Olympus Stylus 725 SW Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Last Update: Review & Sample Photos @ ThinkCamera (added on 04.02.07)

Olympus Stylus 725 SW is a waterproof and shockproof point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 23.08.06) featuring 7.1 effective megapixels, 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38 mm – 114 mm), 20 scene modes (e.g. Sports, Beach&Snow, Candle), BrightCapture Technology for better low light photography – with improved brightness for underwater scenes and 2.5″ LCD Screen. The camera is measuring 91 x 58 x 20 mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 0.8 in), weighing around 190 g (6.7 oz) and is running on rechargeable Lithium-Ion.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 04.02.07)

ThinkCamera have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 725 SW where they rate the camera 8/10 and write;
“The mju725SW is a lovely sleek and shiny beast, it’s possibly over-developed in the feature department but that can’t really be a bad thing. It’s like a digital hybrid – containing all the best bits and not falling down in the design or operation department. It’s small enough to fit in the pocket of a jacket or kagoul but quality wise it must surely be on a par with lower end DSLRs – but then I can’t imagine throwing around one of those in the wet. If you’re into active pursuits or just like being out in the wind and the rain there can be no better travelling companion – it’s built for active service and can take what you throw at it. It could have been created and developed by Q. It just leaves me with one burning question – do I really have to give it back?”

TrustedReviews have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 725 SW where they rate the camera 5/10 and write;
“Unsurprisingly it has exactly the same faults on the 725, and so the comments that I made about that camera’s picture quality apply to this one too. As well as the problems with the lens, I found that the images were over-processed, suffered from colour noise even at 200 ISO, and had visible compression artefacts. Unusually for an Olympus camera I also found that the light meter tended to under expose, resulting in pale washed-out colours. Also the restricted dynamic range seriously limited the amount of shadow or highlight detail. All in all a very disappointing performance from a camera which should have been so much better. This might be the most pointless upgrade I’ve ever seen. The mju 725 SW is identical to its predecessor the mju 720 except for an extra two metres of underwater depth. It has all the same faults as the previous camera, and there are plenty of them. If you need a camera to take diving, buy a Fuji F30 or Canon A540with an underwater case instead.”

PocketLint have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 725 SW where they rate the camera 9/10 and write;
“I’m glad to write, the image quality lives up to the build, with the Digital ESP metering working very well indeed (though you do have the bonus of spot metering as well). The focus had a few problems if rushed but otherwise worked well, particularly using the excellent Super Macro mode. Colour is vibrant (thanks to that BrightCapture Technology) but not overly so and in terms of detail, the 725 compares very well indeed. In fact it produces more detail than Casio’s Z1000 compact (I tested that one a while ago) and yet that had 3-megapixel worth of extra resolution. Typically, noise is associated with small sensored, 10-megapixel cameras such as the Z1000…The Olympus Mju 725SW might look a little pricey at £300 given its 7.1-megapixel resolution, but you’re getting an armour plated, Tonka-tough take anywhere camera built for any outdoor activity from snorkeling or skiing to rock climbing or hiking in torrential rain. Add to that images that hold plenty of detail (making A3+ prints a real possibility) and its easy to use controls and while it may lack manual control options, it makes it almost the perfect photo partner for those needing a simple snapper for more demanding environments.”

ePhotozine has reviewed the Olympus Stylus 725 SW and writes;
“Equally at home on the beach or by the swimming pool, the Mju 725SW combines rugged build and excellent image quality with the interesting addition of dust and water-proofing. This makes it a great choice for those who pursue outdoor activities such as watersports or for those who just live life to the full. Although focusing can be difficult underwater and no manual exposure options have been provided for greater control, these are only minor chinks to the Mju 725SW’s extra-tough tough armor. Those looking for a simple to use high quality compact that can take life’s knocks, will not be disappointed with the Olympus Mju 725SW.”

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 04.02.07

- Olympus Stylus 725 SW Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews

>> PRESS RELEASE

The µ (mju) 725 SW – when the going gets tough, choose Olympus

London, 23 August 2006 – With today’s hectic and active lifestyles, photographers need a camera they can truly rely on when the going gets tough. Luckily, being waterproof to 5m** and shockproof to 1.5m, the µ (mju) 725 SW can pretty much shrug off anything that life throws at it. When Olympus introduced the innovative µ (mju) 720 SW – waterproof to 3m – at the start of 2006, it looked like a tough act to follow. However, the new Olympus µ (mju) 725 SW is even harder, being waterproof to a greater depth of 5m. The µ (mju) 725 SW takes its protection from a durably-constructed and yet great looking metal body. Image quality is equally impressive, due to a 7.1 million pixel CCD, coupled with a sharp 3x optical zoom lens (equiv. to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera) and 24 specialist scene modes. BrightCapture technology improves performance in low light– such as when shooting beneath the waves – when the camera’s bright 6.4cm LCD screen also comes into its own. Whether it’s being taken snorkelling in a rock pool, mountain biking over rough terrain, or skateboarding through the city, the µ (mju) 725 SW will deliver great results, regardless of what the photographer demands of it.

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