Olympus Stylus 1050SW Brief Review


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  • 10.10 Megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 80-1600 ISO range
  • 2.7-inch LCD display
  • Face Detection
  • Shockproof (5 ft.),Waterproof (10 ft.), and Freezeproof (14°F)
  • TAP control
  • Release Date: 2008-10-31
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus Stylus 1050SW
10.10 Megapixels; 3x optical zoom; 80-1600 ISO range; 2.7-inch LCD display; Face Detection; Shockproof (5 ft.),Waterproof (10 ft.), and Freezeproof (14°F); TAP control
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

It's freezeproof, shockproof, and waterproof, but that's not all. It's innovative too. Introducing the new TAP control system, Olympus attempts to make this outdoorsy camera an adventurer's best friend. The TAP control system allows the user to toggle certain features by simply tapping the camera body. If you are climbing a mountain, the last thing you want to do is scroll through a menu to change the camera options. With the 1050SW, just tap!

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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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