Pre-PMA 2008: Looking at Olympus diminuitive Stylus (mju) range, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the 5x zoom range currently employed was the biggest which would fit. However, Olympus has other plans and has shoehorned a whopping 7x 37-260 mm equivalent optic onto the front plate of the 10.1 megapixel Stylus 1010 and 1020. Also announced was the Stylus 840 with 8.0 MP and a 36-180 mm range. Catch all three on the shelves from February.

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A new generation of µ [mju:]

The Olympus µ [mju:] 840, µ [mju:] 1010 and µ [mju:] 1020: Getting you closer

London, 22 January 2008 – This season sees the arrival of three powerful yet elegant additions to the award-winning Olympus µ [mju:] series. Perfectly suited to the needs of today’s sophisticated and fashion-conscious consumers, the µ [mju:] 840, µ [mju:] 1010 and µ [mju:] 1020 offer users the choice of optical zoom levels ranging from 5x to 7x in remarkably thin and elegant casings. Integrated Dual Image Stabilisation helps protect against blur caused by camera shake, while an extra large 2.7”/6.9cm HyperCrystal LCD affords a magnificent view for plenty of framing and reviewing ease. And with a suite of advanced imaging tools such as Face Detection Technology, these 8.0 and 10.1 Megapixel models represent a new generation for stylish compact photography. The Olympus µ [mju:] 840, µ [mju:] 1010 and µ [mju:] 1020 will be available from February 2008 at recommended prices of £199.99 for the µ [mju:] 840, £229.99 for the µ [mju:] 1010 and £269.99 for the µ [mju:] 1020.

These charming new models marry first-rate design with innovative technological advances to form the ideal combination of performance and style. Their striking colours and slim metallic bodies are augmented by outstanding image quality and processing speed thanks to Olympus’ advanced TruePic III image processor. Meanwhile, Dual Image Stabilisation provides double-barrelled protection against blur caused by camera shake – which comes in especially handy at the high levels of magnification these cameras provide. In addition, intelligent solutions such as Face Detection Technology have been integrated to ensure the flawless depiction of human subjects by automatically determining optimal exposure and sharpness settings. For significantly enhanced results in low-light conditions, BrightCapture Technology has also been included. Moreover, an extra large 2.7”/6.9cm HyperCrystal LCD enables the easy preview and review of shots with all your friends – even in direct sunlight.

µ [mju:] 840

Packing a hearty 8.0 Megapixels, the µ [mju:] 840 features a powerful 5x optical zoom (equiv. to 36-180mm) for getting up close to subjects without having to change positions. For extreme close-ups, a Super Macro function with a minimum shooting distance of 3cm delivers high-resolution images of fascinating textures and surfaces. When used in conjunction with an Olympus xD-Picture Card, this model also features a new Panorama mode to enable the preservation of scenic memories such as nature in its full splendour. What’s more, the smart metallic body of the versatile µ [mju:] 840 comes in a range of four stylish colours: Starry Silver, Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Candy Pink.

µ [mju:] 1010

The strapping µ [mju:] 1010 boasts 10.1 Megapixels and a 7x optical zoom (equiv. to 37-260mm) for exciting close-ups in stunning detail: retain the ability to zoom and crop later on a computer, as there’s plenty of room to edit without quality loss. This model also comes with the extremely light and ultra-slim LI-50B rechargeable battery with an increased lifespan of 25% – so you can concentrate on getting great shots without having to stop and recharge. What’s more, expressing yourself is easy with the µ [mju:] 1010 since its stylishly-slim metallic body is also available in a choice of three exciting colours: Starry Silver, Midnight Black and Royal Blue.

µ [mju:] 1020

Photographers looking for powerful zooming capabilities will be pleased with the phenomenal 7x optical zoom (equiv. to 37-260mm) of the µ [mju:] 1020. Available in Starry Silver or Midnight Black, this slim-bodied model features a generous 10.1 Megapixels to ensure not a single precious detail goes missing. Furthermore, the µ [mju:] 1020 features the light and compact LI-50B rechargeable battery with an increased lifespan – so shooting can now go on for up to 25% longer without a recharge!

Ease of use

The µ [mju:] 840, µ [mju:] 1010 and µ [mju:] 1020 boast a number of common features which enhance their intuitive usability such as illuminated buttons to allow for improved navigation when shooting at night or in low-light conditions. Additionally, 38 languages on board guarantee that almost anyone in Europe can operate these cameras in their native tongue. Plus, the combination of internal memory and an xD-Picture Card slot means that there’s always room to expand storage space. Olympus Master software for extra ease in the editing and archiving of images is naturally also included.

Main features:

µ [mju:] 840

  • 5x optical zoom (to 36-180mm*) for exciting close-ups
  • 6.9cm/2.7" HyperCrystal LCD with extra bright display even in brilliant sunlight
  • 20 scene modes for the best results in different situations
  • 8.0 Megapixels to make poster-size prints
  • Attractive metal body in a choice of four colours: Starry Silver, Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Candy Pink

µ [mju:] 1010

  • 7x optical zoom (37-260mm*) for exciting close ups
  • 10.1 Megapixels to make poster-size prints
  • 6.9cm/2.7" HyperCrystal LCD with extra bright display even in brilliant sunlight
  • 23 scene modes for the best results in different situations
  • Sleek, metal body in a choice of three colours: Starry Silver, Midnight Black and Royal Blue
  • Underwater shooting up to a water pressure equivalent of 40m possible in combination with optional underwater case PT-042

µ [mju:] 1020

  • 7x optical zoom (37-260mm*) for exciting close ups
  • 10.1 Megapixels to make poster-size prints
  • 6.9cm/2.7" HyperCrystal II LCD with extra bright display even in brilliant sunlight
  • 23 scene modes for the best results in different situations
  • Slim, metallic body in a choice of Starry Silver and Midnight Black
  • Underwater shooting up to a water pressure equivalent of 40m possible in combination with optional underwater case PT-042

Common features of the µ [mju:] 840, µ [mju:] 1010 and µ [mju:] 1020:

  • Avoids blur thanks to Dual Image Stabilisation
  • Face Detection Technology for perfectly focused and exposed faces plus correct exposure of other image areas
  • Better low light shooting thanks to BrightCapture Technology
  • New in-camera panorama function
  • Liven up your memories with movie recording with sound (up to VGA resolution at 30fps)
  • TruePic III image processor for faster image handling and higher image quality

* Equivalent to a 35mm camera

Olympus Stylus 840/ 1010 / 1020 specifications

Stylus 840
Stylus 1010
Stylus 1020
Sensor

• 1/2.35" Type CCD
• 8.5 million total pixels
• 8 million effective pixels
• Primary colour filter (RGB)

• 1/2.33" Type CCD
• 10.7 million total pixels
• 10.1 million effective pixels
• Primary colour filter (RGB)
Image sizes • 8M 3248 x 2436
• 5M 2560 x 1920
• 4M 2304 x 1728
• 3M 2048 x 1536
• 2M 1600 x 1200
• 1M 1280 x 960
• VGA 640 x 480
• 16:9 1920 x 1080
• 10M 3648 x 2736
• 5M 2560 x 1920
• 4M 2304 x 1728
• 3M 2048 x 1536
• 2M 1600 x 1200
• 1M 1280 x 960
• VGA 640 x 480
• 16:9 1920 x 1080
Movie clips

• 640 x 480 / 30 fps Recording time: 10 sec
• 320 x 240 / 15 fps Recording time: 29 min

• 640 x 480 / 30 fps Recording time: 10 s
• 320 x 240 / 15 fps Recording time: 29 min
File formats • JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
• AVI Motion JPEG
• WAV audio
Lens • 6.4 - 32.0 mm
• 36 - 180 mm (35mm equiv.)
• 5x optical zoom
• 8 lenses / 6 groups
• 4 aspherical elements
• f/ 3.3 - 5.0
• 6.6 - 46.2 mm
• 37 - 260 mm (35mm equiv.)
• 7x optical zoom
• 9 lenses / 6 groups
• 4 aspherical elements
• f/ 3.5 - 5.3
Image stabilization Yes, Dual Image Stabilization
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Yes, up to 5.6x Yes, up to 5x
Focus • TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
• Face Detection AF
• Spot focusing
AF area modes iESP
AF assist lamp No
Focus distance • Standard mode 0.7m - ∞ (wide) / 0.7m - ∞ (tele)
• Macro mode 0.2m - ∞ (wide) / 0.6m - ∞ (tele)
• Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 3 cm
• Standard mode 0.7m - ∞ (wide) / 0.7m - ∞ (tele)
• Macro mode 0.1m - ∞ (wide) / 0.6m - ∞ (tele)
• Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 2 cm
Metering • ESP light metering
• Spot metering
Histogram Yes
ISO sensitivity

• Auto ISO 64 - 1600
• Manual ISO , 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

• Auto ISO 80 - 1600
• Manual ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure compensation • +/- 2 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing No
Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/2000 s
Aperture n/a
Modes • Auto
• Programme automatic
Scene modes • Portrait
• Landscape
• Landscape with
• Portrait
• Night Scene
• Night Scene with portrait
• Sports
• Indoor
• Candle
• Self-portrait
• Available Light Portrait
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Cuisine
• Behind Glass
• Documents
• Auction
• Shoot & Select 1
• Shoot & Select 2
• Beach and Snow
• Pre-Capturing Movie
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Landscape with Portrait
• Night Scene
• Night Scene with portrait
• Sports
• Indoor
• Candle
• Self-portrait
• Available Light Portrait
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Cuisine
• Behind Glass
• Documents
• Auction
• Shoot & Select 1
• Shoot & Select 2
• Beach and Snow
• Pre-Capturing Movie
• Underwater Wide 1
• Underwater Wide 2
• Underwater Macro
White balance • Auto WB
• Overcast
• Sunlight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Fluorescent 3
• Auto WB
• Overcast
• Sunlight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Fluorescent 3
White balance fine tune No
Self timer Yes
Flash • Auto
• Red-eye reduction
• Fill-in
• Off
Flash range • Working range (wide) 0.2 - 3.9 m (ISO 800)
• Working range (tele) up to 2.6 m (ISO 800)
• Working range (wide) 0.2 - 3.6 m (Auto ISO)
• Working range (tele) 0.6 - 2.4 m (Auto ISO)
Viewfinder n/a
LCD monitor • 2.7" / 6.4 cm HyperCrystal LCD
• 230,000 dots
• LCD backlight boost
• 2.7" / 6.9 cm HyperCrystal LCD
• 230,000 dots
• LCD backlight boost
• 2.7" / 6.9 cm HyperCrystal II LCD
• 230,000 dots
• LCD backlight boost
Connectivity • DC input
• Combined A/V & USB output
• USB 2.0 High Speed
Print compliance • DCF
• EXIF 2.21
• PIM III
• PictBridge
• DPOF
Other features • Face Detection Technology
• Guide function
• Perfect Shot Preview
• In-Camera Panorama
• Mechanical Image Stabilizer
• Self timer
• Pre-Capturing Movie
• Mechanical Image Stabilizer
• Face Detection Technology
• In-Camera Panorama
• Pre-Capturing Movie
• Perfect Shot Preview
• Guide function
• Self timer
Storage xD-Picture Card
Power • LI-42B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
• LI-40C Charger
• LI-50B Li-ion cell
• LI-40C Charger (included)
Weight (no batt) 130 g (4.6 oz) 135 g (4.8 oz)
Dimensions 96.4 x 56.5 x 24 mm (3.8 x 2.2 x 0.9 in) 99 x 56.3 x 25.2 mm (3.9 x 2.2 x 1.0 in)

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