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Olympus Stylus 1050 SW

Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Monday 25th, August 2008
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Olympus, creator of the Stylus SW series - the toughest compact digital cameras on the planet - innovates again with a whole new way for consumers to take control and tap into worry-free fun: Tap Control. While other digital cameras may use touch screens to access settings, the new Olympus Stylus 1050 SW digital camera has a shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof body that is sensitive to touch all over. So getting to the most common menu settings in situations where pushing buttons takes time or is difficult is now as fast and easy as a tap on the top, back or sides of the camera.

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW

Olympus Stylus 1050SW digital camera
The rugged 10.1-megapixel Stylus 1050 SW digital camera is designed to take the hard knocks that everyday life - particularly those with kids - can throw its way, so you know that the memories it captures will be protected. It can handle five-foot drops to the hard ground, operate in freezing snowstorms, and swim with the fishes - lethal conditions for most other digital cameras. Additionally, the Olympus Stylus 1050SW weathers the elements in style with four trendy colors (blue, champagne, silver and black) and a new streamlined body. The sleek, lens-protecting faceplate slides down, turning the camera on and revealing the lens in an instant to capture the moment.

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Features
The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW camera can be controlled with a simple tap on its top, back or sides, which is made possible thanks to the new camera's 3D accelerometer that detects the direction of the force on the camera's body. For example, to turn on the flash or Shadow Adjustment Technology, tap the camera's side twice. In adverse climates, where the Stylus 1050 SW thrives, the new Tap Control ensures fast results - so you get the shot - even if you are adjusting settings while fighting frostbite with large gloves that would make traditional buttons nearly impossible to maneuver. The Olympus Stylus 1050SW digital camera boasts an advanced Hyper Crystal II LCD, which is Olympus' next generation of LCD technology. It reproduces true colors with a dynamic contrast ratio of more than 180 percent and a color reproduction performance of more than 160 percent compared to HyperCrystal LCD, providing a preview that is more true to the final image.

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW

Waterproof for Underwater Photography Adventures
The Stylus 1050 SW performs as well under water as it does on land because its lightweight, aluminum exterior is matched with interior rubber gaskets and O-rings to seal out the elements. It can take photos while being fully submerged to depths of approximately 10 feet (3 meters). The inclusion of a preset underwater scene mode makes the Stylus 1050 SW perfect for snorkeling or a day in the pool. It also features a water-repellant lens coating to prevent water droplets from forming on the lens to get crystal-clear shots no matter how wet the shooting environment. Unlike other point-and-shoot cameras that freeze up in frosty weather, the Stylus 1050 SW still performs when the temperature dips well below freezing (down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit; -10 degrees Celsius) so it is ready when you are to make a snowman or hit the slopes. The shock-absorbing technology designed into the Stylus 1050 SW minimizes the impact delivered to the lens and circuitry when the camera is dropped from heights up to 5 feet. Whether the camera slips out of a backpack or a toddler drops it down a staircase, the Stylus 1050 SW can take a licking and keep on clicking.

New Olympus camera features
"Consumers are familiar with motion-sensor technology from popular videogame controls that translate physical motion into electronic commands," said Nadine Clark, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. "The Stylus 1050 SW digital camera employs similar technology. Adjusting the camera settings is intuitive, because the whole camera reacts to the way it's tapped. Tap Technology is an advancement that adds to the camera's already high-performance specifications of shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof durability. When you absolutely must get the shot in tough conditions, the Stylus 1050 SW is the camera to have at your side."

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW

Olympus Face Detection and Smile Shot
Face Detection tracks up to 16 faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) for sharp, brilliant portraits and group shots. The Stylus 1050 SW also features Smile Shot, which tracks your subject's face to detect a smile and automatically fires off three consecutive shots so you never miss that perfect smile. This feature is great for parents hoping to capture hard-to-predict baby smiles.

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Panorama photos
In-camera panorama mode captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture. Simply press the shutter button and slowly pan across a panoramic scene. The second and third images will be captured automatically and stitched together with the first image right in the camera - resulting in one seamless panorama-size picture ready for printing. To create the ultimate panoramic picture, consumers can use the Olympus Master Software 2 to stitch up to 10 images together.

Shadow Adjustment Technology
Shooting outdoors in bright daylight can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlit areas. While the human eye is capable of detecting the nuances between dark and light and all the details in between, image sensors traditionally have not been quite as sensitive. Shadow Adjustment Technology compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. With this technology, users can preview and capture images with the same contrast as the naked eye.

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Preview mode
The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW digital camera features Perfect Shot Preview mode that enables users to preview and select various photographic effects on a live, multi-window screen before snapping the shot. This feature enables users to see precisely what the image will look like when adjustments are made, ensuring users are capturing the exact image they want. It is an ideal way for novice users to learn about the effects of different photography techniques, such as zoom, exposure compensation, white balance and metering. The Stylus 1050 SW offers Red-Eye Fix and Shadow Adjustment Edit, in-camera editing features such as resizing, frames, text options and saturation adjustments, enabling users to edit photos right in the camera. With the Perfect Fix function, multiple editing features can be applied at once.

Olympus Digital Image Stabilization
This camera features Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) to capture crisp, clear pictures. By boosting the camera's ISO sensitivity and shutter speed, DIS freezes the action and captures virtually blur-free images, even when you or your subject is moving. An LED Illuminator works like a mini-flashlight on the front of the camera to enhance focus and exposure for macro shooting - great for underwater close-up shots where light is scarce. Olympus' enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal-clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to deliver superior picture quality with more accurate colors, true-to-life flesh tones and faster processing speeds. TruePic III also captures sharp images at high ISO settings, which are traditionally associated with increasing image noise or producing grainy photos.

Olympus Stylus Camera Memory
All Olympus digital point-and-shoot cameras accept xD-Picture Card media. The Stylus 1050 SW compact camera will also come equipped with an adapter, which will enable microSD memory cards to be used when capturing images. The microSD cards are emerging in consumer electronic devices, including mobile phones and PDAs. Users can also easily display photos on their HDTVs.

Olympus Master Software
Olympus Master 2 software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to a computer quick and simple. Images are easily organized by folders or albums and are searchable by date in the Calendar View. With one-click editing tools, such as red-eye removal, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away. Use the optional muveeä Theater Pack to create professional-quality slide shows and DVDs from your pictures using any of several built-in templates.

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Price & Availability
The Stylus 1050 SW is available in four stunning colors to suit your individual taste: blue, champagne, silver and black. Its newly designed body has a lens protecting component that slides in front of the camera's lens to further protect it from extreme conditions. The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW digital camera will be available in October 2008. It includes: a wrist strap, camera WIN/Mac USB cable, audio/video cable, LI-42B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, manual, warranty card and OLYMPUS Master 2 software (CD-ROM). The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Digital camera has an estimated street price of $299.99 USD.

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW

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