|Olympus Mju 700 camera - 7,1 Megapixels
With the Olympus Mju 700, high resolution photos mean a resolution of 7.1 Megapixels. This is Megapixel overkill - more than is necessary for most digital photography. 3 - 5 high quality Megapixels are enough to produce an excellent 10 x 15 cm print. A resolution of 3072 x 2304 pixels gives the necessary reserve of pixels and gives you more playing space for creative finishing processing. The accompanying Olympus Master software gives you several reworking possibilities, but of course, you can use any other package to rework JPEG format pictures.
Olympus Mju 700 - 37-111mm zoom lens
The Olympus Mju 700 its 3x optical zoom lens has a range of 37 - 111 mm (in regard to a 35mm format camera). This range is normal and sufficient for taking a portrait. It is a pity that Olympus did not see any opportunity to create more wide-angle or tele as this would have given the camera a more all-round character. The wide-angle has a slight distortion, but it is hardly noticeable and disappears when you zoom in a little. With wide-angle pictures, the sharpness tapers off to the corners and this is more noticeable when a picture is enlarged to poster size. In general, the pictures were good, but not really razor sharp. However, it does not take much reworking to make the picture sharper.
Olympus Mju 700 - White balance & ISO setttings
Of course, the Olympus Mju 700 has an automatic white balance. It performs remarkably well in artificial light, neatly filtering practically all colour cast. The automatic white balance setting is fine for most pictures and most users will not have any problems with this feature. As mentioned earlier, the Olympus Mju 700 is equipped with a digital image stabiliser. It is a cheap alternative to an optical image stabiliser that has already more than proven its worth. Among other tricks, the digital version increases ISO to compensate for the lack of a rapid shutter speed. This solution decreases the risk of motion blur in difficult light conditions, but does so at the expense of the picture quality. As soon as sensitivity rises above 400 ISO, noise ratio becomes more clearly visible and noise suppression leaves its traces. Necessary details are lost and in particular, pictures taken at 1600 and 2500 ISO (only available with Candle and Available Light modes) are clearly not good enough to guarantee a decent print. The 800 ISO pictures are affected by noise, but it is still possible to make a 10 x 15 cm print.
|Olympus Mju 700 - Pre-programmed modes
This camera gives you a multitude of automatic solutions. You can access numerous pre-programmed modes covering every subject via the SCN function. The panorama mode is also behind the well known programs and functions. With this function, you can take a panoramic photo with the help of the Olympus master software in which you can attach up to ten pictures to each other. Unfortunately, Olympus has seen fit to only make this possible for owners of their own xD Picture memory card; xD cards from other brands cannot be used for his creative option.
Olympus Mju 700 - No auto focus illuminator
The start up speed of the Olympus Mju 700 soon reveals that speed is not Olympus's top priority. The focus speed is good and everything works as you would want it to in normal daylight. In dimmer light conditions, however, you really miss having an auto focus illuminator. Anyone wanting to record fast moments with the Olympus Mju 700 will need a steady hand and must freeze the action at the right moment; with a speed of approximately 1 frame per second and a maximum of 6 frames in the highest resolution, taking action photos has a high luck factor. Olympus does have a quicker continuous mode whereby quick frame recordings (3.7 fps to a maximum of 11 frames) are possible. This can only be done by drastically lowering the resolution to 3 Megapixels (2048 x 1536 pixels) Snap shot photographers will not mind this at all, but any one wanting to record more active moments will have to bear these characteristics in mind.
Olympus Mju 700 camera - Macro mode
In addition to the 3x optical zoom which allows you to take great portrait pictures, the macro world has also become attractive thanks to the availability of 2 Macro settings. If you set the camera in Normal Macro mode, you can approach and capture a subject at a distance of 20 cm. This distance should actually be a standard focussing distance, it doesn't get interesting until the Super Macro mode that makes pictures from 8 cm in wide-angle possible. The macro pictures look great and are generally good and sharp.
Olympus Mju 700 - Video clip function
As well as taking photographs, you can also capture moving images with the Olympus Mju 700. The video clip function has three different video resolutions; SHQ - 640 x 480 pixels, SHQ - 320 x 240 pixels en SQ - 160 x 210 pixels. Although they provide a VGA resolution, the picture quality doesn't match up to today's standards that are now 30fps. The quality of the video clips is good when you play them, but the competition shows that this can be done even better.