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Olympus Stylus 7000 Review

Review Date: May 4, 2009

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Olympus Stylus 7000


The Olympus Stylus 7000 is a stylish and beautiful digital camera. It's well built and ultra compact so you can carry it in a pocket or small purse. A very elegant touch are the control buttons at the back which are transparent plastic and they light up when you touch them. Some of the screen graphics are nicely animated and give a fun personality to this camera.

Startup time is fast at about 1.5 sec., shot to shot times about 2.5 sec. (4 shots in 10 sec.), and there is no practical shutter lag in good lighting. Autofocus is fast and precise in good lighting, even at long focal lengths (with usual slight AF lag). In low-light, AF is about 1 sec. at wide-angle (3 sec. at full tele) and locks precisely even with low contrast subjects.

At 12M Fine, you'll be able to save about 2 images in Internal memory and 174 images on a 1GB xD-Picture Card. Shooting video 640x480 @ 30fps, you can record about 8s in Internal memory and up to 9m25s on a 1GB xD-Picture card. I recommend you use a 2GB SD Memory Card or a higher capacity one, depending on how many pictures and videos you usually take in one outing.

- Colors: Black, Silver or Blue faceplate with chrome accents
- Looks: stylish, fashionable
- Comfortable enough to hold
- Controls are transparent plastic an dlight up when touched; beautiful!
- Ultra Compact: fits in a pants pocket, coat pocket or small handbag
- Dimensions: 96.4W x 55.9H x 25.3D mm /
3.8W x 2.2H x 1.0D in.
- Weight: 132g / 4.7 oz (without battery and media card)
- Takes 1 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B)
- Average startup with lens extending about 24 mm (0.9 in.) and LCD turning on and ready in about 1.5 sec.
- Shot to shot times about 2.5 sec.
- AF is fast at wide-angle but can take up to 3 sec. at full tele in low-light
- No practical shutter lag at wide-angle in good or low-light, 3 sec. AF lag at full tele

Included in the box is a Li-ion rechargeable battery, and a battery charger that plugs directly into a wall electrical socket. It takes approximately 2 hrs to recharge a fully depleted battery.

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

Olympus Stylus 7000 Back View

The back is taken over by an extra large 3.0 in. LCD monitor, and the controls are on the right side. There is a small Mode Dial: AUTO, iAuto, Playback, Movie, Beauty and SCN.

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)
- Easy Print
- Erase
- 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 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.)

In-Camera Panorama captures 3 images and stitches them together to create one panoramic picture by simply pressing the shutter button and slowly panning across a panoramic scene.

The Olympus Stylus 7000 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.

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