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Stylus 1050 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 transfer images and movies from the camera to a computer?

Complete instructions may be downloaded by clicking here.

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How long can I stay underwater with my Stylus 1050 SW?

The waterproof feature of the Stylus 1050 SW is warranted to operate at depths down to 3 meters (10 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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Olympus advertises that the Stylus 1050 SW is "shockproof?" How does Olympus define "shockproof?"

"Shockproof" means that the camera's anti-shock performance has been confirmed by Olympus' testing conditions in accordance with MIL Standard 810F Method 516.5 Selecting Procedure IV. The Stylus 1050 SW can withstand a drop of up to 5 feet (1.5 meters).

The shockproof feature does not unconditionally warrant all defective operations or cosmetic damages.

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What kind of shockproof technologies are used in this camera?

The anti-shock performance is achieved by combining the following technologies.

Floating Circuit Board:
A shock absorber is positioned under the circuit board so that the circuit board is floated.

Shock-absorbing material:
A newly-developed material is used in various places, including around the lens, to absorb the shock.

Durable Metal Body:
The camera body is protected by a highly rigid metal. The durability is enhanced by metal plating.

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The Stylus 1050 SW is described as "waterproof." How does Olympus define "waterproof?"

The waterproof capability of the camera is equivalent to JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards) class 8. The waterproof performance is confirmed by Olympus' testing conditions.

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Can I use the camera in salt water?

Yes. The Stylus 1050 SW employs the same sealant technology as Olympus’ underwater housings. Olympus warrants the operation of the Stylus 1050 SW at depths of up to 10 feet (3 meters) for up to one hour.

As with any electronic device, proper care and maintenance are required to preserve the integrity and operation of the Stylus 1050 SW. After using the camera in salt water, immerse it in a bucket of fresh water for about 10 minutes. (Be sure the battery compartment/card cover and connector cover are firmly sealed!) Then let the camera air dry in the shade with good ventilation. Be sure to wipe off any excess water or debris before and after each use.

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Will the camera get rusty if used in salt water?

Yes, the camera will get rusty if you leave it for a long time without care after using it in salt water.

After the camera is used in the sea, take the following care precautions to preserve the waterproof capability:

  1. Close the battery/card compartment cover and connector cover firmly.
  2. Immerse the camera in a bucket containing fresh water for about 10 minutes.
  3. Dry the camera with a soft towel, and keep it in the shade with good ventilation.

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Can I use the camera in hot springs?

No. The sulfur component in the hot springs will deteriorate the waterproof packing material of the camera. Even if the camera is washed after use, the sulfur component will remain on the camera.

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Can I use the camera in any liquid other than water (e.g. oil or chemical liquids)?

No. Oil and other chemical liquids will damage the camera.  Use the camera only in water.

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Does the camera float or sink in water?

The camera sinks.

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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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Which shooting mode should I use?

"AUTO" mode is recommended for regular photography.

In AUTO mode, the camera automatically adjusts the settings. To change settings such as white balance (WB) and ISO sensitivity, turn the mode dial to other modes (e.g. to [P]).

The following shooting modes and scenes are available:

  • AUTO
    The camera determines the optimum settings for the shooting conditions automatically.
    Camera Menu settings such as white balance and ISO sensitivity cannot be changed.


  • P (Program Auto)
    The camera automatically sets the optimum aperture and shutter speed based on the lighting conditions.
    Unlike "AUTO" mode, Camera Menu settings such as white balance and ISO sensitivity can be changed.

  • Digital Image Stabilization
    With high ISO sensitivity, this mode reduces blur caused by a moving subject or by camera shake.

  • SCENE
    The camera offers 23 selectable scenes with predefined settings that are optimized for shooting in various conditions.

    1. PORTRAIT
      For taking a portrait-style shot.
      The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce natural skin tones.

    2. LANDSCAPE
      This mode is suitable for taking pictures of landscapes.
      It vividly reproduces blues and greens.

    3. LANDSCAPE + PORTRAIT
      For shooting both a foreground subject and background landscape.
      It clearly reproduces blues, greens and natural skin tones.

    4. NIGHT SCENE
      For shooting illuminated scenes in the evening or at night.
      The camera sets a slower shutter speed than in normal shooting.
      For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.

    5. NIGHT+ PORTRAIT
      For shooting both a foreground subject and an illuminated background in the evening or at night.
      The camera sets a slower shutter speed than in normal shooting.
      For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.

    6. SPORT
      Captures fast-moving action without blurring.

    7. INDOOR
      For shooting both main subject and background indoors (e.g. at a party).
      The background is reproduced clearly.

    8. CANDLE
      This mode is ideal for shooting under candlelight.
      Warm colors are reproduced.
      Image quality is restricted to 3M (2048x1536) or less.

    9. SELF PORTRAIT
      Lets you take a picture of yourself while holding the camera.

    10. AVAILABLE LIGHT
      This mode is ideal for shooting subjects in low-light conditions without a flash.
      Image quality is restricted to 3M (2048x1536) or less.

    11. SUNSET
      For shooting the setting or rising sun. Vividly reproduces reds and yellows.

    12. FIREWORKS
      Suitable for shooting fireworks at night.
      The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used in normal shooting.
      For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.

    13. CUISINE
      For still life photography.
      Vividly reproduces colors of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

    14. BEHIND GLASS
      For shooting a subject through glass.

    15. DOCUMENTS
      For shooting paper documents.
      Increases contrast between letters and background.

    16. AUCTION
      Captures three pictures sequentially at different exposures in the appropriate size for online auctions.
      Image size is fixed to VGA (640x480).

    17. SHOOT & SELECT 1
      This mode is for shooting fast-moving subjects in succession, saving only the pictures you select.
      The focus is locked at the first frame.
      Image quality is restricted to 3M (2048x1536) or less.

    18. SHOOT & SELECT 2
      This mode is for shooting constantly moving subjects in succession, saving only the pictures you select.
      The camera takes sequential pictures, adjusting the focus for each frame.

    19. SMILE SHOT
      The camera tracks your subject's face and automatically shoots three frames when it detects a smile.
      You can also take pictures manually by pressing the shutter button.
      The focus is locked at the first frame.
      Image quality is restricted to 3M (2048x1536) or less.

    20. BEACH & SNOW
      This mode is ideal for shooting white sand on the seaside or snow-capped mountains.
      The colors of the sky, greenery and people are reproduced clearly.

    21. PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE
      This mode is useful for recording a short movie even before the moments you want to capture.
      The camera captures a 7-second movie, including the 2 seconds before the shutter is fully depressed.
      Image size can be selected from VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320x240).
      Frame rate can be selected from 30fps or 15fps.
      Sound is not recorded.

    22. UNDERWATER SNAPSHOT
      This mode is ideal for taking pictures of people swimming in the ocean or in the pool.
      The camera can be used up to a depth of three meters.

    23. SNOW
      This is ideal for shooting snow-capped mountains.
      The colors of the sky, snow and people are reproduced clearly.
      You can also operate the camera in this mode by tapping the camera body.

  • GUIDE
    The camera automatically adjusts settings according to shooting conditions you identify via help menus.
    The changes are made instantly; it is not necessary to exit the guide to manually adjust the settings.

  • MOVIE
    The camera records video with sound.

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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 can I maintain the waterproof capability of the camera?

The Stylus 1050 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/card 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/card 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/card 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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Can I change the battery or memory card while under water?

No. The waterproof capability of the camera will be compromised if the battery/card compartment cover or connector cover is opened while the camera is under water. Opening either door while the camera is submerged will flood the camera, cause extensive damage to the camera and/or memory card, and void Olympus' warranties.

It may not be possible to retrieve images from a memory card that has been exposed to water.

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How do I change the shooting functions back to default settings?

You can reset the current settings to the default settings if the mode dial is set to [AUTO],
[P] (P), SCN (scene) or [Movie] (movie). Simply press the [MENU] button, and then select RESET.

The following functions can be reset to the default settings by selecting RESET:

Function Default
SCN (SCENE) PORTRAIT
PANORAMA COMBINE IN CAMERA 1
EXPOSURE COMP 0.0
MACRO OFF
SELF-TIMER OFF
FLASH AUTO
DISPLAY INFORMATION NORMAL
IMAGE SIZE (Still images)/
COMPRESSION
10M / NORMAL
IMAGE SIZE (Movies)/
FRAME RATE
QVGA / 15ffps
WB (WHITE BALANCE) AUTO
FINE ZOOM OFF
DIGITAL ZOOM OFF
ISO AUTO
DRIVE SINGLE-FRAME SHOOTING(SINGLE-FRAME SHOOTING)
METERING ESP
(SOUND RECORDING) OFF
SHADOW ADJ OFF
AF MODE SPOT
DIS MOVIE MODE OFF

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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 bundled MASD-1 microSD™ adapter 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.

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 bundled MASD-1 microSD adapter 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 charge the bundled LI-42B lithium-ion battery?

Load the LI-42B battery into the LI-40C 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.

Fig. A

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

Note: The Stylus 1050 SW monitors its own power consumption and displays a battery level warning icon on the LCD monitor, in both shooting and playback modes, to alert the photographer as power wanes. Fig. B, below, shows the icon that is displayed when a fully charged battery is loaded. Fig. C is displayed when the battery power is low.

   
Fig. B Fig. C

When the Low Battery icon is displayed, recharge the battery.

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Must I charge the LI-42B lithium-ion battery before using it in the camera?

Yes.

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How long does it take to charge the LI-42B lithium-ion battery?

Using the bundled LI-40C Battery Charger, a full charge requires approximately five hours. Do not use any other charger with the LI-42B battery.

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The colors in my pictures look different from the actual colors of my subject. What can I do?

Select a white balance (WB) setting that is more appropriate for the lighting conditions.

In the default white balance mode, WB is set to AUTO so you can take pictures with natural colors in most lighting conditions.

The colors in pictures may differ from the subject's actual colors under the following lighting conditions:
- When the subject is in the shade on a sunny day
- When the subject is illuminated by both natural light and indoor lighting (e.g. near a window)
- When the light from the camera's flash does not reach a subject lit by indoor lighting

In cases like these, select the WB setting that is designed to capture accurate colors in the specific lighting conditions.
To select white balance settings, the mode dial must be set to any shooting mode except AUTO.

You can also select the appropriate setting by comparing the effects of each WB setting.
To enable this function, set the mode dial to [GUIDE]. Select Shoot with effects preview, and then select Color effects.

The following table describes the available white balance settings:

AUTO
  The white balance is adjusted automatically for natural color, regardless of the light source.
Sunny day 
Sunny day For shooting under bright sunlight.
Cloudy day
Cloudy day For shooting under a cloudy sky.
Tungsten
light 
Tungsten For shooting under tungsten lighting.
Fluorescent
lamp 1 
Fluorescent lamp 1 For shooting under a daylight fluorescent lamp. (This type of lamp is mainly used in homes.)
Fluorescent
lamp 2 
Fluorescent lamp 2 For shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp. (This type of lamp is mainly used in desk lamps.)
Fluorescent
lamp 3 
Fluorescent lamp 3 For shooting under a cool white fluorescent lamp. (This type of lamp is mainly used in offices.)

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