Olympus Stylus 5010 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 14 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD monitor
  • Dual image stabilization
  • 24 shooting modes
  • Continuous shooting
  • 720p HD video mode
  • 1 GB built-in memory
  • Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-03-15
  • Final Grade: 82 4.1 Star Rating: Recommended

4.1 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus Stylus 5010
14 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; Dual image stabilization; 24 shooting modes; Continuous shooting; 720p HD video mode; 1 GB built-in memory; Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The Stylus 5010 has the smallest zoom of any non-TOUGH Stylus camera this year, but has HD video while the 7030 does not. Like a few other Stylus models this year, it has a fair amount of built-in memory, 1 GB in this case. We think the 7040 is the best of the bunch, but it also costs $50 extra. It really comes down to your preference between zoom and video. If zoom matters, go with the 7030; if HD video is more important, this should be an acceptable choice.

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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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