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Olympus Stylus 600
Olympus Stylus 600

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Olympus Stylus 600

Editor's Review

The Olympus Stylus 600 is a slim, trim and knows that a camera is also an accessory. Maybe they should have made it more functional. The Stylus 600 comes in a variety of colors to match your mood or outfits and is more than ready for a night out on the town. Olympus' Bright Capture technology along with a vivid 2.5" LCD screen enables shooters to frame their photos much more easily in the dark, allowing you to capture those late night memories without difficulty. Unfortunately, the Stylus 600 has garnered some pretty dismal reviews, claiming poor shot quality, slow operation, and abysmal features. Check out our user and professional reviews before proceeding.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • program exposure
  • ISO 64-1600
  • JPEG file format
  • lithium ion battery
  • movie mode
  • Part Number: 225690
  • UPC: 050332155565
  • Release Date: Aug 31, 2005

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Olympus Stylus 600 Reviews

Olympus Stylus 600 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Would NOT recommend (Dbie Morrison — 06/18/2008)

I've had this camera for a couple of years now- it was a gift. I've struggled to take decent pictures on a regular basis since I received it. TERRIBLE in low light; forget trying to take indoor pictures at a distance of more than 10 feet. I've taken many 'important' pictures that have come out too blurry to use. SOOO frustrated with this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Low Light is awful (Rob — 03/13/2007)

I have owned this camera almost a year and I got it as a gift. I do a lot of my photography in low light settings and this camera just fails all the time. You get your photos downloaded only to find them completely blurred out no matter what setting you have on, even night. If your shooting in the day it seems to do reasonably well outside, indoors is a another story. I had a previous Olympus and it performed great. Very Dissapointed because I will have to purchase a new one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Fragile would be an improvement (George — 03/03/2007)

I had this camera for less than a month and the LCD shattered! It was knocked off a coffee table while in a padded camera case. I couldn't believe it. When I contacted Olympus they said they wouldn't be able to fix the LCD under warranty and I'd have to pay for the part and repair! I was amazed. There isn't even the smallest of scratches to the outer coverings or on the display cover. I am completely disappointed in Olympus and will never buy one of their products again.

  • 1.0 out of 5

Lens went back in the camera and would not come out. I sent it back to Olympus and they refuse to
honor my warranty and want 128.00 to repair it.
They say the camera was abused which it was not and was never dropped. I also noticed that they sell refurbished cameras on Ebay complete with all of the accesories for far less than what they
asked to repair mine. I will not pay for this repair and will never buy a Olympus product again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great (Bob — 02/20/2007)

People keep on complaining about the things, yet it seems like they don't know how to use the functions. One common problem people say is that the pictures turn out too dark, there is a lighting option on the camera... take advantage. Also that there is no built in microphone for video recording... newsflash, this isn't a video camera anyways, why have audio on a camera used for taking pictures?

  • 2.0 out of 5
Dissapointing Camera! (Raiiven — 12/23/2006)

After owning this camera for nearly a year I have been nothing short of dissapointed at its performance. A majority of my pictures (if not all) have poor image quality. When compared to a camera having 1 megapixel less, owned by a family member, the lesser megapixel camera actually had better image quality in the photos than my olympus stylus 600. The images are rarely sharp and crisp, are are always a let down in quality. Even when at the highest resolution settings this camera was a dissapointment.

  • 2.0 out of 5
fragile (Jody — 12/20/2006)

I bought this camera and had to return it for repair not even a month later. It would not turn on at all. It took forever to get it back and I had it for a couple more months and it was knocked onto a carpeted floor and the shutter locked up. I have not wasted my time to take it to be repaired again. I am just going to look for a new camera. Will not buy Olympus brand again!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Its ok (Kimberley — 12/15/2006)

Optical lens options are good.
Everything else is average.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Be warned (Rob — 11/18/2006)

Two key asopects are failures. Photos come out dark and lacking in coulur, even in bright sunlight. They are not as sharp as claimed by Olympus. An expensive disappointment, will not buy Olympus again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
What a disappointment (Rob — 11/18/2006)

This was my first digital camera, bought after recommendation at a camera shop-I won't buy Olympus again. It was bought for a month trip overseas, but produced blurry photos that were also under coloured and dark, no matter what the lighting outdoors was. I am about to look elsewhere.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointing - Poor Color Quality, No Sound in Video! (Scotti — 10/18/2006)

I've thought for the entire time that I've owned this camera that the color quality was less than satisfactory, but the camera is lightweight and compact compared to my Nikon. While the picture clarity is quite good, there is just no substitute for vivid color.

Yesterday, I moved this camera down a notch in my opinion. I took a short video of a friend's 7 year old "working out" with some Disney Characters at California Adventure. The music was loud and totally necessary to capture the event. When I played it back in the hotel - No Sound! I am terribly disappointed. I thought I must have done something wrong, now I realize that Canon just neglected to include that feature. Had I known, I would never have bought this camera!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointed with the Video Recording functionality (Eddie Salvador — 10/10/2006)

With technology so advanced these days, no doubt this camera has most of the bells and whistles including the all weather condition capability. However, I'm quite disappointed that it cannot capture the audio while recording a video clip. Of course, the manufacturer can dispute that this is a "still" camera and not a movie camera but it makes so much sense to have audio while recording a video clip. Unless we're still in the era of making silent movies, the record function shouldn't be available.

I guess it would save a lot of "lost souls" out there if the manufacturer could develop an external mic using the usb port. I'm sure this will help us owners enjoy this camera much more than only taking pictures.


  • 2.0 out of 5
Camera Freezes (Krysta Pouliot — 09/21/2006)

My Olympus "Stylus 600" is not even four months old. I'm now getting a message come up on my camera screen when I connect it to the USB cable and my PC which says "One Moment Please". It doesn't go away and the camera freezes indefinitely. I've replaced the USB cable and tried it on two different computers, both with the same result. Repeated calls to Olympus have not been satisfactory. They will not replace the camera, will not allow the store to do so, and insist I send it to them at my cost to have them look at it. For the price I paid and the little use it's seen in just over three months, I think it's extremely poor customer service and an example of a company that refuses to stand behind their product. I would encourage folks to avoid Olympus products and seek a camera manufacturer who is willing to put the customer first.

  • 2.0 out of 5
macro and super macro (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned many Olympus cameras over the years and have loved each and every one. So I purchased this one with confidence, assured that the quality would at least meet past Olympus standards.

Sadly, my experience with this camera has been very disappointing. We make heavy use of the macro and super macro settings, which was one of the reasons we chose this particular model. The results vary enormously from so incredibly sharp the picture nearly takes your breath away to abysmally out of focus to the point you can't even tell what it is! It is totally erratic.

Knowing that at super macro settings both camera and subject movement are ultra important, I at first thought it must be "us". But careful mounting on a tripod with an absolutely stationary subject proved beyond doubt that it was not us (usually), but the camera itself. We could WATCH the subject come into perfect flawless focus and then the camera would just go right on past and focus on something else.

I am extremely disappointed in this camera. It looks and feels great, but is too erratic to be very useful. The fact that we delete (in the computer) at least four or five photographs for every one we save is telling.

I definitely would not recommend this camera to anyone. Even in its "regular" settings, the camera lacks the razor sharp image ability of its predecessors and the pictures seem lighter than they should be. Occasionally the color is off.

This may well be the last Olympus product I ever own.

  • 3.0 out of 5
view finder (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Good camera but lacks optical view finder. Can't see image on screen in bright light

  • 2.0 out of 5
Terrible Focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this camera has terrible focus; i had it for a few months, and we took it back to the store. they said that something was wrong with the autofocus, and i am currently getting it repaired, but i hope that i will be able to return it. another downside is that there is no sound in the movies, but that is not very important. what bothers me the most is how blurry the pictures come out, even though it is a 6 megapixel camera. overall, i am not happy with it. i would give it a 3 or 4/10

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Generally speaking I love my little Olympus Stylus 600! It's small and light, and turns on very quickly!!! The battery lasts a long while and I like the editing options that are straight on the camera! When viewing on the tv the pictures aren't as sharp as my older 5 mega pixel Olympus, so that's very odd considering it has more megapixels! and I was hoping it had sound, but oh well. Overall, I love my camera, it's fun, takes mostly great pictures, was a reasonable price, etc, and I am glad I bought it!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointing; not to Olympus standards (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera to carry in my purse and to upgrade from my faithful Olympus Camedia C-700. Pictures from our cruise are not consistent and as others have said the movie clips have no sound. I will be returning this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Pictures out of focus and bad color (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We have had three previous models of Olympus and were satisfied with the quality considering the price level. The compact nature and the 6.0 megapixel sounded like an improvement from our larger 2.1 megapixel C710. After testing both cameras on similar subjects the Stylus 600 has poorer color and sharpness is very unacceptable.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Doesn't Take Good Photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was so excited about this camera but then started using it. Photos are either under or over exposed. Cannot see LCD screen when you are outside (not a big problem - common to most cameras). CD's are very difficult to understand. I can download to another photo program which lets me edit, etc. Now if I could only get it to take good photos.

  • 2.0 out of 5
fancy looking and fragile as can be! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

looks good but our cat knocked it off the bedside table and the LCD screen has cracked into four pieces. ridiculous! it was inside it's padded carrying case! i am once again unhappy and without a camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not happy at all (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

No matter what I~ve tried (and I`ve tried it all) majority of the pictures come out out of fucus and either over exposed or under exposed.
Almost all pics I have to try fixing and even then the colors and focus are nowhere near my old heavy Sony. NOt happy with the software either difficult to use and does not let me name the pics. I download, just assigns a file name with a date. Downloading more than once in a day leads to renaming each individual pic. picture.
A real pain!

  • 4.0 out of 5
No movie sound (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Very nice camera. Replaced an older, larger Olympus. Lots of great features. Prior to purchase I had read a review that stated that the camera had sound in movie mode, but the truth is, it doesn't. A disappointing discovery.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Surprise No sound on Movie Mode (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased the Stylus 600 mainly because I already had a 1GB XD memory module. The information I had read said that it captured sound in Movie mode. After going to a concert I went home to get a peek at what I captured and to my surprise there was no sound. I also read that the Panorama doesn't work unless you use Olympus XD memory. I already owned Fuji brand memory. The extra bright 2.5 inch display was really nice, but I ended up returning this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
No Sound in Movie Mode (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Mostly, I like this camera. It is replacing a stolen Stylus 410 that I was very happy with. My expectation was that the 600 would be everything that the 410 was and then some. And for the most part, that is the case.

The additional shooting modes in the 600 handle low light conditions that were problematic in the stylus 410 with ease.

I was initially concerned that there is no view finder, but the large bright screen seems to handle every situation pretty well.

The big disappointment is with the movie mode. There is no audio. This seems ridiculous to me. The stylus 410, 500 and 800 all have sound. So why would they omit it on the 600. I just assumed it would be there, so I was shocked when I discovered my films were silent. Now, one doesn't often use the movie mode in a point and shoot camera, but when I do want it, presumably they want to provide some commentary or record the voice/sound of the subject.

Overall, this is a better than average camera in this price range. Great features, easy to use and well built. But if you are at all inclined to use the movie mode, I wouldn't buy this camera.