Sep 29, 2005

DigitalCameraInfo Olympus Stylus 800 Digital Camera review

The Olympus Stylus 800 digital camera delivers power, performance and enhanced usability with an array of innovative technologies: Bright Capture Technology for low-light photography; a HyperCrystal™ LCD for high-contrast viewing; metal, all-weather construction for protection against the elements; manual exposure and aperture settings for creative control and versatility; as well as an 8.0-megapixel image sensor for stunningly high-resolution prints.

DigitalCameraInfo reviewed the Olympus Stylus 800 Digital Camera. They said-
"The Olympus Stylus 800 is a decent camera, albeit at a serious price. While the expense brings an 8 megapixel sensor, a host of features, and some intriguing technology, the camera’s looks and awkward feel are significant drawbacks. And the intriguing technology comes at a price. The camera’s 8 megapixel potential resolution (which is likely responsible for a bulk of the cost) is not available when users wish to utilize the impressive 4 fps high speed burst mode or increased low light capabilities. Rather, users will have to switch down to a resolution setting that is less than 50% of the camera’s maximum potential, producing images that are only fit for 4 x 6-inch prints.

With 22 preset modes, the camera is best suited for the automatically-reliant crowd, but it does include a reasonable degree of manual control as well, such as aperture and shutter priority settings. The large, bright 2.5-inch LCD screen handles bright situations well and compensates for the lack of an optical viewfinder. The camera is weatherproofed with rubber seals, although not quite as durable as a whole as some other rugged point-and-shoot models. During testing, the camera also consumed batteries at a remarkable rate, and with no included AC adapter, users may find themselves waiting a while as the batteries juice up.

During testing, the camera controlled noise reasonably well in automatic mode, a definite advantage for snapshooters; however, the images will be a bit soft and colors will stray from their natural hue. This should not disappoint the target audience, as novice users looking for a camera to grow into won’t be disappointed, but those who often shoot rapidly moving subjects and would like a manual shooting mode will find the slow auto focus and lack of control a serious drawback.."

Stylus 800 Features:
* 8-megapixel effective CCD and 3x optical zoom lens
* Durable all-metal (all-weather) body lets you shoot in almost any weather condition
* Built-in Help GUIDE for easy operation.
* 24 shooting modes, including aperture priority and shutter speed priority
* 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD with 215,000 pixel resolution and 160° viewing angle
* Bright Capture Technology for enhanced previewing and image quality in low light
* Movies at 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120 with audio, length limited only by memory
* Add voice memos to still pictures
* Shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 1/2 second (up to 4 secs in night mode)
* Enhanced flash working range, 21.3 ft. with Program Auto (W), 42.0 ft. with ISO1600 (W).
* Remove red-eye or easily convert your color photos into sepia or black-and-white with built-in editing features
* ISO sensitivity; Auto, 64 - 1600 (800/1600 SQ1)
* Built-in all-weather speaker and microphone
* ~21.3MB of internal memory + xD-Picture Card slot
* Auto-Connect USB for quick and easy image transfer to computer
* Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer
* Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included