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Olympus Stylus 600 Review

Review Date: Dec 6, 2005

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Olympus Stylus 600

IMAGE QUALITY

The Olympus Stylus 600 Digital is a digital camera targeted to Point-and-Shoot photographers. It has 6.0 effective megapixels resolution on a 1/2.5 in. image sensor. The Olympus lens is a 35-105 mm (35mm format equivalent) F3.1(W)-F5.2(T), 3x optical zoom.

We find the overall image quality of the Olympus Stylus 600 to be above average, but certainly good enough for 4x6 in. prints, though images tend to be noisy, on the soft side and lack details for large prints.

3x Optical Zoom
Wide-angle 35 mm Tele 105 mm
Wide-angle 5.8mm
(35mm, 35mm equivalent)
Telephoto 17.4mm
(105mm, 35mm equivalent)

In the above pictures, we show the coverage for 35mm and 105mm.

Super Macro
Super Macro
105mm, Program Auto, ESP, AWB
1/2 sec., F5.2, ISO 250, Super Macro

The Olympus Stylus 600 can focus in Super Macro mode to as close as 7 cm (2.8 in.).

Auto White Balance Indoors
AWB WB = Tungsten
AWB WB = Tungsten (3000 K)

Since there is no Manual White Balance, you may have to experiment a bit to obtain the closest colour reproduction. As expected, AWB works well in natural light.

ISO Comparisons
ISO Auto
ISO Auto (Camera chose ISO 250)
 
ISO 64
ISO 64
 
ISO 100 ISO 200
ISO 100 ISO 200
 
ISO 400 ISO 800
ISO 400 ISO 800
ISO 1600  
ISO 1600  

The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white rectangle) demonstrate the noise levels at ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600. Noise is low but slightly visible at ISO 64. Note that ISO 800 and 1600 are captured at a reduced SQ1 (1600x1200 pixels) resolution.

Chromatic Aberrations
CA

CA is visible in very strong highlights situations. In the shot above, CA is visible at the corner delimited by the red square at centre right (reproduced at 100% crop at bottom left). You don't quite see the purple fringing (more like pink) because highlights are easily blown.

Long Shutter Speed
Long Exposure
105mm, Night Scene mode, ESP, 4 sec., F5.2 ISO 250
Macro, Self-Timer (10 sec.), Tripod Used

The Olympus Stylus 600 provides a maximum long shutter speed of 4 sec. in Night Scene mode. Here I'm checking out the presence of noise at long exposure (noise usually increases the longer the shutter is left open). As usual, I place Bamm-Bamm under my office desk, in the shadows, to obtain a long exposure of 4 sec. at F5.2. To eliminate camera shake, I place the camera on a tripod and use the self-timer (set to fire after 10 sec.). Noise reduction kicks in whenever the shutter speed is 1 sec. or longer, and doubles the time required to expose the shot.

The pictures in the Olympus Stylus 600 Digital Photo Gallery page provide a good sample of what the camera is capable of. I have provided samples at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality 60/100 in Photoshop Elements) as well as the 2816 x 2112 pixels original size (click on the image for the original version).

You can safely assume that most macro shots and slow shutter speed shots required the use of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended to the file name.

I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels. For those who have their monitor resolution set to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit and you should not have to scroll to see the whole image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels resolution, start the slide show and then scroll to the right to position the image within your screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode, and the image should fill your screen nicely. Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor display back to normal mode.

To return to this page from the Photo Gallery, click on the animated graphics of the camera.

Please open and download the original size version only if you need to and only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

 

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