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Olympus stylus 400 ?(5 posts)

Olympus stylus 400 ?tnbiker
Feb 1, 2004 10:57 PM
hey all, is this a good camera for bring along for mtn biking and road riding and general traveling? Any problems?

thanks
re: Olympus stylus 400 ?MWM
Feb 2, 2004 7:55 AM
I bought the Stylus 300 in December. Same camera with lower resolution. It's very small, weatherproof and takes great photos. I bought it mainly for outdoor use and think it's great. I'd highly recommend it. Check around for rebates or deals that include a bigger flash card. I found both when I bought mine.
I considered one until I did some researchmaximum15
Feb 2, 2004 9:24 AM
For a point and shoot only, good choice. Waterproof = very good. But if you ever think you will enlarge a photo, it seems a bad choice. Check out www.dpreview.com. You can see some impressive side by side photos of the Olympus vs other cameras. I decided on the Canon S400 for a point and shoot that just might take a photo that gets enlarged at some time. I also once owned a 35mm stylus. The cover slide thing that turns it on eventually wore out. I also found it inconvient to turn on and easy to accidentally turn of by barely touching the flash.
not waterproofwitcomb
Feb 2, 2004 10:11 AM
One should know that this camera is NOT waterproof. In fact there are only seals on the buttons and the cable/memory interface panel. There is no seal on the lens, so it is good for blocking out light rain and whatnot. But even then, I wouldn't purposely just leave it out assuming it is safe. If you are buying it for the weatherproofing, then you might want to consider other cameras and select based on quality and price.

I got a S50, on the expensive side, but it will serve my purpose. I would be willing to take it on some rides, but I would be cautious with my riding and trail selection. The camera will also serve me outside of riding. This camera was a gift and I was thinking of the Stylus 400 before I got this. I debated between the Stylus 400 and just the regular Olympus camera, I liked the battery choice on the 400 though.

With my S50, I got a case which I know fits in my back pocket. It works well both the road and mountain and I wouldn't worry about sweat, etc.
re: dpreviewcyclopathic
Feb 2, 2004 5:01 PM
also check Cnet www.cnet.com unlike dpreview which is solely based on owners feedback they do image quality testing and post good prices.

For snapping pics on rides you want point and click ultracompact camera with low start up time ~1sec. Some of the cameras either too big, too heavy or take too long time (4-5sec) to warm up.