why did I return my 1030 sw ?

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thedreamer
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why did I return my 1030 sw ?
Apr 9, 2008

hello guys,

I'm posting from France, so pardon my french
I wanted to give you a feedback on my short test with the oly 1030 sw.

I bought it a week ago. I just returned it today.

in a nutshell :
pros + :
a case that is proof to everything you may encounter.
quick to turn on & off.
wide angle
super compact

cons :

the lens is too bad. the worst part is in telemode. in wide angle, it's fairly well.

10 Mp on a 1/2.33 " sensor. Why ? too noisy above 200 isos (even 100 if you want to be honnest)
images are not sharp at all.
the constrast is too high

exposure is not accurate (for instance : even in snow mode, with snow everywhere it's under exposed)
battery life is too short
xD card (thanks to the adaptator xD/µSD it's overruled)

no stabilisation at all. there's a mode. You have to turn the dial to the antishake mode. it allows the 1030 to override the isos up to 800. it's a nightmare. quality speaking

the P mode allows you to go to 1600 isos, which is the max. believe me you dont want to try that one !
movie mode restricted to 10 sec at best quality (vga@30fps)

Conclusion :

there is no much competitor to oppose to the 1030 sw.
but it's way too expensive regarding the image quality.
in Europe it starts at 360 € (540 US$ at today exchange rate)

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