|Olympus Mju 700 review : The Olympus Mju 700 (known as the Stylus 700 Digital in the USA) was officially launched at the beginning of this year and is a member of the internationally renowned Mju family. The analogue version of the Mju was a world wide success and this fact alone was reason enough for Olympus to embrace the digital version. The Olympus Mju 700 is currently one of the top models in the Mju series and with 7.1 Megapixels is in the top league of digital compact cameras. The Olympus 700's compact format and metal, weather proof body look very stylish indeed.
Olympus Mju 700 - 3x optical zoom lens
The Olympus Mju 700 has a modest 3x optical zoom lens with a range of 37 - 111 mm (35 mm format camera). The rear of the camera is adorned by a 2.5 inch LCD display that, according to Olympus, gives greater clarity than conventional models. The Olympus Mju 700 also has Olympus's highly praised BrightCapture technology that was designed to improve photographs taken in difficult conditions.
Olympus Mju 700 - Weatherproof digital camera
The Olympus Mju 700 digital camera is available in various colours; silver, orange, black and blue. The camera I used in the trial was orange. The weatherproof body comes in useful in countries where rain is the rule rather than the exception. You cannot use the Olympus 700 camera for underwater photography. For that, you will need to buy the optional Olympus PT-032 underwater case which allows you to explore the underwater world up to a depth of 40 metres.
Olympus Mju 700 camera - ISO values
Olympus also uses high ISO values to make improvements in situations that quickly require longer shutter speeds. Increasing sensitivity is one way to prevent movement blur, other manufacturers invest in optical image stabilisers. One thing is certain: to this day, I have still not come across a camera that passes the ISO test with flying colours and really takes low noise pictures at high ISO values (800 or higher). The trial will reveal whether or not the Olympus Mju 700 will prove to be an exception.
Olympus Mju 700 digital camera review
One thing is sure - the Olympus Mju 700 stands out from the crowd. Its striking design, cased in a bright colour will attract many consumer's attention. The high resolution of 7.1 Megapixels is more than enough to get a lot out of the picture and the various picture processing modes and creative effects should give surplus value to a camera that has to conquer its share of the market in a strongly growing segment; that of 6 - 8 Megapixel digital cameras. I tested the Olympus Mju 700 during the trial period. You can read my findings in the following Olympus Mju 700 review.
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"The Olympus Mju 700 is a very nice digital camera that enriches the Mju family with some extra design and life-style. Its look and feel is great for those who are searching for a light-weight camera to carry along with them all the time. The camera's operation is friendly and in fact I seldom had to use the manual to find out what the purpose was of a particular setting."
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