Olympus Stylus 1000

Last Updated: Review & Sample Photos @ ImagingResource (added on 31 March’07)

Olympus Stylus 1000 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 23.08.06) featuring 10.4 effective megapixels, a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35 mm – 105 mm), 20 scene modes (incl. Sports, Beach&Snow, Candle), BrightCapture Technology for better low light photography, ISO 64-1600 with full 10MP, ISO 6400 in 3MP mode and a 2.5″ LCD Screen. The camera is measuring 97 x 56 x 23 mm (3.8 x 2.2 x 0.9 in), weighing around 195 g (6.9 oz) and is running on Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 21.03.07)

ImagingResource reviews the Olympus Stylus 1000 and writes;
“It can be hard to see the LCD outdoors and there’s no autofocus assist lamp to help find focus in dark scenes. Digital image stabilization was a disappointment, not really up to the job. And some of our shots tended to be oversaturated with blown out highlights, not unusual in a digicam. Minor quibbles, taken together. However, we were disappointed with the printed results from the Stylus 1000, which were more in line with a 6 megapixel camera. If you need a digicam with all-weather seals, this is a good choice, but we did find better printed results with the Olympus Stylus 720 SW, plus drop resistance and full waterproofing. The Stylus 1000 is a decent camera, but not quite a Dave’s Pick.”

Steve’sDigicams has reviewed the Olympus Stylus 1000 and writes;
“The overall image quality when using the SHQ mode is good for an 10-megapixel model as long as there is good light. When shooting outdoors, it produced pleasing photos that were sharp and well exposed….Bottom line -the weather-resistant Stylus 1000 has great image quality in good light, is easy to hold, and has many user-friendly exposure modes but it’s lacking in performance and has image noise issues in low light. With a MSRP of $399 it falls short of our expectations. Check out our review of the Canon Powershot SD900 for a compact 10-megapixel camera that we feel offers better overall performance. “

Pocket-Lint have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 1000 where they rate the camera 7/10 and write;
“In terms of handling, controls are laid out neatly, a mode dial on the back is simple to use and gets at all the main shooting options, playback mode and the nice video mode that provides 640 x 480-pixel, 30fps movies with sound. Menus are nice and simple and well laid out as are feature options such as access to the 20 scene modes that include the beach, snow landscape, portrait, and a sports mode…It is the sensor itself, which is just too small for the number of pixel it contains, cramming so many in means problems with noise, fringing and detail loss. Less is so much more (as evidenced by the recently reviewed Mju 725) in terms of detail and reduced noise problems. The Olympus Mju 1000 is a well made and extremely pretty to look at, it’s svelte wedge-like shape making it a pure, take anywhere compact, particularly when you consider the weatherproofing.

TrustedReviews have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 1000 where they rate the camera 6/10 and write;
“Image quality is generally good, but with a few minor flaws. As I mentioned, exposure control is very good, and the camera coped with a number of high contrast subjects without difficulty, although it seemed to favour shadow detail at the expense of burned-out highlights. Colour rendition was very good, accurately reproducing even very bright colours without a problem…The Olympus mju 1000 is a camera with some very good points offset by some rather bad ones. It is about average for 10MP compacts in terms of picture quality, with good colour and exposure but poor noise control and some optical problems. Build quality, weatherproof durability, performance and ease of use are all good, but let down by poor low light focusing. The 6400 ISO setting is pretty much useless, but the Perfect Fix feature is very handy. It’s worth looking at if you need splash resistance, but there are better high-end compacts on the market. “

CamerasUK have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 1000 where they rate the camera 75/100 and write;
“Oh Olympus! I have reviewed so many of the MJU range now and I nearly always reach the same conclusions. A weatherproof camera is a great idea, but surely better lowlight focusing and the ability to avoid the tendency towards turning blue lines to purple could be overcome. As much as I would like to be able to recommend the MJU 1000 when it comes to picture quality there are many better cameras around…The Olympus MJU 1000 is another camera in the MJU range that comes up short when it comes to picture quality. This is such a shame as this is one of the few weatherproof digital cameras around. With ten megapixels and being small enough to slip into a pocket the specification is a winner. “

DigitalCameraReview have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 1000 and write;
“Image quality on the Stylus 1000 was good, and in my opinion, slightly better than the Stylus 750. The images were sharper and didn’t have the corner softness that I noticed with the Stylus 750’s images. However, colors and exposure were generally good…If you’re looking for a weatherproof (water resistant and dustproof) camera for taking snapshots at the beach or on a camping trip, and you don’t need any manual exposure modes, an Olympus Stylus is always a good choice. Even with a 10 megapixel “overkill” resolution with this camera – it still takes good pictures (and leaves plenty of room for cropping).”

CNET have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 1000 where they rate the camera 6.8/10 and write;
“The Olympus Stylus 1000 offers high-resolution images and a water-resistant metal body. Unfortunately, noise issues and slow performance mean poor photos in low light. Unless splashability is a major factor in your purchase, you might want to look at other 10-megapixel cameras. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 offers a great lens and tons of manual controls, while the Canon PowerShot SD900 stuffs its 10-megapixel sensor into a frame even smaller and sleeker than the Stylus 1000’s. The bottom line: This small 10-megapixel shooter can produce great shots if the scene is well lit, but watch out for noise at about ISO 200.”

DigitalCameraInfo have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 1000 and write;
“As the new king of the Stylus hill, the Olympus Stylus 1000 will get lots of attention. The compact digital camera does have 10 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a Bright Capture 2.5-inch LCD screen. The LCD has great resolution, the lens has a standard range, and the resolution sounds better than it really is. This model may have 10 megapixels, but it can really only be accessed in optimal lighting and without using many other features. If you want the high resolution, you can’t boost the ISO, use some of the scene modes, or activate the burst mode. Olympus released this model at a retail price of $399, which is too much for a camera that can’t access its full resolution much of the time.”

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>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 31.03.07)

Olympus Stylus 1000 Sample Photos posted @ ImagingResource
Olympus Stylus 1000 Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams
Olympus Stylus 1000 Sample Photos posted @ TrustedReviews
Olympus Stylus 1000 Sample Photos posted @ CamerasUK
– Olympus Stylus 1000 Sample Photos 1 & 2 posted @ DigitalCameraReview


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London, 23 August 2006 – With the introduction of the Olympus µ (mju) 1000, even the most demanding of photographers will be delighted to take pictures packed with 10.0 million pixels worth of detail, using a camera they can simply slip into their pocket. The Olympus µ (mju) range is well known for cameras that push the very boundaries of technical achievement, without skimping on the style. The µ (mju) 1000 retains the hallmark weatherproof* metal body of its predecessors, bringing it bang up to date with a sophisticated silver finish, beneath which lies a 10.0 million pixel CCD and a 3x zoom lens, that together deliver bitingly-sharp results. The µ (mju) 1000 is ideally suited to low light photography thanks to BrightCapture Technology, which boosts its maximum ISO to an amazing 6400**. This brightens pictures, without the need to use flash thereby retaining the atmosphere of the ambient light.

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