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OLYMPUS Stylus 1050 SW Black 10.1 MP 3X Optical Zoom Waterproof Shockproof Digital Camera

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  • 1/2.33" CCD 10.1 MP
  • 3X Optical Zoom
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 2.7" 230K LCD
  • 640 x 480
  • 200 shots (CIPA DC-002)

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You lead an active life; your camera should be able to keep up. Now it can. The Stylus 1050SW from Olympus is designed to meet or exceed industry standards for shock, water and low temperature resistance. It is can be dropped from 5 feet or be submerged up to 10 feet. You can even use it in cold weather, down to 14°F/-10°C.

None of that would matter if it wasn’t a great camera. The 10.1MP sensor sits behind a 38-114mm equivalent lens set with a 3x optical zoom. The 2.7” HyperCrystal II LCD viewfinder has 230K pixels for great image quality for both picture-taking and reviewing shots you’ve already taken. Digital image stabilization keeps the picture steady, even if your hands aren’t.

The camera has 27 shooting modes including 2 Auto modes, a movie mode and 22 theme modes. The theme modes range from portrait to fireworks to specialty modes like behind glass, documents and underwater snapshot. No matter where you go and what you do, the 1050SW will stay the course and take great pictures.

  • newegg Durable and Compact The slim and elegant design belies a durable metal body and shock-absorbing technology that can withstand bumps, jostles or drops of up to 5 feet.
  • newegg Waterproof and Weatherproof The Stylus 1050SW is winterized to perform at below-freezing temperatures down to 14°F/-10°C, and waterproof seals and gaskets keep water out so you can take pictures as deep as 10 feet underwater.
  • newegg 3X Optical Zoom The 3X optical zoom lens brings far-away objects up close for exceptionally sharp, clear images. A total of 15X zoom is available with the camera’s 5X digital zoom capability.
  • newegg 10.1 Megapixel The Stylus 1050SW features an amazing 10.1 megapixel CCD that takes 3648 x 2736 resolution images for great looking pictures and impressive prints.
  • newegg Tap Control Operate picture playback, shadow adjustment and flash mode just by tapping the top, back and sides of the camera -- ideal for use while underwater, wearing gloves or situations where standard buttons may be impossible to access.
  • newegg Face Detection Face Detection automatically identifies facial features of up to 16 faces within the frame, and determines optimum focus and exposure settings in real time for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.

Learn more about the Olympus America Inc. Stylus 1050 SW


Stylus 1050 SW



Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.33" CCD
Effective Pixels
10.1 MP
3648 x 2,736
Image Stabilization
Digital Image Stabilization


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length
f=6.7 - 20.1 mm (38 - 114 mm equivalent in 35mm photography)


Shutter Speed
1/1000 sec. - 1/4 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
12 Seconds


Focus Type
CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Modes
iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF
Normal Focus Range
19.7" - infinity (0.5m - infinity)
Macro Focus Range
Wide: 7.9" - infinity (0.2m - infinity)
Tele: 11.8" - infinity (0.3m - infinity)

Super Macro mode: 2.8" - 19.7" (7cm - 50cm)


Flash Mode
Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Range
Wide: 0.66ft (0.2m) - 17.4ft (5.3m)at ISO 800
Tele: 0.66ft (0.2m) - 12.1ft (3.7m)at ISO 800


Exposure Compensation
-2 EV to +2 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Metering System
Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (equivalent)

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescents)

Viewfinder & Monitor

2.7" 230K


Continuous Drive
High speed: 5.4 fps, 24 frames (3MP)
Normal speed: 0.38 fps, 25 frames (10MP)
Tripod Mount
Shooting Modes
Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Stabilization, Scene Modes, Movie
Scene Modes
Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Calendar, My Favorites, Histogram

Movie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame

Recording System

File Formats
Internal Memory
41.6 MB
Storage Media
xD / microSD Card (MASD-1 is required)


Movie Format
AVI (Motion JPEG)
Movie Recording
AVI Movie with Sound;
640 x 480 (@ 30/15 fps)
320 x 240 (@ 30/15 fps)
Max. Recording Resolution
640 x 480


A/V Out


Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B)
Battery Life
200 shots (CIPA DC-002)


Equivalent to IEC6059 IPX8/JISC0920 (10ft./3m)
MIL-STD-810F Shock Equivalent (5ft./1.5m)
MIL-STD-810F Low Temp Equivalent (-10°/14°)
In-Camera Panorama, PC Panorama (Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software)

*Olympus brand xD-Picture Card is required.

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)
3.7"W x 2.4"H x 0.76"D, with lens cover: 0.9" D
(93mm x 62mm x 19.3mm, with lens cover: 22.6mm)
5.4 oz. (152g) without battery and media card
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Olympus America Inc. Stylus 1050 SW

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  • Matthew B.
  • 1/3/2009 8:28:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGoofy Lense Cover Can Go

Pros: Shock-, water-, and freeze-proof is nice because I'm big on mountain activities. It's compact (deck of cards) so it is easy to pack or carry into any situation. It reliably takes very nice pictures (DSLR quality) IF you learn how to use it. The menus are fairly simple but extensive, which is a gripe for some people but I didn't mind taking the time to learn how to use my new $300 toy. The "auto" mode works fairly well for most photos in normal light. There are a number of "scenes" to select from that will adjust the camera's setting so a specific situation (snow, action, candle light, fireworks, etc); I like these and I was impressed with how many scenes the camera offers (23 of them, I believe). Beyond that the menus can be used to adjust the settings for the camera almost as specifically as you would for an SLR.

Cons: I'm not a fan of the weird lens cover which is also an on/off switch. It's good because (obviously) it covers the lens and keeps it free of debris or smudges, but whenever I have it packed in my pocket or backpack it has a tendency to pop open, thereby turning the camera on. I've killed a few batteries because of this. It isn't as big of a deal if you turn on the power saving, but I don't care for the power saving feature because you have about 15 secs to take a picture before it shuts down on you. I wish they would have added a setting that allows you to deactivate the on/off switch feature of the lens cover, but if it's there I haven't found it yet. Because of this one annoyance I'm wondering if I shouldn't have gone ahead and spent the extra $50 to get the 1030SW.

Other Thoughts: The first one of these I purchased had some type of short. It would turn on and off all of the time. It would shut down when trying to take pics, turn on while it was just sitting on the table, even with the cover closed. It just wasn't right so NewEgg RMAed it for me and I had a new one within 3 weeks. My new one works as it should.

I don't use the tap feature included on this camera. Seems like a good enough idea but I just leave it turned off. However, in playing with it I noticed that the user does need to calibrate it.

Uses an Olympus-specific battery with a charger. Battery lasts for a while, if your lens cover stays shut. Pick up an extra battery and keep it charged if you plan to be away from your charger for several days.

A mini tripod is really handy for this camera. It can take long exposure shots in the dark so you want to be able to keep it very still.

A little camera wallet might help keep the cover closed.

Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.

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  • Lawrence D.
  • 12/31/2008 1:34:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStep backward.

Pros: Waterproof and shockproof. Build quality seems pretty good and doesn’t feel cheap. Lots of shooting modes to help get the type of picture you’re trying to take. 10MP and fast 3X optical zoom. Easy to use interface.

Cons: Very slow performance (power on and auto focus). Indoors and low light proformace is very slow. Image quality is questionable, daytime pictures are pretty good, but nighttime/low light pictures are pretty bad. Battery doesn’t last that long so be sure to pick up a spare. Tap function is a nice concept, but doesn’t offer enough choices and sometime it isn’t responsive. No optical Image Stabilization, the digital Image Stabilization is quite useless as it only increase the ISO which makes your pictures grainy.

Other Thoughts: I previously owned a Stylus 850SW and I would recommend getting the 850SW over the 1050SW as I’m disappointed with the 1050SW. The 850SW performance so much better than the 1050SW and I feel the image quality is better even though the 850SW is 8MP. I honestly feel Olympus drop the ball on this model. I feel it’s a step backward than a step forward. If you’re looking for a waterproof camera go for the Styles 850SW or the 1030SW.

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5 out of 5 eggsNEED AWESOMENESS?

Pros: *Works great in the water/ Took into the shower and took amazing photos of the water hitting the surface of objects.
*Works great in the daytime, captures everything that you can phyiscaly see with your own two eyes
*Works great in the dark, has a niffty led light to show you at night or in a dark room what you are looking at. Also has a sensor built into it that takes out bright objects and makes them dimmer so it looks more real in the end photo.
*Has many cool features i spent a whole day messing with the panaram mode, you take the first picture then it guieds you along for the other 3 pictures to creat a very wide 3-4 picture panaram view / AWESOME and works great.
*practiced dropping it on many surfaces and still works fine, even concret from about 6 feet up (head level) had a guy bump into me over lanoleum and he freaked out when i dropped it but long story short we had a good laugh.

Cons: There arnet many cons to this camara, if i had to pick something that annoys me i whould have to say its the tapping feature they should have thought that one through better but i give them a (A) for effort, inovators they are.

Other Thoughts: Ummmmm to sum this all up i must mention neweggs awesome customer service i couldnt make the deadline for the free Xd 2 Gb card so they gave me 10$ off very awesome are they :) I love newegg. I preplan my paychecks accordningly.

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