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Olympus µ 1030SW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 530 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and performance. The usability and water proof also get good feedback. The focus and lens get mixed opinions. The low light performance and flash get negative views.

portability, water proof, usability, performance, design

battery, value for money, memory, flash, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ 1030SW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW


A Nearly Invincible Super-Shooter

Water-, shock-, cold-proof housing leads to creative photos. Looks like a regular camera versus one in a bulky case. Snaps images almost precisely with shutter button

Mediocre image quality has more noise than detail. Hard to see the screen in bright light. Flash doesn't light image edges along with a center subject

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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW (Black)


Olympus has some of the roughest and toughest cameras on the market, most notably the 10-megapixel Stylus 1030 SW, a compact, point-and-shoot camera that's rugged enough to outlast any contestant on Survivor. But you don't have to be exiled or an...

Rugged, sealed body that's waterproof, crushproof, shockproof, and freezeproof; solid build and design, onboard Guide for beginners; live preview.

Average image quality and performance.

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.

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Stylus 1030 SW


The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is tough. The company claims it will shoot 33 feet underwater, withstand temperatures down to 14 degrees, survive a 6.6-foot drop and 220 pounds of pressure. But can it handle weddings and laughing children as well as...

Rugged, hazard-defying construction ; Easy to handle ; Decent image quality

No manual exposure controls ; No image stabilization ; No manual focus ; Poor white balance performance

The Olympus 1030 SW is both a treat and a disappointment. We love the idea of a camera we can mistreat in a wide range of difficult shooting situations without having to worry about babying our gear. It's small and portable enough to go where an SLR...


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Olympus Stylus 1030SW


The Stylus 1030 SW is one tough camera. The Shockproof, Waterproof, Freezeproof and Dustproof design gives active people the confidence to take this camera anywhere and shoot in nearly any condition. Plus, the wide-angle lens lets users capture more of...

Rugged and waterproof. Takes underwater pictures and video. Terrific image quality

Significant shutter lag and long recycle times between shots. Uses xD-Picture Cards, which are limited to 2GB storage. (Can use microSD cards too but requires an adapter to do so.) ; Watch the Olympus Stylus 1030SW Video Review

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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW


This fast and durable camera can take a pounding in all sorts of conditions and can snap good-looking pictures.

Rugged yet sleek design ; Simple interface ; Speedy performance ; Records smooth video

No optical image stabilization ; Reds and pinks sometimes appear muted ; Flash sometimes overwhelms low-light shots

You don't have to climb Mt. Olympus to appreciate the 1030 SW. Its durability and ability to capture sharp photos in a wide variety of shooting conditions makes it a versatile camera for travelers and thrill-seekers alike.

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Olympus Stylus Digital 1030 SW


Designed for adventurers users worldwide, Olympus has unleashed the 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...

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...

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Olympus Stylus 1030SW First Impressions Review


Take a look at the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Olympus has introduced another tough digital camera with its Stylus 1030SW. They claim it can handle a drop from 6.6 feet, a dunk in water 33 feet deep, temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and...

- Toughest camera ever - 3.6x lens longer than its predecessor's - Skinny body - Pre-capture movies - Thorough Playback mode

- Slow Burst mode - $399 price - Weak flash - Poor handling - Confusing menus

The 10.1-megapixel Olympus Stylus 1030SW now lets casual divers record higher resolution images of fish and underwater fauna. This digital camera is the toughest on the market - even tougher than the 770SW.


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Olympus Mju 1030 SW Review


The Olympus Mju 1030 SW is the latest addition to Olympus' ever-growing range of shockproof and waterproof digital cameras. Waterproof to a depth of 10m and shockproof against falls to 2m, the metal-bodied mju 1030 SW should survive pretty much...

Though you'll find some good deals online, you're not going to buy an Olympus Mju 1030 SW unless you also buy into its exterior toughness as it's obviously costing you a little extra over similarly specified competitors. At a time when a lot of...

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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


The Stylus 1030 SW is more than just another stylish-looking digicam - it's the latest in Olympus' of incredibly rugged compact cameras, offering the peace of mind you get when you're using a waterproof, shockproof, crushproof and even freezeproof...

Compact, attractive design ; Rugged build ; Waterproof ; Freeze proof ; Crushproof ; Shockproof ; Submersible to 33 feet with no time limits ; Special underwater scene modes ; 28mm wide-angle optical zoom ; Macro illumination lamp ; Face Detection ;...

External control identifiers difficult to read ; Image noise even at low ISO ; Chromatic aberration ; Soft images ; Face Detection buried in main menu ; Image quality not as good as "non-rugged" competition ; Poor autofocus system ; No manual aperture...

The Stylus 1030SW includes both a ten megapixel CCD image sensor and Olympus-branded 3.6x optical zoom lens, as well as a 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 pixels. The 1030's lens starts at a wide 28mm equivalent focal length, and extends to 102mm, a...

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Review: Olympus Stylus 1030SW, The Shockproof, Waterproof, and Freezeproof Digital Camera


The first page of this camera review will cover an introduction to what the Olympus Stylus 1030SW Digital Camera. It sheds light on why the underwater digital camera is considered indestructible. In this review you will also read about the cameras...

Product Specifications

The Stylus 1030 SW is one tough camera. The shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and dustproof design gives active people the confidence to take this camera anywhere and shoot in nearly any condition. Plus, the wide-angle lens lets users capture more of what they see. It is great for divers, surfers, rafters, skiers and anyone with an active lifestyle.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus Li-50B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:xD-Picture Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Auction / Available light portrait / Beach/snow / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Shoot & select 1 / Shoot & select 2 / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater snapshot / Underwater wide 1 / Underwater wide 2


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus Stylus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.1
Max Focal Length:18.2mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:3.6
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Underwater Use: Yes
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.35"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.8 mm ( 1/2.35 ) / 10.8 mm ( 1/2.35" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Frames / Saturation / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None