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Olympus Stylus 720SW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 618 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and water proof. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive comments about the contrast and zoom, while there are some mixed reviews about the responsiveness.

portability, image quality, usability, water proof, screen

battery, shutter, viewfinder, zoom, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus Stylus 720SW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Stylus 720 SW

 

Waterproof and Shockproof Point-and-Shoot Camera

Shock- and waterproof. Excellent image quality. Strong flash ; No viewfinder. Skimpy printed manual. Annoying info overlay during image playback

No viewfinder. Skimpy printed manual. Annoying info overlay during image playback

The Stylus 720 SW is a camera we easily fell in love with. It's stylish, rugged, and waterproof - perfect for rafting, climbing, skiing, or just lazing around on the beach. It takes great pictures, too.

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Olympus Stylus 720 SW

 

Very good picture qualityunderwater and above ground. Both waterproof and shock-resistant.

Slow recycle time. Some shutter lag. Pricey. Choppy video with tinny sound.

A very good camera for underwater shots, but it has some limitations.

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Olympus Stylus 720 SW Camera

 

Looking for a camera for klutzes? If you tend to be hard on your cameras (by dropping them in a pool, for example) Olympus may have your number. The Stylus 720 SW ($400 as of 6/15/06) is the first pocket-sized digital camera I've seen (and I've seen...

Solid metal body, minimal shutter lag Rated waterproof and shockproof

Dimly lit LCD Can't alter contrast/saturation settings

Also, digital noise was evident in images shot at ISO 400 and higher--a common problem with point-and-shoot cameras offering high ISO settings. The 720 SW allows you to manually set its light sensitivity up to ISO 1600, though a couple of the...

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Olympus Stylus 720 SW Digital Camera (7.4MP, 3072x2304, 3x Opt, 19.1MB Internal Memory, xD Slot)

 

Photograph: Chris Manners

Solid metal body, minimal shutter lag ; Rated waterproof and shockproof

Dimly lit LCD ; Can't alter contrast/saturation settings

Rugged metal body is shock- and water-proof. Has 24 scene modes and shutter lag is low, but the LCD looks dim.

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Olympus Stylus 720 SW

 

The shockproof and waterproof body impresses, but what about the pictures?

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Olympus Stylus 720 SW

 

The most weatherproof Stylus to date, the Olympus Stylus 720 SW is a waterproof, 7.1-megapixel camera that's fully submersible up to 10 feet, for an hour at a time. This ultracompact Stylus also happens to be shockproof (putting the S in SW ), rated to...

Waterproof up to 10 feet; shock-resistant to drops and mild impact; easily pocketable; better-than-average outdoor image quality with impressive detail.

Few manual controls; cumbersome interface; low-light images prone to visual noise.

For those who need a tough, waterproof, and ultracompact digital camera, the Olympus Stylus 720 SW's strengths outweigh some frustrating usability issues.

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Olympus Stylus Digital 720SW

 

The Stylus 720 SW can withstand a 5-foot drop, shoot under water up to 10 feet, and combines light, durable body construction and shock-absorbing materials throughout the interior. The stylish and compact Stylus 720 SW offers 7.1 megapixels of resolution,

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Stylus 720SW

 

The Olympus 720SW takes the Stylus series to the next level of “all-weather” designs. While the Stylus line of digital cameras is known for its practicality in inclement weather, the new 720SW can stand up to a wide variety of rough situations. The...

Very rugged ; Effectively waterproof ; Sturdy port door – excellent seals ; Tiny size (with a non-extending lens) ; Great elevator music in slide show ; Calendar print mode

Confusing menu system ; Poor lens placement ; Slow shutter lag and substandard focus system ; Low resolution LCD screen ; Choppy movie mode ; Most of the scene modes operate at reduced resolution ; Archaic looking software ; Conclusion ; The Olympus...

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Olympus Stylus Digital 720 SW

 

The Stylus 720 SW can withstand a 5-foot drop, shoot under water up to 10 feet, and combines light, durable body construction and shock-absorbing materials throughout the interior. The stylish and compact Stylus 720 SW offers 7.1 megapixels of...

Built with durable materials and shock-absorption technology that minimizes the impact delivered to the lens and circuitry, the Stylus 720 SW delivers superior durability in a premium point-and-shoot digital camera. Swimming, surfing, hiking, climbing,...

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Olympus Stylus 720 SW

 

Olympus takes photography to more locations in more conditions than ever before with the Stylus 720 SW, a portable camera that is both Shock and Water resistant. While we're crazy about this capability and the external design and build of the Olympus...

Waterproofing and Shock resistance make this camera ready for the real world ; Excellent design appearance ; Internal lens is protected from impact and compression damage ; High ISO images are relatively usable even at ISO 800 and 1,600 when printed at...

Full autofocus shutter response is sluggish by current standards ; Even low ISO images exhibit mushy color ; Indoor images shot with Auto White Balance are warm to the point of appearing sepia ; Chromatic aberration is high at wide angle ; Subdued...

As with the rest of the Stylus line, the Olympus 720 SW design is based around a weatherproof body that ensures wherever you go, your camera will go right along with you, unhindered by rain, sleet, or snow that would see most digicams left at home or...

Product Specifications

Less than 0.8" thick, this versatile, compact digital camera is designed with the signature style and performance for which the Stylus line is renowned with the added benefits of Shock and Waterproof technology - perfect for any situation, durable enough for shooting in any conditions. From hiking, surfing and skiing to parties and Little League games, the solid, shock-absorbing design combines with waterproof sealants to deliver clear, vibrant pictures of whatever, whenever, wherever.

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

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in
Height:2.3in
Weight:5.3oz
Width:3.6in

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 / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Museum / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Shoot & select 1 / Shoot & select 2 / Snow / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater wide 1 / Underwater wide 2/Auction / Available light portrait / Beach/snow / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Document / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Museum / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Shoot & select 1 / Shoot & select 2 / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater wide 1 / Underwater wide 2

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Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:720 SW/DIGITAL 720SW
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

Miscellaneous

Color:Steel silver
Underwater Use: Yes

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:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-400)
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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