Olympus Stylus Verve (μ-mini) Digital Review
Olympus unveiled the µ-mini Digital / Stylus Verve Digital at the Photokina trade show in Cologne (September 2004). The camera has soft rounded 'stylish' design, an all-metal body with a color coordinated sliding cover over its two times optical zoom lens. The Stylus Verve will is available in a range of colors. Specification wise it offers fairly basic fuss-free operation, 2x (35-70mm equiv.) zoom, four million pixels and a weatherproof design. The camera is known as the Stylus Verve Digital in the US, and the µ ('Mju') mini DIGITAL in Europe and SE Asia, so you can have a camera with a silly name wherever you live in the world. We'll use the Stylus Verve name in this review mainly because it's easier typing that than trying to remember the key combination for µ.
- Revolutionary design
- Six body color variations (Jewelry Silver, Pure White, Cosmic Black, Crystal Blue, Velvet Red and Copper Orange)
- Weatherproof* metal body
- 4.0 million pixels
- 2x optical zoom (35 – 70mm equiv.), f3.5-4.9
- 1.8 inch high-contrast LCD (134,000 pixels) with 160° viewing angles on both the vertical and horizontal axis
- TruePic TURBO image processor
- Still image editing functions including new fish-eye and soft focus modes
- Movie recording function with sound
- PictBridge support
- 13 subject/scene modes
* weatherproof equivalent to the IEC standard publication 529 IPX4
Olympus Stylus Verve (μ-mini) Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $299
|Sensor|| 1/2.5" CCD, 4.1 million pixels
4.0 million effective pixels
2272 x 1704
|Movie clips|| 320 x 480 pixels @ 15fps
160 x 120 pixels @ 15fps
Duration limited by card capacity (streaming)
35 - 70mm equiv. (2x optical zoom)
|Focus|| TTL autofocus
iESP multi point focus
20cm closest focus (macro mode), 8cm (Super Macro mode)
|White balance|| Auto
Saturation (3 levels)
|Continuous|| • 1.3 fps
• 7 images (SHQ mode)
• Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-In, Off
• Range: Wide 0.3 - 2.8 m (0.7 - 9.2 ft), Tele 0.2 - 2.0m (0.7 - 6.6 ft)
|Storage|| xD-Picture Card
• 16 MB card supplied
|LCD monitor||• 1.8" TFT LCD
• 134,000 pixels
|Power||• Lithium-Ion LI-30B rechargeable battery
• Charger supplied
• Optional D-7AC AC adapter (dummy battery)
|In the box*||
• TruePic Turbo processor
|Weight (excl batt)||115 g (0.3 lb)|
|Dimensions||95 x 56 x 28 mm (3.7 x 2.2 x 1.1in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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