Olympus Stylus 770SW review: Olympus Stylus 770SW

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.8
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Image quality: 7.0
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The Good Camera is waterproof to 32 feet; shock resistant to short drops and mild impact.

The Bad No manual exposure controls; slightly soft images

The Bottom Line Olympus' Stylus 770SW might not produce perfect images, but you'd be hard pressed to find a compact camera as tough as this one.

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There aren't many waterproof compact cameras out there, let alone one made to survive drops of up to 5 feet. Olympus designed its 7.1-megapixel Stylus 770SW to do just that, providing real competition for Pentax's waterproof Optio W30. By its tough nature alone, this Olympus makes an ideal choice if you routinely shoot in adverse conditions. I took it skiing with me as part of this review, and it fared better than I did on a couple of falls. In fact, despite three days of chilly temperatures and a lot of bumps, the Stylus 770SW still came out shooting.

Obviously, a lot of credit should be given to this camera's solid construction. The 770SW weighs about 6.1 ounces with its battery and xD-Picture Card installed and measures 3.6x2.3x0.8 inches. It packs a 2.5-inch LCD, 3x optical, 38mm- to 114mm-equivalent f/3.5 to f/5.0 zoom lens, and a small 7.1-megapixel (effective) CCD sensor into its metal body.

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Where to Buy

Olympus Stylus 770SW (Silver)

Part Number: 225910

MSRP: $379.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Digital camera type Ultracompact
  • Optical Zoom 3 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 7.1 Megapixel
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.33"