady and gentle with shutter release.


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