I was talking to to blogger Tamale Chica, who has been taking photos for her blog quite regularly. Originally she used Olympus cameras from the FE series, but recently changed to an Olympus Stylus. She shared with me that she was unhappy with the results of the Stylus. They have two of them, one being used exclusively for business. One is a 1010 and the other a 1020. She told me that the problem with the Stylus was that it often resulted in blurry photos, and when she mentioned this to someone she knew that also had a Stylus, they said they had the same complaint.
When photos are taken outside, she said the camera is great, since the hypercrystal lens allows her to see what is on the LCD even in bright sunshine. She also said it captured motion very well, and images were crisp. The problem of blurriness occurred when the shutter speed was changed due to taking photos in indoor lighting with the flash off.
We had just heard about the Sony Cybershot, which not only also sports the hypercrystal LCD but a viewfinder as well. Tamale Chica told me that she they purchased one of these cameras recently and she looks forward to taking it for a test drive, and that they will be selling at least one of their Olympus Stylus Cameras if this proves to be a better camera for their needs.
Play.com had a succinct but good review of this camera, which should not be confused with their earlier 7.1 megapixel camera with a 3x zoom (this one has a 5x zoom).
- 10.1 Effective megapixels resolution for clear enlargements up to A3 size
- 5x Optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 30mm wide angle for panoramic landscapes and large group shots
- Smile Shutter waits until the subject smiles before firing the shutter with adjustable smile threshold setting
- Enhanced Face Detection with high-speed subject tracking for clearer portraits
- Intelligent Scene Recognition automatically selects correct shooting mode depending on subject
- Large 2.7-inch (230K dot) Clear Photo LCD
- HD Output compatible with PhotoTV HD displays for optimised still images on Bravia TV
- Bionz processor for enhanced image quality and fast response
- Double Anti-blur with Super SteadyShot image stabilisation and High Sensitivity ISO 3200 for clearer handheld shooting in low light
- D-Range Optimiser adjusts exposure and contrast in high contrast and backlit scenes
She said that this model came in four colors: a pleasing beige like metallic color, red, silver and black.
Knowing my friend, she would prefer pink.
I asked her where she purchased the camera, and she said JR.com. She's been shopping there for electronics off and on over the years, first for family members and then for herself, and was very pleased with the fast service and shipping, and quality of selection, and most of all, the very good prices.