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Olympus Stylus 1030SW
Olympus Stylus 1030SW

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Olympus Stylus 1030SW

Editor's Review

Though the Olympus 1030 uses a standard 3.6x optical zoom with face detection, its real hallmark is its ruggedness: you can smash it, drop it, freeze it, and sink it without worrying (though you may not want to do all that at the same time). Divers can take 10.1 megapixel pictures from a maximum depth of 33 feet without the need of any additional protection and the camera can survive a fall from over six feet. For a camera of this size, it's remarkably sturdy.


  • 10.1 Megapixels
  • 3.6x Optical Zoom / 5x Digital Zoom, 28mm wide-angle lens
  • AVI Movie with Sound
  • JPEG file format
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Auto focus with Spot Metering
  • ISO 80-1600
  • 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD display
  • xD-Picture Card capacity up to 2GB, microSD and 14.7MB Internal Memory
  • Li-ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Part Number: 226345
  • UPC: 050332162921
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2008

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Olympus Stylus 1030SW Reviews

Olympus Stylus 1030SW Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Travel Camera (CDPARKER — 07/09/2009)

I have owned this camera for just over a year, it has travelled to many locations and has been subject to freezing weather, under water use and has been dropped to many times. It is also my work camera (I am a wildland firefighter) and it has never failed me. Excellent photos, easy to use, and tougher the the energiser bunny. My only critisim would be not to purchase a coloured model as the colour sratches off very easy. (if you are worried about its look). I would definately purchase another one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Can't get your pictures off it (john judge — 04/08/2009)

After a few months of light use I am unable to get my pictures off the CARD. The Olympus Card in the camera says CARD ERROR. Tech Support says to buy some third party software!!! Entire websites are devoted to this!! They won't even replace the card!!!!! What a rip off.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Once I tried it, I swear to not go back to any regular compact digital camera. (Joey Y. — 01/04/2009)

Loved the shockproof, waterproof, and freezeproof features. That's what I call an awesome weatherproof warrior! I have no regrets and cannot go back to digital cameras that lack these features. My old Canon S230 (3.2MP) digital camera takes a backseat and this 1030SW is now my main camera.

I am satisfied shutterbug!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera (Drew — 10/04/2008)

This an excellent camera, especially for its durabilty and waterproof features.

  • 5.0 out of 5
wow (Phil — 07/05/2008)

I have been travelling for 2 years now and I previously owned a NIKON D-80 with a few lenses. That was great but simply not too practical and quite bulky.

I have recently purchased the Olympus 1030 and it has to be the best travelling buddy anyone can ask for. It obviuosly does not compare to the Nikon but it sure is easier to take it everywhere with me as it is waterproof for snorkelling and surfing in Australia, panoramic option for mountains in Nepal and small enough to put in your pocket for a night on the town. I highly recommend this camera for anyone who wants a practical camera top take everywhere.

  • 5.0 out of 5
sidelined my 725SW (ARSE��ITO B COLABA — 06/05/2008)

I had owned a Canon underwater film-based camera (AS) for about 10 years. However, it took me to only about 16 feet underwater and the film I preferred for better photography output was the Kodak Max 400. Though it gave me some recreational consolation, the price of the film, its availability, the camera's portability inched me towards inconvenience, hence, i decided to secure a digital one. Market-scanning led me to the Olympus 725SW. It was great ... only that - I can be off to only about 5 meters underwater. But it dismayed me- it was not buoyant... sadly, it doesn't float - unlike the Canon one. When the Stylus 1030SW debuted, I secured one to replace my 725SW. It was great - anti-freeze; down to about 33 ft. underwater; shockproof, compact, nice case, etc. Truly, rugged for a tough and quality performance - up the mountains and down to the sea bottom. Really functionally remarkable - except... watch out guys and ladies, lest it slips out of our hold and off your wrist... it does not float. To arrest that down factor, purchase, a neoprene strap that makes it buoyant. It can help... while you are snorkeling or diving, but not too helpful for an ambivalent and fast criminal snatcher.
My companion for all my outdoor activities, up or down.