Freeze Proof. Shock Proof. Water Proof. Olympus Stylus 850sw 8MP DigiCam

My favorite new toy is the Olympus Stylus 850SW under water camera. Once again, a beautiful product that is available in orange.

olympus stylus underwater camera Freeze Proof. Shock Proof. Water Proof. Olympus Stylus 850sw 8MP DigiCam

I tested out this camera thoroughly for a week before I decided to buy it on sale for 259.99 or get the option to buy in a set for 269.99 with the floating strap and case. I opted to not get the floaty strap at that time but got it at a later date. It works great and actually floats your camera when dropped in a pool, or more importantly the ocean.

The camera went through a direct comparison to a Leica lens in the Panasonic Lumix 10MP. You may be wondering why I compared these two cameras. One isn’t waterproof and the other doesn’t even have a Leica lens. Simply put, I wanted to compare if the fun you’d have with a waterproof and shockproof camera would out-weigh the importance of a great shot with a reliable camera.

It did.

Overall the shots were comparable, even when the other camera has 2 megapixels up on this one. The only noticeable times were shots of architecture, as the Panasonic Leica lens has a tiny bit wider angle of a lens, you could get more in your shot without having to back farther away. Great for landscapes too. Another part where it lost out was evening and night shots. The Olympus adds a fair amount of visual noise or dots in low light.

Olympus underwater camera Freeze Proof. Shock Proof. Water Proof. Olympus Stylus 850sw 8MP DigiCam

One thing that makes this camera a winner though is the fact you don’t have to worry about dropping it, bumping it or running through the sprinkler, having a water fight, going to the water slides, kayaking on a lake, being in the ocean…you get the idea. It has under water sound too which is pretty neat.

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One thing they try to sucker you into is using an Olympus brand XD memory card with this camera. I recommend getting a MicroSD chip instead and using it with the adapter they give you for this camera. The XD card lets you use a Panoramic feature though, but after using it I find it very useless. The idea of a panoramic shot is great, however the normal landscape mode is SO good in this camera, you are better off taking a wide shot and cropping it later on the computer.

The panoramic feature just poorly sticks three images together and the size is comparable to one shot on landscape mode, and besides, you can’t even upload panoramic shots to facebook or other photo sharing sites.olympus waterproof strap Freeze Proof. Shock Proof. Water Proof. Olympus Stylus 850sw 8MP DigiCam

Overall this camera is a fun camera that takes impressive shots for when you are outside having fun. If you want to sell your photos or blow people away or feel like a pro, get an SLR or intro SLRish camera, but as a personal digital camera that fits in your pocket, you can’t go wrong with the Olympus Stylus 850SW.

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3 Responses to “Freeze Proof. Shock Proof. Water Proof. Olympus Stylus 850sw 8MP DigiCam”


  1. 1 JPCK Sep 16th, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    I love Olympus. My last three cameras have been Olympus, and the most recent addition – the 1030SW. And you’re right – the FUN outweighs the overall ‘quality,’ especially when there’s little compromise on quality!

  2. 2 olivia glancy Jun 16th, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    im getting a new camera soon CAINT WAIT and this one looks like the one i want (:
    but ofcurse mum wants 2 know how much it is please let me know if u know thanks (:

  3. 3 branson Jun 16th, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    it say how much it is on this page lol ur a funny one
    $259.99

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