The Mju II is lightweight, comfortable to hold and eminently pocketable. It measures 108 (W) x 59 (H) x 37 (D) mm (without protrusions and grip) and weighs in at 135gms (without batteries). The casing has a smooth stylish look, with its sliding lens barrier and is splashproof. The Mju II is also simple to use. Inserting film is a piece of cake, thanks to the automatic loading, which advances the film to the first frame when you close the camera back. The camera also includes an auto rewind facility for when you get to the end of the film. To take pictures, you simply hold the button half way down and wait for the auto focus to kick in. A green light appears in the viewfinder when focused and you press the button down to capture your image. The results are reliably good thanks in no small part to the excellent Olympus 35 mm F2.8 lens and the programmed automatic exposure control, which uses two-zone light metering, switchable to spot metering. Film speed is automatically set with DX-coded film with ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200. For non-DX-coded film and film with less than ISO 50, film is automatically set to ISO 100.
The built-in flash has a range of 0.35m up to 8.2m (dependent on ISO rating of film used) and has a variety of modes. These include Auto (automatic flash in low light, in backlight and in fluorescent/artificial light), Red-Eye Reducing, Fill-In, Night Scene (with slowest shutter speed of 4 sec., otherwise same as Auto), Red-Eye Reducing Night and Off. It typically recharges and can be used again in around 3 seconds if your battery is full of juice.
The viewfinder has an autofocus mark, close-up correction marks, autofocus indicator and flash indicator. An LCD display provides an exposure counter, battery life check and details the current flash setting. While lacking much by way of manual overrides and without a zoom lens, the Olympus Mju II still remains a classically simple point and shoot which delivers great pictures with a minimum of fuss.--Jason Weston