Olympus Stylus Digital 1050 SW Review

By Movable Type Admin



Review posted 11/5/2008


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Designed for adventurers users worldwide, Olympus has unleashed the 10.1-megapixel Stylus 1050 SW. Durable enough to stand up to an "on the go" lifestyle, the metal body and shock-absorbing construction allow the camera to withstand up to a 5 foot drop. Also with waterproof seals and gaskets, it can take pictures as deep as 10 feet under the surface. This shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof model builds on the Olympus Stylus SW series, which has a reputation of delivering great images while enduring extreme expeditions and everyday adventures.

Featuring a 3x optical zoom (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography, f3.5-5.0), 2.7- inch HyperCrystal II LCD screen and digital imaging advances like Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, and Smile Shot, the camera comes full of of top of the line features.

The Stylus 1050 SW performs as well underwater as it does on land because its lightweight, metal exterior is matched with interior rubber gaskets and O-rings to seal out the elements. It can be fully submerged to capture beautiful images down to 10 feet (3 meters) underwater. The inclusion of a preset underwater scene mode, the Stylus 1050 SW perfect for taking photos while snorkeling or scuba diving.

Unlike other point-and-shoot cameras that freeze up in frosty weather, the Stylus 1050 SW still performs when the temperature dips well below freezing (14 degrees Fahrenheit; -10 degrees Celsius) so it is ready to climb the mountain or hit the slopes when you are.

Olympus has made the camera easier to operate in extreme conditions by adding its breakthrough "Tap Control" technology. When turned on, you can simply tap different areas of the camera to operate it. This is a must for cold weather when the user is wearing gloves.

Olympus' enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal-clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to deliver superior picture quality with more accurate colors, true-to-life flesh tones and faster processing speeds.

All Olympus digital point-and-shoot cameras accept xD-Picture Card media. The Stylus 1050 SW will also come equipped with an adapter, which will enable microSD memory cards to be used when capturing images. The microSD cards are emerging in consumer electronic devices, including mobile phones and PDAs.


Stylus 1050 SW Features:

  • 10.1-megapixel effective CCD
  • Shock Proof (MIL-STD-810F) up to 5ft (1.5m)
  • Waterproof (equivalent to IEC6059 IPX8/JISC0920) up to 10ft. (3m)
  • Freezeproof (-10°C/14°F) and Dustproof
  • 3x internal optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent of 38-114mm)
  • 27 shooting modes - 23 are preprogrammed Scene modes
  • 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD with 230,000 pixel resolution and 5 steps of brightness adjustment
  • Olympus' Shadow Adjustment, Face Detection and Digital Image Stabilization technologies
  • AVI format movies 640x480/320x240 at either 30 or 15fps with audio
  • Record 640x480 (30fps) video up to 2GB when using a Type M+ or H xD cards with Firmware v1.1
  • Add voice memos to still pictures
  • ISO sensitivity; Auto, 80 - 1600
  • Built-in all-weather speaker and microphone
  • 41.6MB of internal memory
  • Card slot supports xD-Picture Cards up to 2GB as well as microSD (MASD-1 adapter is required)
  • Auto-Connect USB for easy image transfer to computer
  • Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer
  • LI-42B Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included


The Stylus 1050 SW is available with an estimated street price of US$299.99. It includes: a wrist strap, camera WIN/Mac USB cable, audio/video cable, LI-42B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, manual, warranty card, MASD-1 (microSD Adapter) and OLYMPUS Master 2 software (CD-ROM).


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Olympus Stylus Digital 1050 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 1050 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 1050 SW Olympus Stylus Digital 1050 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 1050 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 1050 SW





Olympus Stylus Digital 1050 SW

The Stylus 1050 SW compared in size to a standard CD.





Stylus 1050 SW Specifications
Shockproof MIL-STD-810F Shock Equivalent (5ft./1.5m)
Waterproof Equivalent to IEC6059 IPX8/JISC0920 (10ft./3m)
Freezeproof MIL-STD-810F Low Temp Equivalent (-10°C/14°F)
Image Sensor 10.1 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.33" CCD
Focal Length/Lens Configuration 6.7 - 20.1 mm (38 - 114 mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
10 Lenses in 8 Groups, 3 Aspherical Lenses, 1 ED Lens
Zoom 3x Optical Zoom + 5x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 15x)
Aperture Range f3.5 (W) / f5.0 (T)
Display 2.7" (6.9cm) HyperCrystal™ II LCD, approx. 230,000 dots
5 Steps Brightness Adjustment
Viewfinder NA
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range (from lens surface) Normal mode: 19.7" - infinity (0.5m - infinity)

Macro mode: Wide: 7.9" - infinity (0.2m - infinity)
Tele: 11.8" - infinity (0.3m - infinity)

Super Macro mode: 2.8" - 19.7" (7cm - 50cm)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF
Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec. -1/4 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (equivalent)
Exposure Metering Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
White Balance Control Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescents)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EVA steps in 1/3 EVA steps
Image File Format Still Image: JPEG
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
Number of Recorded Pixels 10MP (3648 x 2,736)
5MP (2,560 x 1,920)
3MP (2,048 x 1,536)
2MP (1,600 x 1,200)
1MP (1,280 x 960)
VGA (640 x 480)
16:9 (1,920 x 1,080)
Motion Blur Suppression Digital Image Stabilization
Shooting Modes 27 Shooting Modes;
Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Stabilization, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. LANDSCAPE+PORTRAIT, 4. NIGHT SCENE, 5. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 6. SPORT, 7. INDOOR, 8. CANDLE, 9. SELF PORTRAIT, 10. AVAILABLE LIGHT PORTRAIT, 11. SUNSET, 12. FIREWORKS, 13. CUISINE, 14. BEHIND GLASS, 15. DOCUMENTS, 16.AUCTION, 17. SHOOT & SELECT1, 18. SHOOT & SELECT2, 19. SMILE SHOT, 20. BEACH&SNOW, 21. PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE, 22. UNDERWATER SNAPSHOT, 23. SNOW), Movie
Panorama In-Camera Panorama, PC Panorama (Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software)

*Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ is required.
Continuous Shooting High speed: 5.4 frames per second, 24 frames (3MP)
Normal speed: 0.38 frames per second, 25 frames (10MP)
Shooting Assist Functions Shooting Guide, Perfect Shot Preview, Histogram, Frame Assist, Voice Recording
Movie Mode AVI Movie with Sound;
640 x 480 (30/15fps)
320 x 240 (30/15fps)
Image Processing TruePic™ III Image Processor
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer in specific scene modes
Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Calendar, My Favorites, Histogram

Movie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Lighting Fix, Resize, Cropping, Black & White, Sepia, Calendar, Saturation

Movie: Frame Index
Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction
Fill-in
Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 0.66ft (0.2m) - 17.4ft (5.3m)at ISO 800
Tele: 0.66ft (0.2m) - 12.1ft (3.7m)at ISO 800
Self-Timer 12 Seconds
Memory 41.6MB Internal Memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB), microSD (MASD-1 is required)
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input*)
*Optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1) is required.
Auto-Connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X 10.3 or later with USB port

Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5
Operating Temperature/Humidity Operation Temperature: 14° - 104°F (-10° - 40°C)
Storage Temperature: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C)
Operation Humidity: 30% - 90%
Storage Humidity: 10% - 90%
Power Source Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with the optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1)
Battery Life (CIPA DC-002) 200 shots
Dimension 3.7"W x 2.4"H x 0.76"D, with lens cover: 0.9" D
(93mm x 62mm x 19.3mm, with lens cover: 22.6mm)
Weight 5.4 oz (152g) without battery and media card


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