Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Review

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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Waterproof Digital Camera
I’ve been using the Olympus Stylus 1050 SW for a few months now. It’s a 10-megapixel pocket-sized point-and-shoot that’s also waterproof and shockproof, making it a great outdoor camera. It was also the first digital camera to feature Tap Control, which allows you to access a few camera features simply by tapping on the camera. This is supposed to make the camera easier to use for people who are wearing gloves – snowboarders, skiers, cyclists, etc.

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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW - Utah Backcountry Skiing

    Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Pros

  • Waterproof and nearly indestructible
  • Pocket-sized
  • Live histogram
  • Panoramic mode (requires Olympus xD card)
  • Tap Control really works!
    Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Cons

  • Sliding cover too easy to open accidentally
  • Tap Control doesn’t access most useful controls
  • Batteries lose power too quickly in the cold
  • Image quality isn’t as good as some other 10-megapixel cameras
  • 38mm wide-angle isn’t really very wide
  • No mechanical image stabilization
  • No optical viewfinder
  • xD memory cards only work with Olympus and Fujifilm compact digital cameras
Olympus Stylus 1050 SW - front and back, open and closed

Like previous Olympus Stylus SW digital cameras, the Stylus 1050 SW is a solid choice for photographers who want to be able to keep a camera in their pocket without worrying about getting it wet or breaking it by dropping it. I used the camera through a good portion of the 2008 / 2009 ski season and took a lot of pictures with it. Although I do think it has some weaknesses, it held up well and never really let me down.

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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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