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    Olympus Stylus 770 SW OverviewThe third iteration of Olympus’s cmcpaot shock and waterproof cameras, the Olympus Stylus 770 SW, takes the SW classification up a notch. In addition to its ability to withstand a drop from five feet, the latest SW model is now waterproof to a depth of 33 feet a depth that no other camera can achieve without an underwater housing. If 33 feet isn’t sufficient, an optional underwater housing is available. Adding to its appeal, this 7.1 megapixel point-and-shoot camera can also handle sub-freezing temperatures and withstand 220 pounds of pressure. At the same time, you won’t have any problems slipping this tough but slender camera into a shirt pocket.Other than its tough-guy status, the Olympus 770 SW is a typical point-and-shoot camera, but with some bonus features. Common features include a 3x optical zoom with a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 38-114mm, 24 scene modes with text descriptions, and program and auto exposure options. Extras include a manometer, which records the depth or altitude at which the shot was taken, and a useful set of in-camera post-processing editing functions such as redeye fix, saturation, and brightness adjustments. Black and white and sepia effects are also available in playback mode along with resizing, the option to tag and organize images as favorites, and the ability to retrieve images by the date they were shot via a calendar. An LED Illuminator lamp which emits bright white light on demand for composing in low light situations is bright enough to double as a flashlight and provides a good source of illumination for macro shots.The Olympus 770 SW’s shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, and crushproof attributes are its most distinguishing features, and there’s no other camera like it on the market. However, without the camera’s ability to survive in conditions that would render other models useless, the Olympus 770 SW would be just another decent, but not outstanding, snapshot camera. But as the only totally amphibious camera on the market with the exception of used Nikonos models it may well be worth its $ 279.99 price tag for those who need a camera that can handle whatever conditions you can throw at it.