Olympus Mju 750
Olympus’ newest compact not only offers a respectable light sensitivity of up to ISO 1600, it also features a ‘weatherproof’ body to protect from sudden showers or spilt drinks. Decked out in black or silver, it features a 7.1-megapixel resolution plus larger than average 5x optical zoom.
As with previous generations, the Mju 750 features Bright Capture technology, which not only boosts light sensitivity to the max, it also increases the 2.5in screen’s brightness by up to four times that of its competitors. This feature has been added for QuickTime movies.
Unfortunately, as with others here, both its key features mean the Mju 750 is liable to suffer from camera shake at the telephoto end of the zoom and visible image noise at its top ISO setting. To counter camera shake, Olympus has introduced a Dual Image Stabilisation feature that minutely shifts the camera’s CCD sensor to compensate for external movement, and then provides a higher shutter speed to minimise its appearance.
The Mju powers up in around two seconds, while the internally stacked lens extends to maximum wide-angle setting. Because there is a tapered curve to the body design, the lens barrel stands slightly proud even when not in use. That said it still slots easily into any shirt pocket or handbag and build quality feels solid.
Main settings are accessed via a familiar mode wheel, while, more helpfully, a histogram (a graph showing the areas of brightness across an image) can be called up in capture mode to check you’re getting exposure correct. If there’s a gripe, it’s that the buttons at the rear require fingertip operation and are slightly clunky in use.
While it’s an attractive camera, the Mju’s performance is a bit hit and miss. Its metering is confused by high-contrast scenes so that it overexposes and burns out highlight detail. At ISO 1600 noise is visible, though shots are still usable. Like the Fujifilm F30, colours are muted rather than vivid, but this again lends a more natural feel to skin tones.