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.
Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.
Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.
While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.
Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.
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