The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is the latest top-of-the-line offering in the Olympus Stylus SW waterproof and shockproof digital camera line. Olympus has made a lot of improvements to the Stylus SW cameras since we reviewed the original 720 SW. Most obvious is the increased 10-megapixel resolution. The 1030 SW is also waterproof to 33 feet, can withstand drops of over 6 feet, and is crushproof and freezeproof. The wide, 3.6x optical zoom lens has a focal range of 28-102mm (35mm equivalent). Composing and image playback are done with a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD display.
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Olympus introduced its first waterproof and shockproof Stylus SW camera in 2006 (Olympus Stylus 720 SW Pro Review). The latest model, the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW, has numerous upgrades, including a 10-megapixel sensor; a wider, longer zoom lens; a larger LCD; and significantly enhanced water resistance and durability. Olympus is at the head of the pack when it comes to rugged, compact, outdoor digital cameras. I’ve used this one for a few months as a general point-and-shoot, as well as for some serious outdoor photography on the ski slopes and mountain bike trails. For snorkel testing, I sent the camera to Hawaii with PhotographyREVIEW.com Web tech, Valerie Woo, aka aquadog.
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