Pre-Photokina 2004: Olympus today revealed its first new product for Photokina, the µ-mini Digital / Stylus Verve Digital. The camera has soft rounded 'stylish' design, an all metal body with a color co-ordinated sliding cover over its two times optical zoom lens. The 'Stylus Verve' will be available in a range of colors (more detail inside). Specification wise it appears to be fairly close to the Stylus 410 announced at PMA but with a 2x lens, metal body and streaming move clip recording.
Model name around the world
- Olympus Stylus Verve Digital (US) = µ[mju] mini Digital (Europe/SE Asia)
Dressed to impress
The Olympus Mju (µ) - mini DIGITAL – Small and perfectly formed
The Mju (µ) -mini DIGITAL from Olympus is a real showstopper. With a futuristic design and smooth contours, it is true to the Mju philosophy, by creating a perfect balance between design and technology. Its four million pixels deliver stunning picture quality, whilst a weather-proof* metal body is available in a choice of six striking colours (Silver, Pure White, Black, Crystal Blue, Velvet Red and Copper Orange), so you can select the one most in tune with your personality.
The Mju (µ) -mini DIGITAL from Olympus is planned for release in October 2004, priced £249.99 inc. VAT. It will be supplied with the new Olympus Master 1.0 software, and incorporates a range of features:
- 4.0 million pixels
- 2x optical zoom
- A 1.8 inch, high-contrast LCD to deliver bright, vivid colours and wide viewing angles even in bright sunlight
- The TruePic TURBO image processor boosts picture quality and processing speed
- The camera includes a movie recording function with sound
- Still image editing functions include new fish-eye and soft focus modes
The Mju (µ) -mini DIGITAL looks anything but ordinary. Creating this look required some fresh thinking. An innovative manufacturing process means the camera body is made from just a single sheet of metal. This ensures sleek, fluid lines and an exquisite finish.
Preserving the Mju (µ) -mini DIGITAL’s clean lines meant giving special attention to the lens barrier, which retracts into the body of the camera when switched on. This enables the zoom lens to extend effortlessly, whilst making the Mju (µ) - mini DIGITAL’s distinctive "full-flat" design possible.
Better image quality
The Mju (µ) - mini DIGITAL’s performance is just as impressive as its revolutionary appearance. The camera packs in four million pixels and features the Olympus TruePic TURBO image processor, which enhances picture quality while increasing image recording and display speed. In addition, the zoom lens incorporates three aspherical lens elements to strike a perfect balance between compact lens size and high-resolution.
The camera also makes it easier to review pictures. A new 1.8 inch, 134,000 pixel, wide-angle display boasts three times the contrast of conventional LCD screens and shows sharper, brighter, more vivid images. Vertical and horizontal viewing angles of 160° ensure that everyone has a clear view, even in bright sunlight.
The Mju (µ) -mini DIGITAL makes it easy for users to get creative. Unique functions like the new fish-eye and soft focus modes enable image editing without a personal computer. Meanwhile, movie recording is only limited by the memory card capacity (over 20 minutes may be saved on a 512MB xD-Picture Card in High Quality mode).
Users can also get creative about where they take pictures. The optionally available protection case allows users to retain complete control of all the photo functions, while being water resistant up to a pressure equivalent of three metres depth this means that action shots in sea or snow are not a problem.
The Olympus Mju (µ) -mini Digital – main features:
- Revolutionary design
- Six body colour variations (Jewellery Silver, Pure White, Cosmic Black, Crystal Blue, Velvet Red and Copper Orange)
- Weather-proof* metal body
- 4.0 million pixels
- 2x optical zoom (equiv. 35 – 70mm on 35mm camera), 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
* weather-proof equivalent to the IEC standard publication 529 IPX4
*1 Mju (pronounced M-yu) is the Greek symbol (denoted by µ) used in science to define very small objects
|Sensor|| 1/2.5" Type CCD
4.2 million total pixels
4.0 million effective pixels
|Image sizes|| 2272 x 1704
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|File formats|| JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
MOV (Motion JPEG)
|Movie clips|| 320 x 240, 15 fps, media limit only
160 x 120, 15 fps, media limit only
|Lens|| 35 - 70 mm equiv. (2x zoom)
F3.5 - F4.9
|Digital zoom||Up to 4x|
|Auto focus|| TTL contrast detect
|Focus range|| Normal: 0.5 m - Infinity
Macro: 20 cm - Infinity
Super macro: 8 cm - Infinity
|Shooting modes|| Program AE
|Scene modes||• Portrait
• Night Scene
• Self Portrait
• Self Portrait and Self Timer
• Beach and Snow
• Landscape with Portrait
• Behind Glass
|Metering|| Digital ESP
|Sensitivity equiv.||Auto (ISO 64 - 500)|
|Exposure compen.|| -2.0 to +2.0 EV
0.3 EV steps
|Shutter speed|| Normal: 1/2 - 1/1000 sec
Night scene: 4 - 1/1000 sec
|White balance|| Auto
|Image processing|| TruePic Turbo
|LCD monitor|| 1.8" TFT LCD 'sunshine' hybrid
Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-In, Off
Range: Wide 2.8 m, Tele 2.0 m
|Sequence shooting|| 1.3 fps
7 images (SHQ mode)
|Direct print||PictBridge compatible|
|Power|| Lithium-Ion LI-30B rechargeable battery
Optional D-7AC AC adapter (dummy battery)
|Storage|| xD-Picture Card
16 MB card supplied
|Dimensions||95 x 56 x 28 mm|
|Weight (no batt)||115 g|
|Fangorn Forest by cand1d|
|Yosemite Falls with Moonbow by Jonathan Shapiro|
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