Olympus Stylus 720 SW Digital Camera Review

Written by: Maxwell Anderson
Date: November 4th, 2009
Rating: 9.0 out of 10

First of all, let me just say that I’m no photography guru. I’ve taken a digital photography class, but I still don’t know too much about the subject. With that said, I’m probably not going to get as technical or in-depth as you might like if you’re really into photography as an art. On the other hand, if you’re really into cameras and photography, you should probably be picking yourself up a nice, high end SLR camera, not a simple shock-resistant, waterproof camera that fits in your pocket such as this one. Don’t worry though, I’ll go plenty in-depth for an average person who like high quality photos and digital cameras with lots of neat features. I’ve used a lot of digital cameras in my time, and I’ve never played with one that was quite as neat as this one. This Olympus Stylus 720 SW digital camera not only has a bunch of options, but takes some decent photos. Looking for a camera that’ll fit in your pocket, give you lots of features/options, and take some decent point-and-shoot shots for under $400? If so, you’ll definitely want to look further into this metal-bodied beauty. (Note: Most of the pictures in this review have less than exceptional quality. My apologies. They’re still clickable, though.)

Before I say anything more about this camera, I’m going to ask you to please go here and check out the specifications of the camera. I’d put them on this page, but there are a lot, so I think it would be better if you just went there.

And here are some of the Features & Benefits, procured from the Olympus website:

The Stylus 720 SW is Shockproof (up to 5ft.), Waterproof (to depths of up to 10ft.), and Dust Proof so nothing gets in the way of its impressive performance.
Details are rich and colors are vibrant with 7.1 megapixels.
Get closer to the action with a 3x optical + 5x digital for a 15x total seamless zoom.
Experience a better view of your pictures, a convenient method of sharing them and an easier time using the camera’s menu with its premium-sized 2.5″ LCD.
Select any of 28 Shooting Modes including QuickTime Movie Mode with sound for excellent results anywhere.
Create Panoramas up to 10 frames stitchable using OLYMPUS Master software and an Olympus branded xD-Picture Card.
Built-in image editing lets you easily fix red-eye, crop, resize, adjust brightness and saturation, convert to black-and-white or sepia, add frames and titles, print calendars and more – all without using a computer.
Print pictures directly from the camera when connected to any PictBridge-enabled printer such as the Olympus P-11.
With the exclusive TruePic TURBO Image Processor, you not only get true-to-life colors, you also get quicker startup and shutter release times so you can shoot and share faster.
19.1MB of Internal Memory lets you shoot even when your media card is full or if one just isn’t available in a pinch.
xD-Picture Card compatible.
Connect the camera to your personal computer via a simple USB cable for fast, easy file transfers and downloads with Auto-Connect USB.
Includes OLYMPUS Master software that lets you view pictures, organize them, edit them, print them, share them and more.
Compatible with the PT-033 Underwater Housing for shooting at depths beyond 10 feet underwater.
Keep powered up over and over again so you’re always ready to shoot, share and more with a Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery (Li-40B/Li-42B) or AC Adapter (D-7AC) with the optional connector (CB-MA1).
Built-in Flash.
12-second Self-Timer.
The size of a deck of cards and weighing just over 5 oz., the Stylus 720 SW can go anywhere.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?

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