Olympus Stylus 400

Announced Jan 9, 2003 •
4 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 35 – 105 mm (3×)
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I have owned and used this camera since 2003 so my low rating may seem strange, but I've only just been able to afford a replacement! The rating is possibly slightly mean - this is a nice looking camera with a good solid feel, but it's let me down on many many occasions and I just don't feel it justified it's original 320 pound price tag - I'm amazed it's still available for sale - it's the reason I won't buy another Olympus. Problems: I have a few little niggles: - It's too automated - ...

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Compared to the street value listed, I paid around $120 for an open box of the Olympus Stylus 400. For that price, it's not a bad camera, it's rather inexpensive, lightweight, easy to pack in your bookbag or purse. I liked the sleek design, the cover slides to the side and the camera turns on. It made for a nice feature and the weatherproofing was a plus. However, I wasn't impressed with the colors of the picture. The clarity seemed good (at least compared to the panasonic I had). ...

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The camera, though adequate for an amateur photographer, leaves a lot to be desired. I spent more time trying to fool it into taking the picture I wanted, than I spent taking remotely decent pictures. If you use the optical zoom at all, you MUST have a tripod, without it the images are extremely distorted. I learned this the hard way Christmas afternoon when I looked at the pictures I took of Christmas morning. The auto focus leaves quite a lot to be desired and more often than not, did not ...

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Great point & shoot camera with easy selection of lots of options to use. My close-up & landscape pix's are super cool. My Epson prints them as good as a photo place. AND, it has a great download pdf. 139 + 32 page manual with in depth instructions and help. That made my entry into digital cameras easy to follow. Problems: None as yet.

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I use a Nikon D100 as my regular camera and wanted a pocketable point-and-shoot. If you're after a beatifully designed well made compact camera then the 400 won't disappoint. No, it's not great in low light and with no indication of shutter speed camera movement is an ever-present threat in less than ideal lighting conditions. Accept the limitations and it will reward with sharp, well-exposed rich images (nicer out-of-camera colour than the D100). It's fast to activate for the first shot and ...

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I had purchased this camera as a pocket carry-around to accompany my DSLR. I was impressed by the waterproofing and design, so I went ahead and bought it on sale ($150 off, + free 128MB card). How could I go wrong? This is the worst digicam I have ever bought. My ancient 2.1MP Canon S300 ELPH stomped on this -- sadly. Problems: Camera distorts colors, has NO low light performance whatsoever. Even with flash, images are blurry. Pictures taken on a tripod during a sunny day are blurry and soft.

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I, as many others here, am disappointed with the low/average light level performance. I had a D450Z for several years that performed better. I wish I had it back, but it was stolen. Unless the subject is brightly lighted or within the very limited range of the flash, the result is a blurred picture. I guess this is because the camera slows the shutter speed too much for hand-held shots. Too bad! Problems: Poor low light performance.

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This is my second digital camera, I bought it because I found it in a good price and was searching for a small take everywhere camera (Optio S4 would be my choise but it was a lot more expensive). I had no idea about the camera's features so there were a couple of surprises for me. Good surprise was the excelent built and beautiful design, remote control in the package, fast times, nice battery (I bought a spare, no-name, soo cheap). Bad surprise was... NO manual controls ! Has any of you ...

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I'm basing my evalution on the Stylus 410, which I just bought, vs. the Leica D Lux, and the Canon Elph-500 (IXUS) which I tried out before buying the Stylus. I wanted a small compact camera that was quick to jerk out of my pocket without any fiddling, and shoot. The Leica D Lux was beautifully presented with a nice leather case and small leather pouch for spare battery and memory card with a beautifully printed manual. The layout of the different menus was very accessable with large enough ...

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Disappointing. Great packaging but marginal picture quality. My wife loves it! I, however, am not nearly as pleased. We have a C2020 with many miles on it. The optics, especially close-ups are much better with the C2020. Auto focus on the C2020 is far superior to the Stylus. Overall I'd say Olympus did a great job in packaging, but I feel I wasted my money in an attempt to increase pixel resolution. The Stylus 400 does not outperform the quality of it's 2.1MP predecessor! Problems: I'm ...

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