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Olympus µ 790 SW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 326 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design. The usability and water proof also get good opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the responsiveness and battery, while some have doubts about the focus and low light performance.

portability, water proof, usability, design, image quality

exposure, memory, flash, low-light, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ 790 SW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus Digital 790 SW


Olympus introduces the Stylus 790 SW, the newest addition to its stylish and durable Stylus SW line of digital compact cameras. Available in five stunning colors (orange, blue, lime, black and silver), the shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and...

Low-light photography has never been easier thanks to Olympus' revolutionary Bright Capture Technology. A brightened preview on the LCD enables simple composition; and with specific scene modes for high sensitivity settings (up to ISO 1600) and rapid...

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Compact Shooter Nearly Tough as Nails


We're no strangers to gadget beat downs - in fact, we think they build character. But Olympus only fed the flame when they shipped us the 790 SW. This update of

Slick design and tight frame. Built to military and industrial spec for dust, and liquid immersion. 5 foot drops onto concrete don't even begin to phase the device. 2.5-inch LCD screen is both resistant to freezing and viewable in sunlight. Reasonably...

Paltry 3x optical zoom. Picture quality is lacking compared to others in its class. 10 second max of 640 x 480 video is neither long, nor visually compelling. 14.7 MB of internal memory ensures the need for an xD memory card

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Stylus 790SW


The Olympus Stylus 790SW is the manufacturer's third waterproof digital camera. It has common point-and-shoot specs: 7.1 megapixels, 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. It also aims to be trendy, as it comes in five different colors. The...

Swanky colors ; Noise low through ISO 400 ; Lots of Scene modes ; Guide mode ; Effects preview ; Incredibly durable ; Compact

Inaccurate colors ; Poor white balance ; Awful in low light ; Choppy or short movies ; Poor resolution ; Weak and spotty flash ; Slow autofocus ; Unimpressive 1 fps burst


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Olympus Stylus 790 SW (Black)


Do you like to drop your digital camera on the floor? Dunk it in water? Bury it in snow? Who doesn't? But usually, that can cause some problems, since most cameras hate water, won't operate in freezing cold temperatures, and don't take well to falls....

Camera is waterproof to 10 feet, shock resistant to short drops and mild impact, and freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit; also, has nifty Perfect Shot Preview function.

No manual exposure controls; slightly soft images.

If you need a camera that you can take snorkeling or skiing, then the Stylus 790 SW might be just the ticket, but you can find better image quality elsewhere for the same price.

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Olympus Stylus 790 SW


The Stylus 790 SW is packed with technology tailored for active people. The shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and dustproof design means it's incredibly durable, but it's also sleek, stylish and available in five cool color options. The new Face...

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Olympus Stylus 790 SW


If you need a camera that you can take snorkeling with you or take along to the ski slopes, and all you plan to do is view the images on your TV, email them, or print small prints, then you can't beat the 790SW. But if image quality matters to you, or...

Shock proof from 5 feet, waterproof to 10 feetDustproof, freezeproof (down to 14 degrees F), sandproof7.1 MP resolution2.5" HyperCrystal LCD monitor

Poor image quality

The Olympus Stylus 790 SW is a compact digital camera that is built to take

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Olympus Stylus 790 SW Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


The Olympus Stylus 790 SW features a design ensuring wherever you go - regardless of environment - your camera will go right along with you

Shockproof ; Waterproof ; Freezeproof ; Sand and dustproof ; Face detection autofocus ; LED Lamp super macro mode ; Internal memory for up to eight favorite photos ; A mode for every situation, including three underwater modes ; Good daylight screen...

Slightly confusing guided shooting mode ; Hit-and-miss autofocus ; No optical viewfinder ; Soft corners, chromatic aberration ; Heavy noise suppression at all ISOs ; Soft images overall at all ISOs ; Image quality limits print sizes to 4x6 inches

The "SW" in the name hints at two of the camera's more unusual features - both shock- and water-proofing. As with past models, the Olympus 790SW is shockproof to the MIL-STD-810F standard - meaning that the camera can withstand drops of up to 5 feet...

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Product Review: Olympus Stylus 7.1 Megapixel Digital Camera


If you begin to delve slightly deeper into all of the digital camera options, you are able to find a high-quality product, complete with state-of-the-art features, for under $300. One of these digital cameras is the Olympus Stylus 7.1 Megapixel Digital...

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Olympus Stylus 790 SW Digital Camera


The Stylus 790 SW is one camera you really can take just about anywhere, including underwater. The photos won't be as good as those taken with some other similar-priced cameras, however.

Built to withstand 5-foot drops, 14-degree temperatures, or immersion in 10 feet of water; four underwater shooting modes; digital stabilization system; fast wakeup time; good flash coverage

Slightly soft photos; distracting visual noise at ISO 800; 640x480-resolution video limited to 10-second clips; uses less-common xD-Picture Card media

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Olympust Stylus 790 SW Review


Like the first Stylus, the Olympus Stylus 790 SW is capable of capturing very good snapshots and memory photos with little effort on the part of the photographer.

Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, ultra-compact, and stylish

Resolution: 7.1 megapixels (3072 x 2304) ; Viewfinder: 2.5 inch TFT LCD ; Exposure: Auto Exposure (AE) only ; Lens: f3.4-f5.7/6.7mm-20.1mm (38mm-114mm equivalent) all glass (10 elements in 8 groups with 3 aspherical elements) optical zoom lens. optical...

Like the first Stylus, the 790 SW is capable of capturing very good snapshots and memory photos with little effort on the part of the photographer.  If that's not enough, the diminutive 790SW is built like a tank and can be taken along on active...

Product Specifications

The camera built for life's adventures. The Stylus 790 SW is packed with technology tailored for active people. The Shockproof, Waterproof, Freezeproof and Dustproof design means it's incredibly durable, but it's also sleek and stylish. The new Face Detection feature recognizes subjects' faces and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portraits. Whether you're playing volleyball at the beach, mountain biking or just hanging out at the pool, the Stylus 790 SW is a must-have vacation and party accessory.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
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:xD-Picture Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Model:790 SW
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus /Olympus Stylus

Lens System

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


Color:Black/Blue/Green/Lime green/Marine blue/Midnight black/Orange/Silver/Starry silver
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Underwater Use: Yes
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"/1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )/11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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