Stylus 770 SW
Stylus 770 SW
Page Type: Gear Review
Object Title: Stylus 770 SW
Created/Edited: Aug 2, 2007 / Aug 2, 2007
Object ID: 3611
The Olympus Stylus 770SW is a 7.1 Megapixel Digital Camera that is flat out a tank. This camera is very compact and durable as it is boasted to be Crushproof, Freezeproof, Waterproof, and Shockproof. Its upside is that its extremely durable and compact, its downside is that it won't take pictures nearly as good as an relatively comparably priced SLR model. It currently retails for $379.99.
The 770 SW is built to withstand a 5 ft drop without breaking. The Shockproof feature is also designed to allow the camera to be hung from the wrist while technical climbing for easy access, bounce harmlessly into the rock face, and not shatter from the impact. I personally have not bounced it against rock walls but I have dropped it several times after I purchased it and it seems to work just fine.
Its waterproof up to 33ft without any waterproofing kit. The battery/memory card compartment as well as the USB port are rubberized to keep water out. I have only taken the camera to a depth of 4feet or so (the bottom on an above ground pool) but I didn't notice a single drop of water in any of the compartments and a single wipe of the lens removed water droplets.
Built to withstand temperatures of -10C/14F (I'll let you know how it goes once it reaches November/December!)
Able to withstand 220lbs of direct weight. I stood on it, it didn't break, and I was very impressed.
HyperCrystal LCD Screen
The Screen is 2.5 inches and takes up about 75% of the rear of the camera. The major downside is that the screen can become quite difficult to see in direct sunlight.
Built in Manometer
The Stylus can measure the altitude or depth of any pictures you take in either feet or meters. However, it is difficult to calibrate because you have to choose the starting elevation and the intervals are very far apart.
Digital Image Stabilization Mode
Certainly works well when used, however it cannot be combined with most of the scene features.
23 Scene Features
Scenes include Portrait, Landscape, Landscape+Portrait, Night Scene, Night+Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self Portrait, Available Light, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot and Select 1 (For shooting fast moving subjects in rapid succession so you can select only the images you like), Shoot and Select 2 (this is for shooting constantly moving subjects in succession and saving only the images you like), Beach/Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2, Underwater Macro, and Movie.
3x Optical Zoom
Can only work with an OLYMPUS brand xD Memory Card.
6.7 – 20.1mm (38 – 114mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 10 lenses in 8 groups, 3 aspherical lenses
CCD Contrast Detection
Normal Mode: 19.7” – infinity (0.5m – infinity)
Macro Mode: Wide: 7.9” – infinity (0.2m – infinity)
Super Macro Mode: 2.8” – 19.7” (7cm – 50cm)
1/1000 sec. – 1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene Mode)
Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with optional CB-MA1 DC coupler
3.6” W x 2.3” H x 0.8” D (91.8mm x 59.2mm x 20.6mm)
5.5oz. (155g) without battery and media card
Personal Views and WebsiteUpside
Can be taken to harmful evironments
Variety of Scene Modes
Screen is hard to see in sunlight
xD specific Media card can be costly, Olympus xD card is difficult to find
Cost (could spend an extra hundred and get an SLR)
Outperformed in picture quality by other point and shoots.
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