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Olympus 202204 Float Strap (Orange)

4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • For the Olympus Stylus SW series digital cameras
  • Bright colored strap sits high in the water making it easy to spot
  • Keeps camera afloat
  • For the Olympus Stylus SW series digital cameras

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 10.2 x 7 cm ; 45 g
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Item model number: 202204
  • ASIN: B0014DURIW
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: May 10 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,288 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

The olympus floating foam strap (orange) keeps olympus sw series cameras afloat and easy to find in the water. The strap is also easy to see in pools, lakes, oceans and anywhere the sw camera can go.

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I bought it because it seemed to have amble bouyancy (and it does) but I was disappointed by the security of the plastic clasp. It pulls apart under moderate tension and the weight of my TG-4 if allowed to drop was enough to cause it to separate. Exactly the opposite of what a strap should do. I ended up removing the clasp and replacing it with a fishing spinner. Works great now, but I shouldn't have to modify something straight out of the package.
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Even though I have a panasonic Lumix camera, this strap has been working perfectly! It stays afloat on the top of the water, the orange colour is pretty foolproof to miss, and even though when tightened it is still a bot big for my wrist, I don't worry about easily losing it. Worth the money!
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I've used this a bunch with my Olympus Tough 8010 camera which is fairly heavy (it's one of the 2nd(?) generation tough cameras). It keeps it afloat. Be sure to loop the existing camera strap/rope that's already attached to the camera through the float so it remains secure. It seems stupid that they have the plastic clasp that's easy to unbuckle and separate the float from the camera. If it weren't for that i'd give it 5 stars.
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bigger than i thought but seems safe to use and reliable
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9970bf54) out of 5 stars 364 reviews
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9978d2dc) out of 5 stars Works perfectly with my Olympus 1030sw July 14 2008
By Thomas Ruschke - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the floating camera strap - for me its a perfect pairing with my Olympus 1030sw. One of the reviews mentions it doesnt float a 1030sw, but it has worked great for me. Ive tried tested it several times with that review in mind, and granted, if I toss the camera in the water from a couple feet up, it does sink a foot or two, but comes back up after a second or two. I havent tested it in a river type condition, like whitewater swimming or something, but I can imagine it would have some issues staying fully afloat (although it wont sink to the bottom, thats for sure). Bottom line, it works great with my 1030sw. It should have been included with the 1030sw as a standard accessory, thats how much I like it.

The strap itself fits my hand/wrist very well, although if you have a smallish hand I can see this slipping off. The little black strap on the back of the orange part works great for hooking to a carabiner, or tying a small rope to if you need a little more flexibility or safety. I used it when sailing, just in case the camera fell in the water, I wouldnt have to go back and search for it.

The strap also doesnt soak up any water, as I expected it to. It dries out pretty quickly, which is nice.

The small clip holds well, and seems to have a pretty confident grip, although Im glad they included it, since the camera gets bulky with the orange strap.

Overall, I can only highly recommend this strap, especially if youre going to be anywhere near water too deep to free dive for your camera.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996eb330) out of 5 stars Will not float an Olympus Stylus 1030 SW! Aug. 13 2008
By Michael Doyon - Published on Amazon.com
Simply put, this strap is not buoyant enough to even remotely float the Olympus 1030 SW. I went on a camping trip and the camera got accidentally dropped while kayaking a calm, flat-water river. It sank to the bottom instantly. The strap failed 100%. It didn't even slow the descent. I had the orange strap and it was bright enough for me to see it sink straight down. I thought "not a big deal". At least the camera is waterproof and I can see it. By the time I got out of my kayak it was gone. It must have been just buoyant enough to keep it off the bottom of the river and the little bit of current there was took it. We had almost 20 people spend nearly an hour scouring the river (as most of it 5 feet deep or less), but it was gone. Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed with the performance of this product. Advertising it as a "Floating Camera Strap" is VERY misleading since it doesn't really float. The only legitimate use I can think of for this strap would be for snorkeling to help keep it cinched around your wrist. Otherwise, save your money on this product.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x997983d8) out of 5 stars Works great April 7 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The floating strap for the camera is super lightweight and small, it works great. It has a tiny loop on the top of the orange part that I'm assuming would be good to hook keychains or to hang on a hook or something. I'm not really sure, I haven't found a use for it but you can just fit a finger through it. Otherwise, a great produc - you'll definitely need something like this if you're using an underwater camera in the ocean. I have an Olympus Stylus 1030SW camera and it goes up to 33ft underwater but if it were to sink lower than that it would basically die, so getting the floating camera strap was a necessity. I think it comes in other colors but the orange is what I have and it's great!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x997ac2f4) out of 5 stars *** Warning *** Float Strap Does Not Work Sept. 6 2008
By W. J. Schmidt II - Published on Amazon.com
I'm perplexed by the polar opposite reviews on this product. Some people say it works fine, while others say it fails miserably. Could this be a quality control problem?

We purchased a 1030W and the floating camera strap for our 8 YO son to take scuba diving on vacation in St. Lucia. Before leaving, our son tested the camera and strap in the bath tub (like all little boys would do) and noticed that the camera sank to the bottom of the bath tub. We used the camera on Barbados and St. Lucia for about 3 days. On our first scuba dive (he can only go to 6 feet due to regulations)... it was too merky to use the camera, so I took it from him for safe storage. I accidently released the camera under water for just a second... thinking the float strap would at least keep the camera at a neutral position. To my shock, the camera went straight to the bottom and quickly out of sight. I couldn't swim fast enough to save the Camera! We never did find the camera.

I'm in the process of contacting Olympus because I believe this product represents false advertising.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x997961f8) out of 5 stars It Floats!!!! June 20 2008
By Teena - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received this strap - wanted it for kayaking with my waterproof camera. I tossed the camera into the hot tub with the strap attached and it is VERY buoyant - IT FLOATS! So far so good. It is only a wrist strap, so don't expect it to go around your neck. There is a small loop sewn onto the strap and I imagine that is where a longer lanyard can be clipped on, or where it can be fastened to a clothing item or PFD (life vest)
Update 6/23/2012: I have used this strap for YEARS now and it still works to keep my camera afloat. I have used it in rivers and lakes, and in salt water. I have used it snorkeling, kayaking, and just beach bumming in general. If I'm swimming, or even just out with friends and want to keep the camera handy, I like to wear the strap around my upper arm - I tighten the toggle and the camera stays out of the way while my hands are free and I don't have the camera banging around on everything. This strap has saved me from losing my camera several times - I like to leave the camera on top of the spray skirt of my sea kayak and it has slid off a few times (get a silicone skin to help with the slippery factor) and I have not lost my camera (a friend without the strap lost her camera in the river - not to be found again even with a scuba diver) What a great investment this strap is! Also I keep the strap on when hiking and skiing so I have the bright orange to help find it - in case I drop it into the forest or the snow.