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Olympus gives the finger to touch screens

Olympus' new Stylus 1050 SW with 'tap control' activates settings when you tap motion-sensitive camera body; alluring design adds style to substance.


Last Olympus announcement today, I swear. This is the new $299.99 Stylus 1050 SW, another entry into the company's innovative shock-and-waterproof digital camera lineup. It has all the features of the Stylus 1040 announced today, such as its 10-megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and various shooting options including a 16-person face detection system. However, the 1050 SW can absorb drops up to 5 feet, is waterproof down to 10 feet, and is freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.


Also, while touch screens may be all the rage, they won't do much good when your touch is compromised by environmental conditions like being underwater or through a pair of gloves when you're skiing or snowboarding. Olympus solves this by letting you simply tap the top, back, and sides of the camera to access camera features like playback, shadow adjustment, and flash mode.

It will hit stores in October just in time for winter sports. More details on Olympus' site.