Olympus mju mini Digital | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Some years ago, Olympus, in cooperation with Fujifilm, announced the writing off of the well known and reliable storage medium the SmartMedia and embraced a new, more compact storage medium: the xD Picture memory card. Customer as well as shopkeeper moaned and groaned about it, who on earth would be benefiting from yet another type of memory card? Nowadays nobody asks himself this question again, the xD Picture memory card with a maximum storage capacity of 1 GB (end of 2004), stands in the spotlight and are fully embraced by the consumer. These small memory cards hold a large well earned market segment and the introduction at the time has become a success.
The xD Picture Card's features are: fast read and write speed (64MB and higher are faster than the 32 and 16MB cards!), ultra-compact, light as a feather, and available with large storage capacities. The Olympus Mju-mini Digital is delivered with a 16MB storage capacity, a nice gesture, but totally insufficient. The card may be used to try out the camera right after it's purchased but soon the 16MB will turn out to be insufficient. This camera, with 4 Megapixel image quality deserves 128MB at the minimum and preferably 256MB.
Concerning a 256MB Memory Stick storage capacity:
Resolution 2272x1704 - Fine compression - 80 images - 3MB
Resolution 2272x1704 - Normal compression - 240 images - 1MB
Resolution 2048x1536 - Normal compression - 304 images - 840KB
Resolution 1600x1200 - Normal compression - 352 images - 700KB
Resolution 1280x 960 - Normal compression - 560 images - 445KB
Resolution 1024x 768 - Normal compression - 864 images - 291KB
Resolution 640x 480 - Normal compression - 1344 images - 188KB
The captured images are transferred through a standard USB 1.1 interface. Downloading the images onto a computer processes at an average speed of about 450Kb per second. This speed is rather average compared with the speed that can be achieved with a USB 1.1 interface. If you want to empty a large memory card it's advisable to use a so-called card reader with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface which guarantees some megabytes per second.
Concerning the energy: the Mju-mini Digital uses a Lithium Ion battery. The battery is charged through a standard delivered charger. The compact battery compartment doesn't allow the use of a heavy battery. In practice the battery delivers an average of 80 minutes of energy with the LCD monitor on. In case of going on holiday without being able to recharge the battery, it is recommendable to purchase a second battery. Nothing can be more annoying than to have a stylish eye catcher at hand that doesn't work on that one special moment!