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Pre-PMA 2006: Olympus has announced two new additions to the weatherproof Stylus (Mju) range in the form of the slim-bodied Stylus 700 and the Stylus 810 Digital - a minor upgrade to the current Stylus 800. The cameras, 7.1 megapixel and 8.0 megapixel respectively, both feature an all-weather body, 3x optical zoom, ISO range covering ISO 64 through to 1600 and a 2.5-inch LCD screen.
Updated: Specifications added
Updated: Specifications added
London, 26 January 2006 – With BrightCapture Technology and the ability to compensate for camera shake the Olympus µ (mju) 810 is ideal for photography in near dark situations, which presents something of a dilemma to photographers – as the camera looks so good that they’ll want to keep it in the light where other photographers can admire it!
Olympus BrightCapture Technology is a must for those who want to capture the ambiance of a night time scene, without spoiling the mood by using flash. It increases the camera’s sensitivity to light allowing perfectly exposed shots to be recorded using natural light, even when the sun has gone down, and at the same time brightens the camera’s LCD screen to make it easier to frame photos.
The slim-line stainless steel body of the µ (mju) 810 is weatherproof*, protecting its hi-tech interior from water, dust and snow, which might just come in handy as first deliveries are expected in March – in good time for April showers! The 8 million pixel, 3 x zoom Olympus µ (mju) 810 will be priced at around £330, available from all good camera dealers.
The Olympus µ (mju) 810 is the smallest and, arguably, one of the best looking cameras in its class. But anyone thinking that the camera is just a pretty face should look beyond the weatherproof* stainless steel skin, to the technological marvel beneath. Who would think that a camera that slips into a shirt pocket would pack 8.0 million pixel resolution? In addition to this mighty pixel count there’s a bright 3x optical zoom (equiv. to 35-105mm in 35mm format) cleverly designed to take up as little space as possible. By employing a collapsible lens mechanism and repositioning the shutter the size of this lens has been kept to an absolute minimum – a mere 17mm – making a significant contribution to reducing the size of the camera.
Employing Olympus’s BrightCapture Technology makes night time shooting significantly easier with the Olympus µ (mju) 810. This patented Olympus technology increases the brightness of the live image relayed on the high-contrast 230,000 pixel, 6.4cm LCD screen, making it up to 400% brighter than on conventional screens and when shooting in low light, CCD sensitivity is enhanced so often it is possible to shoot perfectly exposed images without needing to use the flash.
The µ (mju) 810 features an ISO range extending from ISO 64 to 1600, which is extended up to ISO 3200 in 3.0 megapixel mode. The higher sensitivity not only allows faster shutter speeds to be used, reducing the chance of camera shake and freezing motion, it also effectively doubles the flash’s working range making it possible to illuminate even quite large rooms with flash. If however, even after using a fast shutter speed, camera shake and blurring continue to be a problem all is not lost, as the Olympus µ (mju) 810 has been armed with a special Digital Image Stabilisation Edit function. This feature corrects images blurred by camera shake or a moving subject by using a dedicated Gyro Sensor to determine the level of compensation necessary. Then, by intelligently processing the image, the improved photo is saved as a separate file so the photographer has the benefit of keeping the original for future reference if needed.
Besides allowing further reductions in the camera’s size, weight and cost this technique requires considerably less battery power than conventional image stabilisers as no supplementary lens elements are needed, not that power should ever be a problem, as the Olympus µ (mju) 810 uses a new high-performance lithium ion rechargeable battery (LI-12B).
Olympus has made life easy for the novice and more experienced photographer alike by equipping the µ (mju) 810 with a choice of 20 scene modes covering a range of familiar photographic situations including Sports, Landscape and Portrait as well as candle light and Macro . These help by automatically adjusting the camera settings to the best combination for the given situation, ensuring that every photo opportunity is perfectly exposed. Meanwhile, for photography aficionados, a Histogram function provides a quick and convenient way to evaluate exposure levels both when the photo is being composed and during playback.
Don’t forget the memory
The movie function on the Olympus µ (mju) 810 records sequences with sound in high-quality VGA (640x480) resolution is also included. Once taken photos and movie clips are saved to either the camera’s internal memory, or removable media in the shape of optional xD-Picture Cards which are currently available in a range of capacities up to a maximum of 1GB. The
µ (mju) 810 is compatible with new Olympus High Speed xD-Picture cards. These have data transfer rates 2-3 times faster than conventional cards and not only support the exclusive Olympus Panorama option, they also feature new Art Functions including 3D, oil painting, cartoon and water colour. These effects can be applied to images recorded on these cards using the Olympus Master 1.4 software supplied with the camera once an activation code included with the card has been entered in the software.
A lot has been packed into the little Olympus µ (mju) 810, but should the photographer ever be at a loss as to which of the astonishing number of features they should use, they can rely on the built in Guide Function to explain the various menu choices directly on the LCD. The
Olympus µ (mju) 810 delivers outstanding results come day or night, rain or shine. It will be available in camera stores from March 2006 retailing for around £330.
The Olympus µ (mju) 810 – main features:
* Weatherproof equivalent to the IEC standard publication 529 IPX4
London, 26 January 2006 – It’s a problem we’re all familiar with, the atmospheric lighting in bars, candlelit restaurants and at concerts looks great but flash photography leaves everyone looking like they’ve been caught in a headlights of an oncoming juggernaut. Luckily the Olympus µ (mju) 700 has the perfect solution built in.
Olympus’s innovative BrightCapture Technology allows the 7.1 million pixel µ (mju) 700 to take perfectly exposed shots in low light without having to use flash, so all of the romance, drama and excitement of the occasion are perfectly preserved. And as BrightCapture also boosts the power of the camera’s large 6.4cm LCD screen, there’s no more groping around in the dark to frame photos either.
A weatherproof* metal body slim enough to slip into a pocket means that the
µ (mju) 700 can be taken anywhere and, as a choice of four exciting colours are available there’s something for everyone. The great looking µ (mju) 700 will available in shops from March priced at around £230.
Like all cameras in the Olympus µ family the µ (mju) 700 looks great, but what are the photos like? With a resolution of 7.1 million pixels razor-sharp detailed images are guaranteed, whilst a bright 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 37-111mm on a 35mm camera) comprised of high-quality lens elements makes framing even distant subjects straight forward. And of course, thanks to BrightCapture Technology, light sensitivity is enhanced so often it is possible to shoot perfectly exposed images in low light without needing to use the flash.
With 23 scene modes to choose from, the µ (mju) 700 makes easy work of photographing in a diverse range of situations, from Landscapes through to Portraits, Macro and Super Macro as close as 8cm . This versatility is one of the camera’s great strengths. Other scene modes, including Night Scene, which extends the maximum shutter speed to four seconds, enhancing operation in low light and guaranteeing that none of the unique atmosphere of the night is lost. To make the best use of ambient light, the µ (mju) 700 features an ISO range covering ISO 64 through to 1600. In 3MP mode this is extended to ISO 2500, delivering great low light pictures free from image noise. However, the µ (mju) 700 is not only ideally suited to available light photography as, with such high ISO sensitivity, the flash working range is effectively doubled making the illumination of even large rooms perfectly feasible.
Don’t Forget the Memory
On top of an internal memory, the µ (mju) 700 has been equipped with an xD-Picture Card slot so that photographers can choose the individual storage capacity they require, currently up to a maximum of 1GB capacity. In addition to a Panorama function, the latest high-speed Olympus xD-Picture Cards now offer data transfer rates 2-3 times faster than previous cards. Various art and 3D functions can also be applied to images recorded on these cards, using the Olympus Master 1.4 software included with the camera. The µ (mju) 700 can also be used to capture video sequences with sound in high-quality VGA (640x480) resolution, with the maximum recording time only limited by the amount of memory available.
Easy to View Screen
The large 6.4cm LCD screen on the back of µ (mju) 700 makes framing subjects straight forward. In dark conditions BrightCapture Technology once again comes into its own, this time lightening the screen so that subjects are shown 4x brighter than on normal LCD’s making framing photos considerably easier. The high-contrast nature of this screen makes showing saved images or movies to even quite large numbers of people easy. And should photos need to be printed, the Olympus µ (mju) 700 is PictBridge compatible meaning that home printing is a breeze – even without a PC. Using the Olympus P-11 dye-sublimation printer, for example, a stunningly atmospheric low light photo just shot at a party can be printed out in 10x15cm format within just 33 seconds and then passed around for all the guests to enjoy immediately!
Weatherproof* construction, low light capability, loads of special scene modes and slim compact design – this camera really can be taken (and used) anywhere. And to ensure that shooting can continue for as long as possible, this model is equipped with a new, high-performance lithium-ion rechargeable battery (LI-42B). The versatility of the µ (mju) 700 even extends to use under the waves as for protection against extreme outdoor situations and water at depths of up to 3m users can purchase the outdoor case CWPC-02. And for those wanting to test BrightCapture on creatures skulking around in depths as low as 40m Olympus has produced the underwater case PT-032.
The Olympus µ (mju) 700 will be available from March, priced at around £230. And as the camera even features a clever Guide Function that explains different camera functions and menu options directly on the LCD screen ( a bit like having the instruction book built in!) the only difficulty will be deciding what to photograph first.
The Olympus µ 700 – main features:
*weatherproof equivalent to the IEC standard publication 529 IPX4
BrightCapture Technology – How does it work?
In traditional live-view technology, only some pixel information is used to depict the image on the camera’s LCD screen. With Olympus BrightCapture technology, all available pixel information is used. Innovative software divides the surface of the CCD into square groups, each made up of nine pixels. Each of these pixel groups is then compressed to a single Super Pixel, and the information from these Super Pixels is then relayed on the LCD to give a brighter, clearer view.
BrightCapture technology is put to continuous use brightening, and generally improving, the view seen on the LCD monitor. It is also brought into play to improve picture results in certain scene modes where, as well as increasing ISO values and adjusting the shutter speed, the output of the CCD is read as Super Pixels. This means that information from every single one of the pixels on the CCD is used, but read out in blocks of nine as Super Pixels, each of which has an average reading of the nine pixels that it is comprised of. After the picture has been taken, this Super Pixel information is expanded to a higher resolution by Olympus’ TruePic algorithm. When dividing the CCD into blocks of nine pixels, an average colour and brightness reading is calculated. This ‘averaging out’ eliminates any extraneous noise within the block and makes colour gradation from one Super Pixel to the next smooth and natural.
|Stylus 810||Stylus 700|
1/1.8 " Type CCD
| 1/2.3" Type CCD
7.1 million pixels total
|Image sizes|| 3264 x 2448
2560 x 1920
2304 x 1728
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
| 3072 x 2304
2560 x 1920
2304 x 1728
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 @ 30 fps (SHQ mode)
320 x 240 @ 30 fps (HQ mode)
160 x 120 @ 15 fps (SQ mode)
| 640 x 480 @ 15 fps (SHQ mode)
320 x 240 @ 15 fps (HQ mode)
160 x 120 @ 15 fps (SQ mode)
|File formats|| Still: JPEG (Exif 2.2), DPS, DPOF
Movie: QuickTime Motion JPEG with sound (WAVE)
|Lens|| 35 - 105mm equiv.
3x optical zoom
F2.8 - 4.7
| 37 - 111mm equiv.
3x optical zoom
F3.4 - 5.7
|Digital zoom||Up to 5x|
|Focus||TTL auto focus with contrast detection|
|AF area modes|| iESP autofocus
|Focus distance|| Standard: 0.6m - infinity
Macro: 0.3m - infinity
Super macro: 10 - 60cm
| Standard: 0.6m - infinity
Macro: 0.2m (wide) / 0.5m (tele) - infinity
Super macro: from 8cm
|Metering|| Digital ESP metering
Histogram in shooting and playback mode
Auto 64 - 400 (up to ISO
3200* for modes Available Light Portrait and Candle).
| Auto 64 - 400 (up to ISO 2500* for modes Available Light Portrait and Candle).
|Exposure compensation|| +/- 2 EV
1/3 EV steps
|Shuttter speed|| ½ – 1/1000 sec (night scene up to 4 sec)|
|Modes|| Program AE|
Landscape with Portrait
Night scene with Portrait
Available Light Portrait
Shoot & Select 1*
Shoot & Select 2*
Underwater Wide 1
Underwater Wide 2
|White balance|| Full Auto TTL ESP
Fluorescent light 1, 2, 3
Guide number 7.5
Range: Up to 3.2m (Tele) / 5.2m (Wide)
Guide number 7.0
Range: Up to 2.4m (Tele) / 4.0m (Wide)
|LCD monitor|| 2.5-inch TFT LCD
| 2.5-inch TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| DC in
|Print compliance|| DPOF
|Storage|| Approx 28.4MB internal memory
| Approx 19.1MB internal memory
|Power|| Rechargeable Lithium-ion LI-12B battery
Charger LI-10C included
| Rechargeable Lithium-ion LI-42B battery
Charger LI-42C included
|Weight (no batt)||145 g||103g|
|Dimensions||97 x 56.2 x 22.7 mm||94.8 x 55.9 x 20.4 mm|
|* due to usage of BrightCapture Technology Image size is fixed to 1,600 x 1,200|