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Olympus Stylus 7000 Review

Review Date: May 4, 2009

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Olympus Stylus 7000

IMAGE QUALITY

The Olympus Stylus 7000 Digital is a digital camera targeted to Point-and-Shoot photographers. It has 12 effective megapixels resolution on a 1/2.33-inch CCD image sensor. The Olympus lens is a 37-260 mm (35mm format equivalent) F3.5(W)-F5.3(T), 7x optical zoom.

We find the overall image quality of the Olympus Stylus 7000 to be good at ISO 64 with good image detail.

7x Optical Zoom
Wide-angle 37 mm Tele 260 mm
Wide-angle 6.6mm
(37mm, 35mm equivalent)
Telephoto 46.2mm
(260mm, 35mm equivalent)

The Olympus Stylus 7000 has a 7x optical zoom lens with a CCD-shift Image Stabilization which helps to reduce camera shake at the long focal lengths. In the above pictures, we show the coverage for 37mm and 260mm. That's quite a lot of zoom in an ultra compact digital camera.

Super Macro
Super Macro
9.1mm [52mm], Program Auto, ESP, WB Tungsten
1/4 sec., F4.3, ISO 400, Super Macro

The Olympus Stylus 7000 can focus in Macro mode to as close as 10 cm (3.9 in.) and in Super Macro mode to as close as 2 cm (0.8 in.).

Auto White Balance Indoors
AWB WB = Tungsten
AWB WB = Tungsten

As the above two pictures show, the Auto White Balance (AWB) is not quite accurate indoors under artificial lighting. [I have two energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs on the ceiling.] Strangely enough, WB=Tungsten comes closest to the right colors. There is no Manual WB.

ISO Comparisons (Day Light Shots)
ISO 64
ISO 64
 
ISO 100 ISO 200
ISO 100 ISO 200
 
ISO 400 ISO 800
ISO 400 ISO 800
 
ISO 1600  
ISO 1600  

You can set the ISO on the Olympus Stylus 7000 from 64 to 1600. The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white square) demonstrate that noise at ISO 64 and ISO 100 is under control when shot in good lighting. Noise starts to be more visible at ISO 200 but is still usable even up to ISO 400. At ISO 800 and 1600, the presence of noise is clearly visible at full image size and with progressive loss of image detail.

The above set of images are usually what you get from most ISO tests shot in daylight or in a controlled studio setting using flood lights to ensure perfect exposure. Though it's a valid ISO test, it nevertheless leaves readers with a completely misleading impression of what they can expect in daily real life situations. Real life is way different, as our set of images below show.

ISO Comparisons (Low Light Shots)
ISO 64
ISO 64
 
ISO 100 ISO 200
ISO 100 ISO 200
 
ISO 400 ISO 800
ISO 400 ISO 800
 
ISO 1600  
ISO 1600  

In low light (2 energy-saving fluorescents bulbs), the above set of images are more representative of what you can expect if you intend to shoot in low light without flash. At ISO 64 and ISO 100, the pictures are way under-exposed. ISO 200 is slightly under-exposed. If ISO is set to AUTO, the camera shoots starting at ISO 400. If the ISO is set to H.AUTO, the camera shoots at ISO 1600. iAUTO shooting mode will fire the flash.

Chromatic Aberrations
CA

CA is present in some very high contrast shots. In the above photo, the area delimited by the red square at top left, and reproduced at 100% crop at bottom right, shows some purple fringing.

Long Shutter Speed
Long Exposure
6.6mm [37mm], Night Scene mode, ESP, 4 sec., F3.5, ISO 250
WB Tungsten, Self-Timer, Tripod Used

The Olympus Stylus 7000 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 F3.5. To eliminate camera shake, I place the camera on a tripod and use the self-timer. Noise reduction kicks in and doubles the time required to expose the shot. The Stylus 7000 LCD gains up in low-light.

The Olympus Stylus 7000 provides quite a long zoom in a small package. It is point-and-shoot easy to use and give good photos in good lighting.

The pictures in the Olympus Stylus 7000 Digital Photo Gallery page provide a good sample of what the camera is capable of. I have provided samples at 800x7000 pixels (compressed to Quality 60/100 in Photoshop Elements) as well as the 3968 x 2976 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 800x7000 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 800x7000 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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