Review posted for Olympus Stylus 720 SW|
(Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 12:38 EDT)
Olympus takes photography to more locations in more conditions than ever before with the Stylus 720 SW, a portable camera that is both Shock and Water resistant.
While we're crazy about this capability and the external design and build of the Olympus 720 SW, image quality is unfortunately lacking when compared to other 7 megapixel cameras on the market, with muted color and a noisy texture to solid colors.
The good side is that few shooters actually use resolution this high, even printing up to 8x10 size, and few of these defects are strongly visible at those resolutions. So long as potential buyers are aware of these limitations, they can enjoy the truly excellent aspects of the Olympus Stylus 720 SW, and tweak the color somewhat before printing.
The 720 SW's point-and-shoot simplicity and twenty four preset Scene modes will help even novice users bring home great-looking photos, and that twenty-fifth mode allows capture of movies from below or above the water.
While its image quality is not stellar, the Olympus Stylus 720 SW's resolution makes up for its shortcomings, making it currently the best underwater offering on the market, and the only shock resistant model, period.