Olympus Stylus 850 SW review
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 pleased camera manufacturers are starting to standardise on a common battery type.
This has the fastest power-on to shoot time i've used, and it really helps to have a physical function dial rather than being totally menu based this is quicker and helps in bright sunlight when its hard to see the screen.
despite being Mil-std 810F and droppable, it feels lightand plasticky.
you really have to thoroughly rinse the camera before opening the hatches otherwise sand and grit accumulates in the hinge and is dificult to remove.
has no fully manual mode, so shutterspeed must be chosen from the frustrating 'museum mode' or 'soft candlelight mode'