1020 Recommendations

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MYanez
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1020 Recommendations
Nov 6, 2008

I am thinking about getting the Stylus 1020.
But I would like to hear from any owners of this camera how they like it.

The 3 important things that I am looking in a camera, right now are:

1) Pocketable
2) Can take real good pictures in low lighting (restaurants, club, indoors)
3) Zoom

I hate grainy pictures, also.

Thanks for any feedback

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Re: 1020 Recommendations
In reply to MYanez, Nov 6, 2008

MYanez wrote:

I am thinking about getting the Stylus 1020.
But I would like to hear from any owners of this camera how they like
it.

The 3 important things that I am looking in a camera, right now are:

1) Pocketable
2) Can take real good pictures in low lighting (restaurants, club,
indoors)
3) Zoom

I hate grainy pictures, also.

There may not be many stylus 1020 users in the forum. I do have the Stylus 840 camera though which isn't that different in function from the 1020. All I can say foir my camera is that:

1. Its definately pocketable - and very fast/responsive in operation.
2. it doesn't take great pictures in low light above ISO-400.
3. The zoom on the 840 is x5 optical - which is very good and handy.

The Image stabilisation works very well - so at least that gives you the option of using lower sensitivities and staying in the 'safe' zone (ISO-64 to 400). At ISO-1600, the pictures are indeed grainy.

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Re: 1020 Recommendations
In reply to photophile, Nov 6, 2008

photophile wrote:

MYanez wrote:

I am thinking about getting the Stylus 1020.
But I would like to hear from any owners of this camera how they like
it.

The 3 important things that I am looking in a camera, right now are:

1) Pocketable
2) Can take real good pictures in low lighting (restaurants, club,
indoors)
3) Zoom

I hate grainy pictures, also.

There may not be many stylus 1020 users in the forum. I do have the
Stylus 840 camera though which isn't that different in function from
the 1020. All I can say foir my camera is that:

1. Its definately pocketable - and very fast/responsive in operation.
2. it doesn't take great pictures in low light above ISO-400.
3. The zoom on the 840 is x5 optical - which is very good and handy.

The Image stabilisation works very well - so at least that gives you
the option of using lower sensitivities and staying in the 'safe'
zone (ISO-64 to 400). At ISO-1600, the pictures are indeed grainy.

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Thanks for the feedback of the 840. That gives me a good reference point.

Do the "night" modes for your camera do a good job?

If you have any pictures on-line that show how the 840 fairs in low light conditions (indoors, night shots, etc) that would be GREAT.

Thanks, again.

M.

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In reply to MYanez, Nov 6, 2008

Here are some examples taken with my stylus 850 (which as I said isn't that different from the 1020). These are mainly high ISO pictures - and I have listed the EXIF data under each picture. See for yourself anyway...

Nigh-time shot, using the nighmode.

OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u840,S840
1/50s f/5.0 at 32.0mm iso1600

Another night-time shot, but using my own settings.

OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u840,S840
1/80s f/5.0 at 32.0mm iso1600

Auto mode, with flash...

OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u840,S840
1/30s f/3.3 at 6.4mm iso200

Typical restaurant/pub interior shot...

OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u840,S840
1/15s f/3.3 at 6.4mm iso400

Test of image stabilisation - at 1/5 of a second, hand-held...

OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u840,S840
1/5s f/5.0 at 32.0mm iso200

This image has been cleaned using NeatImage noise-removal software.

OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u840,S840
1/25s f/4.7 at 18.3mm iso1600

But in daylight, the camera is very good.

OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u840,S840
1/200s f/5.0 at 32.0mm iso64

Even the wide angle is quite decent.

OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u840,S840
1/800s f/3.3 at 6.4mm iso64

Overall - this is a useful camera to carry around in your pocket. Its small, light and I like its fast performance. But obviously, the small sensor and small lens means that the image quality will not compete with SLR etc. I would say its a good party cam where we are more interested in capturing a friend's smile or expression rather than concerned with image accuracy and quality.

Hope that helps anyway!

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In reply to photophile, Nov 7, 2008

I think they are pretty good quality images under the conditions, for a compact camera, isn't it amazing how complacent we have become, complaining about poor low-light performance in conditions where we would never have expected to take a shot with a compact 35mm film camera (or SLR) without a flash or having previously loaded with "fast film", yet now we have this expectation of being able to take a shot in bright sunlight and then move into a darkened room and shoot without a flash.

Actually I sometimes wonder how I managed in the good old days, then I remember all those shots I couldn't get because there wasn't enough light.

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Re: some examples...
In reply to photophile, Nov 7, 2008

Thank you very much for sharing your nice pictures.
They are definitely helping me think about getting the 1020 camera...

Thanks for your input...

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Ausimax wrote:

I think they are pretty good quality images under the conditions, for
a compact camera, isn't it amazing how complacent we have become,
complaining about poor low-light performance in conditions where we
would never have expected to take a shot with a compact 35mm film
camera (or SLR) without a flash or having previously loaded with
"fast film", yet now we have this expectation of being able to take a
shot in bright sunlight and then move into a darkened room and shoot
without a flash.

hehe yes, I think most hobbyists/entheusiasts would agree with your sentiments. In the film days, we rarely ever purchased a film faster than ISO-400. With digital, expectations have changed - most people want one camera that can do all - use very high ISO and low ISO, have image stabilisation for low shutter speeds and yet have high shutter speeds to freeze fast action; then there is custom white balance, jpeg/RAW, optical zoom/digital zoom, movie mode etc etc. There comes a point when you have to say "I need this camera for this reason and these occasions." A small digital compact will be fine for informal parties, or when you´re with friends in a restaurant, or a pub etc. Its remarkable that we can use ISO-1600 at all! And if noise is an issue, switch to flash and just live with the fact that some of pictures may not be entirely flattering. I would still rather have a slightly unflattering picture of a friend I can look at in 25 years time with fondness, rather than no picture at all! The alternative is to carry a large SLR around everywhere, with a bounce/swivel flash and diffuser.

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