Olympus Stylus 1030 SW

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ DPInterface (17 October’08)

The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is a 10 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features built-in flash, shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof body, 3.6x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 28 – 102mm), ISO 80-1600, and a 2.7” HyperCrystal™ II LCD. The camera measures 3.76 x 2.26 x 1.08 in./95.4 x 57.3 x 27.4mm and weighs Approx. 5.47 oz./155g (camera body only).

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

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Reviews

DPInterface reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“image quality produced by the camera was just satisfactory. Noise levels were controlled until ISO 400 where it started to get muddy and barrel distortion on the camera’s 28 mm lens was present in most cases. .”
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Digicamera reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
” It brings 10-megapixel resolution to scuba diving without the need of an underwater case. It’s also the most rugged Olympus Stylus camera yet, being able to survive huge drops from almost seven feet and freezing temperatures.”
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PCMag reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“he 1030SW performed well, achieving an average of 1,900 lines on our resolution test, which is par for a 10MP camera. Barrel distortion at the widest angle and pincushion distortion at its highest zoom were evident but not unacceptable.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyReview reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“Pros: Waterproof and nearly indestructible, Pocket-sized, Live histogram, 28mm, real wide-angle lens – yay!, Panoramic mode (requires Olympus xD card). Cons: Too easy to get finger in front of lens, Image quality isn’t what I’d expect of a 10-megapixel camera, No mechanical image stabilization, No optical viewfinder, xD memory cards only work with Olympus and Fujifilm compact digital cameras, Mode dial rotates in pocket or case”
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CNET reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“The good: Rugged, sealed body that’s waterproof, crushproof, shockproof, and freezeproof; solid build and design, onboard Guide for beginners; live preview. The bad: Average image quality and performance. The bottom line: Other cameras may deliver better image quality and performance, but none can survive the range of conditions that the Olympus 1030 SW was designed for.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCI reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“It’s small and portable enough to go where an SLR would be a burden, and easy to handle quickly, even if you’re wearing gloves (we tried) or warding off barracuda (we didn’t, but we’re confident nonetheless). And while image quality wasn’t stellar, it was certainly acceptable for a compact camera.”
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ImagingResource reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“Performance is actually pretty good for a snapshot model. And, although image noise is present even at low ISOs, the camera is capable of producing decent-sized prints. The addition of a 28mm lens makes the Olympus 1030SW more useful for scenic photography. ”
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DCRP reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“the Stylus 1030SW’s weak spot is its photo quality. On the positive side, the camera took well-exposed photos, with pleasing, saturated colors, and it also keeps purple fringing at bay. The bad news is that these photos have heavy noise reduction, and substantial blurring around the edges of the frame ”
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InfoSyncWorld reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“Durability – Excellent: We dropped it. We tossed it. We threw it over our shoulder. We dunked it in a filled sink. We took it in a hot shower. We locked it in a freezer. And then we dropped it again. Nothing fazed the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.uk reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“Image quality doesn’t quite reach the heights of similarly priced rivals — but then those cameras can’t literally reach the heights (or depths) that the 1030SW attains with ease.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“Like a heavily armed psychopath with a photography degree, this snapper is as hard as nails, yet takes a beautiful picture”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoxels reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
We find the overall image quality of the Olympus 1030 SW to be good, with low noise at ISO 80…The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is easily the camera of choice for anyone who needs a camera tough enough to weather all kinds of environmental challenges. It’s ultra compact, pocketable and elegant. ”
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DCR reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“ISO-induced noise is decently well controlled up through ISO 400, though even at this relatively low setting there’s an alarming amount of blotchiness in solid-field areas”
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DigicamReview reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“The camera produces very good images that are colourful, pleasing, richly saturated with good exposure, and noise is generally low…Given the excellent value for money this camera provides, and the almost endless features, I’d highly recommend this camera!”
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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Video Review by TigerDirect;

Cameras.uk reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“I see the Olympus MJU 850 SW as a camera that you can use just about anywhere. The picture quality could be better, so it’s more likely to appeal to someone who is after a snapshot camera they can have fun with rather than one that will produce the perfect picture.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

LaptopMag reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“Finally, the camera records smooth AVI video at up to 30 frames per second. While the volume might not be loud enough for a YouTube audience, the video was fluid, and the sound clear: We could hear both a friend singing and the stereo playing in the background.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“The build of this camera is fantastic and a remarkable feat of engineering in what is usually a delicate electronic instrument. The image quality lets it down a little, but compromises must be made somewhere, and I imagine this is an area sacrificed for the convenience of robustness..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“image noise doesn’t start to noticeably intrude until ISO 800 and even at ISO 1600 its appearance isn’t a deal breaker.. So, overall, good results can be achieved with a little work. While it’s no star performance, it’s a perfectly acceptable one.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoReview.au reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“We measured an average capture lag of 0.45 seconds, which reduced to less than 0.1 seconds with pre-focusing. Shot-to-shot times averaged 3.8 seconds and it took 3.6 seconds to process and store each high-resolution JPEG file. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus 1030 SW and writes;
“The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is a great camera for an active and adventurous person or someone looking for a waterproof model. The combination of style, durability, performance and quality make this an excellent choice if you are in the market for a 10-megapixel compact camera of any type.”
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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Samples

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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Press Release

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 22, 2008 – Scuba divers, mountain climbers and adventurers worldwide rejoice today as Olympus unleashes the new 10.1-megapixel Stylus 1030 SW, the toughest point-and-shoot camera in the world. This shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof model builds on the Olympus Stylus SW series’ reputation of delivering amazing images while enduring extreme expeditions and everyday adventures, including life with kids.

Even more durable than its predecessors – it can withstand a drop from 6.6 feet – the camera has also been pumping up its power with a 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom, 2.7-inch LCD screen and digital imaging advances, including Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, and a TruePic™ III Image Processor to capture rich, vibrant detail with every shot.

“The Stylus 1030 SW is one of, if not the toughest camera on the market, built strong enough to withstand some of the harshest conditions,” said Mark Hoffman, director, Product Marketing, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Now with more pixels, a bigger, brighter LCD, and greater durability, it features innovative technologies designed to make getting the best image easier than ever.”

Shockproof and Crushproof Design Afraid the mountain winds might sweep a camera out of your gloves? Never fear, the Stylus 1030 SW can withstand a 6.6-foot drop with its shock-absorbing technology, which minimizes the impact on the lens and circuitry. In addition, the Stylus 1030 SW features a crushproof body that can withstand up to 220 pounds of crushing pressure.

Waterproof for Underwater

Photos The Stylus 1030 SW performs as well underwater as it does on land because its lightweight, stainless steel and aluminum exterior is matched with interior rubber gaskets and O-rings to seal out the elements. It can be fully submerged to capture beautiful images down to 33 feet (10 meters) underwater, and features a built-in manometer, making it ideal for more serious underwater adventurers who want to know the depth of where their images were taken. The inclusion of four preset underwater scene modes makes the Stylus 1030 SW perfect for taking photos while snorkeling or scuba diving. Additionally, movies are simple thanks to an underwater movie mode. The camera also features a water-repellant lens coating to prevent water droplets from forming on the lens to get crystal-clear shots no matter how wet the shooting environment.

Freezeproof for Icy Action

Unlike other point-and-shoot cameras that freeze up in frosty weather, the Stylus 1030 SW still performs when the temperature dips well below freezing (14 degrees Fahrenheit; -10 degrees Celsius) so it is ready to climb the mountain or hit the slopes when you are.

Dustproof for Desert Winds

The rugged Stylus 1030 SW is an ideal companion for an expedition in the Sahara because its airtight construction is impervious to dust, dirt and other particles. When the camera gets dirty, just rinse it off with your canteen.

Advanced HyperCrystal™ LCD

The Stylus 1030 SW – the flagship of the SW line – boasts an advanced HyperCrystal II LCD, which is Olympus’ next generation of LCD technology. It reproduces true colors with a dynamic contrast ratio of more than 180 percent and a color reproduction performance of more than 160 percent compared to HyperCrystal LCD.

Wide Optical Zoom in Ultra-Slim Body Design

The Stylus 1030 SW features a 3.6x wide optical zoom (28-102mm equivalent in 35mm photography, f3.5-5.0) so that even more of the subject makes it into each shot – perfect for underwater photography. The lens does not protrude from its body so it is further protected from harsh conditions.

Face Detection Face Detection tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.

Digital Image Stabilization

The Stylus 1030 SW features Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) to capture crisp, clear pictures. By boosting the camera’s ISO sensitivity and shutter speed, DIS freezes the action and provides blur-free images, even when you or your subject is moving.

In-Camera Panorama

In-camera panorama mode captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture. Simply press the shutter button and slowly pan across a panoramic scene. The second and third images will be captured automatically and stitched together with the first image – resulting in one seamless panorama-size picture. To create the ultimate panoramic picture, consumers can use the Olympus Master Software 2 to stitch up to 10 images together.

Shadow Adjustment

Technology Shooting outdoors in bright daylight can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlit areas. While the human eye is capable of detecting the nuances between dark and light and all the details in between, image sensors traditionally have not been quite as sensitive. The Stylus 1030 SW addresses this challenge head-on with Shadow Adjustment Technology, which compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. With this technology, users can preview and capture images with the same contrast as the naked eye.

Perfect Shot Preview

The Stylus 1030 SW features a Perfect Shot Preview mode that enables users to preview and select various photographic effects on a live, multi-window screen before snapping the shot. Perfect Shot Preview enables users to see precisely what the image will look like when adjustments are made, ensuring users are capturing the exact image they want. It is an ideal way for novice users to learn about the effects of different photography techniques, such as zoom, exposure compensation, white balance and metering.

Perfect Fix In-Camera Editing

The Stylus 1030 SW offers Red-Eye Fix and Shadow Adjustment Edit, in-camera editing features such as resizing, frames, text options, and saturation adjustments, enabling users to edit photos right in the camera. With the Perfect Fix function, multiple editing features can be applied at once.

LED Illuminator

An LED Illuminator works like a mini-flashlight on the front of the camera to enhance focus and exposure for macro shooting – great for underwater close-ups where light is scarce. The LED also works in conjunction with Bright Capture to help illuminate your subject when taking low-light portraits.

TruePic III Image Processor

Olympus’ enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal-clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to deliver superior picture quality with more accurate colors, true-to-life flesh tones and faster processing speeds. TruePic III also captures sharp images at high ISO settings, which are traditionally associated with increasing image noise or producing grainy photos.


All Olympus digital point-and-shoot cameras accept xD-Picture Card media. The Stylus 1030 SW will also come equipped with an adapter, which will enable microSD memory cards to be used when capturing images. The microSD cards are emerging in consumer electronic devices, including mobile phones and PDAs. Users can also easily display photos on their HDTVs.

New Powerful Battery

The Stylus 1030 SW includes the new LI-50B Li-Ion battery, which charges 2.5 times faster (two hours instead of five) than its predecessor. The new 925-mAh battery boasts a 25 percent increase in power.

Practical and Fashionable Accessories

Olympus offers a number of optional accessories, specifically designed for the Stylus 1030 SW. For users looking to capture their underwater adventures deeper than 33 feet (10 meters), Olympus offers the PT-043 underwater housing, which enables users to take pictures as deep as 130 feet (40 meters). A highly visible floating wrist strap frees users’ hands when swimming or chasing the next big wave. Stylish silicone skins protect the camera from scratches. Skins are available for the Stylus 1030 SW in a new stealth gray color.

Additionally, Olympus offers premium cases in a variety of colors, including a new cream plaid, a new gray plaid as well as camel and red leather. The premium cases are now also available in a new brown leather wallet-like design. Durable, sporty neoprene cases are perfect for active or outdoor expeditions. The neoprene cases are available in black and a new olive color. Carabineers now come with the neoprene cases so they can be hooked to a bag, swimming suit or hiking shorts.

OLYMPUS Master™ 2 Software

OLYMPUS Master 2 software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to a computer quick and simple. Images are easily organized by folders or albums and are searchable by date in the Calendar View. With one-click editing tools, such as red-eye removal, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away. Use the optional muvee? Theater Pack to create professional-quality slide shows and DVDs from your pictures using any of several built-in templates.


The Stylus 1030 SW will be available in March 2008. It includes: a wrist strap, camera WIN/Mac USB cable, audio/video cable, LI-42B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, manual, warranty card and OLYMPUS Master 2 software (CD-ROM).

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