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.
(Smaller bars indicate better performance)
|Typical shot-to-shot time||Time to first shot||Shutter lag (typical)|
(Longer bars indicate better performance)