Saturday, December 12, 2009

Olympus Stylus 550 WP Waterproof

Olympus Stylus 550 WP 10MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD (Blue)

Brand Olympus

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Product Details
* 10-megapixel resolution for photo-quality, poster-size prints
* Lightweight, aluminum exterior; waterproof up to 10 feet
* 3x optical zoom; Face Detection
* Perfect Fix in-camera editing
* Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards (not included)

# Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 2.4 inches ; 1.4 pounds
# Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

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Reviews Olympus Stylus 550 WP Waterproof

The image quality does not make me excited to buy this camera. The pictures show a significant amount of noise, even when I forced the ISO down to 100. Every shot without a flash looks pale and slightly hazy. With a flash, the image quality improved, but there is still an unreasonable amount of image noise. The best shots were taken of objects about 10 feet away. This was a good distance to prevent the flash from washing out the subject, but still providing an adequate amount of light to get a decent picture. Even those shots seemed to lack sharpness. They were OK, but I guess I expected more. I understand that there are trade-offs in image quality when buying a waterproof camera, but I had hoped that they wouldn't be this bad.