I've had my Olympus Stylus camera for well over a year now so I am long overdue on a review of it.
When it was time to upgrade our camera, we looked around at all the styles that were available in our price range, the features they had and how we most often use a camera. We take most of our pictures on outings and vacations, most of which involve activities like amusement parks, cruises and trips to the beach. I have purchased and used many sport and waterproof disposable cameras over the years and was never really happy with any of the pictures that I took with them, but they were the only cameras that were safe to take with us on certain adventures. Then we heard about the Olympic Stylus, which is a digital camera that is both shockproof and waterproof. We researched it online and it got pretty high marks from camera and electronics experts, so we decided that this was the one we wanted to try. Lucky for us, Target happened to have this particular camera on clearance, in a few discontinued colors, so we got it for a steal.
The exact model I have is the Olympus Stylus 790 SW. It has 7.1 Megapixel and a 3X zoom. It is available in several colors and mine is a metallic lime green. The best part about this camera is where you can take it, which is all the places you would normally be afraid to take your camera because of possible damage. It's shockproof up to 5 feet so my kids can drop it or it can get banged around on a roller coaster and it will be OK. It is waterproof up to 10 feet so I can not only take pictures in the rain but I can take it into the ocean or the pool and even go snorkeling with it. It's digital, so, unlike those disposable ones where I had to wait until the pictures were developed to see if I got the shot, I can now see it immediately and retake it while I am still there if necessary. In addition, it is freeze proof up to -10 degrees, which is not normally a temperature I go out in, but for all those skiers out there, you can take it to the coldest slopes. It has a 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD screen that offers a clear, clean image so I can see my shot and face detection to make portrait shots easy. It's ultra slim and fits easily in my or my husband's pocket, so it's not a hassle to carry around.
When used outside during daylight hours, the pictures are clear and crisp. When pictures are taken inside though, no matter how may times I have gone through the menus and tried all the recommended settings, I still have not mastered how to get the pictures to come out like I would like. They can be dark or blurry and trying to capture anything with motion is extremely difficult. I also would like it more if it had a greater zoom so I could get pictures of things that are farther away. While I do love being able to take this camera anywhere and use it in any conditions, I really wish it did better at the everyday and indoor picture-taking. Because of these issues, we have decided to keep this camera to use when we are outside and doing activities and look for another camera to use for indoors and everything else.
I love this camera because I can take it anywhere. I don't love this camera because I don't always get the indoor and action shots I would like. If I could get it to take better pictures indoors, it would be the perfect camera.
Update On Jul 04, 2010: I've added some pictures that I have taken with this Olympus Camera that I could not have taken with a regular digital camera.
1) Was taken in Mexico during a tour when we were hit with a torrential downpour I was the only one on the tour that day that got to take pictures up until the last half hour when it stopped raining.
2) Was taken on the Twister Power Boat Ride where we were not only banged around but also got soaking wet. Again, I was the only one who got to take pictures on this ride.
3) Was taken while snorkeling in shallow water.
4) Was taken on a recent tubing trip.