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Olympus Stylus 1000
Olympus Stylus 1000

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Olympus Stylus 1000

We've given the Stylus 1000 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Olympus Stylus 1000 is a 10 megapixel ultracompact at an affordable price... can you believe it? It's true, the Stylus 1000 has crammed 10 megapixels into its tiny body. On top of that, Olympus has included gyro-equipped digital image stabilization and "Bright Capture" technology that uses an ISO level of 6400 to produce quality photos in low-light situations. Be aware that using ISO 6400 drops your big sensor down to 3MP mode. ISO 1600 is the maximum with 10MP, and that's still pretty good. The Stylus 1000 is solid competition for Canon's 10MP A640.


  • 10 megapizels
  • 3x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • ISO 64-1600 (10MP mode), 6400 (3MP mode)
  • JPEG file format
  • xD Picture Card storage
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: STYLUS 1000
  • UPC: 050332158917
  • Release Date: Aug 31, 2006

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Olympus Stylus 1000 Reviews

Olympus Stylus 1000 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
How to use your camera in low light (T — 12/18/2008)

I love this camera. At the time of purchase I had 3 other cameras. I now have 2.
I noticed someones review that it didn't take good pics. in low light, it does, you have to use guide, then brighten subject, then use either setting and it should brighten your picture just fine, if not more than you want.
Also, buy a great picture edit prgram. I use Nero.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it! (Mary — 03/27/2008)

This is a great camera. I took it to Rome and took some wonderful pictures. Unfortunately, the quick-guide is not as thorough as the CD instructions, which I didn't print until after I returned (I only bought the camera a couple of days before. So, I'm planning to return and benefit from the full use of all the features. The camera's a great value for the money. Easy to use and carry.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Macintosh-iPhoto users. (John Mackiewicz — 06/26/2007)

CAMERA. Extraordinary fine camera with extensive capabilities that I have only begun to appreciate. After only one month of use,I am still learning how to use the various menus. It will take some time before I can fully take advantage of all(!!) its capabilities. It is well -designed,easy to use,and the 10 mp really makes for excellent pictures. Be aware that the viewing screen is almost impossible to use in bright light, a condition that creates problems in focusing and composition ,however, I am working on ways to lessen this basic problem, common to all similar digital ,point-and-shoot cameras. I have had many years experience with Olympus film cameras and am thrilled with this exceptional camera—check it out, it is a beauty.
MAC-IPHOTO users (with ,only phone ,non-broadband hookup): I initially encountered problems with downloading pictures from the Olympus Stylus 1000 using IPHOTO.My pictures first tended to be a little fuzzy,and appeared a little out of focus . I was very disappointed with the quality of the pictures and thought that the camera was not focusing properly. However, once I discovered that IPHOTO must be the only application running, photos then became much better—crisp and in focus. BUT, even then, pictures start out a bit fuzzy and then seconds later,pop into sharp focus. If more than one application is running, with iPHOTO, it takes ages for this to happen. Downloading with non-broadband is really slow, but works. I have emailed photos with ease. I have downloaded the Olynpus Master software and have been able to transfer pictures to it, but as yet have not been able to browse these pictures or use that system. This may be because it is recommended that IPHOTO be removed before installing and using the OMaster system . With both systems in operation,as I have, IPHOTO opens first,whether you like it or not,and you have to navigate around it to get to the OMaster system. For the present I am sticking with IPHOTO though the OM systen is faster and appears better organized than IPHOTO. If I can get the OMaster system to wotk, and still keep IPHOTO, I may switch to it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
A real let down (George Jenerette — 12/29/2006)

Having previously owned an excellent Olympus 5 MegaPixel I decided it was time to upgrade to a 10 MP with image stabilization.
The Olympus Stylus 1000 has proven to be a major disappointment. The only good photos it produces are those in ample light.
The lower the light the grainier and noiser the pictures become.
The Night Mode is the absolute worst. The photos are so noisey and speckled as to be not worth looking at. My old 5 MP camera took far better photos of the same scenes.
I can hardly believe a reputable manufacturer could see the terrible low light results of the Stylus 1000 and still put it on the market.
I am returning the camera tomorrow.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good pictures (K Setiabudi — 12/21/2006)

I toke some pictures outdoor and indoors. I toke pictures with 64 ISO I got good results. I printed some of them and I am happy with the results, even when I shot pictures from inside of the car. To get a good image quality use low ISO, maximum ISO 100.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointing results (Paul Hoyle — 11/26/2006)

We have a Olympus C300 (3M pixel) camera and wanted something with a higher resolution for printing larger photos, but retaining the same point and click ability. We bought the Olympus mju1000 but have been very disappointed. The pictures appear very grainy when used with the automatic settings unless in very bright light. If a picture is taken with the old C300 and mju1000 at the same time the C300 picture is much clearer and less grainy unless the light is very bright. Using the manual settings, with a low ISO speed, the pictures can be made acceptable, but overall not what we expected or wanted. Have returned the camera and got a Canon A640 instead.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not great in low light (janah — 11/10/2006)

I took this camera with me to Disney World and too over 900 pictures. The photos in low light where either grainy and or red eye. I tried using the many settings to improve this and I could reduce the red eye but then I got grain. I did like the night setting in some situations, it sharpened the background but the foreground had a bit of a blur. Macro photos where a little fuzzy sometimes, 2 out of 5 came out great. The available light setting produced a yellow effect as well as indoor photo option. Out of the 900+ photos I took, 180 where worth printing. Not sure if I am going to return it before my 30 days are up. I was expecting great not average results.