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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Review

Review Date: Nov 24, 2008

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW


This Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.


The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW is as fashionable as it is built tough. The "SW" designation means that it is both shockproof and waterproof. It is capable of withstanding a drop from 1.5m (5 ft) and can be used safely underwater down to 3m (10 ft). It is also winterized and can be used at temperatures as low as -10°C/-14°F. New is Tap Control technology that makes it possible to set some of the functions by simply tapping the sides, top or LCD of the camera. Perfect for when you are wearing thick gloves in freezing temperatures.

All of which makes the Stylus 1050 SW a great companion at the beach, boating on the lake or ocean, hiking, skiing, or just traveling -- without worrying about bumps, knocks, rain, mud, sand or dust!

The Stylus 1050 SW is elegant in its all-metal brushed ultra compact body, which is JeansPocket™ Certified. The buttons are on the small side so 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 3x optical zoom. AUTO and 23 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. As on any digicam, the use of high ISOs introduce noise and loss of image detail, and so the 1050 SW gives its best results when used in the bright outdoors. At the low ISOs, image quality is quite good. Performance, though, could be better.

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 in low-light to permit easier composition.

The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW is for the "casual active users" [while the Stylus 1030 SW is for the "real active users."] It is quite easy to get good pictures with the Stylus 1050 SW using any one of its shooting modes, especially in bright conditions. Get it in one of four colors: Silver, Black, Blue, or Champagne.

See if you fit the Olympus Stylus 1050 SW User Profile below:

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW
User Profile
Desire a 10.1 MP resolution point-and-shoot digital camera for bright outdoors use.
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 3m / 10ft).
Want a compact, JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera (small fashion purse, jeans pocket).
Have no problem with small buttons and dials.
Able to hold a small camera steady and gentle with shutter release.

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