Olympus Stylus 800 Review Review posted|
(Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - 10:29 EST)
As the latest in that company's "Stylus" line of compact digital cameras, the 8-megapixel, 3x-zoom Olympus Stylus 800 is to my mind the best Stylus Digital model to date.
I said that about the 5-megapixel Stylus 500 that preceded it, and now Olympus has corrected many of the relatively minor limitations I found in that earlier model. Its body design is trim and compact, with much better-feeling controls than those found on earlier models. It offers the same water resistance that makes the rest of the Stylus line so practical for go-anywhere photography, and sports a big, beautiful 2.5-inch LCD monitor to view your photos on.
The LCD on the Stylus 800 does much better than average in bright sunlight, offers a wider than average viewing angle, and now does remarkably well in dim lighting as well. (One area of significant improvement over the Stylus 500.)
All in all, the Olympus Stylus 800 is a very capable, highly portable point & shoot camera, with good image quality and a better than average lens. Its point & shoot simplicity and 20 preset Scene modes make it easy for even novice users to bring home great-looking photos. Another Dave's Pick for Olympus!