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Olympus Stylus 790 SW 7.1 MP Digital Camera - Blue

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what a nightmare!!

Jun 15, 2008
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  • User Rating: Disappointing

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  • Shutter Lag

Pros:It seems to take ok pictures, waterproof, smallish

Cons:just about everything else

The Bottom Line: buying that camera it the worse purchase in the last year... well maybe second from buying a ticket to the new Indiana Jones Move


I got this camera to replace my big old aging coolpix which I had used all around the world. I knew i wanted something simple tough and waterproof. i found this camera at Target on sale. once i unpacked it i realized it takes some weird little battery, so I had to buy another expensive speciality battery, (my last digital camera took AA's) then i realized the battery charger is almost as big and as heavy as the camera it's self, at this point i should have returned but didn't, I cut down the 4 or so feet of power cord to make it more compact. then i realized it took some speciality memory card, not the stander compact flash that every out device i own uses. once away in Asia I realized the port on the side that looks like USB, isn't so I had to buy a memory card reader, which for some reason erases the memory card about 80% of the time. and is another thing i have to carry around, the auto flash goes off even in bright rooms and will not adjust any lower, which ruins most pictures so i need to keep it turned off, and toggling it on and off takes about 3x as long as on my last camera which was a simple 1 push of a button. and i find the body is too narrow to balance anywhere to take timer pics, also if you want to use the timer you have to reset it to timer every shot (a big pain!)
other than all that it seems to work fine, but I wish I did more homework on it before I bought it. now i'm stuck with it, i can justify buying a new camera when this one works ok.

it's taken some good shot, and not having to worry about rain, ect is nice. but all and all it sucks. and I feel Olympus put there interest in selling memory cards, cables, and battery's before there costumers, I think I'll avoid buying anything from them again. Hopefully this will save someone else the hassle, especially people who like to travel light


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 200
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Easy Enough for Anyone to Use


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