Olympus Tough 790 SW
- Incredibly sturdy design, suitable for a huge variety of users, sharp pictures
- Colour and white balance issues, a little sluggish at times
Olympus' latest tough model, the 790 SW, is a brilliant camera suited to a wide variety of users. Whether you want a family device that you can give to the kids or a rugged photography machine for skiing and hiking, it will do the job, and while its pictures aren't exceptional they will be more than adequate for most.
Price$ 499.00 (AUD)
Ever found yourself accidentally dropping your camera into a pool of water on a dusty and snowy day? Then we bet you wish your camera of choice was the Olympus Tough 790 SW. It comes in a waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, crushproof and snow proof chassis, the 790 SW can take just about as much pain as you can dish out, and still captures some fairly good pictures to boot. There were some white balance and colour issues, but these aside, the unit performed well and is a great choice for people leading a more rugged life.
Waterproof to three metres, it is ideal for snorkelling or days at the beach. Meanwhile it is also shockproof to 1.5 metres so you never have to worry about knocking it off a table or having it slip from your hands. It is snow proof to -10 degrees and also crushproof up to 100kg, so you can comfortably throw it in your bag and forget about it. All of this adds up to a camera that is great for everybody, from families to those with a more extreme lifestyle.
Its 7.1-megapixel sensor also captures some good pictures. The only issue we encountered was with regards to the white balance. Shooting outdoors using the daylight preset, we noticed colours looked a little inaccurate but this became more obvious during our indoor tests. When using the tungsten preset (we use two 3200K tungsten lights for our testing), our images had a noticeably cool cast that had a negative impact on the colour balance. Switching to automatic white balance improved this slightly, but the hues still weren't as accurate as on other units. Imatest's rather poor score of 21 for colour is therefore not surprising.
This issue aside our pictures were fairly impressive. The 790 SW scored 1504 for sharpness, which is in line with our expectations for a 7.1-megapixel model. Our shots were crisp and clean with sharp edges and minimal blurring. There was quite a bit of haloing in high contrast and high exposure areas, and Imatest confirmed this awarding a score of 0.125 per cent for chromatic aberration, but this generally won't be an issue in small- to medium-sized prints.
Image noise was fairly minimal, with the 790 scoring 0.54 per cent at ISO 100 in Imatest's noise test. This is a strong performance; however, we did notice a little blotchiness in areas of block colour even at this low sensitivity. The noise ramped up as expected as we increased the sensitivity. Shots captured at ISO 400 should be fine for small prints but this is as high as we'd go.
In our speed tests, the 790 SW performed moderately well. Its 0.12-second shutter lag was a little disappointing as was the 2.1-second shot-to-shot time, but the 1.6-second power up was impressive. The burst mode operates at roughly 2.4 frames per second, although a much higher speed version is also on offer if you don't mind low resolution pictures.
Most of the usual features are present including ISO sensitivities up to 1600, a variety of focus and metering modes and a host of scene modes. Face detect makes a welcome appearance as does Olympus' guide mode, which is brilliant for helping new users (although the interface is extremely intuitive). Our only disappointment in this regard was the lack of manual white balance.
Join the newsletter!
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Apple iPhone X
cloudandco Smart Cane
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Toys for Boys
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Xbox One X
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 4 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- 5 Giabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop review: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Panasonic Announces Compact, Lightweight ultra-telephoto LEICA Lens
- Panasonic announce still-shooter flagship G9
- Sony Announces Development of New G Master Super-Telephoto Full-Frame E-Mount Lens
- Sony Expands Full-frame E-mount lens lineup
- Sony’s New Full-Frame α7R III Interchangeable Lens Camera promises to delivers both resolution and speed
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCLinux AdministratorNSW
- TPProject Services - Support RolesACT
- TPBusiness Analysis, Design and Configuration ManagerQLD
- FTJunior Infrastructure EngineerACT
- TPBusiness Improvement ManagerNSW
- FTIT Support & System AdministratorNSW
- CCDevelopers ? Multiple opportunities (Brisbane)NSW
- FTSenior Sales Executive ? Technology ConsultingQLD
- FTSenior IT Business AnalystOther
- FTData Quality Assurance LeadOther
- TPBusiness Analyst - SalesforceNSW
- CCIntel IT ArchitectNSW
- CCJunior .Net Developer /Analyst ProgrammerQLD
- FTSystem Specialist - Operational Technology SystemsOther
- TPSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCBusiness Project ManagerNSW
- CCSenior Salesforce Functional ConsultantNSW
- CCData Center Operations EngineerWA
- FTSecurity Cleared Network EngineerACT
- CCICT Project Manager - Port Macquarie NSWQLD
- CCIT Specialist - System ServicesNSW
- FTSenior Business Analyst - Risk and Compliance StreamOther
- FTHadoop DeveloperNSW
- FTAutomation TesterQLD
- CCBusiness Process Analyst (Green Belt)NSW