Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Olympus Stylus 1030sw and 850sw (yes, a wide model!)

In an interesting development, Olympus has removed the splashproofness from the regular Stylus cameras, and thus making the -SW line of cameras more unique. Olympus has issued two new SW models, instead of one.
Let's meet them:

Meet the Olympus Stylus 1030sw

  • Features the new 10mp 1/2.33" sensor
  • NICE! The lens goes wide! We have a 28-102mm equivalent on this SW model!
  • No image stabilization however
  • 2.7" LCD (230K), no viewfinder
  • TruePIC III image processor
  • Takes pictures up to 10 meters underwater (1 meter = 100cm; 30cm = 1 foot)
  • Can survive a 6.6 foot drop
  • Works as low as 14 Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius)
  • dustproof as well
  • Can withdstand 220lbs of crushing pressure. David Pogue of the New York Times did step on a previous SW model on his show "It's All Geek to me" that aired of the Discovery and Science Channel a few months ago.
  • face detection
  • LED illuminator also functions as a flash light (gadgetology alert!)
  • Uses the new LiIon LI-50B battery which claims a 25% improvement
  • Battery claims to charge in two hours instead of five
  • Olympus Master 2 software included
  • Optional: PT-043 underwater housing
  • Not announced in Japan
  • Pre-order: $400 (Amazon)

    Meet the Olympus Stylus 850sw

  • Uses an 8mp 1/2.35" sensor
  • Has a conventional 3x optical zoom lens, 38-114mm equivalent, no stabilization
  • Scene modes but no Tv, Av, or manual exposure
  • 3 meter waterproof, 1.5 meter shockproof, -10 Celsius freezeproof
  • LED illuminator also functions as a flash light (gadgetology alert!)
  • 2.5" LCD (230K), no viewfinder
  • xD memory card along with microSD support via an included adapter
  • LiIon battery LI-42B, 190 CIPA
  • Pre-order: $300 (Amazon)

    Web coverage
  • Press release at Imaging Insider
  • dpreview
  • Olympus Japan (computer-translated)
  • Imaging Resource
  • DC Resource
  • Crunch Gear
  • Amazon Current

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