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Stylus 1030 SW

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Are any firmware updates available for my camera?

Use the Update Camera function in the OLYMPUS Master 2 software packaged with your digital camera to find out whether firmware updates are available for your model. An Internet connection is required to perform the operation.

For detailed instructions on how to update the camera's firmware, click here.

Note: If multiple firmware updates are available for your model, it may not always be possible to update directly from the current firmware version in your camera to the latest available version. In such cases, updates must be applied in stages. For this reason, it is recommended that, after updating the camera firmware, you immediately check again for additional updates. Simply repeat the update procedure to apply subsequent updates.

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How can I download images and movies from the camera to a computer?

Complete instructions may be downloaded by clicking here.

Adobe Reader® software is required to view the file. It is available as a free download from Adobe's web site. Click here to download the latest version.

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How long can I stay underwater with my Stylus 1030 SW?

The waterproof feature of the Stylus 1030 SW is warranted to operate at depths down to 10 meters (33 feet) for up to one hour. The waterproof feature may be compromised if the camera is subjected to substantial or excessive impact.

Note that accessories included with this model, such as the battery charger, are not waterproof. Please be sure to carefully lock the battery/card compartment cover and connector cover before submerging the camera.

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What is the purpose of the PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE scene?

PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE is useful for recording short bursts of action that occur more quickly than a photographer typically can react.

To acomplish this, the camera begins to record movie data as soon as the Pre-capture Movie scene is selected. The movie frames are written to a temporary memory buffer. Movie frames recorded this way are called "pre-capture" frames because they are captured before the shutter button is pressed. After the shutter button is pressed, the camera continues to record movie data for five seconds or until the shutter button is pressed a second time. Frames recorded in this traditional way are called "captured" frames.

When recording stops, the camera creates a movie file by combining the captured movie frames with the pre-capture frames that were recorded up to two seconds before the shutter button was pressed the first time. The movie file is then written to the storage medium and the buffer is cleared to make room for the next shot.

Regardless of whether the camera is recording to removable memory media or to its own internal memory, the Pre-capture Movie function has a maximum recording length of seven seconds, including up to two seconds of pre-capture movie frames.1

If the buffer becomes full before the shutter button is pressed, the earliest pre-capture frames will be deleted in order to make room for new frames. This ensures that action that occurs just prior to pressing the shutter button is captured in the movie file.

Pre-capture Movie uses the IMAGE SIZE and FRAME RATE settings from the IMAGE QUALITY menu. Optical zoom and autofocus are avaialble during recording. The AF target mark is not displayed during recording, and sound is not recorded.

1When recording a movie at the 30fps frame rate, the maximum number of pre-capture movie frames that will be included in the final shot is 60. When recording a movie at the 15fps frame rate, the maximum number of pre-capture movie frames that will be included in the final shot is 30.

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How do I update the camera's firmware?

Complete instructions may be downloaded by clicking here.

Adobe Reader® software is required to view the file. It is available as a free download from Adobe's web site. Click here to download the latest version.

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How can I maintain the waterproof capability of the camera?

The Stylus 1030 SW loses its waterproof capability if the battery/card compartment cover or the connector cover is open. Before using the camera, make sure that all the covers are closed firmly so that each lock makes a clicking sound. Do not open the battery compartment cover or the connector cover with wet hands, while underwater, or in a damp or dusty environment (e.g. the beach).

In addition, take the following care precautions when using your camera:

  • Follow all recommended care and maintenance instructions in the product manual.
  • After using the camera in an environment where it may be exposed to dirt, dust or sand, wash the camera using the following method:
    • Fill a bucket with fresh water, immerse the camera in the bucket with the lens surface downward and shake the camera thoroughly.
    • Press the power button several times in the water and close/open the lens cover repeatedly.
    • Shake the camera further with the lens cover opened.
    • Let the camera air dry in the shade with good ventilation.
  • Do not leave the camera in water for a prolonged period. Doing so can damage the camera's appearance and/or deteriorate water resistance.
  • Do not pour running water over the camera directly from a water faucet. Doing so can deteriorate the camera's water resistance.
  • Do not use chemicals for cleaning, rust prevention, anti-fogging, repair, etc. Doing so can deteriorate the camera's water resistance.
  • Do not leave the camera in an environment at high temperature (104° F / 40° C or greater) or very low temperature (14° F / -10° C or lower). Doing so may break down water resistance.
  • Do not apply excessive force to or attempt to peel off the rubber backing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover.
  • If the rubber backing becomes worn or damaged, contact the nearest Olympus service center. (A charge will be assessed for replacement of parts.)
  • Olympus recommends replacing the waterproof packing and seals annually.
  • If the rubber packing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover contains dirt or sand, wipe it off before closing the cover; otherwise, water may get inside the camera.

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How do I insert xD-Picture Card™ media into the camera?

To insert xD-Picture Card media into the camera, do the following.

  1. Power off the camera.
  2. Turn the camera upside down. Open the card cover by pushing the latch toward the outside edge of the camera and lifting the door up.
  3. Hold the memory card so that the gold contact area is facing the same direction as the LCD monitor and the notch in the card is facing the outside edge of the camera.
  4. Insert the card into the card slot and push it gently straight in until it clicks.
  5. Close the card cover door and then push the latch back toward the center of the camera. The card cover door must be latched securely in order to preserve the watertight feature of the camera.

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What is the orange "card" bundled with the camera, and how is it used?

The “card," pictured below as packaged, is the MASD-1 card adapter.


The MASD-1 accepts microSD and microSDHC media, giving owners the option to record to those cards or to xD-Picture Card media, which is Olympus’ preferred format.

To use microSD/SDHC media in the camera, simply insert the card into the adapter and then insert the adapter into the camera's memory card slot.

Olympus maintains a list of supported microSD and microSDHC cards on its web site; click here to view it.

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Will the MASD-1 let me use any microSD or microSDHC card in my camera?

Click here to view a list of microSD and microSDHC cards that can be used with the MASD-1 card adapter. This page will be updated as additional cards are evaluated.

Notes: Firmware version 1.1 or later is required for movie photography when using a 4GB or larger microSDHC card. If the camera firmware is version 1.0, recording movies to these cards may damage the card.

The PANORAMA feature does not function with microSD and microSDHC media. Also, the art editing features of the xD Pack plug-in for OLYMPUS Master 2 do not support images recorded to microSD/SDHC cards. To use these features, use Olympus brand xD-Picture Card media.

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Will the MASD-1 allow me to use microSD and microSDHC media in other Olympus cameras?

MicroSD and microSDHC cards can be used only with cameras that are compatible with the MASD-1. For a list of compatible cameras, click here.

The adapter is different from xD-Picture Card media in form. It will not fit in the card slots of other cameras that are compatible with xD-Picture Card media. Forcing the MASD-1 into an incompatible camera or other device may damage it or cause the equipment to malfunction.  The data on the memory card may be destroyed.

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How do I insert the Li-50B lithium-ion battery into the camera?

To load the LI-50B battery into the camera, do the following:

  1. Turn the camera upside-down and open the battery compartment door. (The door will swing out toward the outside edge of the camera.)
  2. Push the battery lock knob in the direction of the arrow shown below.
  3. Insert the battery into the camera as shown. When the battery is properly oriented, the black stripe with the white arrows will be to the left of the OLYMPUS label and the arrows will point down into the camera.  The OLYMPUS label will face the same direction as the LCD monitor.
  4. Push the battery gently into the camera until it clicks. The battery lock knob will snap into place.
  5. Close the battery compartment door.

Note: If the LI-50B battery is improperly oriented when it is inserted into the camera, the camera will not power on.

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How do I charge the Li-50B lithium-ion battery?

Load the LI-50B battery into the LI-50C Lithium-ion Battery Charger bundled with the camera. Be sure to align the arrow on the battery with the arrow on the charger, as shown in Fig. A. When properly oriented, the black stripe with the white arrows will be to the left of the OLYMPUS label and the arrows will point down into the charger.  The OLYMPUS label will face up, clearly readable while the battery is charging.


Fig. A

When the battery is properly inserted into the charger, the LED charge indicator light will be lit. The light will turn off when the battery is fully charged. The approximate charging time is two hours.

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How many times can I recharge the LI-50B battery bundled with my camera?

The LI-50B battery is the longest-lasting rechargeable power source available for this Olympus digital camera. It supports approximately 300 full recharges using the LI-50C Charger bundled with the camera. Do not use any other battery charger to recharge the LI-50B battery.

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How long does it take to recharge the LI-50B battery?

Using the LI-50C Charger, a full charge requires less than two hours. Do not use any other charger with the LI-50B battery.

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Olympus has posted a firmware update for my camera that mentions microSDHC media. Do I need it?

Olympus recommends applying camera firmware updates whenever they are available. Updating to version 1.1 provides the following benefits:

  • Adds support for recording movies on 4GB and larger microSDHC cards. The original firmware supports recording movies only to microSD cards (2GB and smaller).
  • Extends the maximum continuous recording time of movies shot with VGA resolution and the 30 fps frame rate when using Type M+ and Type H xD-Picture Card media. With the new firmware, it is possible to record a single clip up to the card capacity, which is approximately 9 minutes for a 1GB card and 18 minutes for a 2GB card.

If movies have already been recorded with the original firmware (1.0) on a 4GB or larger microSDHC card, the card must be formatted before it can be used with the new firmware. Back up the contents of the card to a computer or other device. Then, format the card in the camera using the FORMAT function. Formatting cards deletes all data stored on the cards, including images and data recorded using other devices.

Click here for complete instructions on how to update the camera firmware.

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How can I enhance audio quality when recording movies?

Please update the camera firmware to the latest version, which includes an enhancement to movie audio recording.

For step-by-step instructions, click this link:
How to Update Camera Firmware Using OLYMPUS Master 2.

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The camera does not power on. Why?

The battery may be dead or underpowered.

If the battery is completely drained, the camera will not power on when the Power button is pressed. If the battery is nearly drained, the camera may briefly display a Battery Empty error message and then power off, or it may power on and then quickly power off without displaying the error.  In either case, charge the battery using the LI-50C battery charger bundled with the camera.

Be sure to properly align the arrows on the bundled battery with the arrow on the battery charger, and take care to see that the "+" and "-" signs align properly. If the battery is inserted improperly, the battery will not be charged.

For illustrated instructions on how to properly insert the battery into the charger, please see "How do I charge the LI-50B lithium-ion battery?"

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