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Gear Review - Olympus Stylus 1030 SW

The 1030 SW is Olympus' first effort at creating a well-manufactured, quality picture camera that is completely waterproof. It has done the job, albeit lacking in photo quality from time to time. However, if you're looking for a sturdy camera that can keep up with an active lifestyle, look no further. This little thing is a beast. 

This is our current point-and-shoot camera. We've had her for almost 2 years now and I can say, without hesitation, that she has taken a beating! She's taken rides in the front of my husband's lifejacket, in the pockets of his ski pants, and has lived through more crashes and drops than I can count. Because of the tough exterior, I would HIGHLY recommend this camera if you have kids! You can hand this camera to your children for some creative picture-taking projects without worrying about dropping, scraping or even flushing. However, be aware that it absolutely does NOT float.

Olympus has since come out with a more recent 12 megapixel version of this camera, and I'd be interested to give it a shot. The one thing that this camera does lack is clear, crisp pictures, every time. Some of ours have turned fuzzy, even in good light, with flash, standing still with no action. I imagine that Canon's new waterproof camera has one-upped Olympus in that category. The 1030 SW also doesn't do great in low-light conditions.

However, if you are looking for a truly waterproof, shockproof and crushproof camera, the reviews are overwhelming. This sturdy little camera is the one to beat when it comes to taking abuse! Here are a few photos taken with ours:

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