Feeds
80%

Olympus Mju 700 7.1 megapixel digicam

Weatherproof and anti-shake

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Review Olympus goes for another slice of the ultra-compact digital camera market with its new, wedge-shaped Mju 700, a weatherproof and very stylish high-resolution camera with plenty to shout about...

Olympus Mju 700 digital camera

The 700's 7.1 megapixel sensor can create image files easily large enough and with enough detail for prints up to and over A3 in size, enough for the majority of snappers among you. Twenty-three scene modes provide a great range of auto-shooting presets such as (the more usual) Landscape, Portrait and Night Scene modes.

There are some more novel modes too, such as Text, Candle, Cuisine, Behind Glass and an Auction mode for those eBay sellers among its potential market. However, the presence of three underwater modes doesn't mean it can be submerged. The weatherproofing allows the 700 to withstand splash, but you'll need one of the accessory housings to take it beneath the waves.

Olympus' proprietary BrightCapture technology is a system that uses neat processing tricks to help improve snaps. The camera's computer looks at blocks of nine pixels, which are then all treated as "super pixels" and their values averaged out. In theory, this reduces noise and improves colours. However, the processing associated with it removed some of the detail from shots, I believe, and introduced some unwanted and unwelcome noise in shadow areas.

The 700 has a built in 19.1MB memory capacity and accepts xD Picture Cards of up to 1GB in capacity. The camera's lens is an F3.4-F5.7, 37-111mm (35mm equivalent) 3x optical zoom which works quite well - even if the maximum aperture is a little restricting - but does display barrel distortion at the wide end of the zoom range and some odd corner softness.

Two metering modes, ESP (similar to a matrix set up) and spot, work wonderfully well, and I had nary a poor exposure, so top marks here. Plus, there's the usual run of white-balance presets and ISO settings that run up to 1600, while focusing is accomplished using Olympus' iESP TTL contrast detection AF system.

The small wedge-shaped body is attractive and lends itself to one-handed operation, but that can cause camera shake. However, as the 700 boasts an anti-shake mechanism this is less of a worry. I found the anti-shake system worked well - it's just a shame it's only available as a separate mode and not usable across all the camera's shooting settings.

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS
It's got four KILOWATTS of something, apparently
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA
Just 100 Beijing fanbois queue to pick up new mobe
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?
Subtle, naturalistic ambiance – perfect for Transformers 4
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.