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Olympus Stylus 800 8 to 10 Megapixel

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MSRP : $449.00

  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution8.3 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom3x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens38 - 114 mm
    Digital Zoom5x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range19.7 in. to Infinity (w)
    Macro Focus Range1.2 - 19.7 in. (w) / in. (t)
    Focal Length8 - 24 mm
    Camera Resolution8.3 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 3264 x 2448 • 2560 x 1920 • 2272 x 1704 • 2048 x 1536 • 1600 x 1200 • 1280 x 960 • 1024 x 768
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 640 x 480 (VGA) • 160 x 120
    Max Movie LengthWithout Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
    Video FormatQuickTime
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f4.9 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed4 - 1/2000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Overcast (Preset)
    Frames Per Second1.3 Frames
    Memory TypeBuilt-in • xD Picture Card
    Built-in Memory Size32 MB
    Compression TypeJPEG
    File Size (High Res.)4.02 MB (32 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.18 MB (about 711 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 64
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash
    ViewfinderWithout Viewfinder
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution215,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeProprietary Lithium
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 12 Sec.
    Mp3 Built In
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Width4.1 in.
    Depth1.3 in.
    Height2.3 in.
    Weight0.4 lb.
    Warranty1 Year
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Video Cable • Hand Strap • Lithium Battery • Battery Charger
    Release DateJuly, 2005
    Product ID24793239

Product Description

One of the most full-featured compact cameras ever. Enjoy 8 megapixels with 24 shooting modes, a large, clear 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD, Bright Capture Technology, and an all-weather design to take on the elements.

by Thom Sanborn

The Olympus Stylus 800 Digital is a breakthrough in innovative technologies. It offers power, speed, all-weather performance, and built-in technology for low-light photography. The Olympus Stylus 800 Digital is a welcome addition to the growing array of compact digital cameras.

Price: $330-400 US

Olympus Stylus 800 Pros and Cons
  • HyperCrystal 2.5 LCD
  • Bright Capture Technologies
  • Built-in Shooting Guide feature
  • Compact and weatherproof body
  • Ease of connecting camera to computer
  • No optical viewfinder--you are forced to use the LCD monitor
  • Uses xD Picture Card for storage. This is more expensive than other formats.
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Olympus Stylus 800 Digital - front and back
The Olympus Stylus 800 Digital is a highly versatile and pleasantly user-friendly compact digital camera. It has a compact, weatherproof design, 3x optical zoom lens, and fast, TruePic Turbo image processor. Besides fully automatic shooting in Program Auto mode, there are nineteen scene modes and a built-in Shooting Guide to help photographers get the best results in a broad range of situations. Photographers can also satisfy their creative urges using the aperture and shutter priority modes
Olympus Stylus 800 Key Features
  • 8-megapixel CCD
  • Weatherproof metal body
  • Bright 3X zoom lens (38-114mm equivalent)
  • Bright Capture Technology for superior performance in low-light conditions
  • Extra large 2.5-inch (6.4-cm) HyperCrystal LCD display
  • Nineteen scene programs, plus program, auto, aperture priority, and shutter priority
  • Image Blur Reduction mode
  • High-speed sequential shooting
  • Movie function with sound (with VGA quality)
  • Macro and super-macro shooting
  • TruePic Turbo image processor
  • Calendar function
  • PictBridge compatible
  • Multilingual menu
  • Olympus Stylus 800 Design
    The Olympus Stylus 800 Digital body is constructed of lightweight metal with rubber gaskets (see right) to protect against water, giving the shooter confidence in all weather conditions including rain or snow. Olympus Stylus 800 Digital - Gasket The built-in lens cover slides completely out of the way when the camera is turned on. It is well designed and completely protects the lens. The connection between the Stylus 800 and computer could not be simpler. The provided USB cable and the fact that no software is required make the connecting the camera to a computer simple and easy. Controls are generally well placed and easy to use although I did have some trouble when changing scene modes. Some people believe the four-way controller on the back of the camera is too small, but I thought it was OK.

    The large, 2.5-inch LCD screen makes composing and viewing captured images easy. The HyperCrystal Technology LCD displays clear, high-contrast images from all angles - even when composing or viewing images in direct sunlight. The size of the camera is fine - it fits in a back pocket. Although the specs indicate that it is constructed of metal, it has the feel of plastic.

    Olympus Stylus 800 Digital - LCD Display
    Top menu, with three Shortcut menus (left) and Mode menu access (right)

    Olympus Stylus 800 Digital - LCD Display
    Olympus Stylus 800 Digital Mode menu

    Olympus Stylus 800 Digital - LCD Display
    Olympus Stylus 800 Digital playback menu, with histogram

    Olympus Stylus 800 Digital - LCD Display
    Olympus Stylus 800 Digital capture menu, with histogram

    The 3X f/2.8-4.9 optical zoom lens is standard in this class and performs well. It's equivalent to a 38-114mm on a 35mm camera. Results are sharp from wide angle to telephoto. The 5X digital zoom degrades image quality, as expected. The close-up lens performance proved accurate -even without using the two macro settings. Olympus Stylus 800 Digital - Image Blur Reduction mode

    The 19-MB of internal memory allows around 12 to 16 images to be stored even without a memory card. Having built-in memory as well as a memory card slot is a nice touch. I loved taking the camera on quick outings on the weekends without having to bring a memory card. I would take the camera to the farmers' market, come home, connect it directly to my Epson PictureMate printer, and output 4 x 5 prints.

    The Stylus 800 also has an exposure mode specifically for shooting subjects in motion or in low light conditions. The Image Blur Reduction mode (see mode dial - right) captures at a lower resolution and uses image processing to correct for camera shake.

    Camera Performance
    The Olympus Stylus 800 Digital's performance is pretty much as stated in the marketing material. It's fast, weatherproof, has lots of resolution, and it has a big, bright LCD. Auto focus speed on the Stylus 800 is average or even a little above average for a compact digital camera. It took approximately three to seven seconds for the camera to start up and focus. Focus took a little longer in more challenging lighting conditions (i.e., low light or back lighting), but did handle difficult focus situations adequately.

    The auto exposure modes handled low light at a hockey game, a dimly lit restaurant, and a brightly lit Sunday farmers' market. I was super impressed with the ability of the camera to record information on backlit subjects. In my experience, most compact digital cameras have a hard time even performing the auto focus, not to mention calculating a good exposure. I pushed the Olympus Stylus 800 Digital to the limit, even intentionally getting lens flare.

    The Stylus 800 Digital uses the Olympus TruePic Turbo image processor to convert data from the CCD into JPEG image files as well as powering other functions like auto focus and exposure calculation. Colors tend to be exaggerated as is to be expected from a compact digital camera. The speed of the camera proved to be about average for cameras in the same price range. The camera took about two seconds for start up. When shooting at the highest resolution it took a leisurely 1.9-2 seconds between shots. In regular burst mode the recording rate increased dramatically to about four frames per second - quite impressive. As with other cameras, the faster the capture rate, the lower the resolution. If you are mainly interested in viewing your photos on the computer or printing photos up to 4X6, you will be impressed with the speed and quality at the regular burst mode. Olympus Stylus 800 Digital - Shooting Guide

    Power consumption is excellent. The Stylus 800 can take hundreds of shots and potentially last for weeks at a time on a single battery charge. Of course, this will depend on how you use the camera. Using the flash and LCD more will use more power.

    The built-in Shooting Guide gives directions right on the LCD for achieving various effects. I had a little trouble following the Shooting Guide instructions: I tried to use the Shooting Guide for a macro photo but it was difficult to understand how to get the correct settings. Once I figured it out the results were good. I really enjoyed using the "Blurring Background" Guide to make people photos with the background out of focus.

    Image Quality
    With eight megapixels of resolution, the Stylus 800 Digital really stands out in the point-and-shoot category. Generally, photos were well exposed with fairly accurate color and low fringing levels. Redeye was a problem, but that is true with most cameras in this class. Outdoor shots were fairly accurately exposed, though slightly blown out in the highlights. Shadow detail is amazing and can even be enhanced when adjusted on the computer. The Stylus 800 handles back lighting very well. Images are very sharp - almost too sharp. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any way to adjust the in-camera sharpening.

    White balance is generally accurate, although skin tones generally appeared to be cold, blue, and pale. And strong red cast was apparent indoors with auto white balance.

    The TruePic Turbo image processor is supposed to utilize two different forms of noise reduction technology to help keep the noise level down. This seemed to work up to a point. But as expected, longer exposures did have more noise. To make your own evaluation of the Olympus Stylus 800's image quality, take a look at the studio image samples.

    Olympus 800 Hockey1 Olympus 800 Windex Olympus 800 Dinner
    Click on thumbnails to view sample photos.

    Olympus 800 Cats Olympus 800 Flowers Olympus 800 Bear
    Click on thumbnails to view sample photos.
    Eight megapixels for $375 to $400 is nice. If you're looking for a compact camera, all-weather construction, and 19 scene program settings along with some manual features, then this is a camera to consider. It can shoot up to 1600 ISO (although you sacrifice resolution) with some noise, so using it for action photography is ideal. The aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes are key for any photographer who wants to be challenged more have more control in difficult lighting situations.

    Overall, the Olympus Stylus 800 Digital is well built. It is very easy to hold and operate with one hand. The Stylus 800 doesn't have an optical viewfinder - only the LCD. So if you can't live without an optical viewfinder, you need to choose a different camera.

    Who Should Buy The Olympus Stylus 800
    All-weather durability, stylish, compact, easy to use, great in low-light conditions: These are all good features for amateur photographers who want an automatic camera with manual functions you can grow with.

    The Stylus 800 is a great family camera. Take it to the beach, to the farmers' market, or to sports events. It's a great camera to throw into the glove box or tuck into your back pocket. It won't give you much to worry about. It pretty much protects itself, with its durable weatherproof construction. The Olympus Stylus 800 Digital will help you have fun documenting family experiences or experimenting with the finer points of photography.


    Olympus Stylus 800 Digital box contents
    Contents of the Olympus Stylus 800 Digital.

    • Stylus 800 Camera
    • Wrist Strap
    • USB Cable
    • Audio/Video Cable
    • Li-12B Li-ion Rechargeable Battery and Charger
    • Basic Instruction Manual
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Card
    • CD-ROM: OLYMPUS Master Software and Advanced Manual
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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Stephen Hughes a Casual

    Date Reviewed: June 21, 2006

    Strengths:    Sturdy build quality. fast startup. no noticable shutter lag. amazing monitor clarity. very accurate spot meter.

    Weaknesses:    i still have trouble finding some things in the menu, which if olympus were to print in a comprehensive booklet you could have a quick look instead you have to go home and look on the computer disc.

    with 8 million pixels to feed it soon eats away at your memory card i have a 512
    memory card which is the smallest i would recommend and this gives me 120 pictures

    Bottom Line:   
    I brought this camera to take with me when i go hiking in the lake district, i had been taking my dynax 7 or my kodak dx6490 but the dynax was cumbersome to carry and i needed a camera that i could slip in my pocket, In steps the mju 800 8 million pixels plenty of scene modes to choose from fast startup and outdoor weather protection, it fitted the bill perfectly and 6 months on with over 2000 pictures under its belt i am still pleased with the olympus.

    I will rate this camera at 4.7 out of 5

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $179.00

    Purchased At:   amazon

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

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