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Usability - Head-2-Head Review: Pentax Optio W60 vs. Olympus Stylus 1050 SW
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These small digital cameras are made for stashing in pockets rather than providing comfort during long photo shoots. The Olympus 1050 SW has 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.9-inch measurements, while the Pentax W60 measures 3.9 x 2.2 x 1 inches. The 1050 is technically thinner, but the W60 slips into a pocket easier because of its rectangular shape. That shape doesn’t sit well while taking pictures though, as it doesn’t balance well when holding with only one hand.

Neither camera goes to great lengths to make handling comfortable. The Pentax comes the closest with its tiny rubber strip where the fingers grip the camera body. Both bodies are made of metal – the Olympus has more metal components while the Pentax wraps a metal layer atop plastic – and are slick when under water or coated in sweat.

The buttons on both cameras are incredibly tiny, making it even harder to operate under water. The Olympus remedies this situation with a “tap control” feature that allows the camera to fully function with a few spanks here and there. The tap control works well and makes handling with gloves or under water much, much easier.

For its tap control feature along with its shock-and-everything-else-resistant sturdy body, the Olympus Stylus 1050 SW is one of the most usable cameras on the market.


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