Short-form review posted for Olympus Digital Stylus 300!|
(Wednesday, April 2, 2003 - 04:51 EST)
The Olympus Stylus series of point & shoot cameras bears one of the most powerful brand names in the film-based photographic world.
Consistently among the top-selling film camera lines, Olympus has so far jealously guarded the Stylus brand name, declining to apply it to any digital models. No more though, as with the introduce of the Digital Stylus 300 and 400 models, Olympus has finally let the hallowed Stylus brand expand into the digital arena. The new models appear to be very deserving of the Stylus name, with sleek, stylish all-metal bodies that beg to be picked up and slipped into a pocket.
In my testing, the Stylus 300 took very good pictures, but perhaps its most impressive characteristic is its excellent weatherproofing. It isn't designed to withstand outright submersion, but the occasional rainstorm or wave at the beach should cause no problems. This is a very welcome development in the digicam arena, as concern about environmental hazards often lead people to leave their digicams home, missing precious memories out of fear of camera damage.
Overall, the Stylus 300 looks like a serious contender in the "take anywhere" compact digicam category. Particularly when you consider that it's the only player in that field with all-weather protection. Check it out!