Olympus is set to release 2 new waterproof compact digital cameras from their popular Stylus line of compacts. The 2 new models are called the Stylus 1030 SW and the Stylus 850 SW, and they are built to be durable and waterproof (the "SW" stands for "shockproof" and "waterproof").
These aren't the first waterproof digital cameras from Olympus. Previous models include the 790 SW, 770 SW, and 720 SW - all of these are from the Olympus Stylus line. The new Stylus "SW" cameras feature a slightly updated build quality, face detection technology, panoramic shooting mode, underwater shooting modes, ISO boost image stabilization, microSD or xD memory card compatibility, and a host of other features.
The Olympus 1030 SW features a 10.1 MP sensor, a 3.6x optical 28-102mm f/3.5-5 zoom lens, and a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD display. Olympus claims that this camera will withstand falls from up to 6.6 feet and hold-up to 220 pounds of pressure without breaking. They also say that this camera will shoot photos underwater up to a depth of 33 feet, and it will withstand temperatures of 14º F. That's quite a tough little camera!
Olympus Stylus 1030 SW
The Olympus 850 SW features an 8 MP sensor, 3x optical 38-114mm f/3.5-5 zoom lens, and a 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD display. Compared to the 1030 SW, the 850 SW has a slightly smaller display with the 1st generation HyperCrystal technology, less zoom and wide-angle capabilities, and it's slightly less durable as well. The Stylus 850 SW will withstand drops from 5 feet, temperatures of 14º F, and can be used underwater at depths of up to 10 feet. The price of the 850 SW is consistent with these "downgrades".
The 8 MP Stylus 850 SW is expected to be available later this month at a price of about $300, while the 10.1 MP 1030 SW won't be available until March at an expected price of around $400. The 850 SW will be available in blue, pink, black, silver, and yellow. So far, the 1030 SW is only available in silver, but that could change as the release date approaches.
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