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Stylus Tough

Stylus Tough
Stylus Tough

Olympus Stylus 1030 Sw Review

Olympus has introduced another tough digital camera with its Stylus 1030SW. They claim it can handle a drop from 6.6 feet, a dunk in water 33 feet deep, temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and crushing weight of up to 220 pounds. The 10.1-megapixel 1030SW improves upon its predecessor, the 770SW, with increased shock absorption capabilities, more resolution, a slightly larger LCD screen, and a longer 3.6x optical zoom lens.

Sporting a sleek metal body in a choice of Starry Silver, Midnight Black or Metal Pink, waterproof line-up to everyone. Waterproof to 3m, shockproof to 1.5m, and freeze proof to -10°C, this camera is ready for the bumps and bangs of everyday life. In conjunction with its tough exterior, the µ [mju:] 850 SW boasts a hearty 8.0 Mega pixels to guarantee the flawless capture of every detail. Digital Image Stabilization is also on board to reduce blur. For framing flexibility, a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera) gets you in close, and the large 2.5”/6.4cm LCD makes it easy to quickly preview and review shots. In addition, an LED Macro Illuminator is available for enhancing shots of close-up subjects during macro photography.

Shooting outdoors in bright daylight can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlit areas. While the human eye is capable of detecting the nuances between dark and light and all the details in between, image sensors traditionally have not been quite as sensitive. The Stylus 1030 SW addresses this challenge head-on with Shadow Adjustment Technology, which compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. With this technology, users can preview and capture images with the same contrast as the naked eye.

Finally, the camera’s least impressive spec: it’s freeze proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Besides being a feat that most other cameras seem to handle just fine, handling a mere 14 degrees Fahrenheit is truly nothing to brag about anywhere north of the 45th parallel.

Although the 1030 SW has not yet been introduced in retail stores (it will debut in early March), Olympus has already announced it will carry a $399 price tag when it shows up. While that’s a pretty petty more than similar point-and-shoot cameras with the same resolution, the Olympus’ underwater capability alone justifies the expense if you plan on using it, since standalone enclosures can run over $150 easily. So, whether you’re a klutz or a born risk taker, you may want to further investigate the Stylus 1030 SW to save yourself from another painful camera casualty.

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Features:-

* Exciting shots in and by the pool and water as waterproof to 10m*

* Take it anywhere, anytime as shockproof up to 2.0m**

* Crushproof 100kg***

* 10.1 Mega pixels to make poster-size prints

* 3.6x wide optical zoom (28-102mm for stunning close-ups

* 6.9cm/2.7" Hyper Crystal II LCD with a bright display even in brilliant sunlight and at extreme angles (230,000 dots)

* Scratchproof metal body in 3 Colours: Platinum Silver, Midnight Black and British Green

* Underwater shooting up to a water pressure equivalent of 40m possible in combination with optional underwater case PT-043

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