Olympus Stylus 800 (Mju 800) Digital Review
Unlike the last Olympus Stylus (the Stylus Verve) I reviewed, the 800 has a fairly conventional, conservative design (though not without a certain amount of style). Its metal and plastic construction feels very solid indeed, and though by no means the smallest camera on the block, it is very compact. The rear panel is dominated by the large (2.5 inch) LCD screen, but that hasn't stopped Olympus' designers from squeezing as many buttons and controls as they could into the remaining space. The entire thing is 'weatherproofed', meaning that whilst you can't use it underwater, it's perfectly safe for use in the rain or on the beach. After a rather unfortunate incident with a glass of red wine I can confirm that even when fairly thoroughly drenched the Stylus 800 works perfectly.
In your hand
The Stylus 800 feels very solid and well balanced in the hand, and despite the lack of any real 'grip' on the front or rear it is well-designed for single-handed operation. That said, the position of the zoom and shutter release means it's both easier and safer to hold the Stylus 800 with both hands.
The Stylus 800 is available in two colors; Silver (as tested here) and dark blue, though both colors may not be available in all parts of the world.
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