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Adventure is yours for the taking with the µ[mju:]1030 SW. Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof, this camera goes wherever you do. Yet d...

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Review of "Olympus µ[MJU:] 1030 SW"

published 02/05/2008 | rbell5ciao
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Pro All weather build, great results
Cons No remote
very helpful
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"A winner from Olympus"

I am planning to do some touring on my cycle and required a camera that not only
was lightweight and weather-proof but also took reasonable quality photos.

I used to take a Leica M4-P with a Summilux 35mm lens on such journeys
It requires no batteries and has been submerged in puddles more than once and survived.
However the cost of roll film is now a becoming drawback.
Digital photography has the main advantage of disposible imagery but the disadvantages of being subject to water damage and
always requiring battery power (when camping the opportunities for recharging are probably zero)

I already have an Olympus E-510 with a 14-54mm zoom lens that produces good quality pics, but is not puddle-proof.
It does use XD cards though so I already had some to use in the 1030SW - No card is supplied with the 1030SW
(These Xd type M version cards are available at about £8.50 for a 1g)

A 1g Xd card in the 1030SW set to max resolution gives you 205 shots.

So seeing the Olympus 1030SW I was 1st drawn to its waterproof quality etc.
I did read a review elsewhere that had example photos with it and the opinion was that image
quality had been sacrificed for the robust build.

Anyway I ordered one because at the end of the day it's better to have a camera that will work after
a soaking than a better image-maker that does not.
When it arrived I immediately fell in love with it. It has a weight that is just right (approx 200g with battery and card) and a size that
is a lot more convenient than my Leica or Olympus E-510, just a bit bigger than a mobile phone.
Also when using camera the lens does not stick out even when using the zoom,

You can start producing pics immediately after charging the supplied battery that takes about 1.5 hours.
After reading the manual you find other features like face recognition and an image stabilizer that are a
surprise, to me on such a small camera. There's even an alarm clock and a manometer that apparently
tells you how deep you are when diving, (the 1030SW can go down up to 10m. Theres a case available
for approx £190 that will get you down to 30m)

So I leapt forth into the sunlight and did some test shots that I then uploaded to a PC not expecting great results.
My test shots where taken on a day when the wind was blowing and I was concerned that I could not
hold the camera steady enough for sharp images because it is so small. I did try some with the
image stabilizer switched on for that reason, along with some 'super macro' shots of bluebells.

I have a 22" monitor and was agreeably surprised to find that when viewing full screen the images
where sharp the colour looks good and no worrying vinyetting observed.
On further viewing of my test shots and increasing magnification I can see some vinyetting on some of my pictures
this seems to occur, rather oddly, only on either the bottom left or right corners.
However at this magnification you would probably be printing in excess of A3.
At about A4 size you can see it, just - and probably because you know its there, but its not really so large an area,
and it doesnt appear on all my shots. This may be due to my varying the zoom etc.
The camera still, I think, gives remarkable results for this size of the lens.

The macro shots were excellent and may be improved further if I had used a tripod. Yes this camera does have a standard camera screw on its base.

I will obviously have to do more to test all the features out fully, but so far results are far above expected.

On 1st day of mixed off and on shooting normally or with the flash with use ofediting and using LED light etc
I got approx 9 hours use from a full charge.
At this point the camera was still working but the battery icon went red.
I would need to take some spares camping with me so found some for sale on a web site
(Olympus versions) for approx £19 each.

Advertised being able to stand a 3m drop, 100kgs of shock and dive of 10m
For me no concern over damage when cycling or water issues when camping.
For outdoor use in all weathers down to -10 degrees C

I can see this being used where dropping by small children may be a concern,
or by pubs/party goers who may find their cameras going into all sort of liquid.

Small and light, so easy to carry around in pocket or handbag.

Great build and good looks ~ a little jewel.

Would like ability to use an Olmpus remote with this.
Can see some people with big fingers having trouble with small buttons - I tend to be using my fingernails.

Excellent small camera for the adventurous, seaside hols etc or normal everyday use
Gives great results with the added bonus of a rugged build quality.

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  • groovyem100 published 02/05/2008
    Really interesting review, very easy to read. Em x
  • headcase44 published 02/05/2008
    Well written, nicely laid out and interesting review....Thanks. J.
  • blissman70 published 02/05/2008
    great review, sounds like a good piece of kit... regards,blissman
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Product Information : Olympus µ[MJU:] 1030 SW

Manufacturer's product description

Adventure is yours for the taking with the µ[mju:]1030 SW. Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof, this camera goes wherever you do. Yet despite its tough attributes, image quality isn't compromised. Precision Olympus optics deliver true-to-life results. Integrated cutting-edge technologies provide intelligent solutions to ensure the flawless reproduction of subjects. And, with a choice of several colors, the µ[mju:]1030 SW further brightens the photo-taking experience.

Product Details

Product Description: Olympus µ[MJU:] 1030 SW - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital Camera

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Sensor Resolution: 10.1 Megapixel

Lens System: 3.6 x zoom lens - 5 - 18.2 mm - f/3.5-5.1

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 5 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Olympus Li-50B Li-ion rechargeable battery - 925 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Colour: British green, Platinum silver, Midnight black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.4 cm x 2.1 cm x 6.1 cm

Weight: 170 g

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 10

Flash Memory / Form Factor: XD-Picture Card

Optical Zoom (Ratio): 3.6 x

Digital Zoom (Ratio): 5 x

LCD Display Size: 2.7

Auto Focus: TTL

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Memory Type: Internal and external

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.00500000476837158

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in Flash

Manufacturer: Olympus


MPN: N3115092, N3114892, N3114992

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: British green, Platinum silver, Midnight black

Sensor Resolution: 10.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 10,700,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.35"

Optical Zoom: 3.6 x

Digital Zoom: 5 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO auto

Exposure Metering: Spot, matrix

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, beach/snow, night portrait, landscape-portrait, self-portrait, fireworks, panorama assist, night scene, sports mode, sunset, indoor, cuisine, candle, behind glass, auction, underwater macro, available light portrait, anti shake, underwater wide 2, underwater wide 1, shoot & select 2, shoot & select 1, documents, underwater snapshot

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Saturation, Frames

White Balance: Automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Tungsten light, daylight, overcast, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 4 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 3.6 x zoom lens - 5 - 18.2 mm - f/3.5-5.1

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 102mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 2cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 8 groups / 10 elements

Features: ED glass, aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Effective Flash Range: 1 m - 4.1 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 0.7 frames per second, 5.2 frames per second for 11 frames (3Mpix)

Self Timer Delay: 12sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, auto power save, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge support, histogram display, cropping an image, in-camera panorama preview, resizing an image, Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM), built-in manometer


Type: 2.7" LCD display

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Olympus Master

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, Apple MacOS X 10.3 or later, MS Windows Vista

Peripheral Devices: USB port

System Requirements Details: Windows 2000/XP/Vista - Pentium III - 500 MHz - 256 MB - 500 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.3 or later - PowerPC G3 - 500 MHz - 256 MB - 500 MB


Included Accessories: Battery charger, USB cable, wrist strap, microSD to XD adapter, audio / video cable

Body Material: Metal

Protection: Shockproof

Underwater Depth: Up to 10m


Battery Type: Olympus Li-50B

Details: 1 x Olympus Li-50B Li-ion rechargeable battery - 925 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

RAM Installed: 14.7 MB

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Supported Memory Cards: XD-Picture Card

Image Storage: Fine JPEG 3648 x 2736 : 3 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 3648 x 2736 : 5 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 2560 x 1920 : 6 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 2560 x 1920 : 12 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 9 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 19 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 15 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 30 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 24 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 1280 x 960 : 47 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 89 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 163 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 1920 x 1080 : 14 - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 1920 x 1080 : 28 - with 14MB built-in memory

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 8sec - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps - 16sec - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps - 19 sec - with 14MB built-in memory ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 38 sec - with 14MB built-in memory

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 9.4 cm

Depth: 2.1 cm

Height: 6.1 cm

Weight: 170 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: -10 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Storage Temperature: -20 °C

Max Storage Temperature: 60 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 30 - 100%

Humidity Range Storage: 10 - 90%


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