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Olympus Stylus 720SW 7.1MP Ultra Slim Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver) by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Olympus Stylus 720SW 7.1MP Ultra Slim Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 130 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 4.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Compact4.6   average
Quality4.5   above average
Image4.2   average
Photo3.8   below average
Underwater3.8   below average
Size3.7   below average
Video3.7   below average
Light3.3   below average
Lens3.1   average
Setting3.1   below average
Screen2.9   below average
Battery2.8   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"I missed so many memorable moments because my batteries had run out -- even though I tried to always keep replacement batteries with me, it would take a little time to change them out, and bam!"
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"I thought that would be handier than a rechargeable battery, but I was wrong -- the 2 AA batteries wouldn't even last through one t-ball game, much less an entire day of shooting."
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"The biggest problem with the camera is battery life, probably drained because there is no viewfinder, but only the LCD."
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"I was taking quite a bit of pictures for about 1 1 2 hours and the battery went dead even though I charged it the entire night before."
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"Hate the rechargeable battery."
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")Also, the rechargeable battery is a wonderful feature."
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"PROS: rugged, well-made, waterproof (I've actually taken it underwater; of course underwater shots are not sharp unless you get an expensive rig), good color, works well in auto mode, shutter lag is not too bad, LCD is big and bright, good battery life."
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"The battery life is long and reasonable, the picture quality is excellent, and the controls are some of the most intuitive that I've seen."
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"With a 1 gig SD chip and extra battery it makes a great companion."
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"The charger doesn't take long to charge the batteries but the batteries barely weigh anything so they're easy to carry with you."
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Compact

Compact:
"Negatives, it's not the best camera for low light, but then again, few compact digital cameras are good for low light."
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"It is indeed waterproof, very compact, easy to use."
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"I love the compact durability of this camera."
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"It's compact size makes it great for sticking in your back pocket during a night out on the town, or packed away in your backpack while traveling the world."
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"the good*it is compact, which is pretty convenient*it has several camera functions that have the potential to work well if you are techno-savvy."
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"I love this camera and I recommend it to all my friends and even loan it to them when they go on vacation and need something a little more compact or a little more durable."
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Image

Image:
"These Olympus-only image storage and transfer devices are extremely frustrating when trying to share photos with friends."
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"Great camera for practical use, takes good pics (not great but pretty nice ones none the less."
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"PROS -- love the size; very compact; can drop it without harming the LCD display or the lensCONS -- slow reaction in taking multiple photos; has this large text that appears after you take each photo and it takes about 3 seconds before it disappears (it's just annoying); you have to scroll through I believe 25 different photo options before you can get back to the basic portrait setting -- definitely the most photo options I've ever seen but again it's annoying to have to go through them all to get back to your basic setting"
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"quality-wise, i took amazing pictures in good light, surprisingly good macro function, but the low light pics were dissapointing."
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"Some pics turn out great, like the ones from diving in Belize, beautiful, just couldn't take it *too* deep."
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"Great to swim with, really like the internal lens, fantastic image quality for its size."
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"Pretty good pics in common situations."
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"The camera requires very steady hands and a slow response to take a decent photo."
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"Images print 8x10 no problem."
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Lens

Lens:
"Lens is hard to dry without spots after using it underwater."
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"I cleaned out the sand and made some adjustments to the flimsy lens cover."
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"I highly recommend that on future water proof cameras, Olympus replace the flimsy lens cover with a more sturdy one, or remove it all together."
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"(By the way, as far as I can tell there is no way to brighten the screen).Another problem is that the lens is in the upper corner of the camera near your left hand, and since you can't see what you are taking pictures of, most of my pictures have at least part of my finger in it."
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"I've gotten somewhat used to Digital SLRs with good lenses so perhaps I'm not the best to judge."
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"Great to swim with, really like the internal lens, fantastic image quality for its size."
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"The lens is poorly positioned, and your finger easily finds its way into the image."
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"After it was dry I cleaned the lens and it was as good as new."
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"After we returned out of the falls, I simply wiped off the lens, and the pictures came out good, as before it was wet."
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"Even when water drops were on the lens they looked decent, although a bit blurry as expected."
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Light

Light:
"It tends to look horrible, blurry, noisy in low light, just weak all around."
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"True, in bright light it may be challenging sometimes to frame your shot on the LCD, but my television set has the same problem if I don't draw the shades."
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"I miss having a view finder, even though the display is large it can be hard to see, especially in bright light."
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"quality-wise, i took amazing pictures in good light, surprisingly good macro function, but the low light pics were dissapointing."
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"Negatives, it's not the best camera for low light, but then again, few compact digital cameras are good for low light."
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"Also the camera is so small and light its kind of hard to hold very steady."
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"The outdoor pictures are good in bright light."
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"I've taken about 100 pictures (indoors, outdoors, low light, good light) and almost all of them are either blurry or the color flash is way off."
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"Now, in light of these reservations and annoyances, I have had enjoyed this camera."
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"In good light, it takes excellent pictures."
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Photo

Photo:
"I've missed some photos because of it."
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"These Olympus-only image storage and transfer devices are extremely frustrating when trying to share photos with friends."
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"Second, I've taken lots of photos with disposable underwater cameras and I've learned that it's VERY hard to get good results."
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"If excellent quality photos are a must for you then the Olympus might not be the best choice."
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"I'm hoping it's user error and that with more experience I'll figure out how to take nice photos."
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"I've taken several pictures and I am having a terrible time with getting blurry and grainy photos."
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"They are really sharp -- easily the sharpest and highest quality photos I have seen out of the 4 different digital point and shoot cameras we have owned (the others being a Nikon Coolpix 3200, Canon Powershot A540, and a Polaroid A310 that we got for my son that was the absolute worst."
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"For what it is, takes great photos."
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"It worked great for landscape photos and up close photos."
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"I shot some photos for a few weeks and tried to convince myself that the quality was satisfactory (200x sharpening in Photoshop Elements II among other fixes were needed)."
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Quality

Quality:
"It will help no one, because no one should be buying this camera anymore anyways, but I'm still so angry at its horrible picture quality that I can't sleep without writing a review."
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"There were reviewers complaining of low quality images from this camera, but that's probably because the photos were taken right off of the card, unedited."
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"The drawback is that you get more noise and less quality in your picture than if it had real image stabilization."
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"I have really been pleased with the quality of the pictures."
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"They are really sharp -- easily the sharpest and highest quality photos I have seen out of the 4 different digital point and shoot cameras we have owned (the others being a Nikon Coolpix 3200, Canon Powershot A540, and a Polaroid A310 that we got for my son that was the absolute worst."
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"Great to swim with, really like the internal lens, fantastic image quality for its size."
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"I shot some photos for a few weeks and tried to convince myself that the quality was satisfactory (200x sharpening in Photoshop Elements II among other fixes were needed)."
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"Once they put the photo-quality of some of the Canons or HP digital cameras I've seen into a rugged, slim and stylish exterior of this Olympus, then I can recommend it as a purchase for anyone that cares about their memories and quality of their photographs!"
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Screen

Screen:
"You don't need to fret about the screen getting damaged if you take it in the rain."
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"The screen is hard to see outside, even with a shade over it."
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"(By the way, as far as I can tell there is no way to brighten the screen).Another problem is that the lens is in the upper corner of the camera near your left hand, and since you can't see what you are taking pictures of, most of my pictures have at least part of my finger in it."
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"My biggest problem is that the LCD screen is useless when you are in bright sunlight."
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"The LCD screen on the Olympus is also the worst of the three cameras (which is unsatisfactory since there is no viewfinder)."
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"Review screen isn't all that pretty- Big screen but not great resolution."
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"I did buy some screen protectors for the LCD and those have worked nicely."
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"The large screen makes for easy viewing of your pictures and all of the functions are very easy to use and understand."
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"Love the small size, point and shoot--large viewing screen--great for active vacations like skiing, beaches because it is rugged--can be dropped or takes some underwater shots too!"
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"I love this camera a bought it a month ago and i think that is perfect for beach and pool lovers, you will have a nice point and shoot camera plus many extras, all that you need for family and travel, very easy to use, compact, good battery , 7mp , big lcd screen, nice style, waterproof feature works great, stabilization mode works too."
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"It has nice big screen that is even pretty bright (a must since there is no optical viewfinder)."
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Setting

Setting:
"Where this camera may disappoint is in lower-light settings, including indoors."
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"I read a lot of reviews before buying this camera and I remember people complaining about how it doesn't save your settings when you turn your camera off but surprise once again, my settings would stay as is."
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"The shots are blurry and it is hard to find the proper settings in each condition."
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"PROS -- love the size; very compact; can drop it without harming the LCD display or the lensCONS -- slow reaction in taking multiple photos; has this large text that appears after you take each photo and it takes about 3 seconds before it disappears (it's just annoying); you have to scroll through I believe 25 different photo options before you can get back to the basic portrait setting -- definitely the most photo options I've ever seen but again it's annoying to have to go through them all to get back to your basic setting"
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"I tried adjusting all of the settings and I couldn't find a way to correct the problem."
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"I had to dial down the exposure adjustment to -.3 (or -.7) in bright daylight, but it saves the setting, so that works well."
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"The gadgets and settings might fool you into thinking this is the best camera for your $$$, but they don't really do much for me."
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"It delivers clear photos, with a very flexible set of pre-programmed settings... A must purchase for folks on the move! "
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"It is way portable, very durable, easy, produces OK results but you have to mess with settings if you're not in daylight, and it's not very quick."
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"Chances are pretty good that your extended warranty won't cover you setting it on fire or pushing it down the garbage disposal."
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Size

Size:
"CONS, as with ANY pocket camera: the LCD is hard to see outdoors when you are in bright sunlight (unfortunately, most small cameras, except a few Canons, lack a viewfinder these days), the lens is tiny and doesn't extend, so sharpness and low-light performance is limited (but you don't have to wait for the lens to extend -- the camera, turns on or comes out of sleep pretty fast), limited zoom, you'll probably want to buy a higher-capacity xD memory card & they're are more expensive than other types."
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"The only downside of this camera is that although it is small enough to tote everywhere, the buttons are also very small, and are hard to work with gloves on!"
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"if you're not aware of this you can end up with pictures ruined by a pretty miniscule drop of water on the small lens."
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"The 720SW is not only small and easy, but can also come out to play when my other camera has to be protect from the rain (I'm on the West Coast), from the subject (I work with kids!"
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"Also the camera is so small and light its kind of hard to hold very steady."
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"The color tones are good, the picture sizes are good, some pictures are absolutely beautiful.3) Scene controls are nice, it has an 'underwater' and an 'online auction' mode that I use.4) It's kid,beach,dog,butter-finger,mud,adventure-proofCons:1) Battery life seems short."
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"Great to swim with, really like the internal lens, fantastic image quality for its size."
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"It is very small, great to stick in a pocket, although I have taken a picture of my finger on more than one occassion."
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"I have a small child so I thought the shockproof would be a good idea."
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"It is very small and easily fits in a pocket or purse."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"The underwater shots are terrible."
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"The underwater pictures are cool, though not the best."
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"However, it is hard to see the LCD underwater, and it is hard to get a steady shot."
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"Lens is hard to dry without spots after using it underwater."
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"Second, I've taken lots of photos with disposable underwater cameras and I've learned that it's VERY hard to get good results."
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"The manual and website FAQs aren't much help on this, and without some careful practice you will probably be disappointed with this camera's underwater shots at first."
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"The color tones are good, the picture sizes are good, some pictures are absolutely beautiful.3) Scene controls are nice, it has an 'underwater' and an 'online auction' mode that I use.4) It's kid,beach,dog,butter-finger,mud,adventure-proofCons:1) Battery life seems short."
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"PROS: rugged, well-made, waterproof (I've actually taken it underwater; of course underwater shots are not sharp unless you get an expensive rig), good color, works well in auto mode, shutter lag is not too bad, LCD is big and bright, good battery life."
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"i dont have to worry about spilling drinks on it or dropping it (both of which iv done several times).it takes great underwater pictures and great out of water pictures."
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"Underwater pictures with this camera are decent!"
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"Takes wonderful pictures underwater and out of water, too."
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Video

Video:
"The microphone for video is terrible."
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"15fps is definitely irritating (like watching 8mm movies) but Adobe's Premiere Elements (not included) does a fair job of smoothing it out."
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"I will never miss a great shot or video clip again :-)Tom"
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"But if you also want to take good digital movies with this camera, I do not recommend it."
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"Now my primary problem with this camera is the movie mode."
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"With the movie problem and the lower battery longevity (compared to my other cameras), I give the Olympus 720SW 4-stars instead of 5."
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"It's important to keep it warm in cold weather, i. e. skiing.2) The zoom controls are a little awkward.3) Be careful with the flash, it can easily overpower the scene.4) The movie mode is bad, I tried taking a few... too small and choppy."
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"I just wanted a point-and-shoot camera that took great pictures and video clips, and that's exactly what I got."
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"Takes really nice, clean pictures and video clips (with sound) and transferring them to either iPhoto on my MAC or the documents folder on my PC is a breeze."
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"Love the movie mode."
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"The advantage is you can get almost 15 minutes of video on a 1 gig card."
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