Olympus Stylus 1050SW

Last update (09 April’09):
- Review by CNET

Olympus Stylus 1050SW is a 10.1-megapixel pocket camera features 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 38 – 114mm), Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof design, Face Detection and Smile Shot, In-Built Panorama, TruePic III Image Processor, and a 2.7″ HyperCrystal II LCD Screen. The camera measures 93mm x 62mm x 22.6mm and weighs approx 152g.

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Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info


Olympus Stylus 1050SW Reviews

CNET reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“The good: Rugged body; unique Tap Control; very good feature set. The bad: Poor control layout; produces soft photos; slow performance. The bottom line: Despite its decent features and handy Tap Control, there’s no getting past the slow performance of the Olympus Stylus 1050 SW.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

Wired reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“Most photos looked pretty decent if you discounted the occasional autofocus flub or the macro issue. We were certainly stoked that you can shoot video until you run out of space on your card.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DPInterface reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“If you’re a clumsy or adventurous person looking to own a camera which can take a good amount of beating, then the Olympus Stylus 1050SW is worth consideration. Otherwise, I’d pass and consider other cameras instead which are better (Especially in the image quality department)”
Rating: N/A

InfoSync reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“The Stylus 1050 SW survived a couple menacing plummets and withstood water and beer. Unfortunately, the Stylus 1050 SW’s image quality left a lot to be desired and we were not big fans of its perturbing interface.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCR reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“Olympus deserves kudos for building a serious all-weather camera, and casual photographers should be very happy with the value and durability that this camera represents.”
Rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“If however you fall in-between and like the idea of a camera for use in a swimming pool or on shallow dives, the Olympus 1050 SW will do the trick. It’ll capture your kids splashing in the pool along with the fishes swimming around coral reefs on holiday”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“Olympus deserves kudos for building a serious all-weather camera, and casual photographers should be very happy with the value and durability that this camera represents. But the 1050 comes up just short on the promise of offering both great go-anywhere performance and excellent…”
Rating: N/A

PCWorld reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“For shooting in extreme weather conditions, or simply surviving everyday bumps and scrapes, the Stylus 1050 SW delivers excellent photo quality with little fuss.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCI reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
” image quality isn’t what it should be for $300, and there are other ruggedized cameras (including Olympus’ own Stylus 1030 SW) that outperform this one at very similar prices.”
Rating: N/A

Photoxels reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“Feel: Comfortable enough to hold and operate, though can be slippery, Controls & FUNC. menu are intuitive to use, Buttons are on the small side and there is no real place on the back to rest the thumb”
Rating: N/A

BuynShoot reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“Overall, the Tough Smart 1050SW is a worthy edition to the successful Olympus Tough range and it certainly does live up to its name.”
Rating: N/A

CNET.uk reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“It’s quite astonishing that such a slim and elegant camera should also turn out to be so tough. But its small size and slippery finish does limit its usefulness in those extreme environments it’s so good at surviving, and its controls and its picture quality are no more than average”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“we also had good image quality while shooting underwater. Both our underwater sample image and underwater sample video produced good exposures and the colors look natural, not turning the image blue, a problem that is common with shooting under water.”
Rating: N/A

PCMag reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“On our still-life tests at ISO 100, with the automatic white-balance setting turned on, the 1050 SW’s colors looked well balanced, and photos looked sharp when not viewed at full resolution. When I bumped them up to their full resolution, however, the farther I moved from the image center, the fuzzier the picture became. “
Rating: ★★½☆☆

Cameras.uk reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“Without doubt the main attraction of the Olympus MJU 1050SW is its robustness. If you are looking for a family camera or just one you can use around the pool and on ski slopes then the picture quality is fine for snapshots. It is a concern that the camera is so slow to take a photo and this could certainly cause you to miss photo opportunities.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameras.uk reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“Without doubt the main attraction of the Olympus MJU 1050SW is its robustness. If you are looking for a family camera or just one you can use around the pool and on ski slopes then the picture quality is fine for snapshots. It is a concern that the camera is so slow to take a photo and this could certainly cause you to miss photo opportunities.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.Australia reviews the Olympus Stylus 1050SW and writes;
“Most pictures come out with accurate colours, and image quality is generally fine…. Underwater images do tend to have a bluish tinge to them which does make shots look a bit more Three Colours Blue than The Life Aquatic. That said, the 1050SW really does cope underwater, with clear images and a long-reaching flash.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Olympus Stylus 1050SW Samples

- Olympus Stylus 1050SW Sample Images @ DPInterface
- Olympus Stylus 1050SW Sample Images @ CameraLabs
- Olympus Stylus 1050SW Sample Images @ DCR
- Olympus Stylus 1050SW Sample Images @ DCI
- Olympus Stylus 1050SW Sample Images @ Photoxels
- Olympus Stylus 1050SW Sample Images @ Steve’sDigicams
- Olympus Stylus 1050SW Sample Images @ Cameras.uk

Olympus Stylus 1050SW User Manual (PDF)

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- Download Oympus Stylus 1050SW Instruction Manual (PDF – 3.6 MB)

Olympus Stylus 1050SW Press Release

London, 25 August 2008 – The newly-redesigned µ [mju:] 1050 SW is ready for practically any adventure: toss it about, dunk it in the pool or bury it in the snow without thinking – because you don’t have to. The incorporation of an innovative TAP control interface makes adjusting settings and reviewing shots as easy as the tap of a finger. Coming with a bundled microSD attachment, this model affords users even more flexibility when it comes to storing memories. The all new µ [mju:] 1050 SW will be available in a choice of Dolphin Grey, Pacific Blue, Midnight Black or Misty Rose late September for an RRP of £259.99.

Unbeatable Do what you will to the 10.1 Megapixel µ 1050 SW: drop it, wash it or shoot with it in below-freezing temperatures. Shockproof to 1.5m, waterproof to 3m and freezeproof to -10°C, this extension to Olympus’ most robust compact line-up sports a chic new design that makes it even more fun to take with you no matter you go. A newly-developed TAP control interface lets users trade the press of a button for the tap of a finger: adjust settings and review images on the µ [mju:] 1050 SW’s extra large 6.9cm/2.7” HyperCrystal II LCD by applying a simple tap or two to the exterior of the camera. The integrated 3x optical zoom (38-114mm*) guarantees safety in action with its use of an inner-folded light path – one of the keys to this camera’s uniquely compact design.

Technologies galore With the µ [mju:] 1050 SW, users can concentrate on getting great shots without distractions. Dependably sharp shots are assured every time thanks to Digital Image Stabilisation which automatically adjusts ISO levels to compensate for blur at slow shutter speeds. Meanwhile, integrated Advanced Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology detect human subjects (up to 16 faces) and shadowy parts of an image to optimise the exposure and sharpness – so results come out closer to what the human eye sees. What’s more, the effect of various settings on the outcome – such as exposure compensation – can be previewed with the Perfect Shot Preview function. Incorporation of BrightCapture Technology also means that it is always easy to frame and review shots on the LCD, even in low light. And the TruePic III image processor provides triple enhancement to image results with improved noise reduction, significantly faster image processing speeds and more realistic reproduction of colours.

All the trimmings There’s a µ [mju:] 1050 SW for everybody. With a unique exterior available in an array of exciting colours including Dolphin Grey, Pacific Blue, Midnight Black and Misty Rose, this model lets users express themselves like never before. Plus, the availability of menus in 39 different languages ensures that virtually anyone across the world can operate the µ [mju:] 1050 SW in their native tongue. What’s more, the inclusion of a bundled attachment, photographers can store their memories on microSD Card in addition to xD-Picture Card.

The shockproof, waterproof* and freezeproof (to -10°C) Olympus µ [mju:] 1050 SW will be available at the end of September 2008.


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