Olympus says they've designed the 720sw to be a rugged, durable camera that can handle anything you can throw at it. You can drop it from a height of five feet or take it 10 feet underwater, and the Olympus Stylus 720sw should keep on ticking. Under these conditions, 7.1 megapixel sensor will capture high-quality images of underwater life or the rapidly approaching floor. You might expect the 720sw to be encased in a bulky, awkward body or some other protective shield, but the 720sw is just as thin and easy to carry around as any other mainstream camera out today. A variety of scene modes (including 'underwater') and 'Digital Image Stabilization Mode' back up the tough exterior with some capable and convenient brains. If you're not totally keen on the rough and tumble persona this camera has, the Olympus Stylus 710 is very comparable, even in the durability category.
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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