Olympus Stylus 800
Manufacturer: Olympus Part number: 225625
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CNET editors' review
price range: $150.00
- Reviewed by: Theano Nikitas
- Edited by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 09/06/2005
- Released on: 07/15/2005
The good: Weather-resistant, compact body; a decent complement of manual controls and scene modes; excellent built-in help/reference guide; large, bright 2.5-inch LCD
The bad: Spotty photo quality, no bundled xD-Picture Card; controls too small for largish hands
The bottom line: This weather-resistant Olympus Stylus 800 has more advanced features than its predecessors but still misses on photo quality.
The camera I've been dreaming of!
by bughead on July 27, 2005
Pros: 8Mp, compact size, easy to operate, rugged construction, lots of features
Cons: hard to see the words above menu buttons on back
Summary: This is a great camera. The scene modes are nice, and the "available light" setting and "candle light" settings give nice, warm colors. When I first got the camera, I ...
Summary: This is a great camera. The scene modes are nice, and the "available light" setting and "candle light" settings give nice, warm colors. When I first got the camera, I had trouble with a small green spec showing up on my pictures and called Olympus toll free number and they told me how to reset the pixel image sensor. This solved the problem. I was considering buying an Olympus c-8080 after the price dropped so low. It was 8 mp also, but the camera was rather large. I was also afraid that the c-8080 would have too much of a learning curve for me. So when I saw this new Stylus 800 and read all the reviews I could find on other Stylus cameras, I knew this was the camera for me. The only thing that I would change is make the words above the menu buttons on the back of the camera easier to see. They are small white letters on a gray background - ugh! I can live with it, though. The main thing I am concerned with is performance. I love this camera!!!
10 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Piece of junk
by hotpot on September 3, 2005
Pros: Bright lcd & easy menus
Cons: Color, picture quality, noise & list goes on
Summary: I was deciding on Canon SD500 or this Stylus 800 and I went with the Stylus 800 cause of the very good user opinion that I have read from this ...
Summary: I was deciding on Canon SD500 or this Stylus 800 and I went with the Stylus 800 cause of the very good user opinion that I have read from this site and others. What a mistake! I had the camera for 5 days and took about 500 pictures. The colors are horrible, indoor shot are the worst, and too much noise. My Canon A20 performs much better taking the same shots. Who cares about 8 mega pixels and 1600 iso when it takes such bad quality pictures. The only good thing I can say about the Stylus 800 is the bright lcd, decent macro shots and the easy menus.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
A good camera can easily be made better
by hspatz on September 12, 2005
Pros: Water resistant, good battery life, quick accurate focus, excellent LCD in bright or dim light, guides for different modes, high ISO modes for low light situations, incamera red eye fix, manual modes
Cons: Scene modes not fully explained so high ISO might be chosen or shutter speed requiring tripod without operator knowing, poor image quality at high ISO (over 400)
Summary: If left in the "P" mode this camera uses ISO 250 or below and the pictures are as good as any camera in its class. Heavily cropped 4 X 6'...
Summary: If left in the "P" mode this camera uses ISO 250 or below and the pictures are as good as any camera in its class. Heavily cropped 4 X 6's look great on my dye sublimation printer. Pictures are sharpened to the point that on a computer at 100% you will see some artifacts along edges, but you will never see these in your prints. This sharpening is for people who are going to print without using Photoshop to sharpen their pictures, such as those printing direct from the camera. The high ISO pictures are good for "remembering the moment" or for when you want to record the layout of a large dark room and the layout is more important than fine details or accurate colors. ISO 2500 lets the flash work for over 40'. If you understand that the high ISO pictures are OK for viewing on a TV screen slide show or for low res. Internet, not for printing, you will be happy with them.
Olympus should be more specific about what the scene modes are really doing. They should display ISO, shutter, and f-stop in all modes, not just "P", aperture, and shutter priority. Also, when ISO "auto" is selected, the camera does not report the selected ISO until playback. It ought to tell you in record mode. Another problem is that changing the EV in flash mode makes subtle or no change in exposure. If this were fixed and the camera reported the values chosen in the scene modes, I would have given the camera a "9". If you remember that this is not a DSLR and use the high ISO modes only when absolutely necessary, you will be happy with this camera. The all weather housing makes this much more versatile for people using it for outdoor activities than any competitive model.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Grade A "point and shoot"
by jbierlein on August 12, 2005
Pros: Solid construction, easy to get "good" pictures with preset scenes, good feature mix
Cons: Will preset image resolution with each scene (indoor, portrait), probably a way to set that I have not found yet.
Summary: Previous olympus owner (1.5 MegaPixel D-450). Went into the camera store convinced, I'd buy the Nikon CoolPix 7900. After seeing the Nikon's silly menus (the Olympus "Scenes" ...
Summary: Previous olympus owner (1.5 MegaPixel D-450). Went into the camera store convinced, I'd buy the Nikon CoolPix 7900. After seeing the Nikon's silly menus (the Olympus "Scenes" feature is very straight forward to handle different lighting/shot situations) and an unprotected LCD display (Olympus has a nice clear protective cover) I was won over by the stylus 800.
Always liked the slide cover in terms of lens protection and this solves the issues with the larger slide on other olympus models. The 1 GB card is essential.
Tested with my kids, indoor/outdoor motion, night time shots with tripod, really impressed. LCD is much brighter.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very good camera
by PZPR on August 29, 2005
Pros: very good performance and image quality, excellent feature set, easy to view screen, cool effects/shooting modes, very clear photos
Cons: Can easily slip from your hands
Summary: I have this camera for two weeks. It's much faster than my previous camera and photos are really good. It's not compact compact but small enough for me. ...
Summary: I have this camera for two weeks. It's much faster than my previous camera and photos are really good. It's not compact compact but small enough for me. The LCD is great, can see from almost any angle, in sunlight not as sharp but still viewable.
Over all I would recommend this camera.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
by bratcookie on August 11, 2005
Pros: Long life battery, great picutres, easy to use.
Cons: No black and white pictures feature
Summary: Very partial to 35 mm SLRs, I have been staying away from digital cameras for a long time. Although I have purchased many digital cameras before, I've always ended ...
Summary: Very partial to 35 mm SLRs, I have been staying away from digital cameras for a long time. Although I have purchased many digital cameras before, I've always ended up giving them away. This one is a keeper though. After 5 minutes, the menu is very user friendly. All the features are useful. I was amazed that they have made a point and shoot camera which such a high resolution. I still use my SLR mostly but I take digital pictures before taking my shots so I don't have to waste film. Besides, I can snap any shots I want without fearing wasting films as well. I would have liked it to have the black and white feature but I can live without it. In general, this is a great camera to have and I would highly doubt one would grow out of it. I can't wait for them to make an underwater housing so I can take it diving with me.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Bad bad bad
by Brainsick on October 25, 2005
Pros: Fast, water resistant, compact
Cons: Image quality
Summary: I have no idea what camera the "9" rating users have but either it isn't this camera or they aren't using it for anything more than low resolution ...
Summary: I have no idea what camera the "9" rating users have but either it isn't this camera or they aren't using it for anything more than low resolution pictures in a slideshow on their computers.
The camera over sharpens photos to a drastic extent. Looking at the images at 100% shows serious pixelation and sharp lines. It seems that the camera has way too much in-camera sharpening and noise reduction.
On the subject of noise reduction, any mode other than automatic at 64 - 200 ISO at SHQ fails miserably. The "scene" modes are terrible, as they knock down and change ISO dramatically. And if you want low light pictures, forget about it. All you'll see is grain.
Read the review at www.DPReview.com for all the details and see why this camera is horrible for advanced amateurs and too much camera for beginners.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by cindyrsd on November 11, 2007
Pros: Takes pretty good photos if you know how to set it. NIght time photos are not the best at all. Even using the feature of night shots, they still don't come out good.
Cons: It's to delicate, less then a 3inch drop on carpet camera not on, and the lens cover will not open up any more. This should not happen, noticed no major stores is carring this camera model anymore.
Summary: I only had this camera for about six months, when it was dropped less then 3inch on carpet and the lens cover refuse to slide open, the camera company will ...
Summary: I only had this camera for about six months, when it was dropped less then 3inch on carpet and the lens cover refuse to slide open, the camera company will not honor the warranty, I've also noticed that no major company will carry that model, they stated problems with the sliding lens cover. No camera should be that delicate. Night time picture taking does not come out good, it's better to use the available lighting. The high zoom your photos will come out to grainy. The camera has great features but it seem they rush the model to get the bucks, not thinking about the quality of there produce.
VERY VERY SPECIAL CAMERA!
by mauridoss on July 19, 2006
Pros: EFFECTIVE 8 MPixels
Cons: Made...in CHINA, a little less strong than Fuji....BUT..!Less cost!
Summary: I DON'T KNOW WHY DEAR FRIENDS IN WEBSHOTS TELL THAT XD PICTURE CARD IN NOT WITH THIS CAMERA! WHEN YOU BUY IT, YOU HAVE A NORMAL 16 MB XD, ...
Summary: I DON'T KNOW WHY DEAR FRIENDS IN WEBSHOTS TELL THAT XD PICTURE CARD IN NOT WITH THIS CAMERA! WHEN YOU BUY IT, YOU HAVE A NORMAL 16 MB XD, BUT IT TAKES AN XD CARD UP TO 1 MB (OR 2 MB, IF YOU HAVE MONEY..., ANYWAY, A WONDERFUL CAMERA FOR ALL-WEATHER AND ALL LIGHT CONDITIONS... LOOK MY LAST "SUNSETS" IN MY ALBUM!
Don't Waste Your Money
by lldowney on April 30, 2006
Pros: Very user friendly, Nice features
Cons: Very long Shutter lag, disappointing image quality
Summary: I bought this camera assuming it would deliver a decent image. The images were very poor quality. The shutter lag was very long with the flash. Even without the flash ...
Summary: I bought this camera assuming it would deliver a decent image. The images were very poor quality. The shutter lag was very long with the flash. Even without the flash it took too long to capture more than 1 image. I returned this camera and ended up getting a Sony DSC-W7.
- Manufacturer: Olympus
- Part number: 225625
- Description: See all you can see with one of the most full-featured compact cameras ever. Enjoy amazing detail with 8 megapixels. Experience the view on a large, super clear 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD. Feel comfortable with a built-in Help Guide. Feel confident with Bright Capture Technology for improved previewing and shooting in low light situations. With an all-weather design to take on the elements, and 24 shooting modes to take on any situation.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Point-and-shoot highlights Video capture ability adds convenience for the user.
- Resolution 8 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 8,300,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 8,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/1.8"
- Optical Zoom 3 x
- Digital Zoom 5 x
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Digital Video Format QuickTime
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video
Exposure & White Balance
Night scene with portrait,
2 in 1,
Self-portrait with self-timer,
Black & White,
White Balance Presets
Fluorescent light (daylight),
Fluorescent light (warm white),
Fluorescent light (cool white)
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 4 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 2 steps in 1/3 EV step
- Type 3 x x Zoom lens - 8 mm - 24 mm - F/2.8-4.9
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 38 - 114 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 19.7 in
- Macro Focus Range 1 in - 19.7 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 5 groups / 6 elements
- Features Aspherical lens
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 10
Flash OFF mode,
- Effective Flash Range 42 ft
Continuous Shooting Speed
4 frames per second,
1.3 frames per second
Self Timer Delay
Digital image rotation,
In-camera red-eye removal,
PRINT Image Matching,
Resizing an image,
RGB primary color filter,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Resolution 215,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x USB,
1 x DC power input
Drivers & Utilities
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System Support
MS Windows 98 SE,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
Apple Mac OS X 10.2 or later,
MS Windows ME
Audio / video cable
- Body Material Metal
- Protection Weatherproof
- Supported Battery Olympus Li-12B
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1230 mAh ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- RAM Installed 32 MB
- Memory Card Slot xD-Picture Card
Supported Memory Cards
xD-Picture Card Type M,
xD-Picture Card Type H
- Included Memory Card XD-Picture Card
Super-fine JPEG 3264 x 2448 : 63 VA - With 256MB card,
Fine JPEG 3264 x 2448 : 124 VA - With 256MB card,
JPEG 2560 x 1920 : 210 VA - With 256MB card,
JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 262 VA - With 256MB card,
JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 326 VA - With 256MB card,
JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 389 VA - With 256MB card,
JPEG 1280 x 960 : 614 VA - With 256MB card,
JPEG 1024 x 768 : 940 VA - With 256MB card,
JPEG 640 x 360 : 1453 VA - With 256MB card
QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 220 sec - With 256MB card,
QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 650 sec - With 256MB card,
QuickTime - 160 x 120 - 1650 sec - With 256MB card
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.1 in
- Depth 1.3 in
- Height 2.3 in
- Weight 0.4 lbs
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F