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Olympus Stylus 790 SW Review

Review Date: Sep 17, 2007

Olympus Stylus 790 SW
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Olympus Stylus 790 SW is meant for active people. Drop it (from 1.5m/5ft), dunk it (to 3m/10ft) or freeze it (-10°C/14°F), and it will keep taking photos.

The Olympus Stylus 790 SW is a tough little camera with an elegant metal body, floating circuit board and innovative shock-absorbing construction. Waterproof seals and gaskets allow you to take it without fear into the pool or the ocean for underwater pictures and movies. These seals and gaskets also mean that the 790 SW is dustproof.

It is also winterized to perform at below-freezing temperatures -- perfect for skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other winter fun.

Face Detection automatically focuses on your subjects' faces and optimizes exposure for portrait pictures.

27 useful shooting modes, including 640 x 480 @ 30fps Movie with sound and 4 Under Water scene modes. Shadow Adjustment Technology brightens up shadows cast by bright sunlight.

There is no other digital camera like it in its category. The ultra-compact, durable and stylish Olympus Stylus 790 SW is available in five color options: Silver, Black, Blue, Green and Orange.

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QuickFact™ Sheet
Olympus Stylus 790 SWUS | CAN | UK
Shockproof MIL-STD-810F Shock Compliant (5ft.)
Waterproof JIS Level 8 (10ft.)
Freezeproof MIL-STD-810F Lo Temp Compliant (14oF)
Image Sensor 7.1 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
Zoom 3x Optical Zoom + 5x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 15x)
Aperture Range F3.5 - F5.0
LCD 2.5” (6.4cm) HyperCrystal LCD (230,000 pixels)
Viewfinder N/A
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
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 Closest focusing distance: 7 cm

Focus Mode Face Detect, iESP. Spot
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)
Recording Modes Still Image: JPEG
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
Adjustment Resolutions 3,072 x 2,304 (SHQ / HQ)
2,560 x 1,920 (SQ1)
2,304 x 1,728 (SQ1)
2,048 x 1,536 (SQ1)
1,600 x 1,200 (SQ2)
1,280 x 960 (SQ2)
1,024 x 768 (SQ2)
640 x 480 (SQ2)
1,920 x 1,080 (16:9)
Shooting Modes 27 Shooting Modes; 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. BEACH&SNOW, 20. UNDERWATER SNAPSHOT, 21. UNDERWATER WIDE1, 22. UNDERWATER WIDE2, 23. UNDERWATER MACRO), Movie
Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™
Sequential Shooting High speed: 3.5 frames per second, 11 frames in SQ1
Normal speed: 1.1 frames per second, 6 frames in HQ mode
Shooting Assist Functions Shooting Guide, Perfect Shot Preview, Histogram, Frame Assist
Selftimer 12 seconds
Movie Mode AVI Movie with Sound;
640x480/30fps (SHQ)
320x240/15fps (HQ)
160x120/15fps (SQ)
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, Shadow Adjustment, Resize, Rotation, Black & White, Sepia, Frame, Label, 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) – 12.5ft. (3.8m) at ISO 800
Tele: 2.0ft (0.6m) – 8.5ft. (2.6m) at ISO 800
Memory 14.7MB Internal Memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB)
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input*)
*Optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1) is required.
System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X v10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X v10.3 or later
Operating Environment Operation: 14° – 104°F (-10° – 40°C), 30% – 100% 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 220 Shots
Size (W x H x D) 93.6 x 60.9 x 21.3mm /
3.7 x 2.4 x 0.84 in.
Weight (camera body only) 136g / 4.8 oz. without battery and media card
MSRP US $299.99 / CDN $299.99 / UK £200

Package Contents:

  • Stylus 790 SW digital camera
  • LI-42B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger
  • USB cable, Audio/Video cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Manual
  • Basic Manual
  • CD-ROM (OLYMPUS Master 2.0 Software)
  • Warranty card

*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.
©2007 Olympus Imaging America Inc.


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