Olympus 720 SW for Summer Outdoor Play

Olympus 720 SW

Here's an interesting camera for summer activities: the Olympus Stylus 720 SW. This very pocketable point and shoot is immerse-able in water as deep as 10' for as long as an hour. And it can take a licking too -- up to a 5' drop -- and still keep taking pictures. On top of that, it's kind of cute.

If you're looking for a tough little camera that can survive the rigors of summer activities, you might want to take a closer look. The 720 SW has a 7.1 MP sensor, 2.5" LCD monitor, 3X optical zoom, 28 preset shooting modes, uses xD-Picture Card, has 19.1 MB of internal memory that lets you shoot even when your media card is full, and comes with a Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger.

The 720 SW has ISO settings for 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600, but I don't recommend going above 400 except when absolutely necessary to get the shot. You can capture video and sound with the QuickTime movie mode at a maximum quality of 640x480 at 15 fps.

The Olympus Stylus 720 SW is available online at Amazon for about $360.

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This is pretty cool - wish I'd had one about a year ago, when we visited Haunama Bay on Oahu!

I know some of the older digital cameras (like my Canon S30) had waterproof housings you could buy, but they weren't exactly cheap - not really practical for something you'd use maybe once. And if you want one for a DSLR - Nikon D70 for instance - it costs more than the camera!

Yes, this is so much easier than an underwater housing :)