Olympus Stylus 850 SW review
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 the primary concern.
I must be blind. Well, I have a mature cataract in my viewfinder eye (my left) so in that regard, I AM half-blind, at least... Nonetheless, some eight years after the Stylus 850 SW's introduction, and hundreds of 'grab-it-fast' shots as the 'Go-To' camera, and one that can take weather in stride, I find the images produced by the little camera to be most respectable, and a side-by-side comparison to the shots produced by the Canon G9 show the Stylus to be most competent, indeed, and hardly 'so-so', if one is to employ the 'fine' setting @ 8mp. The camera's getting old, now, and RAW capability is now offered on the new Stylus, but I'll pick up an older, less-worn 850 should the opportunity present itself, as the camera's versatility encourages one to get the shot, regardless of externals. A jewel of a little camera, in one half-blind man's opinion...
Sunflowers on a lovely day, commuting on the DR-Z: the ride home from work...
|Blue and yellow in water by fireplace33|
from Ink and water
|Kylmä joki kopio by Kaappo|
from Shutter speed 1/25 or slower
|WR_2.8_13 copy copy by photoprof|