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Olympus µ 1050SW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 633 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the value for money and water proof. The image quality and portability also get good comments. Many are less positive about the lens and battery.

usability, portability, image quality, water proof, value for money

performance, responsiveness, shutter, battery, lens

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ 1050SW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW (Champagne)


The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW rolled out in October 2008 at a price of $299.99 and was the first to feature the company's Tap Control, letting you change certain camera functions simply by tapping on the sides, top, or back of the camera. Since then, the...

Rugged body; unique Tap Control; very good feature set.

Poor control layout; produces soft photos; sloooooow performance.

Despite its decent features and handy Tap Control, there's no getting past the slow performance of the Olympus Stylus 1050 SW.

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Stout Olympus Cam Takes a Licking and Keeps On Clicking


Are you the schlemiel who's always dropping his cellphone or camera at parties? Or maybe you're the schlemazel who always gets the drink spilled on him? Either

Shockproof to 5 feet and waterproof 10 means you can bang it on the edge of the pool as you fall in with no harm done. Tap feature lets you change settings without futzing with buttons, and the camera can handle alpine frigidity with aplomb. Comes with...

Lens cover slides more easily than Ricky Henderson. The battery is easily inserted backwards, making you think it's dead or the camera is malfunctioning. Weak zoom and poor macro ability; this camera could use a bifocal upgrade

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Stylus 1050 SW


The 10-megapixel Olympus Stylus 1050 SW is the latest addtion to the company's line of ruggedized point-and-shoot cameras. It doesn't match the level of indestructibility achieved by the brawny 1030 SW we reviewed earlier this year, but it's fine for...

Well constructed metal body ; Handsome, practical design ; No worries about spashes, cold or minor falls

Poor to middling image quality test results ; Lack of manual controls ; No hardware image stabilization

This is a well-constructed metal-body camera that looks stylish and sophisticated while boldy going where a less ruggedized model would fear to tread. We like the multitude of scene modes, the high-speed still mode (albeit at reduced resolution) and...


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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW


If you're an avid explorer (or a walking disaster), feast your eyes on the rugged charms of the Olympus Stylus 1050 SW. This pocket-size camera can endure a torrent of abuse, whether it accompanies you on outdoor adventures, joins you on underwater...

Excellent image quality ; Waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof

Lacks many advanced features ; Screen is hard to see underwater

The 1050 SW offers mediocre specs, but this very rugged little camera shoots stunning photos.

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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW


Earlier this year, Olympus impressed us with its waterproof Stylus 1030 SW, a capable pocket camera that delivers solid image quality. Moreover, its rugged, compact design can withstand the elements, including extreme cold. Trouble is, wearing gloves...

Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof. Built-in accelerometer and "tap controls" let you activate some features by tapping. Descriptive menus and features are very intuitive and helpful for beginners

Long shutter delay. Long wait time between shots. Sharpness weakens at image edges. Noticeable color fringing. ISO speeds 400 to 1600 are very noisy. LCD shows significant motion blur

Waterproofing, ruggedizing, and a unique "tap-control" feature don't make up for subpar image quality and long shutter lag in this Olympus point-and-shooter.

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Olympus Stylus 1050SW Digital Camera First Impressions Review


The Olympus Stylus 1050SW lives for moderate danger; it is water, shock and freezeproof, so it can stand up to the rigors of a trip to the beach or an adventure in the snowy wastelands. And we found the camera to be easy to use, with the new tap...

- Water, shock, and freeze proof - Tap control works well - Fits well in the hand

- Zoom control is poorly located, making the camera slip when used - No manual controls - No shutter- or aperture- priority mode - Screen is a little grainy

If you are the sort of person who likes to visit moderately dangerous places, the Stylus 1050SW is worth considering. It is water, shock and freezeproof, so it should stand up to shallow water, drops and chilly weather. But the 1030SW may be a better...

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Olympus Stylus Digital 1050 SW


Designed for adventurers users worldwide, Olympus has unleashed the 10.1-megapixel Stylus 1050 SW. Durable enough to stand up to an "on the go" lifestyle, the metal body and shock-absorbing construction allow the camera to withstand up to a 5 foot...

The Stylus 1050 SW performs as well underwater as it does on land because its lightweight, metal exterior is matched with interior rubber gaskets and O-rings to seal out the elements. It can be fully submerged to capture beautiful images down to 10...

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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW


If you need a rugged, all-weather point-and-shoot camera, you probably should give the Stylus 1050 SW a try, but be sure and try it out in a store that will let you look at some test images you've taken, as image quality seems to be the number one...

Shockproof (to 5ft.)Waterproof (to 10ft.)Freezeproof (down to 10 degrees F)Face detect AF

Image quality is suspect

The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW is the latest in Olympus' line of Stylus...

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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW


The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW features a shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof body designed to take whatever the elements can throw at it - or perhaps, whatever you might accidentally throw it at! Able to survive a drop from five feet, to capture photos...

A "Perfect Shot Preview" mode allows users to see what the effects of certain camera adjustments - for example, zoom, exposure compensation, white balance, or metering mode - will be before actually taking a photo. A generous 22 scene modes are offered...

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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Review


After putting the go-anywhere Olympus Stylus 1050 SW to the test, the results are in: the camera is definitely rugged, but can the images keep up?

Nearly indestructible ; Great styling and compactness ; Images are vibrant, color-accurate ; Good macro shooting options

AF is slow, even in good light ; ISO 1600 shows more noise than most competitors ; Hit or miss battery life ; Some image quality concerns

The problem doesn't start appreciably taking detail off edges until around ISO 400, however, and even then the 1050 is in keeping with most of its competitors. ISO 800 is another step back in terms of softness/detail loss and noise, but it's still...

Product Specifications

Beneath its elegant exterior, the Stylus 1050 SW is shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and overall lifeproof. Plus it's loaded with breakthrough features like tap control that lets you operate the camera simply by tapping it. It is great for extremely cold temperatures where gloves are a must.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus LI-42B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:microSD Card / xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M/xD-Picture Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/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 / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Shoot & select 1 / Shoot & select 2 / Smile shot / Snow / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater snapshot/Anti shake / Auction / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Document / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Night scene with portrait / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Sunset/Landscape / Portrait mode / Beach/snow / Night portrait / Landscape-portrait / Self-portrait / Fireworks / Night scene / Sports mode / Sunset / Indoor / Cuisine / Candle / Behind glass / Auction / Available light portrait / Anti shake / Shoot & select 2 / Shoot & select 1 / Documents / Underwater snapshot / Smile shot


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus/Olympus Stylus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.1-5.9/F/3.5-5.0
Max Focal Length:18.9mm/20.1mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm/6.7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


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

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33 / 1/2.33"/1/2.33"/1/2.35"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.8 mm ( 1/2.35 ) / 10.8 mm ( 1/2.35" )/10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel/8Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI/AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4/5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1000/1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Saturation/Black & White / Saturation / Sepia/Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None