Olympus Stylus 770SW

Last Update: Review by LaptopMag (24 October’07

The Olympus 770SW is an all-terrain point-and-shoot digital camera featuring 7.1 million effective pixels, waterproof to 10m, shockproof against falls from up to 1.5m, Crush proof against loads of up to 100kg and freezeproof to -10 degrees Celsius, 3x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 38-114mm) with digital mage stabilization, and a 2,5″ Hypercrystal LCD screen. The camera is measuring in at 3.6” W x 2.3” H x 0.8” D (91.8mm x 59.2mm x 20.6mm), weighing 155g, and it’s running on Li-Ion battery. The Olympus 770SW will be available in March 2007 with an estimated street price of US$379.99

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Olympus Stylus 770SW Reviews

LaptopMag reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“Photos taken with the Stylus 770 SW were better than what the Stylus 720 SW produced. Our test shots were only slightly undersaturated, and the colors were accurate. Noise at ISO 200 and 400 wasn’t an issue on our tests. When we bumped the ISO up to 800 or 1600, however, quality suffered, and the sharpness dropped considerably.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Macworld reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“If you plan to do most of your shooting on outdoor adventures and don’t want to schlep around high-end gear, the Olympus Stylus 770 SW will produce adequate snapshots and withstand all kinds of abuse. But if thrill-seeking is only a minor part of your lifestyle, you may want to buy a more capable point-and-shoot camera and encase it in a waterproof housing for the occasional walk on the wild side.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CrunchGear reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“…I have to say this is one rugged, good looking camera. It’s tough and versatile enough to be considered a great action camera that you can take anywhere. I’m willing to make allowances for the fact that you can’t be all things to all people and that the main thrust of the 770SW is it’s being rugged. The Olympus 770SW will take a licking and keep on shooting.”
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGuide reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“Its 0.12 second shutter speed was a little on the slow side.The same can be said of its 2.1 second start up time, however the 1.7 second shot-to-shot time is relatively good and should be fast enough to ensure you don’t miss any of the action… Designed specifically for a niche market, the Tough 770SW is an ideal camera for those into the rougher side of life. Its pictures aren’t the best we’ve seen, but for some that isn’t the primary concern when buying a camera, and for those people this model may be a good choice.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

LaptopMag reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
” Our test shots were only slightly undersaturated, and the colors were accurate. Noise at ISO 200 and 400 wasn’t an issue on our tests…If you’re looking for a svelte but tough digital camera that can go everywhere–and we mean everywhere, including underwater and in the snow–the Olympus Stylus 770 SW is definitely worth a look.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMag reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“In my still life tests, I found daylight shots to be pretty good, if a bit overexposed. The flash is a little weak, and flash shots showed some colored noise. During performance tests, the camera scored roughly the same as its predecessor, with 1,650 lines of resolution, a boot-up time of 2.4 seconds, and a recycle time of 3.8 seconds. There is a little shutter lag, but nothing terrible. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ImagingResource reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“Outdoor enthusiasts may well be able to overlook some of its performance and image quality shortcomings, as well as its basic feature set, knowing that the Olympus Stylus 770 SW can handle whatever physical challenges are thrown its way. Caution when using Digital Image Stabilization, the Available Light Scene mode, and high ISOs should help prevent most image noise, giving snapshooters a way to capture decent — albeit not great — images of their outdoor adventures.”
Rating: N/A

Photoxels reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“At ISO 200 and 400, noise has been reduced but at the expense of image detail; they would be usable in small-sized 4×6 in. prints and for Web display. Above ISO 400, the presence of noise takes the form of coloured splotches… Overall, good to very good image quality for a 7.1MP digital camera. Despite the availability of high ISOs, the Stylus 770 SW is not a low-light camera, but for its intended purpose of sunny beach, boating, and rough outdoors, the Olympus 770 SW can be expected to produce sharp pictures, good image detail and colours.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Pocket-Lint reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“Olympus is renowned for its weatherproofed compacts and its SW series of digital compacts extend that “proofing” to greater depths and strengths than ever before with the Mju 770SW. Picture quality is good at the Super High Quality and at lower ISO settings. Ease of use (under “normal” conditions at least) is built-in, but the lack of any real manual control other than +/-2EV exposure compensation means anyone looking for more control might want to steer clear. However, those of you looking for a rugged, pocketable, yet stylish outdoor camera that can practically (and literally) go (almost) anywhere, then look no further.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalTrends reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“There is no digital camera available like the Olympus Stylus 770SW. None can take the beating this camera can. If you’re an outdoorsy type and are looking for an easy-to-carry camera to take along on your treks, this is the one. Folks who expect to be at the beach and near the surf should consider this one too—the screen really takes the sunlight well and you can drop it in the water and it’ll be fine—as long as you grab it before it hits 33 feet below the surface. Yes, it has its shortcomings—especially the high price–but this 7.1-megapixel survivor is unique. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“The colour rendition of the test shots is fairly accurate although on the colour chart test some of the blues did appear quite a lot brighter than they were in real life. In the case of the portrait shots, they were reasonably true-to-life in terms of colour, although on close inspection there did appear to be some red and purple tones around the area where the jawline meets the hair…. A hard wearing yet stylishly designed compact, the MJU-770 SW is practical, sturdy and life-proof with a variety of useful features. It’s easy to use and perfect for either beginners or those who want a little more creative control over their photography and those want to experiment with underwater photography. .”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoReviewAU reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“Outdoor pictures taken with the test camera were bright and contrasty but indoor shots showed a much better dynamic range, reflecting the camera’s underwater capabilities. Imatest showed reproduction of most hues was accurate, except for slight shifts in orange and red. Saturation was relatively low for a digicam. Resolution was slightly below expectations for a 7-megapixel camera and Imatest showed a severe decline at ISO settings over 800. …Shots taken with the Macro and Super Macro modes showed plenty of detail and vibrant colours. The flash required an ISO setting of 400 before it could illuminate an average-sized room. White balance performance was typical of many digicams, although the tungsten pre-set provided full correction with incandescent lighting.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“Ergonomics for the Stylus 770 are good. It’s compact enough to be carried in the smallest pocket or handbag, while still large enough to fit comfortably in your hands…. The 770′s 7-megapixel SHQ images have plenty of resolution to create high-quality prints up to 13×19 inches or larger, however we had some issues with the poor position of the lens and the below average results of its VGA movie mode. With an MSRP of $379.99, it offers a good value for a 7-megapixel underwater capable digicam. ”
Rating: N/A

DigicamReview reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“The Olympus Stylus Mju 770SW is a unique digital camera, and would be especially suited to someone who wants to take their camera with them everywhere they go, especially if they’re prone to dropping things, getting things wet, getting things dusty, standing on things, or travelling in freezing conditions… Image quality was generally good especially outside, although indoors some flash photos seemed slightly under-saturated, and images were slightly soft. Noise was quite well controlled. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“Images from the Stylus 770SW weren’t perfect, but that’s not surprising given this camera is built more for extreme durability than optical purity. For example, our test images looked slightly soft overall and had more image artifacts than we’re used to in a camera in this price range, though you can’t jump into a swimming pool and shoot images underwater with those cameras. The bottom line: Olympus’ Stylus 770SW might not produce perfect images, but you’d be hard pressed to find a compact camera as tough as this one. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“Comparing the photos I took today using the 770 SW with the shots I took with the 725 SW back in December, there doesn’t appear to have been much improvement in image quality, which is unfortunate because it does let the camera down badly….If you’re looking for a completely indestructible camera to suit your adrenaline-junkie lifestyle, the Olympus mju SW series is still the only game in town, and the 770 SW is the most everything-proof one yet. It’s able to survive anything short of an atomic bomb, but it is slightly lacking in the picture quality department. Still, the fact that it can take any kind of picture at all 10m deep in freezing water while being crushed is remarkable enough.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Olympus Stylus 770 SW and writes;
“The new additions and improvements to the Stylus 770 SW, add a fair amount of value. The better resolution screen is nice and the LED illumination lamp is a very cool and very useful feature. For outdoor enthusiasts and snorkelers, the added rugged features (crush proofing, cold proofing, and better waterproofing) add a lot of value. Image quality is good outdoors and average indoors. Images showed a lot of detail, but the camera could do a better job of metering and the automatic white balance is not great. The images were sharp and showed good detail. The camera is able to shoot at up to ISO 1600 which enables the digital image stabilization and a theoretically longer flash range. ”
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource have written a preview of the Olympus Stylus 770 SW where they write;
“Olympus has made a lot of changes to the Stylus 770 SW, none of them bad; but I’m not as pleased with its appearance. While the 720 SW looked and felt like it was machined from a solid hunk of steel, the 770 SW looks more like aluminum composite. The feel is still solid and hefty, though, which helps stabilize the camera when shooting, unlike the other Stylus cameras we’ve reviewed recently. The shutter button, which I raved about on the 720 SW, is the same on the 770, and easier to release than other Stylus models as well. Controls on the back are largely the same, except for the shape of the buttons, which are square rather than round. I love the large lip on the back that serves as both a thumb grip and wrist strap lashing point. It’s another design accent that shows off the 770 SW’s solid build.”
Rating: N/A

DigitalCameraInfo have written a preview of the Olympus Stylus 770 SW where they write;
“xcept this Hummer has the steering wheel on the floor, the speedometer and other gauges in the back seat, and a gas pedal the size of a green bean. The Olympus Stylus 770SW’s menus are confusing; its buttons are tiny, and its components aren’t smartly placed. The interface of the sturdy, compact camera is disappointing. In the end, the pictures aren’t much better. Shutter lag is a problem, causing plenty of blinked eyes and past action. Blur plagued action shots, and the camera didn’t shoot well at all in low light. The sturdy Stylus 770SW, despite all its classifications, seems to take pictures best in sunny conditions.”
Rating: N/A

Olympus Stylus 770SW Samples

- Olympus Stylus 770 SW Sample Photo @ ImagingResource
- Olympus Stylus 770 SW Sample Photo @ Photoxels
- Olympus Stylus 770 SW Sample Photo @ Pocket-Lint
- Olympus Stylus 770 SW Sample Photo @ Steve’sDigicams
- Olympus Stylus 770 SW Sample Photo @ DigicamReview
- Olympus Stylus 770 SW Sample Photo @ TrustedReviews
- Olympus Stylus 770 SW Sample Photo @ DigitalCameraReview

Olympus Stylus 770SW User Manuals (PDF)

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Olympus Stylus 770SW Press Release

CENTER VALLEY, Pa, January 25, 2007 – Olympus today rolled out the toughest digital camera in the Stylus series: the Stylus 770 SW. Built for active lifestyles, the 7.1-megapixel ultra-compact camera is designed to take great photos in nearly any environment, including in water down to depths of 33 feet (10 meters) and in winter weather as frigid as 18 degrees below freezing (14 degrees Fahrenheit; -10 degrees Celsius). It can also survive falls up to five feet and heavy loads up to 220 pounds of pressure. Within the camera’s rugged exterior is an array of innovative technologies to ensure clear, sharp images in the roughest of shooting situations.

The Stylus 770 SW boasts several signature features:

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Comment by Rosemary Hall Subscribed to comments via email
2008-07-19 03:00:54

Fine little camera. However, when out-of-doors with any sunlight on me or the camera, the viewing screen reflects like a mirror. I have no way to see what I am shooting and compose – or even know if I am getting a shot of what I’d like to have.

I’ve been told that since the camera has no viewfinder that’s what I’m stuck with. I’ve been told to wear polarizing glasses. Tried that -didn’t work.

Do I need to wear a hood and hold the camera up to my face? Is there an attachment available to house the camera and sheild it from sunlight? Are there some instructions in the manual I’m missing?

I’d appreciate help on this – going to Mt. Hood Wednesday and want to have a small compact camera to use.




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