Olympus Stylus Verve (μ-mini) Digital Review
Whilst it would be over-doing it to say the Stylus Verve offers a groundbreaking new take on digital camera design, it is a welcome break from the identikit silver boxes that make up the majority of models in the increasingly crowded point and shoot market. The flowing curves and rakish angles might not be to everyone's taste, but the high quality construction (and splash proof sealing) belie the fact this is a fairly inexpensive model, and cannot fail to impress once you've got the camera in your hand.
In your hand
As with all very small cameras there is inevitably something of a trade-off when it comes to handling, and specifically to keeping it steady when taking pictures. The Stylus Verve is by no means the smallest camera in its class, and handling is surprisingly good, and single handed operation feels very secure, though I still found it felt safer if you hold the camera with both hands (all those curves!).
Side by side
Here for comparison is the Stylus Verve flanked by the considerably bulkier Canon PowerShot A520 and the smaller Pentax S5i.
The Stylus Verve is available in six colors; Silver, Pure White, Black, Crystal Blue, Velvet Red and Copper Orange, though all colors may not be available in all parts of the world.