You can find several reviews of Olympus 1030SW on-line. I have selected these three below which are quite comprehensive and offer sample pictures.
Bottom Line - The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is a great camera for an active and adventurous person or someone looking for a waterproof model. The combination of style, durability, performance and quality make this an excellent choice if you are in the market for a 10-megapixel compact camera of any type. With a MSRP of US$399.99 the 1030 SW offers an excellent value for the versatility and features provided. If you would like to see some more cameras with similar abilities, check the Stylus 770 SW or the
The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW definitely has the rugged qualities needed to fulfill its mission. If you need a waterproof, shockproof, coldproof, and crush-proof camera, it absolutely fits the bill and it even looks good doing it. Operationally, the camera works well and operates quickly, but could have better battery life and an easier user interface.
If you don't need the rugged features, however, then this camera is not a great choice. Image quality is less pleasing than just about any other available compact digital camera over $300, making it hard to justify the high cost if you don't need the ruggedness the 1030 SW offers.
- Rugged – waterproof, shockproof, cold proof and crush proof
- LED illuminator is a nice touch for macro shots
- High quality construction
- Quick performance
- Panoramas better done on a computer since in-camera stitching results were not great
- Mediocre battery life
For those possessed of an adventurous spirit, such as skiers, gap year backpackers or snorkelling enthusiasts, the Olympus mju 1030 SW could be the answer to their dreams. The build of this camera is fantastic and a remarkable feat of engineering in what is usually a delicate electronic instrument.
The image quality lets it down a little, but compromises must be made somewhere, and I imagine this is an area sacrificed for the convenience of robustness. That said, if you are climbing a mountain, for example, it's better to have a tough camera that takes average pictures than a perfect camera that's broken.