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Olympus Stylus 850 SW, 1030 SW update "whatever-proof" camera series
by David Rasnake -  1/21/2008

Two new models in Olympus's Stylus SW series of shockproof/waterproof cameras continue the company's tradition of building devices that can stand up to the elements.

Olympus Stylus SW Cameras

The Olympus Stylus 850 SW and Stylus 1030 SW promise to be shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, and dustproof, providing a high level of protection for outdoor shooting in extreme conditions. Additionally, the 1030 SW is touted as crushproof up to 220 pounds per square foot, and is able to survive drops of up to 6.6 feet.

Olympus Stylus SW Cameras

The sealed-body cameras are both capable of being fully submerged – to depths of 10 feet for the 850 SW, and 33 feet for the 1030 SW. While they may not be ready for photographing your next scuba expedition without a waterproof housing, both should provide adequate protection for snorkeling in most cases. Both cameras are also fully functional down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and the sealed bodies eliminate concerns about shooting in sandy or dusty environments as well.

Both cameras offer the range of new features seen in the rest of the updated Stylus family, including face detection, digital image stabilization, in-camera panorama, and dynamic range optimizing Shadow Adjustment Technology. The Stylus 1030 SW also features Olympus's TruePic III image processor, and a 2.7-inch, second-generation HyperCrystal LCD with a contrast ratio of more than 180 percent and improved color reproduction.

The 8.0 megapixel 850 SW has an internally contained 3x zoom, while the 10.1 megapixel 1030 SW is fitted with a similar 3.6x unit with wide-angle flexibility.

The Stylus 850 SW will be available this month, priced around $299.99. Expect the Stylus 1030 SW in March, hitting stores with a retail price around $399.99.

Olympus Stylus 850 SW specifications:

Olympus Stylus Cameras

Sensor8.0 megapixel, 1/2.35" CCD
Zoom3x (38-114mm) zoom, f/3.5-5.0
LCD/Viewfinder2.5", 230K-pixel HyperCrystal LCD with Backlight Boost
SensitivityISO 64-1600
Shutter Speed4-1/1000 seconds
Shooting ModesAuto, Program, Digital Image Stabilization, Scene, Movie
Scene PresetsPortrait, Landscape, Landscape-Portrait, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select 1, Shoot & Select 2, Beach & Snow, Pre-Capture Movie, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2, Underwater Macro
White Balance SettingsAuto, Daylight, Overcast, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, Flash
Metering ModesDigital ESP, Spot, Face Detection AE
Focus ModesiESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, Macro
Drive ModesNormal, High Speed
Flash ModesAuto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill, Forced Off
Self Timer Settings
12 seconds, Off
Memory FormatsxD-Picture Card, microSD (with supplied adapter)
Internal Memory
14.8 MB
File FormatsJPEG, Motion JPEG
Max. Image Size3248x2436
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video Not Specified
BatteryLithium-ion rechargeable, 190 shots
ConnectionsUSB 2.0, AV output
Additional FeaturesShockproof, Waterproof, Freezeproff, Dustproof, Digital Image Stabilization, Face Detection, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment Technology, In-Camera Panorama

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW specifications:

Olympus Stylus SW Cameras

Sensor10.1 megapixels, 1/2.33" CCD
Zoom3.6x (28-102mm) zoom, f/3.5-5.1
LCD/Viewfinder2.7", 230K-pixel HyperCrystal II LCD with five steps of backlight adjustment
SensitivityISO 80-1600
Shutter Speed4-1/1000 seconds
Shooting ModesAuto, Program, Digital Image Stabilization, Scene, Movie
Scene PresetsPortrait, Landscape, Landscape-Portrait, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select 1, Shoot & Select 2, Beach & Snow, Pre-Capture Movie, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2, Underwater Macro
White Balance SettingsAuto, Daylight, Overcast, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, Flash
Metering ModesDigital ESP, Spot, Face Detection AE
Focus ModesiESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, Macro
Drive ModesNormal, High Speed
Flash ModesAuto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill, Forced Off
Self Timer Settings
12 seconds, Off
Memory FormatsxD-Picture Card, microSD (with supplied adapter)
Internal Memory
14.7 MB
File FormatsJPEG, Motion JPEG
Max. Image Size3648x2736
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During VideoNot Specified
BatteryLithium-ion rechargeable,925 mAh
ConnectionsUSB 2.0, AV output
Additional FeaturesShockproof, Waterproof, Freezeproff, Dustproof, Crushproof, TruePic III processor, Digital Image Stabilization, Face Detection, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment Technology, In-Camera Panorama