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Olympus Stylus 710 - digital camera review: Olympus Stylus 710 - digital camera

Furthermore, the camera's photos are subpar, with pervasive JPEG compression artifacts that obscure details. In addition to a general fuzzy, blocky glaze of overprocessing, almost every high-contrast edge displays heavy fringing. Colors are consistently washed out and undersaturated. Don't expect decent prints bigger than 8 x 10--at best. On the bright side, images are relatively noise-free at low-sensitivity settings, although at ISO 400 and higher, a distinct speckling appears beneath the other artifacts. ISO 1,600 shots are predictably noise-ridden.

Olympus offers an optional underwater housing for the Stylus 710, but if you want a camera you can soak and shake, you should consider the more rugged Stylus 720 SW.

Its weather-resistant body and high ISO might make the Olympus Stylus 710 sound like a good vacation camera, but disappointing performance, poor image quality, and a mediocre LCD seriously hurt its potential. If you really want a weather-resistant camera, spend the extra money on the higher-resolution Olympus Stylus 810 or the more rugged Stylus 720 SW. Both will produce far more satisfying photos than this model.

Shooting speed
(Smaller bars indicate better performance)
Typical shot-to-shot time  
Time to first shot  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Canon PowerShot SD630
1.9 
1.4 
0.5 
Fujifilm FinePix V10
2 
1.5 
0.5 
Olympus Stylus 710
2.5 
2.4 
0.6 
Casio Exilim EX-Z60
1.8 
2 
0.6 
Olympus Stylus 720SW
2.8 
2.1 
0.7 
Pentax Optio W10
3.6 
3.5 
0.7 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3
2.6 
2.9 
1 
Note: Measured in seconds

Typical continuous-shooting speed
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Note: Measured in frames per second

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