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Olympus Stylus 830 Review

Review Date: Dec 17, 2007

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Olympus Stylus 830

USER'S EXPERIENCE

Monday, Nov 5, 2007 - Here's what I receive in the box:

  • Stylus 830 (Black)
  • No memory card
  • Li-Ion rechargeable battery LI-42B (3.7V 740mAh)
  • Battery Charger LI-40C with Power Cord
  • Wrist Strap
  • USB and A/V Cables
  • Documentation: Quick Start Guide Instruction Manual (English, French and Spanish versions)
  • Software CD: Olympus Master 2. [Note that the Advanced Manual is now optional and can be purchased online.]

The Olympus Stylus 830 features 5x optical zoom, Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment, Perfect Shot Preview, a 2.5-in. (230K) LCD that gains up very well in low-light -- all in a fashionably elegant body which is slim enough to slip into your jeans pocket. Oh, and did we mention it is also splashproof due to its all-weather capability?

The unique weather-proofing is a hallmark of the Stylus line of easy-to-use digital cameras and means that you have a digicam that you should be able to use almost anywhere and anytime -- even when the weather turns a bit inclement.

It is important to note that "all-weather" does not mean "waterproof." What the Olympus Stylus 830 has are rubber gaskets throughout the interior to ensure that water, moisture or dust does not get into the sensitive parts of the camera in normal use. Outwardly visible are rubber gaskets lining the battery and Terminals compartments. Note that the Stylus 830 features underwater scene modes but I have not been able to find the availability of an optional underwater case.

There are a series of optional premium leather cases that add to the fashion element of this camera. Or, carry it in an optional neoprene armband case when you are out jogging.

The Stylus 830 is mainly a point-and-shoot digicam. Performance is quite good though image quality is average. I find that my pictures are not as sharp or detailed as I expected even at ISO 64.

Note that the specifications online list ISO 80 as the lowest ISO but this is a mistake: it should read ISO 64.

Olympus Master 2

The Olympus Master 2 software is very user-friendly. It displays all info on one screen, including very complete EXIF info. You can do image editing, resize, crop, insert text, brightness & contrast, color balance, tone curve, gamma, auto tone correction, hue & saturation, monochrome & sepia, sharpness & blur, distortion correction and red-eye reduction.

The Olympus Stylus 830 is well designed, fast in operations and the all-weather feature means that you can use it most anywhere. Improvement suggestion: image quality gives results that are good enough for most snapshooters, but more advanced photographers would prefer at least one quality level up. The LCD gain up feature is easily the best we've seen and its many Scene Modes make it point-and-shoot simple to use.

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