Fact Sheets on the Best Digital Cameras
 
 
 
 
    Bookmark and Share  
 
Home
News
Articles (RSS Feed)
Press Releases
Site Map
 
Best Digital Cameras
Buyer's Guide
Point-and-Shoot
Beginner
Serious
Advanced
Ultra Compact
Ultra Zoom
User Manuals
 
Digital Camera Reviews
Reviews Matrix
Photoxels Awards
 
Fundamentals
Tutorials
Glossary
 
History of Cameras
Featured Sites
Contests
 
About Us
Contact
Privacy Statement
 
Photo Store
Digital Cameras
Accessories
 
 

 
You are hereHome > Digital Camera Reviews > Olympus Stylus 600


   


Olympus Stylus 600 Review

Review Date: Dec 6, 2005

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Olympus Stylus 600

HANDLING & FEEL

The Olympus Stylus 600 Digital is an all-weather digital camera with rubber gaskets in the sensitive areas to protect against the elements. Note that this camera is not waterproof, so don't go dunking it into water. Startup is average at about 2 sec. and shot to shot time is fast at under 1 sec. Autofocus is fast and precise even in low-light situations.

STYLE
- Colours: overall silver with dark grey backplate
- Looks: modern, fashionable
   
FEEL
- Needs a bit more space at the back for thumb
- Needs non-slip rubber-coating, especially if this camera is going to be used in wet conditions
   
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
- Compact: fits in a pants pocket, coat pocket or small handbag
- Dimensions: 97W x 55H x 26.5D mm /
3.8W x 2.2H x 1.0D in.
- Weight: light at 128g / 4.52 oz (without battery and media card)
- Takes 1 Li-ion rechargeable battery
   
SPEED OF OPERATION
- Average startup with lens extending about 14 mm (0.6 in.) and LCD turning on in about 2 sec.
- Shot to shot time in about 1 sec.
   

Included in the box is a Li-ion rechargeable battery, and a battery charger. It takes approximately 2 hrs to recharge a fully depleted battery.

Controls

The top of the camera has only the Power Button and the Shutter Release Button. All the other controls are found on the back.

The back is taken over by an extra large 2.5 in. LCD monitor, and the controls are on the right side, a bit crowded together (there is just barely enough space for the thumb to rest). There is no Mode Dial but instead there is a convenient Scene Button: press it and you get to select from 24 easy-to-use Scene Modes, plus Movie.

You can record movies without sound at SHQ (640 x 480), HQ (320x240) and SQ(160x120) all at 15fps, limited only by the amount of your memory card. At SHQ (640x480), you'll be able to store approx. 6 sec. of movie in the Internal Memory, or approx. 1 min. 53 sec. on a 128MB xD-Picture Card. You can zoom during movie recording.

FUNCTIONS ACCESSIBLE BY CONTROL BUTTONS (clockwise starting from the Zoom buttons)
- Zoom buttons
- SCENE Button (24 preset Scene Modes plus Movie)
- Playback
- DISP (Info, Clean screen, Framing Guide, Histogram)
- 4 Way Arrows (Exposure Compensation, Flash, Self-timer, Macro)
- MENU/OK
- Easy Print
- Erase
   
SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING
- Normal speed: 1.3 frames per second up to the full capacity of the memory in HQ mode
-
High speed: 4.3 frames per second up to 12 frames in SQ1 (160 x 120) mode
- You select a Sequential Shooting mode on the Camera tab of the Mode Menu.
   
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION / HISTOGRAM
- Exposure compensation is directly accessible by using the UP ARROW key. Once it displays, use UP and DOWN ARROW keys to dial in a value.
- A live Histogram can be displayed on screen in shooting mode by repeatedly pressing the DISP button until the Histogram displays. You can also display the Histogram in Playback mode.
- Once set, the Exposure Compensation Indicator conveniently stays displayed on screen until it is reset to "0"
- Range: -2 EV to +2 EV (13 steps in 1/3 EV increments)
- The screen brightness will increase or decrease to reflect the value you use
- Note: the exposure compensation value selected is retained even when the camera is turned off (so remember to reset to "0" after using it or the next time you turn the camera on, your shots may be over- or under-exposed.)
   

LCD & Menus

There is no viewfinder but an extra large 2.5 in. LCD monitor with a standard 115,000 pixels resolution. We'd prefer more resolution on the LCD monitor. The refresh rate is adequate but not as fast and smooth as we'd like. You can manually adjust the LCD monitor's brightness in SETUP to display a brighter image.

The LCD monitor also gains up in low-light to display a brighter image to allow you to compose. This is by far the very best "gain-up" implementation we have seen in any digital camera that also has this feature. Kudos to Olympus engineers.

There is no AF-assist but I've found auto focusing to be quite fast and precise in most low-light situations, even better than some digital cameras with AF-assist.

The Menu structure is the traditional Olympus "wheel" structure with a Mode Menu and 3 Shortcut Menus, which means that all functions are accessed thru the Menu.

Advanced photographers will be glad to know that they can display a live Histogram.

MENU

- Standard Olympus "Wheel" Structure Menu: Mode Menu and 3 Shortcut Menus: ISO, White Balance, Image Quality

MODE MENU: Camera Tab

- Set shooting related functions
- Light Metering: ESP, Spot
- Drive (Single, Normal, High Speed)
- Digital Zoom (On, Off)
- AF Mode (iESP, Spot)
- Panorama

MODE MENU: Card Tab

- All Erase
- Format
- Backup (Copy images from Internal Memory to memory card)

MODE MENU: SETUP 1 of 3

- RESET
- Language (English, Français, Español, Portugues)
- Power ON using SCENE Button (Yes, No)
- Power ON Setup (pic to display on Power ON)
- Record View (displays picture just taken for about 3 sec.)

MODE MENU: SETUP 2 of 3

- File Name (Auto, Reset)
- Pixel Mapping
- LCD MOnitor Brightness
- Date / Time
- Dual Time Setup (for those who travel frequently across time zones)

MODE MENU: SETUP 3 of 3

- Video Out (NTSC, PAL)
- Histogram (On, Off)
- Frame Assist (None, Horizontal/Vertical Grid, Diagonal Grid)

ISO 1 of 2

- Auto, 64, 100, 200

ISO 2 of 2

- 400
- 800, 1600 (at SQ1 1600x1200)

IMAGE QUALITY

- Ships from factory set to HQ (2816x2112)

WHITE BALANCE 1 of 2

- Auto
- Daylight
- Overcast
- Tungsten

WHITE BALANCE 2 of 2

- Fluorescent1
- Fluorescent2
- Fluorescent3

EXPOSURE COMPENSATION

- -2 EV to +2 EV (13 steps in 1/3 EV increments)
- Stays active even when camera is turned off and on again

FRAMING GUIDE

- Program Auto shooting mode
- +0.3 Exposure Compensation
- ISO 64
- xD-Picture Card used
- Space for 348 pictures
- Image Quality: SHQ (2816x2112)
- Self-timer ON
- Flash OFF
- Super Macro ON

HISTOGRAM

- You can display the Histogram in Recording and Playback modes
- Cannot display both Framing Guide and Histogram

The Olympus Stylus 600 Digital is overall a well-built digital camera. The camera is light and compact. Operations are fast and the many Scene Modes make this a very easy-to-use and operate point-and-shoot digital camera. More advanced photographers will welcome the live Histogram.

<< Image Quality

User's Experience >>

 

 

 

 


 


 

  Home | Best Digital Cameras | Digital Camera Reviews | Tutorials | Special | About | Shop  
 

Product technical specifications are as represented by the manufacturer
and subject to manufacturer's change, so please do not rely on them without verification.
All trademarks, service marks, and Copyrights are the property of their respective owners.
Privacy Notice. Copyright © 2002-2015 Photoxels. All rights reserved.