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Olympus Stylus 850SW 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Pink) by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Olympus Stylus 850SW 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Pink)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 200 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 4.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Setting4.6   above average
Price4.5   average
Photo4.3   average
Underwater4.3   average
Video4.3   average
Color3.9   below average
Quality3.9   below average
Size3.8   below average
Image3.6   below average
Battery2.2   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"Unfortunately it has very limited battery life."
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"My two gripes are that the battery life isn't great, but I bought another battery to use with it for extremely cheap so it's not a huge issue, just mildly annoying."
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"It has POOR battery life- VERY short, which is a big drawback."
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"I think this is the worst battery life I have had for any digital camera I have owned."
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"Then put back in the camera...my wife really complains to me about this (especially when she jams the battery back in facing the wrong way)."
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"I went snorkeling with it twice...and it did take decent pictures under water when the battery was full (for about 10 minutes)."
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"I used it on and off for the entire 2.5 hour show and had no problem with battery life."
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"The camera is small and compact and comes in a bunch of colors.2 drawbacks as mentioned the camera uses an XD card but there is an adapter where you can use a Mini SD and as mentioned the battery life is not the longest so you may want to pick up and extra battery that comes with a car charger they are easy to find on the internet."
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"The battery life is amazing."
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"There were droplets of water inside the battery compartment as well as on the battery itself!"
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Color

Color:
"The camera is small and compact and comes in a bunch of colors.2 drawbacks as mentioned the camera uses an XD card but there is an adapter where you can use a Mini SD and as mentioned the battery life is not the longest so you may want to pick up and extra battery that comes with a car charger they are easy to find on the internet."
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"I like the color of the blue one but at first I was frustrated."
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"Prints were fuzzy, color was terrible."
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"I found it thanks to the bright color and it still worked great! "
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"I LOVE the color."
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"The pics are fantastic, but movies are great and the color and clarity of the pics and movies are wonderful."
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"THIS TIME I GOT YELLOW....WHICHEVER COLOR YOU GET, YOU CAN'T BEAT THIS CAMERA FOR EASE OF OPERATION AND GREAT SHOTS."
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"The price was reasonable and you can pick out what ever color suits your fancy...thats important to high school girls! "
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Image

Image:
"Not real good underwater pics if the sun is down, or if you shoot in the shadow of the river bank."
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"The first day it worked nicely, however image quality wasn't anyhting great."
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"Low light shots are often grainy, and I haven't had good luck with either the macro mode or image stab features."
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"This product looks cool but image stabilization is not good and night mode dose not work as expected rest of the stuff is really good."
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"The pictures are not that good, lots of them are fuzzy, some are out of focus, and it doesn't take very good indoor pics, night pics, or any other pics in lighting besides natural light during the day time."
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"It arrived just in time for our trip to Puerto Rico.....although the trip itself was a bit different than we anticipated, the pictures all came out great.....and everyone loved the photo book we made of the adventure."
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"Underwater pics good."
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"It takes really bad pictures with low light... it has to be sunny and bright for good pics."
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"Picture Quality: Takes great pictures, really amazing outdoor pics and really good indoor pics."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"This isn't what you'd use to shoot your cousin's wedding, but it's absolutely perfect for any outdoor adventure involving extreme locations or extreme climates."
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"The picture quality is excellent when you are outdoors with plenty of natural light."
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"Picture Quality: Takes great pictures, really amazing outdoor pics and really good indoor pics."
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"I recommend the 850SW as a good all around outdoor point and shoot."
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"As good quality as my Nikon point-and-shoots for outdoor shots."
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Photo

Photo:
"Only bad thing is low light photos are a bit grainy and there is a bit of delay when taking the photos that can be annoying."
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"I presently own a Nikon 4600 subcompact which takes substandard photos, a Canon Powershot SD 1000 which takes good but not great photos and Nikon D40X SLR which takes great photos."
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"The battery lasts for only about 120 photos, the worst battery that is used in activities that I have done, I've never been able to take all the photos because the battery is exhausted.4."
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"I still have the camera and it still works great, but since i do lots of underwater photos as a fish biologist, this camera is pretty much retired from everyday abuse."
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"I have been using this camera for 5 years and it is still reliable and takes amazing quality photos."
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"I've taken some really nice photos with it."
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"It takes amazing photos, crystal clear."
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"Ive taaken a number of flower photos; close up focus was great."
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Price

Price:
"My two gripes are that the battery life isn't great, but I bought another battery to use with it for extremely cheap so it's not a huge issue, just mildly annoying."
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"If you are considering buying this camera, don't hesitate, it's a great buy for the money."
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"SHould have bought a good camera and a cheap disposable water camera."
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"You can get better value and quality with its price however it is good camera."
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"They get a bit grainy when blown up that big, but for the price, they look amazing."
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"Other than that, for the price I paid $169.00 I am extremely happy with it!"
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"We looked everywhere and this is the best price."
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Quality

Quality:
"The picture quality is great, not as good as my Canon XSI DSLR but still very good."
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"The only reason I did not give it 5 stars, is that the zoom is not the best quality and there is a delay between taking pictures, so when taking action pictures, you might miss some of the sequence."
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"Panorama picture quality is not as good but certainly not too bad."
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"The first day it worked nicely, however image quality wasn't anyhting great."
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"Okay, seriously though...First the bad... the indoor picture quality is not all that great."
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"and very dissapointed in the bad quality picture return back."
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"I have been using this camera for 5 years and it is still reliable and takes amazing quality photos."
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"The picture quality is amazing."
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"You can get better value and quality with its price however it is good camera."
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"Over all I would highly recomend this camera for easy of use,durability and quality of pictures."
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"The picture quality is excellent when you are outdoors with plenty of natural light."
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Setting

Setting:
"My only complaint is that certain settings have to be turned on in order to use all the features (such as panoramic) and the user manual does not explain this."
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"It has many easy to use features and settings, such as a very straightforward and easy panorama setting."
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"And I fell in love with the camera and all it's scene setting and ease of use."
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"A lot of time the quality of the photo depends on the skills of the photographer as well as the resolution setting."
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"TAKES GOOD PHOTOS, IS EASY, HAS SO MANY DIFFERENT SETTINGS ON THE SCENE BUTTON."
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Size

Size:
"The camera is small and compact and comes in a bunch of colors.2 drawbacks as mentioned the camera uses an XD card but there is an adapter where you can use a Mini SD and as mentioned the battery life is not the longest so you may want to pick up and extra battery that comes with a car charger they are easy to find on the internet."
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"The size make it a liitle hard to hold for men with large hands."
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"This is my ABC camera (alway bring camera)I can take this small camera in places that I wouldn't be able to take the Canon 40d or the E-1 olympus that I use for photo shoot."
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"The picture quality is about what you'd expect from such a small lens, (i. e. not as good as my 4 year old 8MP Coolpix 8700), but in a **much** smaller and tougher package."
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"Pros:Great prints up to 8x10 in size."
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"I love it, because it is so small and easy to use."
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"Small enough for any pocket, but very durable."
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"This camera is a wonderful small camera that takes great pictures and is easy to use."
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"I also like for my cameras to be small size so they are easy to bring along in pants pockets (more photo opps)."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"Not real good underwater pics if the sun is down, or if you shoot in the shadow of the river bank."
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"If you don't need the underwater piece, skip this piece of junk."
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"Needless to say, I was displeased, as I bought this camera mainly for the underwater waterproof functionality."
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"Or course, it doesn't go underwater, but oh well."
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"It really is waterproof and produces very good (but not excellent) underwater shots."
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"I still have the camera and it still works great, but since i do lots of underwater photos as a fish biologist, this camera is pretty much retired from everyday abuse."
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"Underwater pics good."
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"The underwater pictures are really good."
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"The underwater feature is a blast, you get unbelievably clear pictures, and such a cool effect!"
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"The good... you can take underwater photos and they turn out pretty darn good."
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Video

Video:
"Could be a little disappointing if you're a real video snob."
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"Movies cut off after about 10 seconds, and sound is weak, but otherwise extremely competent, once you figure out all of its capabilities and how to use them."
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"They are the worst videos ever."
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"I could live with it, but the thumping noises on recorded videos is very annoying."
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"For those getting this camera, that will be useful info, and it will save you time digging through the manual (which by the way does not mention this info).2 - The sound is hard to hear when watching a video on the camera."
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"I've read people say the video quality is not great."
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"It takes great pictures and videos for what I have used it for."
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"I'd rather get a waterproof case if necessary and get a 12x zoom and great HD video."
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"I spend 3 days straight in the ocean snorkeling off Oahu (Hawaii) and did not have one problem shooting a picture or taking a video in the water or on the land."
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"There is also a great video recorder for shooting video not only on land but in the water."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The only reason I did not give it 5 stars, is that the zoom is not the best quality and there is a delay between taking pictures, so when taking action pictures, you might miss some of the sequence."
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"Takes good pictures but does not have a good zoom."
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"ZOOM - 3x zoom is a slight drawback, but the other features make it worthwhile."
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"I'd rather get a waterproof case if necessary and get a 12x zoom and great HD video."
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"It also has a pretty poor zoom, but thats to be expected from the technical specs."
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"THE ONLY THING I WOULD LIKE MORE WOULD BE IF IT HAD A GREATER ZOOM.....MAYBE THEY WILL ADD THIS IN THE FUTURE."
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"The zoom is pretty good, and we are looking forward to trying out the underwater modes."
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"I love my camera, it takes very nice pictures but when you want to zoom in on things it frankly sucks."
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