Reviews and Problems with Olympus Mju 800 / Stylus 800 Digital
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Olympus Stylus 800
Digital Photography Interface
7 September 2009
Conclusion: The Olympus Stylus 800 is a great compact camera which has 8 megapixel, manual controls, a large sharp LCD and some great features. The placements of the buttons on the back on both sides of the camera make one hand shooting rather hard to do if you change settings frequently. Despite having some image quality issues, the photos produced by the Stylus 800 are superb!
Pros: Compact with 8 megapixels, Extremely fast, Excellent set of features, Manual controls, Powerful flash, Large and sharp 2.5 inch LCD, Photos not as noisy as lots of people expected, Overall sharp photos, Sturdy compartment doors
Cons: Hard one-hand shooting, Very few (And not very useful) accessories, No AF-assist beam, Longer shutter speeds would've been nice, Rather large body compared to competition, USB 2.0 High-speed not available
Conclusion: It's hard to know how to rate a camera like the Stylus 800. On the one hand it's responsive, well-specified, well made, well priced and has a fantastic screen. That it's weatherproof too is a significant added bonus if you like to shoot in challenging environments. On the other hand the results are - if we're going to be very critical - disappointing, especially if you use any setting other than the best 'SHQ' mode (the artefacts mentioned above are much worse in 'HQ'...
Pros: Excellent resolution, Bright, vivid and sharp results (though see cons, below), Weatherproof, Excellent build quality, Attractive design and good handling, Aperture priority and shutter priority modes, Lots of scene/subject modes, Fast, reliable focus, Excellent screen, remains usable in very, very low light, Very little purple fringing, Excellent low-light focus, Good 'super macro' mode, Good flash exposures, Good battery life, Lots of 'fun' features and playback opt...
Cons: Visible noise reduction / sharpening / demosaicing artefacts at all ISO settings, especially if you don't use the SHQ mode, Images over-sharpened and too contrasty, Occasional white balance problems in scenes with one predominant color, Smearing of low contrast detail (such as foliage and hair), Tendency to mis-expose in bright high contrast scenes, Slow flash recycling, Some basic controls too deep in menus, Writing to xD picture card slow, No orientation sensor
Excerpt: After its introduction in 1990, the rugged little clamshell Stylus quickly became the 35mm P&S camera of choice for a generation of travel writers, trekkers, serious travelers, war correspondents, and extreme sports fans. This amazing popularity was due in part to the camera's reputation for rugged dependability and excellent image quality and in part to a very effective advertising campaign featuring full-page environmental portraits and first person testimonials from...
Excerpt: The Olympus Stylus 800 ($399) is a compact, all-weather 8 Megapixel digital camera. Like the other cameras in the Stylus series, the Stylus 800 can take a splash of water and it can keep shooting. This doesn't mean that it can go swimming with you -- because it can't -- but a day at the beach is no problem. Other features on the Stylus 800 include a 3X optical zoom lens, large 2.5" LCD display, VGA movie mode, and limited manusal controls.
Pros: Compact, all-weather body, Good photo quality (though see issues below), Many manual controls, Large LCD display gains up in low light, Blur reduction feature works, but is only for small prints, Good low light focusing for a camera without an AF-assist lamp, In-camera help system (though it needs to be a little more descriptive), Above average battery life, Much improved bundled software
Cons: Images are on the noisy side, and are too sharp too, Redeye a problem; in-camera redeye removal tool didn't help, High ISO performance isn't the greatest; resolution is restricted to 3MP or below at the highest settings, Sluggish frame rate in movie mode, No optical viewfinder, USB 2.0 High Speed and custom white balance would've been nice, xD cards are more expensive than other formats, Full manual only on CD
Excerpt: Continue on to Features & Controls Stylus 800 Specifications CCD Imager 8.0 megapixel effective, 8.3 megapixel gross, 1/1.8" (1.41cm) CCD Lens 8.0 - 24.0mm (38 - 114mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 6 lenses in 5 groups, 3 aspherical lenses Seamless Digital Zoom Seamless to 15x (3x optical and 5x digital combined) Aperture Range f2.8/4.9 (adjustable in 1/3 EV steps) Shutter Speeds 1/2000 sec - 1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec.
Conclusion: By the end of my tests I was a big fan of the Olympus MJU 800. It is a well made digital camera that takes good photos both indoors and outdoors. The in camera guide to taking photos is a marvelous innovation and should be applauded. The MJU 800 also scores highly for design and ease of use.
Pros: Stylish weatherproof body, In camera photography guide, Lowlight photography
Summary: With a mixture of good looks, sturdy build quality and everything from numerous scene modes to almost full photographic control, the Olympus Mju Digital 800 offers something to everyone. This is a compact digital camera that will suit both the novice and more experienced photographer alike, as you can take as little or as much control of the camera as you like. The Olympus Mju Digital 800 is pocketable, quick to react, has a great 2.5 inch LCD screen, and is easy to use.