The Olympus Stylus 770 laughs at dangers that would cripple or damage other, weaker cameras. This masochistic model can endure a 5 foot drop, a 5 fathom dunk in the water, extreme cold up to negative 10 degrees Celcius, and up to 220 pounds of weight on top of it. The 770 can't be beat, battered, crushed, frozen, or otherwise mutilated (though it's hard to believe the LCD screen and lenses can stand up to such demands even if the body can). Perfect for the outdoorsy types, the 770 also has a special LCD that can operate well in bright sunlight. This camera is built to survive; just be sure not to test it in conditions where you might have difficultly sustaining your own life.
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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