Connectivity / Extras
**Connectivity***Software*All Olympus digital cameras come with Olympus Master Software on a CD-ROM. It includes basic organizational and editing software, along with a program to stitch large panoramas together. *Jacks, ports, plugs*Under a tightly sealed and locked door on the right side is a single port that has many functions. The DC-in, AV, and USB cables all fit into this jack. A rubber seal around the door keeps water from creeping into the jack. *Direct Print Options*The direct printing features on the pre-production model didn’t work, but the options are in the initial screen of the playback menu. There is also a print icon on the button to the upper right of the multi-selector indicating its ability to transfer images to PictBridge printers. *Battery*The 1030SW comes with a small battery that is tightly sealed in its compartment under the right side. It has a tight latch to lock it in and a rubber ring around the compartment door to keep water and dust out. The LI-50B lithium-ion battery has a lifetime of 260 shots per charge, which is more than the 220 shots the 790SW got from its LI-42B battery. The battery indicator on the camera flashes for about a half-hour before finally dying; this is a nice change from most cameras that die without warning. Olympus claims the new battery even charges 2.5x faster than the old battery, a welcome change for those on the move. *Memory*Like other Olympus digital cameras, the Stylus 1030SW can only accept xD-Picture cards up to 2 GB. This is skimpy compared to the 8 GB compatibility other digital cameras are offering. The camera can also accept microSD cards if you own an adapter that fits it into the larger slot. The 1030SW has 14.7 MB of internal memory, which allows you to take three shots at full-resolution. **Other features***Waterproof* – The Olympus Stylus 1030SW is among only a handful of completely waterproof digital cameras. Pentax has a few, but the 1030SW is the flagship of Olympus' four-model series. The 1030SW can swim to depths of 33 feet, like the 770SW that it replaces. The Olympus booth had an aquarium on the PMA show floor where curious folks like me could dunk the camera and take pictures of fake coral. I dunked the camera and snapped a few pictures and was pleasantly surprised that my images were in focus. There were great details like tiny water bubbles on the branches of fake coral that were visible when I magnified my images. And when I took the 1030SW out, it kept working. That’s more than can be said of most cameras.
|*A demonstration of the 1030SW in an aquarium*|