Operating the Olympus Mju mini Digital is truly very easy. The camera is activated by the on/off button on top of the camera. It takes one second until the lens cover moves away, and the lens is fully extracted, positioned and ready to use. The release button is placed right on the curve on top of the camera. I consider it the ideal spot. Holding the camera the right index finger is automatically guided to this spot. The camera complies with the requirements for a 'point&shoot' camera. A minimum amount of buttons offering a restricted control of the exposure and as much as possible an automatic operation, resulting in an easy operation so a beginning photographer can handle the camera at once without encountering problems and the first acquaintance with the Mju-mini is pleasant and easy. Pushing the on/off button briefly makes the lens cover slide away, and makes the 2x optical zoom lens extend. The camera is immediately ready to use and will have nearly all functions set to automatic so the user can just concentrate on the composition of the image he is going to shoot. The image will appear briefly on the LCD monitor after being captured. When pushing the QuickView button, top left near the monitor it will appear again, so a closer look is possible. When turning the main switch to the play mode, the camera is completely set to the mode for playing and reviewing images. This switch contains only three programs: Record, Video and Play.
The multi-functional button with arrows, which has become a standard nowadays, is found on the back of the camera, next to the monitor. This button offers access to various settings. Pushing one of the arrows Macro mode can be set, and also the self timer, remote control, flash, menu mode and the preset scenes can be selected. The 'OK' button, placed in the centre of the arrows, is used for activating the menu as well as for confirming the selected item. When pushing the top arrow, the preset scenes are shown by means of an icon with next to it an image as an example. This way the user gets a good idea of the final intention of a certain setting. The Olympus Mju mini Digital offers the following preset scenes: Program Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Landscape Portrait, Night, Cuisine, Beach&Snow, Self Portrait, Indoors, Candle, Sunset and Fireworks. The other arrows give access to the Macro mode, Standard and Super Macro mode, Flash settings like: auto, red-eye reduction, fill in flash, flash off, or the self timer mode. Besides direct access it is also possible to use this button reviewing the stored images in play mode. The monitor should be used to get access and to adjust the other functions the Mju-mini offers.
The clear and well-organized menu offers access to the majority of the settings. There are 3 pages in total with each one of them a number of settings to scroll through, so every tab can be viewed clearly. We find a multi-functional zoom button on the right on top of the camera. This button handles the optical as well as the digital zoom. The digital zoom function can also be turned off. If the camera is set to play mode, the button is used to enlarge the captured images.
Those who were in possession of an Olympus digital camera before, will really feel at home when managing the menu. There have been some changes made through the generations, only to benefit and enhance the user friendliness and the speed of operating the menu. The LCD monitor, which can be used in all light sources, is clear and has an excellent rendition. The Olympus Mju-mini Digital is a digital style icon, at which not only design plays a main role, but the user friendliness is equally important.