Olympus Stylus 800 review: Olympus Stylus 800

The 2.5-inch LCD, which uses a light-gathering method that Olympus dubs HyperCrystal, works quite well under almost all conditions and maintains brightness well in low light. There's no optical viewfinder, but we didn't miss it; however, the somewhat slow refresh rate in low light was a little distracting.

Autofocus performed better than expected in low light, given its lack of an AF illuminator. However, even using spot AF, we had some problems coaxing the camera into focusing on our subject and not the background.

Shooting speed
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Typical continuous-shooting speed  
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We were pleasantly surprised by some of our test shots and sorely disappointed in others. On the plus side, the Olympus Stylus 800 delivered generally accurate, nicely saturated colors. Exposures were also relatively good, although using fill flash often left us with burned-out highlights and an odd, overprocessed look. In macro mode, the flash powered down nicely to avoid overexposure, however. Detail capture wasn't bad but could have been crisper.

At low ISO settings, the noise levels were more than acceptable, but when we used the Indoor scene mode, the camera's new Bright Capture Technology took over and pushed the ISO speed to 2,500--even when we used the flash--resulting in horrible noise and a mottled image. While some other cameras employ the same sort of automatic ISO boost, we still don't like the lack of control.

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