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Olympus Mju 810

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Mju Digital 800 won many accolades for its combination of performance and compact design. Now, the Mju 810 is set to steal the attention from its ‘older brother’. Thanks to a collapsible lens unit and repositioned shutter system, this digital camera packs 8.0 million pixel resolution and cutting-edge features into the smallest body of its class. And while a stainless steel, weatherproof (equivalent to the IEC standard publication 529 IPX4) body provides protection, its exquisite form and elegant silver exterior make sure it draws envious glances wherever it’s taken. By reducing the need for the flash, more natural, atmospheric pictures are possible.
Olympus Mju 810Mju 810 - BrightCapture Technology
BrightCapture Technology ensures users optimum results when shooting in low light situations, such as during evening beach strolls or dinner parties. The innovative technology also aids framing in poor light by presenting a live image on the large 6.4cm LCD that is four times brighter than on conventional systems. Help for great blur-free shots is also on hand with the Digital Image Stabilisation Edit feature. It lets the effects of camera shake be significantly compensated, so even the one-off shot that was spontaneously taken can be rescued if blurred.

Olympus Mju810 - Compact lens system
With the Mju 810, the Olympus R&D team have taken a very compact body and made it even smaller - without cutting down on performance. By employing a collapsible lens mechanism and repositioning the shutter mechanism, a very compact lens system measuring merely 17mm was created. As a result, the whole body size could be reduced, making this the smallest in its class. This model’s aesthetic appeal is further heightened by a stylish form and stainless steel finish.

Olympus Mju 810 camera - High resolution
With the Mju family, beauty is not skin deep. Behind its weatherproof exterior, the Olympus Mju 810 also boasts top-of-the-range shooting performance. A resolution of 8.0 million pixels records extremely-high-definition images. It is teamed up with a bright 3x zoom lens system (equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera) to produce results that stand out with their clarity and sharpness. A large 6.4cm format and high 230,000 pixel resolution LCD not only makes it easier to frame shots, the wide viewing angle characteristics also lets the user show the results to large groups of friends at the same time.

Olympus 810 - Very bright LCD display
With most cameras, once the lights go down, the number of deleted shots often goes up. Friends disappear into the general darkness making framing a matter of shoot and see. Not so with the Olympus Mju 810. Its LCD displays a high-contrast live image which is four times brighter than on normal models so the user can easily frame and capture the action of the night.

Olympus Mju-810 digital camera - ISO range
This model faithfully reproduces the unforgettable ambiance of subdued lighting in a club or the soft glow from a party bonfire. Especially primed to deliver improved performance in low light conditions, the Mju 810 features an ISO range extending from ISO 64 to 1600, and even up to ISO 3200 in 3.0 megapixel mode. The higher sensitivity not only allows for faster shutter speeds to reduce the chance of camera shake causing blurred motifs, it also allows greater creative scope - for example, by enabling the capture of fast-moving objects with breathtaking clarity. Furthermore, the increased sensitivity effectively doubles the flash’s working range.

Olympus 810 - Digital Image Stabilisation Edit feature
Should a picture nevertheless be blurred, the Mju810 has another surprise in store. With the Digital Image Stabilisation Edit feature, blur can be decreased at the touch of a button. By measuring the camera shake intensity, a dedicated Gyro Sensor makes it possible to determine the necessary level of compensation. Then, through intelligently processing the image, the improved photo is saved as a separate file - so there’s no loss of the original data. Besides requiring considerably less battery power than conventional image stabilisers, this technique also helps minimise camera size, weight and cost as no supplementary lenses are required.

Olympus Mju 810 digital camera - Scene modes
For the more experienced photographer, this compact camera provides a histogram mode to help assess exposure levels during framing. Moreover, the choice of 20 scene modes, such as Beach&Snow, Sport and Candle, prepare users for virtually any photo opportunity. And those who like to get close to their subjects will also appreciate the Super Macro shooting capabilities. Should there be any questions about these or other functions, a Guide Function is on hand to explain their purpose on the LCD. Movie capture in high-quality VGA (640x480) resolution with sound is additionally possible and recording length is only limited by the amount of available memory.

Mju 810 - Olympus xD-Picture Cards
The user enjoys equal versatility when it comes to memory as the model features a built-in memory plus a slot for xD-Picture Cards. Besides a Panorama function, the latest High Speed Olympus xD-Picture Cards achieve data transfer rates 2-3 times faster than previous cards. Various art and 3D functions can also be applied to images recorded on these media - via the Olympus Master 1.4 software, included with the camera - to add a special dimension to compositions. And a new, high-performance lithium ion rechargeable battery (LI-12B) provides the power to keep shooting enjoyment going and going.

Olympus Mju 810 - 'Shoots as good as it looks'
Setting a new benchmark in compact design and high resolution performance - in any type of lighting conditions - the Olympus 810 is the perfect choice for users who want a camera that shoots as good as it looks. The Olympus Mju 810 will be available from spring 2006.

Olympus Mju 810 Features:
• Stainless steel, weatherproof body
• Digital Image Stabilisation Edit for compensation of blurry images caused by handshake.
• 8.0 million pixels
• 3x optical zoom (equiv. to 35-105mm in 35mm format) 1:2.8-4.7
• 6.4cm/2.5” LCD with 230,000 pixels
• BrightCapture Technology for better low light photography
• ISO 64-1600 with full 8MP, ISO 3200 in 3MP mode
• 20 scene modes (e.g. Sport, Beach&Snow, Candle) plus Programme Auto mode
• Movie function with sound (640x480, 30fps). Recording up to memory capacity
• Macro and super macro mode (from as near as 10cm)
• Internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot for new high speed cards
• Multi-language menu plus possibility to download further languages from the internet
• PictBridge compatible
• Supplied with Olympus Master Software 1.4

About Olympus
Olympus is a vision realiser: we consistently focus our development capabilities, manufacturing technologies and sales skills on enabling you to realise your dreams for the future. Olympus is customer oriented: we strive to understand and fulfil your current and future needs and to exceed your expectations. We achieve this through our efficient management, motivated employees who receive training on a regular basis, and continuous improvement of our processes. Olympus is innovative and original: our original thinking has already resulted in many firsts. It was Olympus that gave the world its first commercially viable gastroscope. We also led the way in producing lightweight compact cameras. We are delighted to share our excitement and sense of discovery with you.

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