Olympus Stylus 850SW Brief Review


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  • 8.0 Megapixels
  • 3x Optical Zoom with 38mm wide angle
  • AVI Movie with Sound
  • JPEG file format
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • Stitchable panorama mode
  • Face Detection Auto focus
  • ISO 64-1600
  • 2.5-inch LCD hypercrystal display
  • 2GB xD capacity, microSD, and 14.8MB Internal Memory
  • Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Release Date: 2008-01-28
  • Final Grade: 83 4.15 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus Stylus 850SW
8.0 Megapixels; 3x Optical Zoom with 38mm wide angle; AVI Movie with Sound; JPEG file format; Digital Image Stabilization; Stitchable panorama mode; Face Detection Auto focus; ISO 64-1600; 2.5-inch LCD hypercrystal display; 2GB xD capacity, microSD, and 14.8MB Internal Memory; Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Style oriented users on the go may like the Olympus 850SW with it's 8.0 effective resolution, 3x optical zoom, and a choice of five bright colors - pink, yellow, black, silver and blue. But the real value is in it rugged design which is dustproof, waterproof to 10 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, and freezeproof to -10C.

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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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