Tue - May 20, 2008

3 Reviews of Waterproof Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Camera - Firmware Fix for Video Problem

Stylus 1030 SW is the newest addition to Olympus Waterproof camera line. Olympus SW cameras used to offer similar picture features to Pentax Optio "W" camera, but for some reason they were lagging behind concerning video mode. Even the 1030SW was released with the 10 second limitation for a high resolution movie.

Fortunately, the recent firmware update from Olympus (free download) fixes this problem:

  • Now supports movie recording on 4 GB and higher microSDHC cards.
  • Using an xD-Picture Card TypeM+ or TypeH, you can now continuously record movies with VGA quality ( 640 x 480 ) 30 fps up to the capacity of the card.
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Olympus Stylus SW 1030 waterproof camera - silver
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Olympus Stylus SW 1030 waterproof camera - black
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Olympus Stylus SW 1030 waterproof camera - green
You can find several reviews of Olympus 1030SW on-line. I have selected these three below which are quite comprehensive and offer sample pictures.

1. Steves Digicams

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 Sanyo E1.

2. Digital Camera Review

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


  • Pricey
  • Panoramas better done on a computer since in-camera stitching results were not great
  • Mediocre battery life

3. TrustedReviews

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.

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