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Olympus µ Digital 800 / Stylus 800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 350 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the performance and usability are on the whole positive. The image quality and screen are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the storage and contrast. Opinions about the sensor and shutter are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ Digital 800 / Stylus 800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus 800 Digital Camera

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Very high image quality ; Stylish design and water resistance

On-screen guides are cumbersome

Stylish, well-designed camera offers terrific image quality, is water-resistant, and has a big, bright LCD screen.

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Olympus Stylus 800

 

Megapixels: 8, Maximum Resolution: 3264 x 2448 pixels, Included Memory Amount: 32 MB, Included Memory: On Board, Me...

Solid construction and bright, clear 2.5-inch LCD screen. On-screen help features.

Image quality could be sharper. Slow recycle time.

The Olympus Stylus 800 is a well-made camera, but photo quality needs to improve to make it a real compact contender.

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Olympus Stylus 800 (mju 800 Digital)

 

Olympus unveiled its first 8MP compact, the µ Digital 800 / Stylus 800 Digital, back in May 2005. As well as offering one of the highest pixel counts in its class the Stylus 800 is 'weatherproof' and uses a unique technology, 'Bright Capture', to boost...

Excellent resolution ; Bright, vivid and sharp results (though see cons, below) ; Weatherproof ; Excellent build quality ; Attractive design and good handling ; Aperture priority and shutter priority modes ; Lots of scene/subject modes ; Fast, reliable...

Visible noise reduction / sharpening / demosaicing artefacts at all ISO settings, especially if you don't use the SHQ mode ; Images over-sharpened and too contrasty ; Occasional white balance problems in scenes with one predominant color ; Smearing of...

It's hard to know how to rate a camera like the Stylus 800. On the one hand it's responsive, well-specified, well made, well priced and has a fantastic screen. That it's weatherproof too is a significant added bonus if you like to shoot in challenging...

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Olympus Stylus 800 Digital Camera Review

 

The Olympus Stylus 800, known in Europe as the µ[mju:] Digital 800, comes equipped with an 8.0 megapixel, 1/1.8-inch CCD and Olympus' Bright Capture Technology. A member of the long line of Stylus cameras, first introduced to film-based...

- Aperture and shutter priority control - Nice LCD screen - Reasonable control of noise (in auto ISO) - Fast burst mode - Panorama shooting - Splash-proof design - Bright, large LCD screen - Expandable controls

- Menus - Images were a bit soft - Exposure values set by the camera were off slightly when in less favorable lighting - Forced tradeoff for most impressive features (full burst and increased sensitivity) - Weight and unbalanced feel -...

The Olympus Stylus 800 is a decent camera, albeit at a serious price. While the expense brings an 8 megapixel sensor, a host of features, and some intriguing technology, the camera's looks and awkward feel are significant drawbacks. And the intriguing...

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Olympus Stylus 800

 

Like its predecessors, the Olympus Stylus 800's stylish weatherproof body is lightweight. The rear control layout has changed, however, and now sports four buttons to the left of the large LCD. In addition to QuickView, Display (which pops up a...

Weather-resistant, compact body; a decent complement of manual controls and scene modes; excellent built-in help/reference guide; large, bright 2.5-inch LCD

Spotty photo quality, no bundled xD-Picture Card; controls too small for largish hands

This weather-resistant Olympus Stylus 800 has more advanced features than its predecessors but still misses on photo quality.

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Olympus Stylus 800

 

The Olympus Stylus was a legendary weather-resistant camera that quickly shed its 35mm film roots earlier this century to morph into a terrific little digicam. In the case of the Stylus 800, it's a whopping 8-megapixel edition (the first was 3MP). Only...

Compact; fast; weather resistant 8MP digicam with excellent 2.5-inch LCD screen; very high ISO

No optical viewfinder; no AF assist lamp; uses more expensive xD Picture Cards

the Olympus Stylus 800 is a very good digital 8MP camera that's a major step above the point-and-shoot competition.

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Olympus Stylus Digital 800

 

The Stylus 800 delivers power, performance and enhanced usability with an array of innovative technologies: Bright Capture Technology for low-light photography; a HyperCrystal(tm) LCD for high-contrast viewing; metal, all-weather construction for prote

Bottom line - the Olympus Stylus 800 will make an excellent choice for anyone who wants a versatile high resolution digicam. It offers speedy performance and great image quality, along with a wide variety of useful exposure modes; and let us not forget th

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Olympus Mju Digital 800 Review

 

The Olympus Mju Digital 800 is an 8 megapixel compact digital camera with a weatherproof body that is resistant to water spray. Standout features on the Olympus Mju 800 include a large 2.5 inch LCD screen (although there is no room for an optical...

With a mixture of good looks, sturdy build quality and everything from numerous scene modes to almost full photographic control, the Olympus Mju Digital 800 offers something to everyone. This is a compact digital camera that will suit both the novice...

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Digital Cameras - Olympus Stylus 800 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications

 

As the latest in that company's "Stylus" line of compact digital cameras, the 8-megapixel, 3x-zoom Olympus Stylus 800 is to my mind the best Stylus Digital model to date. -- I said that about the 5-megapixel Stylus 500 that preceded it, and now Olympus...

Water-resistant design, Good resolution, sharp images for a compact model, Good/pleasing color (Slightly lower than average saturation for a consumer model though), Auto white balance does better than average with household incandescent lighting.,...

Slightly high contrast (But pretty good highlight detail), High image noise at ISO 400, ISO 800 is marginal, even at small print sizes, ISO 1600 really isn't usable at all. (In our opinion, at least.), Super-high ISOs of "Anti-Shake" mode can result in...

The Olympus Stylus 800 Digital is reminiscent of the past Stylus 500 model, but with increased resolution, a refined user interface, and more control over the image capture process. Slightly off-center on the front of the camera, the lens is protected...

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Olympus Stylus 800

 

There are plenty of other cameras in this class. How does the Stylus 800 compare? Find out now in our review

Compact, all-weather body ; Good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Many manual controls ; Large LCD display gains up in low light ; Blur reduction feature works, but is only for small prints ; Good low light focusing for a camera without an...

Images are on the noisy side, and are too sharp too ; Redeye a problem; in-camera redeye removal tool didn't help ; High ISO performance isn't the greatest; resolution is restricted to 3MP or below at the highest settings ; Sluggish frame rate in movie...

If you're looking for a compact camera with a good feature set, all-weather durability, and some manual controls, I'd recommend taking a look at the Stylus 800. The image quality isn't going to be as good as you'd find on a camera with a larger sensor,...

Product Specifications

See all you can see with one of the most full-featured compact cameras ever. Enjoy amazing detail with 8 megapixels. Experience the view on a large, super clear 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD. Feel comfortable with a built-in Help Guide. Feel confident with Bright Capture Technology for improved previewing and shooting in low light situations. With an all-weather design to take on the elements, and 24 shooting modes to take on any situation.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus Li-12B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.3in
Height:2.3in
Weight:0.4lbs
Width:4.1in

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:2 in 1 / Back light / Beach/snow / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Document / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Self-portrait with self-timer / Sports mode / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:800 Digital/DIGITAL 800
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus /Olympus Stylus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:24mm
Min Focal Length:8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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