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Olympus has introduced another tough digital camera with its Stylus 1030SW. They claim it can handle a drop from 6.6 feet, a dunk in water 33 feet deep, temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and crushing weight of up to 220 pounds. The 10.1-megapixel 1030SW improves upon its predecessor, the 770SW, with increased shock absorption capabilities, more resolution, a slightly larger LCD screen, and a longer 3.6x optical zoom lens.

Sporting a sleek metal body in a choice of Starry Silver, Midnight Black or Metal Pink, waterproof line-up to everyone. Waterproof to 3m, shockproof to 1.5m, and freeze proof to -10°C, this camera is ready for the bumps and bangs of everyday life. In conjunction with its tough exterior, the µ [mju:] 850 SW boasts a hearty 8.0 Mega pixels to guarantee the flawless capture of every detail. Digital Image Stabilization is also on board to reduce blur. For framing flexibility, a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera) gets you in close, and the large 2.5”/6.4cm LCD makes it easy to quickly preview and review shots. In addition, an LED Macro Illuminator is available for enhancing shots of close-up subjects during macro photography.

Shooting outdoors in bright daylight can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlit areas. While the human eye is capable of detecting the nuances between dark and light and all the details in between, image sensors traditionally have not been quite as sensitive. The Stylus 1030 SW addresses this challenge head-on with Shadow Adjustment Technology, which compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. With this technology, users can preview and capture images with the same contrast as the naked eye.

Finally, the camera’s least impressive spec: it’s freeze proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Besides being a feat that most other cameras seem to handle just fine, handling a mere 14 degrees Fahrenheit is truly nothing to brag about anywhere north of the 45th parallel.

Although the 1030 SW has not yet been introduced in retail stores (it will debut in early March), Olympus has already announced it will carry a $399 price tag when it shows up. While that’s a pretty petty more than similar point-and-shoot cameras with the same resolution, the Olympus’ underwater capability alone justifies the expense if you plan on using it, since standalone enclosures can run over $150 easily. So, whether you’re a klutz or a born risk taker, you may want to further investigate the Stylus 1030 SW to save yourself from another painful camera casualty.

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Features:-

* Exciting shots in and by the pool and water as waterproof to 10m*

* Take it anywhere, anytime as shockproof up to 2.0m**

* Crushproof 100kg***

* 10.1 Mega pixels to make poster-size prints

* 3.6x wide optical zoom (28-102mm for stunning close-ups

* 6.9cm/2.7″ Hyper Crystal II LCD with a bright display even in brilliant sunlight and at extreme angles (230,000 dots)

* Scratchproof metal body in 3 Colours: Platinum Silver, Midnight Black and British Green

* Underwater shooting up to a water pressure equivalent of 40m possible in combination with optional underwater case PT-043

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The anticipation of buying some digital camera accessories is just about as exciting as buying the camera itself. With so many trimmings to go with it, the digital camera will turn a simple hobby into a pleasurable profession with just a snap of the finger. When we begin looking at the digital camera of choice, we need to look at some of the accessories that will go with it. Some accessories will go with most cameras but some may be brand specific, so stay with the brand of the camera if you can when looking at their extras.

Accessories such as rechargeable batteries, a battery charger/AC adapter, memory card, soft camera case, camera bag, lens cleaning kit, tripod, external flash and filters, will all make the digital camera run more smoothly and efficiently. They add value to your photo shoots, and also increase the life of your camera. The worst thing in the world is to be out on a shoot, and have the battery go out or the memory card malfunctions.

There are some accessories more important than others, and some simply sell better than others. Right now, at the top of the accessory list for digital cameras are: (1) camera bags – for LCD scratches, general marks on the camera, with the Lowepor Micro Trekker 200 and the Lowepro Mini Trekker Classic as the two top selling bags; (2) memory cards – it is best to have one large card or a couple medium card.

(3) camera tripod – only purchase one of you are serious about photography; (4) photo printer – some of the best ones are the Canon i70/i80/i90 Portable Photo Printer, HP Photosmart 375 Photo Inkjet Printer, Epson PictureMate Personal Photo Lab Inkjet Printer, Kodak EasyShare Dock Plus Dye Sublimation Printer, and the Sony DFF-FP50 Digital Photo Inkjet Printer; and (5) Portable Storage Device and Card Reader – holds 7 memory card types and stores up to 100 GB of images; (6) photo editing software – always upgrade to a more advanced program; and (7) Digital Picture Frame – displays slide shows and receives photos across country.

One of the most important accessories, which really is a necessity, should be a lens cleaning kit to go along with the digital camera. You should never clean any optics of your camera using your shirt, fingers, water or breath. The kit, which costs a few dollars, includes a small blower brush, a soft cloth, a small plastic bottle containing the lens cleaning solution, and a number of lens cleaning tissues. Little specks of dirt on a photograph or smudges will cost a person time when they editing them out.

Digital cameras and their built-in flashes have a limited range of approximately ten feet, which is considered normal for most point-and-shoot cameras. This distance can be increased 18 feet on up to 40 feet, depending on the flash used as a slave flash, which is ANY photographic flash that has a sensor built into the unit. Many of these are sensitive enough to be activated 100 feet away in full sunlight, but are not restricted to outdoor use only.

Some of the new digital cameras that have “red eye reduction”, also called pre-flash, require a special digital flash unit to act as a slave unit. But the older digital cameras without pre-flash will still work with slave units. But the first thing was to purchase a camera with at least 2X on up to an 8X optical zoom – not digital. Optical is the highest quality digital camera available, as the digital will take blurry photographs.

Another very important accessory is a tripod, for those of us who have the shakes and an unsteady hand. The tripod is needed to prevent camera shake, especially when the shutter speed drops below 1/60 second at a wide angle shot. Some digital cameras are equipped with an LCD monitor, which flashes a blinking light as a warning when the shutter speed is likely to cause a camera shake.

Also, a tripod is necessary when the photographer is too close to the object in macro photography. There are mini tripods and the regular tripods, with the minis pretty popular anymore as they are lightweight and can be stored easily.

Almost all digital cameras come with a small starter memory card, 16 or 32 MB. However, a professional photographer or a shutterbug may need a larger memory card – the more pictures on it, the faster it will disappear in room. A larger card will have more room so more pictures can be taken; we won’t need to rush to our computer to transfer them off the memory card before we run out of room. We also have the option of using several small memory cards, sorted out per subject or job.

And last but not least, a battery charger or an AC adapter is very much needed, unless we keep a case of batteries on us at all times. But the battery charger is the number one choice as it allows us to continue charging spare batteries without interrupting our shooting. In the case of an AC adapter, the shooting will come to a halt while the battery is being charged.

It is also advisable to buy a spare set of rechargeable batteries as it saves us the embarrassment of getting stuck with drained out batteries during the middle of a photo shoot. Rechargeable batteries last longer, and will save us the bother of hunting for battery stores in desolate places. The price may be high at first, but it is better than losing a photography job or driving all the way to a camera store to repurchase what was forgotten in the first place!

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People always be interested in the image which can not be captured by their naked eye. Macro photography, high-speed photography always attract people’s attention. But the high cost of the equipment makes a lot of people recoil. The majority of digital camera fans can not afford to the high cost of lens linkage components (electronic shutter linkage, and various types of flash light, etc.). However, Casio has come out with high-speed shooting EX-F1 at the beginning of this year, which has shocked the digital camera aspect. It’s unbelievable that 60-per-second of the still image shooting. While we are still surprised by the high speed shooting of Canon, Nikon SLR that sounds like machine-gun burst, the Casio EX-F1 has already gone beyond.

However, EX-F1’s price is too high to consumers, there’s no advantage as a SLR which is now depreciatory day by day for its price is more than 1000 dollars, after all, high-speed photography is not suitable for the majority of camera users. But, shortly before Casio launched Casio FH20, the same series with Casio EX-F1. Which is integrated 20 optical zoom lens, 40-per-second burst 7,000,000 pixels still pictures, and it’s only about 600 dollars.

In the past, the products always be tested with the appearance, imaging, hardware configuration, the introduction of the main features of product is only a brief space. This time, when we got this Casio EX-FH20, there is only one word in my mind: speed. Our test will be carried out around this word.

Of course, a choice of high-speed memory card is also necessary. We selected the 4G capacity SDHC memory card provided by PQI as the storage medium, in the course of photos stored, it’s full accord the request.

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