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REVIEW: Olympus Mju7040

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We’ve reviewed the Olympus Mju7040. The camera has been out a little while, but we’ve had a few requests to give our thoughts about it.

Good

  • Speedy 7x wide-angle zoom
  • One-click high-definition movie mode
  • 2GB of internal storage
  • User Manual located on internal memory

Bad

  • Noise reduction and smudging at 400 ISO
  • Some occasional over-exposure

Olympus has refreshed its mju line of compact cameras. The new mju-7040 is an upgrade of the mju-7010 model that was a nice little underrated camera. The resolution’s been increased from 12 to 14 megapixels, and there are some design and layout changes too.

Good Zoom lens
There’s plenty to like about this camera. One of its main attractions is its 7x wide-angle zoom. It doesn’t just cover a wide range, it’s remarkably speedy too. If you want to be more precise about your compositions, you can switch to the slower ‘fine zoom’ mode instead.

In fact, considering the zoom range, the 7040 is a very compact little camera. There’s some stiff competition in this category too. It’s much smaller than the travel zooms like the TZ10. Its interface is very clearly laid out, too. Everyday adjustments are carried out using an on-screen menu running down the side of the screen and, at the bottom, is a full menu option for the more involved settings. It’s a much clearer and simpler control system than that of previous mju models.

The real advances, though, aren’t obvious from the outside. The 7040 now has 2GB of internal memory, and in-built photo-browsing software. The manual is stored in the internal memory too, so you can check up on how to do things while you’re walking around. That’s  On top of that, the 7040 has a 720p movie mode, activated by a prominent red button on the back.

One of the worst design implementations by anyone was from Olympus in the form of their most recent meomery card solutions. Not wanting to give up their failing XD format, they provided an adapter that could take micro-SD cards. This adapter looked like an XD card but in fact was a modified version of the XD card shape and could not be used in any device other than within the camera.  Stupid.

Finally, kicking and screaming, this camera takes standard SD and SDHC memory cards. It looks like the xD-Picture Card and microSD slot used by Olympus in its previous generation of compacts was a stopgap, and that the xD format is finally dead.

At  ISOs up to 400 (which is normal for these cameras by the way), the picture quality is good. There is the occasional  purple fringing round very bright highlights, but overall the lens holds up quite well.
The camera has a much improved user interface over previous models. Actually, it’s more Casio like which has an excellent interface.
The movie quality from the camera is good too and it’s nice to see a dedicated movie button on the Mju7040.

Conclusion
With the mju-7040, Olympus has squeezed a big zoom into a little body, producing an attractive and versatile pocket-sized camera. The 2GB of internal memory, high-definition movie mode, and built-in manual and software are smart features too. Overall, a decent little camera that is well worth considering.

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