Olympus Stylus 850 SW

Announced Jan 22, 2008 •
8 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 38 – 114 mm (3×)
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Handling is good and start-up time is quick so it should be great for snapping action shots, but... like so many other "robust" cameras... there is no control lock. You _will_ bump the macro button or similar and spoil the shot if you are wearing gloves and moving fast. Disappointing. Image quality is so-so, even when it is being used in an ordinary handheld manner (scenery, people). Some very good prices now that it is discontinued, so it could be a good buy if the waterproof aspects are ...

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my cuz buy one of this unit and we test it to a scuba diving here in Negros Island, Philippines last december 2008.. We go down to 26 feet or 8m... the unit works and the picture was nice i shot more 200 pictures... until now the unit works... to get a good image quality, just play with the manual setting like ISO, exposure, white balance etc... Now I buy one too... :) best buy for an under water camera... Problems: None - until now!!! :)

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I've had my camera about 6 months now and shot ~ 1000 photos (including ~ 50 underwater shots - all less than 5 feet deep) and overall I'm very happy with it. Pros: The most obvious - it's water proof, so all those pool / beach photos you didn't take in the past can now fill your hard drive like all the dry ones! Sharp, clear pictures Convenient in camera panorama mode - no need to stitch photos in computer software (although you can, if you want to) - subject to limitations (see cons below). ...

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Lobalobo
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The image quality is about average for a $250 point-and-shoot, maybe even a little better than average and everything else about the camera is excellent: it's small; it's fast: and it's easy. (No image stabilization, but it's a cheap camera.) What makes this camera an extraordinary value is that you can jump into the water with it (including salt water) and even under the water (though not scuba diving) and it works as well as on dry land. If the movie feature works at all (I haven't tested ...

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erin.
 
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I can drop it! I can swim with it! I can ski with it! Ok, the images are a little soft and color is a little off. I can fix that in Photoshop. If I take my Canon SD850 under water, there isn't a thing Photoshop can do for it. Problems: Color is a little off, incandescent setting doesn't adjust enough, miss my choice of Vivid color with my Canon, hate the way presets go back to default when you turn it off. But when you need an underwater camera, there aren't many choices, and in the ...

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erin.
 
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I can drop it! I can swim with it! I can ski with it! Ok, the images are a little soft and color is a little off. I can fix that in Photoshop. If I take my Canon SD850 under water, there isn't a thing Photoshop can do for it. Problems: Color is a little off, incandescent setting doesn't adjust enough, miss my choice of Vivid color with my Canon, hate the way presets go back to default when you turn it off. But when you need an underwater camera, there aren't many choices, and in the ...

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a_punker
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I have used this camera heavily for 3 weeks now. It is just magic being able to take the handy point and shoot to the beach (in to the rock pools and surf) it has opened a whole new world of snapping. image quality, bit noisy, no more than the pentax v10 I trialled. flash is very bright - but this is the case with other pentax and casio cameras in a similar class. This 850SW has a nice soft LED flashlight feature which overcomes the bright flash problem in close or macro shots. I'm really ...

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I am currently using this camera until my Fuji F10 (hopefully) gets repaired. It's an ok camera for someone who likes to shoot most of their photos on auto. I must say the camera is very fast, and the flash recharges quickly enough to satisfy the need. Problems: I found a lot of noise, even in 100 ISO, and the flash is a bit too bright, making some of the photos very hot. The camera does feature a white balance option, but it also disables the flash in these settings. Not being used to having ...

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