The Mju 800 is certainly a camera for those who don't want to compromise on style and performance. In silver or dark blue the camera offers the latest in design. This style is backed up with substance because the Mju 800 is also All-Weather (weatherproof equivalent to the IEC standard publication 529 IPX4). The battery and memory card have impressive rubber seals, to keep out dust and moisture, and the metal sliding cover, which opens on power up, protects the lens superbly.
Start up is very fast indeed and the massive Hyper-Crystal LCD screen is ready as soon as the lens cover is opened. In full auto mode the camera still provides aperture and shutter speed information as well as exposure settings. If you alter the exposure yourself using the simple menu system the camera will reset it the next time you turn the camera on in full auto. Quality and shots remaining info is clear on the screen and you can switch between basic info, a grid of thirds, histogram or just the composed image itself. The screen is very bright and sharp and operates even under bright sunny conditions.
The camera has an internal memory, which even on the high quality setting gives you 10 shots as a backup to your memory card. As well as the full auto mode, you can opt for preset scenes and the screen gives not only information on what each scene can do for you but also example images. The macro also operates at 3cm distance and adds an extra dimension to an already impressive package.