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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Review

Review Date: Nov 24, 2008

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW

Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW has undergone a redesign. Still "the toughest compact digital camera on the planet," it now features Tap Control technology that makes the 1050 SW sensitive to a tap to almost any part of its body. Selecting the most common menu settings is now just a matter of tapping the top, back or sides of the camera.

The 1050 SW has 10.1MP resolution, a large 2.7-in. LCD (230K dots) and is shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, and dustproof. It can withstand a drop from 1.5 metres (5 feet) with its shock-absorbing technology, which minimizes the impact on the lens and circuitry. It will keep operating in freezing snowstorms down to -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit). Its lightweight, aluminum exterior is matched with interior rubber gaskets and O-rings to seal out the elements and allows it to be fully submerged to depths of approximately 3 metres (10 feet). It also features a water-repellant lens coating to prevent water droplets from forming on the lens.

Shadow Adjustment Technology compensates for extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlight areas by maintaining detail in highlights while improving detail in the shadows. Enhanced Face Detection tracks up to 16 faces within the frame and optimizes exposure even when subjects are moving. An LED Illuminator works like a mini-flashlight on the front of the camera to enhance focus and exposure for macro shooting – great for underwater close-up shots where light is scarce.

The Stylus 1050 SW features Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) which boosts the camera’s ISO sensitivity and shutter speed allowing it to freeze the action and provides blur-free images, even when you or your subject is moving.

Another new feature is In-camera panorama mode which captures three images and stitches them together to create one panoramic picture. All you have to do is simply press the shutter button and slowly pan across the scene; the second and third images are captured automatically and stitched together with the first image – resulting in one seamless panorama-size picture. To create the ultimate panoramic picture, the Olympus Master Software 2 allows you to stitch up to 10 images together.

Shadow Adjustment Technology compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail.

Perfect Shot Preview mode enables you to preview and select various photographic effects on a live, multi-window screen before snapping the shot.

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW

The Stylus 1050 Sw uses the xD-Picture Card. An included adapter allows the digital camera to also use microSD memory cards. It is available in three trendy colours: blue, silver, champagne, pink and black (not all colors available in all countries).

There is no other digital camera like it in its category. With the ultra-compact Olympus Stylus 1050 SW, you now have no excuse not to always have this built-tough, worry-proof travel companion with you -- anywhere, literally.

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QuickFact™ Sheet
Olympus Stylus 1050 SWUS | CAN | UK Photoxels Jeans Pocket Certified Photoxels OriGenial award
Image Sensor 10.1 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.33” CCD (1.1cm)
Lens 6.7 – 20.1 mm (38 – 114 mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 10 Lenses in 8 Groups, 3 Aspherical Lenses, 1 ED Lenses
Zoom 3x Optical Zoom + 5x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 15x)
Aperture Range F3.5 - F5.0
LCD 2.7” (6.9cm) HyperCrystal™ II LCD, approx. 230,000 dots; 5 Steps Brightness Adjustment
Viewfinder N/A
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF
Focus Ranges

Normal mode: 19.7" – infinity (0.5m – infinity)
Macro mode: Wide: 7.9” – infinity (0.2m – infinity)          
Tele: 11.8” – infinity (0.3m – infinity)
Super Macro mode: 2.8" – 19.7” (7cm – 50cm)

Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (equivalent)
Metering Mode Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
White Balance Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescents)
Image File Format

Still Image:  JPEG
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG

Number of Recorded Pixels

10MP (3,648 x 2,736)
5MP (2,560 x 1,920)
3MP (2,048 x 1,536)
2MP (1,600 x 1,200)
1MP (1,280 x 960)
VGA (640 x 480)

16:9 (1,920 x 1,080)
Shooting Modes

27 Shooting Modes:
Intelligent Auto
Program Auto
Digital Image Stabilization
Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT, 4. NIGHT SCENE, 5. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 6. SPORT, 7. INDOOR, 8. CANDLE, 9. SELF PORTRAIT, 10. AVAILABLE LIGHT PORTRAIT, 11. SUNSET, 12. FIREWORKS, 13. CUISINE, 14. BEHIND GLASS, 15. DOCUMENTS, 16.AUCTION, 17.SHOOT & SELECT1, 18. SHOOT & SELECT2, 19. SMILE SHOT, 20, BEACH&SNOW, 21. PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE, 22. UNDERWATER SNAPSHOT, 23. SNOW)
Movie

Motion Blur Suppression Digital Image Stabilization
Panorama Mode In-Camera Panorama, PC Panorama (Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software) *Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ is required
Continuous Shooting

High speed: 5.4 frames per second, 24 frames (3MP)                       
Normal speed: 0.38 frames per second, 25 frames (10MP)

Shooting Assist Functions Shooting Guide, Perfect Shot Preview, Histogram, Frame Assist, Voice Recording
Selftimer 12 Seconds
Movie Mode

AVI Movie with Sound;
640 x 480 (30/15fps)

320 x 240 (30/15fps)
Image Processing TruePic™ III Image Processor
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer in specific scene modes
Image Playback

Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Calendar, My Favorites, Histogram
Movie: Normal, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame

 

Playback Edit Effects

Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Lighting Fix, Resize, Cropping, Black & White, Sepia, Calendar, Saturation
Movie: Frame Index

Flash Built-in
Flash Modes

Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction
Fill-in
Off

Flash Working Range

Wide: 0.66ft (0.2m) – 17.4ft. (5.3m)   at ISO 800
Tele:  0.66ft (0.2m) – 12ft. (3.7m)    at ISO 800

Memory 41.6MB Internal Memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB), microSD (MASD-1 is required)
Outer Connectors

Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input*)
*Optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1) is required

Auto-connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements

Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X 10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X 10.3 – 10.5

Operating Environment

Operation: 14° – 104°F (-10° – 40°C), 30% – 90% humidity
Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C), 10% – 90% humidity

Power Supply

Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with the optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1)
Battery Life: 200 shots

Size (W x H x D) 93 x 62 x 19.3 mm (with lens cover, 22.6m) /
3.7 x 2.4 x 0.76 in. (with lens cover: 0.9 in.)
Weight (camera body only) 152g / 5.4 oz. without battery and media card
Proof

Shockproof: MIL-STD-810F Shock Equivalent (5ft/1.5m)
Waterproof: Equivalent to IEC6059 IPX8/JISC0920 (10ft/13m)
Freezeproof: MIL-STD-810F Low Temp Equivalent (-10°C/14°F)
Dustproof: Equivalent to  IEC6059 IP6X/JISC0920

MSRP US $299.99 / CDN $349.99

Package Contents:

  • Stylus 1050 SW digital camera
  • LI-42B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger
  • Wrist Strap
  • WIN/Mac USB cable
  • Audio/video cable
  • Manual
  • OLYMPUS Master 2 software (CD-ROM).

*Specifications and design are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. All trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holder.
©2008 Olympus Imaging America Inc.

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