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Olympus Stylus Digital 790


Review posted 10/17/2007


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Olympus introduces the Stylus 790 SW, the newest addition to its stylish and durable Stylus SW line of digital compact cameras. Available in five stunning colors (orange, blue, lime, black and silver), the shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and dustproof camera captures amazing images in any situation whether it is a day of fun at the beach, an action-packed snorkel adventure, a family ski trip or a night out with friends.

By combining a lightweight, stainless steel exterior with rubber gaskets and O-rings to seal the interior from the elements, Olympus delivers a slim body design that performs as well under water (down to 10feet/3meters below the surface) as it does on land. Also, the inclusion of four custom underwater scene modes make the Stylus 790 SW the perfect camera for the pool, snorkeling and scuba diving. For those who want to explore greater depths, the PT-041 underwater housing, designed specifically for the Stylus 790 SW, enables the camera to venture approximately (40 meters) beneath the surface.

Low-light photography has never been easier thanks to Olympus’ revolutionary Bright Capture Technology. A brightened preview on the LCD enables simple composition; and with specific scene modes for high sensitivity settings (up to ISO 1600) and rapid auto-focus, even fast-action photos can be captured under low levels of available light. The Stylus 790 SW also features Digital Image Stabilization Mode for capturing crisp, clear pictures - free from the blur sometimes caused by camera shake or moving subjects - with high ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds.

With 23pre-programmed scene modes, such as Beach & Snow, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, and Under Water Snapshot, the Stylus 790 SW makes it easy to capture beautiful images in a variety of lighting and shooting situations. Also, with its Movie Mode, the Stylus 790 SW can record VGA-quality videos with sound – above and below the water’s surface – limited only by the size of the internal memory or xD-Picture Card™ in the camera. And with its new optimized battery design, the Stylus 790 SW can take 225 shots between charges. Connecting to a computer is easy with the USB Auto Connect feature, which connects directly via USB cable and requires no software. Or, If you prefer, forget the computer altogether. The power of PictBridge technology enables photos to be printed directly from the camera to any PictBridge-enabled printer.

Before you take the shot, let Perfect Shot Preview display the effects of various settings including zoom, exposure, white balance and metering, right on the LCD.


Stylus 790 SW Features:

  • 7.1-megapixel image sensor
  • Shadow Adjustment technology
  • The TruePic III Image Processor
  • Face Detection technology
  • 3x optical zoom Olympus lens
  • 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD with 230,000 pixels
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • Bright Capture Technology for enhanced previewing and image quality in low light
  • AVI movies with Sound; 640x480/30fps (SHQ), 320x240/15fps (HQ), 160x120/15fps (SQ), SHQ limited to only 10 secs.
  • Add voice memos to still pictures
  • Enhanced flash working range with ISO 1600
  • Remove red-eye or easily convert your color photos into sepia or black-and-white with built-in editing features
  • ISO sensitivity; Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
  • Built-in all-weather speaker and microphone
  • 14.7MB of internal memory + xD-Picture Card slot
  • Auto-Connect USB for quick and easy image transfer to computer
  • Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Optional PT-041 underwater housing for up to 40m depths


The Stylus 790 SW will be available in October 2007 with an estimated street price of $300.00 (U.S.). It includes: a wrist strap, camera WIN/Mac USB cable, audio/video cable, LI-42B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, manual, warranty card and OLYMPUS Master software (CD-ROM).






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Olympus Stylus Digital 790 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 790 SW

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Olympus Stylus Digital 790 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 790 SW





Olympus Stylus Digital 790 SW

The Stylus 790 SW compared in size to a standard CD.



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Stylus 790 SW Specifications

Shockproof MIL-STD-810F Shock Compliant (5ft.)
Waterproof JIS Level 8 (10ft.)
Freezeproof MIL-STD-810F Lo Temp Compliant (14°F)
Imager 7.1 Megapixel (effective), 7.4 megapixel gross, 1/2.3” (1.10cm) CCD
Lens 6.7 - 20.1mm (38 - 114mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 10 lenses in 8 groups, 3 aspherical lens
Zoom 3x optical + 5x digital; 15 total seamless zoom
Aperture Range f3.5 - f5.0
LCD 2.5" (6.4cm) HyperCrystal LCD (approx. 230,000 pixels)
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range Normal mode: 19.7” – infinity (0.5m – infinity)
Macro mode: Wide: Macro mode: Wide: 7.9” – infinity (0.2m – infinity), Tele: 11.8” – infinity (0.3m – infinity) ,
Super Macro Mode: Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 7 cm
Focus Mode Face Detect, iESP. SpotS
Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec. – 1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene Mode)
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (equivalent)
Metering Mode Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
White Balance Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent3)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Recording Modes Still Image: JPEG
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
Adjustment Resolutions 3,072 x 2,304, SHQ/HQ
2,560 x 1,920, SQ1
2,304 x 1,728, SQ1
2,048 x 1,536, SQ1
1,600 x 1,200, SQ2
1,280 x 960, SQ2
1,024 x 768, SQ2
640 x 480, SQ2
1,920 x 1,080 (16:9)
Shooting Modes 27 Shooting Modes: Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Stabilization Mode, Scene Preset (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night Scene, Night & Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach & Snow, Under Water Wide1, Under Water Wide2, Under Water Macro, Movie
Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card
Sequential Shooting High speed: 3.5 frames per second, 11 frames in SQ1
Normal speed: 1.1 frames per second, 6 frames in HQ mode
Shooting Assist Functions Shooting Guide, Perfect Shot Preview, Histogram, Frame Assist
Movie Mode AVI Movie with Sound
640x480/30fps, SHQ
320x240/15 fps, HQ
160x120/15fps, SQ
Image Processing TruePic™ III Image Processors
Pixel Mapping Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting
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, Reverse, Frame-by-frame
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Shadow Adjustment, Resize, Rotation, Black & White, Sepia, Frame, Label, Calendar, Saturation Movie: Frame Index
Movie: Frame Index
Direct Printing Options PictBridge
Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and back lit conditions), Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 0.66ft (0.2m) – 12.5ft. (3.8m) at ISO 800 , Tele: 2.0ft (0.6m) – 8.5ft. (2.6m) at ISO 800. (2.6m)
Self-timer 12 Seconds/Auto
Setting Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to 2099
Memory 14.7MB Internal Memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB)
Outer Connectors Multi-terminal (USB connecter, Audio/Video output, DC input*) *Optional connector is required.
Auto-connect USB 2.0 Full Speed (USB mass storage)
Weatherproof Equivalent to IEC Standard publication 529 IPX4
System Requirements Auto-connect USB: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000PRO/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS® 9.0-9.2x/OS X 10.1-10.4 with USB port. Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac® 10.3 and higher
Operating Environment Operation: Operation: 14° – 104°F (-10° – 40°C), Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C), 10% – 100% humidity
Power Supply Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with optional CB-MA1 DC coupler
Size 3.7” W x 2.4” H x 0.84” D (93.6mm x 60.9mm x 21.3mm)
Weight 4.8oz. (136g) without battery and media card



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