I love this little camera. I have just come back from a trip across four continents, and I can tell you that I could not have wished for a better camera. Now, I don't want to mislead you, the photos will turn out blurry at first. If you use ... Read full review
I love this little camera. I have just come back from a trip across four continents, and I can tell you that I could not have wished for a better camera. Now, I don't want to mislead you, the photos will turn out blurry at first. If you use the anti-shake feature, you are limited in HOW the photos come out (resolution, megapixels, color). My advice to fix that problem (if they are blurry, then it is the PHOTOGRAPHER'S problem, not the camera) is to follow the camera's suggestion on how to hold it. It really does make a difference.
I only put the camera in my pocket a few times, and never had any problems, though I do know that cracks are a possibility with this camera. Most of the time, I put it in a camera carrying case, which with the camera, a spare full battery, and an extra memory card, it was all able to fit in the palm of my hand. I don't remember what the brand of the case was, but it's probably nylon and I bought it at Target.
The screen is pretty amazing. It's 2.5 inches, which is really great and easy to use. You are not squinting like you would with other cameras. In fact, the resolution on the screen is less thant that of the camera's abilities. Yeah, it's that great! Just about everybody on my trip this summer wanted my camera -- they spent their money on Kodaks and Sonys, but my photos came out the best, and my camera was ALWAYS ready to be used.
The camera is All-Weather (I think all Olympus brand cameras are). In my travels this summer, I was able to use it flawlessly in the pouring freezing rain, in the snow, and in the desert. It has it's temperature limits, but chances are you'll be within them. They are wide.
As can be expected because it is a longer exposure time, the night mode can be difficult to use, especially without a tripod.
For batteries: buy ONLY the Olympus and Maxell brand batteries. I got an average of 500 photos on each (though Olympus lasted a little longer), and that was with looking through the photos several times. People will say that with these being rechargeable batteries, you shouldn't buy, however, they last SIGNIFICANTLY longer, and will be cheaper in the long run. Especially since this is a camera without an optical viewfinder, using alkaline batteries would be absolutely foolish, and lithium would be good but the same performance would not be gained.
If you buy it, only buy the Type M XD memory cards. It comes both Fuji and Olympus, but the catch is that if you want to use the panoramic function, you have to have an Olympus. Looking on amazon.com, I was able to get my Olympus 1 GB cards for $54 each, they are normally twice as much.
So far, I have taken about 5500 photos and it's working just as great as it was when I took it out of the box.
I work in a photo lab, and I would recommend the Stylus 600 to all my customers. I actually have several friends that plan on buying it, and my apartment is decorated in photos I took with this camera and an older, 35mm model (Stylus 150). I took down my posters because my photos are that great.