Olympus Mju 700 review
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Thursday 26th January 2006
Written by Dennis Hissink
Introduction
A month before the PMA 2006 show starts Olympus introduced a complete new line of Mju digital camera models. The Mju concept has been successful since the introduction of its analogue models. Today we bring you a preview of the new Olympus Mju 700 digital camera. The Olympus Mju 700 has a stylish design and waterproof exterior housing (weatherproof equivalent to the IEC standard publication 529 IPX4). The sample we received comes in silver, but other colours (Sunset Orange, Midnight Black and Twilight Blue) will be available as well. Apart from the stylish housing the new Olympus 700 offers a great live view on the high-contrast LCD display. Olympus incorporated the BrightCapture technology to achieve the best result under dim and difficult light conditions. Besides this new model Olympus introduced the Mju 720 SW and Mju 810 digital cameras, all of them offering 7 or 8 Megapixel resolution providing the highest resolution. The following preview gives you an inside look and feel of what you may expect of the new Olympus Mju 700.
Olympus Mju 700 Digital Camera Preview
Olympus Mju 700 Digital Camera Preview
Olympus Mju 700 xD Picture Card Olympus Mju 700 Lithium Ion battery
Olympus Mju 700 xD Picture Card storage Olympus Mju 700 Lithium Ion battery
Olympus Mju 700 xD Picture Card storage Olympus Mju 700 Lithium Ion battery
It has been a while since Olympus changed its SmartMedia card (max. 128MB storage) for the ultra small xD Picture Card. At that time some people complained about the range of different flash memory cards. I can only remind you of that time, cause today we have tripled the amount of different flash memory cards, maybe even quadrupled it. At this moment the xD Picture Card is available up to 1GB storage capacity. It will not take long before we can bring you the news that the xD Card is upgraded to 2GB. The Olympus Mju 700 has approximately 19.1MB internal storage which can be expanded by an external xD Card. To use the xD Picture Card you turn off the camera, open the memory/battery compartment, and insert the card in the slot until it clicks in its place. Replace it by pushing the card into the slot, this way it will be released and you will be able to replace it. The new Olympus Mju 700 digital camera is using a very compact and ultra light LI-42B Li-Ion battery for its energy. The Mju 700 camera is standard delivered with a charger (LI-42C) and one Lithium Ion battery. Plug the cord into the charger and wait till the red light turns off. It is important to know that you need to fully charge the LI-42B battery before you can use it. When the battery is ready; open the compartment on the bottom side of the Olympus Mju 700 camera and insert the battery next to the xD Picture Card. A safety catch secures the battery and prevents it from accidentally dropping when you're about to remove your xD Picture Card. The Lithium Ion battery has a capacity of 3.7V 740mAh. The design of the battery compartment lid matches the housing of the Mju 700 digital camera; it feels solid and is made of high quality material.
LCD monitor Olympus Mju 700 Scene Mju 700 Feature Guide
Olympus Mju 700 LCD monitor Olympus Mju 700 Scene Olympus Mju 700 Feature Guide
Olympus Mju 700 LCD monitor Olympus Mju 700 Scene Olympus Mju 700 Feature Guide
The Olympus Mju 700 features a large 2.5 inch LCD display. The display incorporates the BrightCapture technology and is 4 times brighter than normal LCD displays. It shouldn't be a problem to capture your favourite moment in the middle of the night. BrightCapture Technology drastically brightens LCD depictions to make framing shots possible in situations with just 1/5th of the luminosity usually required. The mode dial on the back of the camera features a couple of main settings. Among them, the Scene mode. Select Scene on the mode dial, press Menu on the back of the camera, and select the scene on the display according to the situation. Switching to the other scene, most settings will be changed to the default settings of each scene. Very handy is the feature Guide that is located at the mode dial on the back of the camera. Change the dial into the Guide setting and a shooting guide for setting appears on the 2.5 inch LCD display. Following the shooting guide displayed on the screen you will be able to set the target items without having to think things through.
Dennis Hissink
Olympus Super Macro Built-in flash Olympus Mju 700
Olympus Mju 700 Super Macro Olympus Mju 700 built-in flash
Editor's comment:
"Olympus has been quite successful with the launch of its digital version of the Mju camera. Colourful and a fresh interesting design combined with a user-friendly operation are the key elements that make the Olympus Mju 700 different from the mass market. The camera is thin and a true light-weight, but without losing any comfort in handling. The large 2.5 inch LCD display on the Mju 700 is a welcome feature and gives the photographer live view. The 7.1 million pixel resolution will give you enough information to enlarge your favourite moment or crop details to post-process the image. The Olympus Mju 700 is a very nice digital camera that enriches the Mju family with some extra design and life-style..."
Olympus Mju 700 Super Macro Olympus Mju 700 built-in flash
The multi-selector on the back of the Olympus Mju 700 digital camera features the Super mode. This mode lets you shoot from as close as 20cm/7.8 in. (when the zoom is set for the zoom-out angle) and as close as 50cm/19.6 in. (when the zoom is set for the zoom-in angle) to your subject. In Super Macro mode it lets you shoot from as close as 8cm/3.1 in. to your subject. Of course the Olympus Mju 700 offers a built-in flash. To set the desired flash setting you have to push the right arrow of the multi-selector. You are able to choose from Auto flash, red-eye reduction flash, fill-in flash and flash off. Normally the camera fires the flash automatically in low light or dim light conditions.
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