Originally Posted by jackiepitts
We are currently in the market for a digital camera and have found the Olympus Stylus 790 SW. According to there specs they are shock (drop) proof, waterproof (up to 10 ft depth
for 1 hour) and freeze proof. This seems to be a ideal digital for a boat environment
and the price
is very reasonable (250-300).
Here is a link to a review on this camera Olympus Stylus 790 SW Review
Anyone who has any experience or information on this camera it would be interesting to hear it.
I bought the Olympus Stylus 770SW last September and have been using it ever since. I also have a Sony DSC-F707, a Sony Cybershop P-93A with u/w housing, a Sony DSC-V3, a Kodak DX4900, and a Reefmaster Sealife digital in a housing. So far, none of the Sony's have given me any trouble. The Kodak quit after a year. I would still be shooting the DSC-F707 if I could find InfoLithium batts for it.
But anyhow, back to the 770SW....I bought it as a pocket and boat camera because of the waterproof and ruggedness, and the small size. And those are all it's strengths.
It's weaknesses are that the small optics limit you in low-light and high motion situations. Nothing surprising there. I have not been able to get one single
sharp image with it using the telephoto out of all the times I have tried in almost 8 months now. I think the problem is that there is no manual focus control, and the camera itself does not seem to be able to just set it at infinity and leave it.
I have had it to around 30 feet diving
, with no problems. It bounces around on the console of our power boat
, getting drenched in salt
spray, no problem. It's definitely rugged. I drop it into my front pocket every morning and carry it all day.
My only other beefs with it are the menu structure kinda sucks if you are used to Sony. Setting the timer, for example, takes three button pushes.
ANd there are some other menu items that are useless to me personally, but that I have to deal with. With no viewfinder, you are limited to the LED and in bright daylight, its basically "point and pray".
So, would I buy the newer one? Maybe. I could learn to live with the menus, if they would just fix the software
so that the telephoto works.
If you want to see a lot of photos taken with the 770SW model, just about everything on our website taken since September was taken either with the Olympus or the DSC-V3.
The Olympus doesnt take bad photos, within it's limitations. And for ease and lack of worry in a wet, rough environment
, it's great.