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Olympus Stylus Digital 770

Review posted 4/16/2007

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The Olympus Stylus 770 SW is built for active lifestyles, the 7.1-megapixel ultra-compact camera is designed to take great photos in nearly any environment, including in water down to depths of 33 feet (10 meters) and in winter weather as frigid as 18 degrees below freezing (14 degrees Fahrenheit; -10 degrees Celsius). It can also survive falls up to five feet and heavy loads up to 220 pounds of pressure. A large, bright 2.5- inch HyperCrystal™ LCD improves shooting and sharing pictures in bright-light and low-light situations; and Digital Image Stabilization boosts ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to capture crisp, clear pictures when you or your subject is moving.

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 33 feet/10 meters below the surface) as it does on land. Also, the inclusion of four custom underwater scene modes make the Stylus 770 SW the perfect camera for the pool, snorkeling and scuba diving. For those who want to explore greater depths, the PT-035 underwater housing, designed specifically for the Stylus 770 SW, enables the camera to venture approximately 130 feet (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 770 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 24 pre-programmed scene modes, such as Beach & Snow, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, and Under Water Snapshot, the Stylus 770 SW makes it easy to capture beautiful images in a variety of lighting and shooting situations. Also, with its Movie Mode, the Stylus 770 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 770 SW can take hundreds of 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.

The Stylus 770 SW offers the first built-in manometer, which measures water and air pressure, enabling you to accurately monitor the depth or altitude of your images. It’s the perfect camera for adventure-seekers who want to snap shots while scuba diving, hiking, skiing and even while traveling in a plane. The depth and altitude are recorded when each image is taken, and the information is stored within each picture’s digital file. Wow friends and family with the exact depth or altitude of your favorite underwater snapshot, mountain landscape or any other image!

Stylus 770 SW Features:

  • 7.1-megapixel effective CCD and 3x optical zoom lens
  • Shock Proof (up to 5ft.), Waterproof (to 33ft.), and Dust Proof
  • 27 shooting modes - 24 are preprogrammed Scene modes
  • 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD with 230,000 pixel resolution and 140° viewing angle
  • Bright Capture Technology for enhanced previewing and image quality in low light
  • Movies at 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120 @ 15fps with audio, length limited only by memory
  • 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, 64 - 1600 (800/1600 SQ1)
  • Built-in all-weather speaker and microphone
  • 18MB 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-035 underwater housing for up to 40m depths

The Stylus 770 SW will be available in March 2007 with an estimated street price of $379.99 (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 770 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 770 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 770 SW Olympus Stylus Digital 770 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 770 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 770 SW

Olympus Stylus Digital 770 SW

The Stylus 770 SW compared in size to a standard CD.

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Stylus 770 SW Specifications

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: 7.9” – infinity (0.2m – infinity),
Super Macro Mode: 2.8” – 19.7” (7cm – 50cm)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF
Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec. – 1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene Mode)
ISO Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (equivalent)
Metering Mode Digital ESP Multi-Pattern, Spot Metering
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
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, Under Water Snapshot, 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 up to 12 frames (3MP)
Normal speed: 1.1 frames per second in SQ mode to the card capacity
Shooting Assist Functions Histogram, Frame Assist
Movie Mode AVI Movie with Sound
640x480/15fps, SHQ
320x240/15 fps, HQ
160x120/15fps, SQ
Image Processing TruePic TURBO™ Image Processor
Pixel Mapping Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting
Noise Reduction Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Candle, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks
Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Calendar, My Favorites
Movie: Normal, Reverse, Frame-by-frame
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Black & White, Sepia, Resize, Brightness, Saturation, Frame, Title, Calendar
Movie: Frame Index
Direct Printing Options PictBridge and DPOF
Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and back lit conditions), Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 12.5 ft. (3.8m), Tele: 8.5 ft. (2.6m)
Selftimer 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 18MB internal memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB, 1GB, or 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: 14° – 104°F (-10° – 40°C), 30% – 90% humidity Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C), 10% – 90% humidity
Power Supply Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with optional CB-MA1 DC coupler
Size 3.6” W x 2.3” H x 0.8” D (91.8mm x 59.2mm x 20.6mm)
Weight 5.5oz. (155g) without battery and media card

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