Olympus Stylus 300 Brief Review


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  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical/4x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 80-320
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • Release Date: 2003-04-01
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus Stylus 300
3.2 megapixels (effective); 3x optical/4x digital zoom; autofocus only; program exposure only; JPEG file format; ISO range 80-320; proprietary Lithium-Ion battery; movie mode (no sound)
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The heavily-hyped Olympus Stylus 300 has made a splash with its unique water-resistant housing and slick silver exterior. While those looking for a rugged and stylish point & shoot camera for all-weather use should consider the Stylus 300, frequent complaints about less-than-perfect image quality should cause serious photographers to think twice.

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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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