|Olympus 790 SW lime green limited edition - Design
The Olympus Mju 790 SW's design is quite unique. Certainly when you are the owner of the lime green limited edition model you will attract the attention. This unique design gives the Olympus Mju 790SW its very own identity and if you are familiar with the Mju camera line you will find some similarities as far as design of the last generation is concerned. The front of the camera remains flat, the lens remains inside the camera and will even stay there when zooming in or out. A metal border on top of the camera indicates the location of the shutter release button and the on/off switch.
Olympus Mju 790 SW Tripod & Battery compartment
A universal tripod connection has been placed just off-centre on the bottom of the camera offering stable support when the camera is placed on it. Once the Olympus Mju 790 SW is connected to the tripod, changing the battery or memory card is not possible because the compartment is found right next to the tripod connection. The compartment's metal door is well closed and sealed with a rubber rim to guarantee the camera is dustproof and waterproof. The battery is nicely kept in its place by means of a safety catch to prevent it from falling out when opening the compartment's door with the risk of damaging or losing the battery. The same compartment offers room to the xD Picture card. I am very curious as to how long Olympus will stick with this type of memory card and if they will equip the next generation with a dual card slot to support xD and Secure Digital, like Fujifilm. The xD Picture card, with its limited market segment, could not really keep up with other brands which restricts photographers in using their old cards when switching from one brand to an Olympus camera. This could well be a restrain and it is one of the reasons Fujifilm started supporting the SD memory cards.
|Olympus Stylus 790 SW - Solid compact camera
The back of the Olympus 790SW has been equipped with a 2.5 inch sized LCD monitor. This monitor offers high resolution of 230,000 pixels and excellent rendering. On the right side of the monitor the familiar buttons are placed to operate the 3x optical zoom or to access the camera's menu and navigate through it. The buttons are a tad on the small side, but they do stick out which makes them easy to operate. The connections and compartments have a high quality finishing because of the waterproof character of the housing. You can say that the Olympus Mju 790SW is currently one of the most solid compact cameras available.