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Olympus µ 850 SW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 571 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the value for money and water proof. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the storage and energy efficiency. There are mixed views on the focus and lens.

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

flash, shutter, viewfinder, energy, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ 850 SW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus 850 SW

 

If your rambles take you through adverse terrain and extreme climate (or if you're just generally clumsy), having a digicam like the 850 SW is a definite plus. Why? Because it's shockproof and waterproof. While such ruggedness is great, are the...

The Bottomline The Olympus 850 SW is a great camera for people who go on offbeat vacations and/or are generally clumsy. It’s not a delicate piece of equipment that you’d need to treat with kid gloves. The only thing I'd say to even a child is – go...

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Olympus Stylus 850SW

 

The Stylus 850 SW is designed for active people who want a tough camera that can keep up with their on-the-go lifestyles. Incredibly durable, sleek and stylish, the Stylus 850 SW is a must-have vacation and party accessory. Innovative waterproof seals...

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Olympus Stylus 850 SW

 

If you lead an active lifestyle, and need a camera that goes along with it, then give the Olympus 850 SW a good, hard look. You won't find a better constructed camera for the money, and it has enough features to make it a very usable camera. It's got...

Drop-proof to 5ft.Waterproof to 10ftFreezeproof to 14°F8.0 megapixel resolution2.5" 230,000 dot display

If you're looking for a durable, compact point and shoot camera, take a...

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Olympus Stylus 850SW

 

There aren't many accessories to soup up the Stylus 850SW with: Just various camera cases and 'premium' colored wrist straps. There's a waterproof case as well, which let's you bring the camera deeper, up to 40 meters, compared to without...

Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and comes in many colors ; Compatible with both xD-Picture and microSD cards ; Very usable LCD outdoors and indoors, with backlighted buttons ; LED illuminator is useful for macro shots (and low-light focusing too) ;...

No manual controls ; Slowish lens without optical image stabilization ; Below average battery life ; Plastic tripod mount and tiny, packed buttons ; Noise + detail loss at high ISO speeds

Colorful and durable, that's what the Stylus 850SW is. Not only is it waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, the Olympus Stylus 850SW is compatible with two kinds of memory cards and comes with an LED lamp which you can actually use for various purposes.

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Olympus Stylus 850 SW

 

The Olympus Stylus 850 SW (announced 22 Jamuary 2008) is an 8 megapixel point and shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom (38mm - 114mm). The Stylus 850 SW is designed for active people want a tough camera. It has … Continue reading →

It also features face detection, digital image stabilization, and a 2.5 inch HyperCrystal LCD display.

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Stylus 850 SW

 

The shock and waterproof Olympus Stylus 850 SW was introduced in January of 2008 as part of the company's big winter announcement that included no fewer than nine new consumer cameras. The 850 SW appears to be the successor of last summer's Stylus 790...

Attractively styled sports and outdoor camera, Snorkeling possible with 10 feet depth limit, Inherent waterproofing provides peace of mind when handling in/around water, Can survive 5-foot drops and 14 degree temperature!, Superb wide-angle, high-res...

Strictly point & shoot

Sequential shooting is twice as fast. You can now shoot seven frames per second at 3 megapixel resolution. At full resultion (8MP), you can shoot six frames in one second intervals

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Stylus 850 SW

 

The shock and waterproof Olympus Stylus 850 SW was introduced in January of 2008 as part of the company's big winter announcement that included no fewer than nine new consumer cameras. The 850 SW appears to be the successor of last summer's Stylus 790...

Attractively styled sports and outdoor camera, Snorkeling possible with 10 feet depth limit, Inherent waterproofing provides peace of mind when handling in/around water, Can survive 5-foot drops and 14 degree temperature!, Superb wide-angle, high-res...

Strictly point & shoot

The attractive ultra-compact water, shock and shockproof 8-megapixel Stylus 850 SW is perfect for those who love to take their camera outdoors without having to baby it. The camera can take a beating and you can even use it underwater, down to a depth...

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Constant Companion!

 

I take this with me a lot and am always glad. I like to shut the flash off because I prefer more natural lighting (there is a "Available Light" setting which works well, although makes some shots grainy). I have also had a lot of fun with the panorama...

Lots of options/functionality. Panorama options, digital zoom, low-light shots, video, underwater use, easy transfer to computer, light

After one or two uses in a pool, the little icons on the settings dial disappeared, but I use the camera so much that I can easily find whatever settings I am after

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Constant Companion!

 

I take this with me a lot and am always glad. I like to shut the flash off because I prefer more natural lighting (there is a "Available Light" setting which works well, although makes some shots grainy). I have also had a lot of fun with the panorama...

Lots of options/functionality. Panorama options, digital zoom, low-light shots, video, underwater use, easy transfer to computer, light

After one or two uses in a pool, the little icons on the settings dial disappeared, but I use the camera so much that I can easily find whatever settings I am after

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Be sure to get an extended warranty - hardly waterproof

 

If you are considering purchasing this camera for the waterproof capabilities, I would rethink my decision.

Camera takes EXCELLENT day / sunlight photos and it fairly easy to use

The waterproof components quit working after exactly one year and now the camera is giving me problems. Also, night photos are not great quality, but then again, I have yet to get a camera that can take decent night photos

Product Specifications

The Stylus 850 SW is designed for active people who want a tough camera that can keep up with their on-the-go lifestyles. Incredibly durable, sleek and stylish, the Stylus 850 SW is a must-have vacation and party accessory. Accidents happen. A rugged metal body and revolutionary shock-absorbing construction are designed to withstand a 5-foot fall, drop or other mishaps. Innovative waterproof seals and gaskets allow you to take underwater movies and amazing pictures in a pool, lake or ocean. Perfect for skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other winter fun, this camera is winterized to perform at below-freezing temperatures. Tracks faces and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. With high ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds you can freeze the action to capture sharp, blur-free images even if you or your subject is moving.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in
Height:2.4in
Weight:4.8oz
Width:3.7in

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: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

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:850 SW
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line: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

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Pink/Silver/Yellow
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:8Megapixel

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 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-1600)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Frames / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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