Olympus Stylus 550WP is a waterproof pocket camera features 10 million pixels in the high-resolution CCD, 3x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 38-114mm), Face Detection tracks up to 12 faces, 17 Shooting Modes, ISO 100-1600, and a 2.5 inch LCD screen. The camera measures 3.7″W x 2.4″H x 0.85″D (93.6 mm x 61.7 mm x 21.5 mm) and weighs 4.5oz (127g).
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Olympus Stylus 550WP Reviews
ImagingResource reviews the Olympus Stylus 550WP and writes;
“Low-ISO images from the Olympus Stylus 550WP could be used to make good-looking prints as large as 13×19. They were slightly soft at that size, but probably acceptable for display on a wall and perusal at normal viewing distances. Low-ISO prints are quite sharp at 8×10 inches….”
DPInterface reviews the Olympus Stylus 550WP and writes;
“Overall, the Olympus Stylus 550WP’s crummy image quality delivers the final blow to the camera’s own demise – photos look like wet paintings; soft and muddy, lacking in detail and noise levels are high. Performance isn’t better either as the camera’s performance is either average or slow, with substandard low-light focusing and lack of a burst mode. Evidently, I cannot recommend the Stylus 550WP due to its shortcomings in so many areas.”
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Olympus Stylus 550WP User Manual (PDF)
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Olympus Stylus 550WP Press Release
London, 7 January 2009 – Being dropped into a rock pool or stream used to mean certain death to a camera, but not the new Olympus µ-550WP, its robust metal body is waterproof to depths of up to 3 meters. It’ll shrug off the heaviest downpour; take snorkeling in its stride, and even survive being dropped into the deep end of a swimming pool. Packed with features that make taking great quality underwater photos as easy as falling into a lake, the 10 Megapixel Olympus µ-550WP will be available in a choice of Crystal Blue, Pure White or Midnight Black.
Until relatively recently, taking photographs underwater was beyond the means of most people, requiring as it did professional camera equipment and bulky underwater housings. Olympus changed that with the introduction of the µ-Tough range of digital compacts. Now, with the launch of the µ-550WP – waterproof to depths of up to 3 metres – it opens up the world of high quality, underwater photography to an even wider audience.
Being kept nice and dry inside the µ-550WP are lots of features designed to take the hassle out of shooting high quality photographs. Pictures are saved on either an xD-Picture Card, or a microSD Card*** using the bundled microSD adapter. If you fancy taking it easy, the camera’s Intelligent Auto Mode can recognise the five most commonly encountered scenes and automatically choose the best settings for you. The µ-550WP can even recognize people. When Face Detection Technology is activated the camera will spot human subjects in a composition and adjust exposure and focusing to ensure that they come out looking their very best. And, should you fancy setting some of the functions yourself but are uncertain of what will look best, then Perfect Shot Preview is the answer. This clever function allows the different effects of some functions – such as White Balance – to be compared next to each other on the camera’s 6.4cm LCD screen, the one that works best can then be selected.
The µ-550WP’s precision 3x optical zoom (38-114 mm*) and 10 Megapixel sensor mean that photos are packed with detail, regardless of whether they were taken 3 metres beneath the waves or on dry land. Digital Image Stabilization further guarantees picture quality by significantly reducing blur caused by camera shake, such as when the photographer is buffeted by the waves. And if the results from your latest snorkeling trip weren’t just right, all is not lost, as Perfect Fix can be used to correct red-eye and lighten photos, at the touch of a button, in camera.
With so many great features working together to deliver great results, the Olympus µ-550WP doesn’t only make high quality underwater photography a reality, it makes it fun as well. Expect to see the µ-550WP in shops from February 2009 in a choice of Crystal Blue, Pure White or Midnight Black finishes.