Reviews and Problems with Olympus Stylus 7010 / Mju 7010 / µ-7010
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Olympus Stylus 7010
29 September 2011
Summary: The Olympus Stylus 7010 is an ultra-compact with a 7X wide-angle optical zoom lens, built-in stabilization and a 12 megapixels sensor. Image quality has both good and less good aspects, falling just short of a good Rating. In terms of speed though, this digital camera does well. It has interesting panorama modes but is low on features.
Pros: Natural image colors, Good white-balance with light cast under tungsten, Good lens sharpness, Mostly reliable exposure, Very fast and responsive, except for EC and some review features, Excellent LCD visibility
Cons: High noise at all ISO, Fine details are muddled by noise-reduction, Color shift at ISO 1600, Too few zoom steps, Very limited feature set, no custom white-balance, no short self-timer, Below average image stabilization, Short battery-life
Excerpt: Consumers have always loved tiny cameras and Olympus has long been the industry leader when it comes to producing mini-cams. Their "Pen" series half-frame cameras were small before small was cool, and the first Stylus was a tiny clamshell style 35mm point and shoot. It was only a matter of time before somebody produced a tiny digital camera with a very long lens - a mini-megazoom digicam.
Conclusion: I would describe the Olympus MJU 7010 as a standard compact camera offering that bit extra zoom. Not every camera can stand out for the crowd and I would say this camera is good enough without being anything special.
Pros: Very good. I found it easy to track down the settings I was looking for.
Excerpt: With the focus of late on Olympus' fledgling digital Pen and, to a lesser extent, the Mju Tough range, it's easy to forget that the company also manufactures reliable, value for money and not altogether unattractive compacts - including the new 12 effective megapixel Olympus Mju 7010.
Excerpt: The plastic µ-7010 isn’t as alluring as its aluminium-clad rivals, but there are a few strips of metal to reinforce it and the overall effect is reasonably smart. The 2.7in screen has excellent viewing angles and the backlit buttons add a touch of class to proceedings. We’re delighted to find a 7x zoom lens and optical stabilisation in such a compact, low-price camera. The 170-shot battery life isn’t so impressive, though.
Pros: User friendly operation, solid construction, portably pocket sized, quick and responsive for the most part
Cons: Still images are flat and dull in appearance straight out of the camera (if not utilising magic effects filters), with loss of focus towards frame edges when shooting at maximum wide angle. No HD movies, which seems amiss when similarly priced rivals are offering this