Olympus Stylus 800 (Mju 800) Digital Review
Olympus unveiled its first 8MP compact, the µ Digital 800 / Stylus 800 Digital, back in May 2005. As well as offering one of the highest pixel counts in its class the Stylus 800 is 'weatherproof' and uses a unique technology, 'Bright Capture', to boost sensitivity immensely (up to ISO 2500 in some modes), ensuring a bright screen image and blur-free non-flash photography in very low light. Otherwise specification is fairly standard for this type of camera. The camera is known as the Stylus 800 Digital in the US, and the µ ('Mju') DIGITAL 800 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 800 name in this review mainly because it's easier typing that than trying to remember the key combination for µ.
- 8.0 million pixels
- Weatherproof metal body with glossy surface in dark blue or silver
- Bright 3x zoom lens (38-114mm equivalent), 1:2.8-4.9
- Bright Capture Technology for superior performance under low light conditions
- Extra-large 6.4cm HyperCrystal LCD (160° horizontal and vertical viewing angles)
- 19 Scene Programs plus Program Auto, Aperture priority and Shutter priority
- Blur protection to guard against the effects of camera shake
- High-speed sequential shooting
- Movie function with sound (in VGA quality)
- Macro and Super Macro shooting (from as close as 3cm in Super Macro mode)
- TruePic TURBO image processor
- Calendar function
- PictBridge compatible
* weatherproof equivalent to the IEC standard publication 529 IPX4
Olympus Stylus 800 (μ 800) Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $380
|Body Material||Metal + plastic|
|Sensor||• 1/1.8 " Type CCD
• 8.3 million pixels total
• 8.0 million effective pixels
• 3264 x 2448
|Movie clips||• 640 x 480 15 frames per second
• 320 x 240 15 frames per second
• 160 x 120 15 frames per second
Duration limited by card capacity (streaming)
• 38-114mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
|Focus||• TTL autofocus with contrast detection
• Auto iESP autofocus
• Spot autofocus
• AF lock
• Macro: 0.2 (W)/ 0.3 (T) - 0.5 m
• Super macro: 3cm
|Metering||• Digital ESP metering
• Spot metering
|Shutter speeds||4 to 1/2000 sec|
|Apertures||(W) F2.8 - F8.0, (T) F4.9 - F8.0|
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800 and 1600 for Indoor and Night shot mode (2048 x 1536 or lower)
|White balance|| Auto
|Continuous|| Normal: 1.3 fps up to 4 frames (HQ)
High Speed: 4 fps up to 10 frames (SQ1)
|Flash||• Auto, red-eye reduction, on, off
• Range: Up to 3.5 m (Tele) / 6.5 m (Wide) in Auto Mode.
Up to 7.2 m (Tele) / 12.8 m (Wide) with ISO 1600.
• Guide no: 10
|Storage|| Approx 21MB built-in memory
xD-Picture Card (optional)
|LCD monitor||• 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD
• 215,000 pixels
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Full Speed
|Power||• Lithium-Ion LI-30B rechargeable battery
• Charger supplied
• Optional D-7AC AC adapter (dummy battery)
|In the box*||
• TruePic Turbo processor
|Weight (excl card)||211 g (6.9 oz)|
|Dimensions||(103mm x 57.5mm x 33mm (4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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