Olympus Stylus 710 is a point-and-shoot weatherproof digital camera (released on 26.01.06), featuring a 7.1 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent) with image stabilizer, a 2.5″ LCD screen, bright capture technology, measuring Approx 3.7″ (W) x 2.2″ (H) x 0.8′ (D), weighing 4.9 oz. (140g), and it’s running on EN-EL8 Batteries. Olympus Stylus 710 will be available in stores now at $349 .99 USD.
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CNET reviewed the new Olympus Stylus 710 and wrote;
“…the camera’s photos are subpar, with pervasive JPEG compression artifacts that obscure details. In addition to a general fuzzy, blocky glaze of overprocessing, almost every high-contrast edge displays heavy fringing. Colors are consistently washed out and undersaturated. Don’t expect decent prints bigger than 8 x 10–at best. On the bright side, images are relatively noise-free at low-sensitivity settings, although at ISO 400 and higher, a distinct speckling appears beneath the other artifacts. ISO 1,600 shots are predictably noise-ridden…”
PCMag reviewed the new Olympus Stylus 710 and wrote;
“Pro: Very portable. Light weight. Guide mode lets you quickly change settings. Stylish design. Cons: Performance and picture quality just mediocre. Some shutter lag. Subpar video capabilities.
Bottom line: The Olympus Stylus 710 is a stylish package that needs better performance and picture quality. “
Steve’sDigicams reviewed the new Olympus Stylus 710 and wrote;
“Bottom line – the Olympus Stylus 710 continues the tradition of the Stylus line by offering good image quality, great performance, and sleek design all packed in a weather resistant shell. This is one of our favorite models in this series, when you pick one up you’ll see why. It was a blast to use and I found very few problems in actual use. The image quality could be better and unfortunately it uses the incredibly slow xD memory cards that Olympus and Fujifilm designed (we hope someday they’ll switch to SD). If you’re in the market for a versatile little pocket-rocket that you can take out into the rain, look no further. With an MSRP of about $349, we feel it offers an outstanding value and should be a very popular model this year. “
DCRP reviewed the new Olympus Stylus 710 and wrote;
“Pro: Stylish, compact, water and scratch resistant body, Large 2.5” LCD display is visible in low light (though see issues below), Very good performance, Tons of scene modes, Support for underwater cases, Nice in-camera guide/help system, Very good software bundle
Cons: Photos have soft, fuzzy details; noticeable corner softness; poor night shot performance, Redeye a problem; built-in redeye removal software didn’t help for me, No AF-assist lamp; so-so low light focusing, Digital image stabilization (aka high sensitivity mode) is no substitute for the real thing, Some manual controls would’ve been nice, Unimpressive continuous shooting and movie modes, No optical viewfinder, No USB 2.0 High Speed support, Can’t swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, Not much built-in memory; full manual only on CD “
DigitalCameraReview had their hands on the new Olympus Stylus 710 and wrote;
“The camera is very slim and compact, making it very pocketable. If you typically shoot one-handed, I would definitely recommend putting the included lanyard around your wrist for safety. The build quality is top notch – the camera feels solid. You will notice the weather proofing when trying to open the battery compartment and very snug access door to the USB jack. Rubber O-rings help keep the water out.”
DigitalCameraInfo had their hands on the new Olympus Stylus 710 and wrote;
Likes: Small, light design that’s extremely pocketable, Helpful Guide setting on the camera that provides good advice for taking pictures, 7 MP is pretty decent resolution in a camera this small, New features such as Bright Capture Technology and Digital Image Stabilization Mode are intriguing and effective Dislikes: Resolution on LCD is too low, Construction feels slightly flimsy, Menus look dated and are sometimes confusing, No manual white balance control, Buttons way to small for large fingers, Movie mode only captures video at 15 frames per second
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7.1-Megapixel CCD, All-Weather Design with Bright Capture Technology for Low-Light Photography, and Built-In Help Guide for Ease of Use
Building on the Stylus legacy of all-weather durability and stylish design, Olympus Imaging America Inc . introduces the new Stylus 710 that delivers premium features, advanced performance and enhanced usability in a sleek, compact point-and-shoot body that’s less than one inch thick.
The camera’s large 2.5-inch LCD and Bright Capture Technology dramatically improves composition, capture and review of images in low-light situations. Olympus’ exclusive TruePic TURBO Image Processor, coupled with a 7. 1 megapixel image sensor, produces crisp, high quality photos. The inclusion of 28 shooting modes offers versatility across a variety of shooting situations. And a built-in Help Guide provides on-the-fly instruction – a handy alternative to toting around a user manual.
“Stylus cameras are renowned throughout the world for their all-weather durability and stylish, classic design,” said Tomoko Matsunaga, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “The Stylus 710 builds upon this reputation with the addition of a 7.1 megapixel image sensor, premium features such as Bright Capture Technology, enhanced usability and a sleek new body design.”
Stylish, Ergonomic Design
The Stylus 710 is defined by high-performance, durability and style. In addition to the all-weather construction that made the Stylus famous, the Stylus 710 features the metal body and clean lines and smooth, rounded edges that make it comfortable to hold and easy to handle. At a compact size that’s less than one inch thick – 3.7″ (W) x 2.2″ (H) x 0.8′ (D) – the camera fits snugly into a pocket and won’t crowd a purse or briefcase .
Typically water and photography are a bad combination, limiting your outdoor photography options when rain, snow or sea is involved. But the compact, all – weather Stylus 710 can go virtually anywhere you can. The body construction is durable and lightweight with rubber gaskets throughout the interior to ensure that rain, sleet, or snow won’t get in the way of great photos .
Bright Capture Technology for Low-Light Photography
There are times when you want to photograph subjects in low light without having to use a flash such as when trying to capture the softness and warmth of a candlelit dinner, or natural skin tones in subdued lighting. Olympus’ revolutionary Bright Capture Technology makes it possible to clearly compose subjects on the LCD. With rapid auto-focus and specific scene modes with high sensitivity (up to ISO 2500) , you can capture bright images even in ambient light.
Digital Image Stabilization Mode
The Stylus 710 features Digital Image Stabilization Mode for capturing crisp, clear pictures – free from the blur sometimes caused by camera shake or moving subjects – with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speed.
2.5-Inch Premium Size LCD
With the large 2.5-inch LCD, the Stylus 710 is a veritable walking photo album. The large LCD makes it easier to see images clearly when composing shots, and when gathering friends around to review them in vivid detail without having to download to a computer.
7.1-Megapixel Image Sensor for Large-Format Prints
The 7.1-megapixel CCD image sensor inside the Stylus 710 delivers high-quality images that are consistently sharp and vivid even in large-format prints – up to poster sizes as large as 16 x 20 inches.
High Quality Olympus Lens Elements
Olympus photos are known worldwide for sharp, vibrant image quality. This is achieved through a number of key technologies, such as Olympus’ super high-refractive-index lens elements, designed specifically for digital cameras. The lens provides the equivalent of 37 to 111 mm focal length in 35mm photography, with 15x combined total zoom (3x optical and 5x digital) to bring the action closer, and a Super Macro Mode that captures details from as close as 3.2 inches.
TruePic TURBO Image Processor for High-Speed Response
Olympus’ exclusive TruePic TURBO Image Processor enhances image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. TruePic TURBO enables the Stylus 710 to capture information from all 7.1 million pixels with pixel ‘micro-smoothing” that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos, even at lower resolutions. The fast startup of less than one second and nearly instant shutter release time ensures a high-speed response so you are always ready to take great pictures.
28 Selectable Shooting Modes
With 24 pre-programmed scene modes, such as Indoor, Candle or Auction, the Stylus 710 makes it easy to capture great images in a variety of lighting situations. And with its QuickTime Movie Mode, the Stylus 710 can record movies with audio of any length, limited only by the size of the internal memory or xD-Picture C ard in the camera.
Help Guide for Added Ease-of-Use
With the Help Guide function, the Stylus 710 makes every last one of its features accessible, even to novice users. By simply holding down the Guide button on the back of the camera, users can access brief descriptions of each of the camera’s functions and scene modes. An improved auto-set Shooting Guide provides users with an explanation of which features to use in a given situation, and then sets the camera automatically for the selected feature on the Guide.
PictBridge Enabled – No Computer Necessary!
Printing and sharing images has never been easier. The power of PictBridge technology enables photos to be printed directly from the Stylus 710 to any PictBridge-enabled printer without using a computer. And the one-touch Print button makes printing a single-step process.
With in-camera editing features such as Red-Eye Fix, image composition with the option to add a built-in frame or text, and color brightness or saturation adjustments, users can edit photos on the fly – no longer do you have to worry about using computers and editing software for simple image touch-ups.
The new PT-032 underwater housing is created specially for the Stylus 710 – so you can take your camera with you on your underwater excursions. The large 2.5-inch LCD, compact body size and three underwater scene modes make it the perfect camera to take along diving. And with Bright Capture Technology you’ll be able to easily preview images on the LCD even in the darkness under water.
Easy USB Auto-Connect
Connecting the Stylus 710 to a computer is easy with the USB Auto-Connect feature, which connects directly via USB 2.0 cable and requires no software.
OLYMPUS Master Software
OLYMPUS Master software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are searchable by date or keyword in the Calendar View. And with one-click editing tools, such as red-eye reduction, images can be touched up before printing or e-mailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away.
The Stylus 710 will be available in February 2006. It includes: a wrist strap, camera WIN/Mac USB cable, audio/ video cable, Li- 42 B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, quick start guide, basic instruction manual, warranty card, CD-ROM with OLYMPUS Master software, and camera advanced manual.
Stylus 710 Estimated Street Price: $ 349 .99 (U.S.)