Pros 8Mp, compact size, easy to operate, rugged construction, lots of features
Cons hard to see the words above menu buttons on back
Summary This is a great camera. The scene modes are nice, and the "available light" setting and "candle light" settings give nice, warm colors. When I first got the camera, I had trouble with a small green spec showing up on my pictures and called Olympus toll free number and they told me how to reset the pixel image sensor. This solved the problem. I was considering buying an Olympus c-8080 after the price dropped so low. It was 8 mp also, but the camera was rather large. I was also afraid that the c-8080 would have too much of a learning curve for me. So when I saw this new Stylus 800 and read all the reviews I could find on other Stylus cameras, I knew this was the camera for me. The only thing that I would change is make the words above the menu buttons on the back of the camera easier to see. They are small white letters on a gray background - ugh! I can live with it, though. The main thing I am concerned with is performance. I love this camera!!!
"Piece of junk"on by hotpot
Pros Bright lcd & easy menus
Cons Color, picture quality, noise & list goes on
Summary I was deciding on Canon SD500 or this Stylus 800 and I went with the Stylus 800 cause of the very good user opinion that I have read from this site and others. What a mistake! I had the camera for 5 days and took about 500 pictures. The colors are horrible, indoor shot are the worst, and too much noise. My Canon A20 performs much better taking the same shots. Who cares about 8 mega pixels and 1600 iso when it takes such bad quality pictures. The only good thing I can say about the Stylus 800 is the bright lcd, decent macro shots and the easy menus.
Pros Water resistant, good battery life, quick accurate focus, excellent LCD in bright or dim light, guides for different modes, high ISO modes for low light situations, incamera red eye fix, manual modes
Cons Scene modes not fully explained so high ISO might be chosen or shutter speed requiring tripod without operator knowing, poor image quality at high ISO (over 400)
Summary If left in the "P" mode this camera uses ISO 250 or below and the pictures are as good as any camera in its class. Heavily cropped 4 X 6's look great on my dye sublimation printer. Pictures are sharpened to the point that on a computer at 100% you will see some artifacts along edges, but you will never see these in your prints. This sharpening is for people who are going to print without using Photoshop to sharpen their pictures, such as those printing direct from the camera. The high ISO pictures are good for "remembering the moment" or for when you want to record the layout of a large dark room and the layout is more important than fine details or accurate colors. ISO 2500 lets the flash work for over 40'. If you understand that the high ISO pictures are OK for viewing on a TV screen slide show or for low res. Internet, not for printing, you will be happy with them.
Olympus should be more specific about what the scene modes are really doing. They should display ISO, shutter, and f-stop in all modes, not just "P", aperture, and shutter priority. Also, when ISO "auto" is selected, the camera does not report the selected ISO until playback. It ought to tell you in record mode. Another problem is that changing the EV in flash mode makes subtle or no change in exposure. If this were fixed and the camera reported the values chosen in the scene modes, I would have given the camera a "9". If you remember that this is not a DSLR and use the high ISO modes only when absolutely necessary, you will be happy with this camera. The all weather housing makes this much more versatile for people using it for outdoor activities than any competitive model.
Pros Solid construction, easy to get "good" pictures with preset scenes, good feature mix
Cons Will preset image resolution with each scene (indoor, portrait), probably a way to set that I have not found yet.
Summary Previous olympus owner (1.5 MegaPixel D-450). Went into the camera store convinced, I'd buy the Nikon CoolPix 7900. After seeing the Nikon's silly menus (the Olympus "Scenes" feature is very straight forward to handle different lighting/shot situations) and an unprotected LCD display (Olympus has a nice clear protective cover) I was won over by the stylus 800.
Always liked the slide cover in terms of lens protection and this solves the issues with the larger slide on other olympus models. The 1 GB card is essential.
Tested with my kids, indoor/outdoor motion, night time shots with tripod, really impressed. LCD is much brighter.
"Very good camera"on by PZPR
Pros very good performance and image quality, excellent feature set, easy to view screen, cool effects/shooting modes, very clear photos
Cons Can easily slip from your hands
Summary I have this camera for two weeks. It's much faster than my previous camera and photos are really good. It's not compact compact but small enough for me. The LCD is great, can see from almost any angle, in sunlight not as sharp but still viewable.
Over all I would recommend this camera.