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4.0 out of 5 stars Bang for yer buck, 9 May 2009
This review is from: Olympus Mju 1050SW Digital Camera - Pacific Blue (10.1MP, 3x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (Electronics)
I bought this as I muck about a lot near water and mud and fall off bicycles a fair bit too. Plus I do a bit of snorkelling on holiday, and wanted something for that. Will be useful for skiing too (can it survive my wipeouts...?) My old Nikon 5MP was a great camera but was finding it couldn't keep up with all the whizzy features on the newer models, so it made sense to buy something whizzy, something water and dirtproof, and something cheap. I got this for £127 on amazon, and I reckon for that its an absolute bargain.

I haven't tried the video - video on a stills camera is not my thing - but I'd have to agree that the photos I've taken so far are very good - but not excellent. Playing about with the huge amount of modes supplied makes a huge difference - I guess I'll just have to get to know what suits what occasion - but on the whole after a bit of fiddlling I've been able to get some very nice snaps.

For such a supposedly "rugged" bit of kit the front cover slides a lot - I can see this opening in pockets etc. and giving me a flat battery and a scratched lens. Then again, its a good looking camera and you don't want to throw it about. The instructions are on a CD - I found this more annoying than I thought I would, as (even though I don't usually read instructions) its nice to see what menus, modes, features are available without being tied to your laptop - say when you are out and about - as there are absolutely loads! Would be nice to have a pocket guide while learning, but once again, this probably all comes with experience and regular usage.

I'm not finding the menu system totally intuitive yet - maybe that's just cos I'm new to Olympus - but having said that turning on, pointing, shooting and viewing is no problem - which is what a point and shoot is all about. Have seen some complaints anout long start up time - but I've disabled the start up sound/visual sequence (helpfully labelled PW on setup?) and it's ready to go in a reasonable enough amount of time.

Good looking camera, fast charge and easy to use for easy functions. The amazon price seems to change by the hour - anywhere from £126.50 to £190! As its last year's model, strongly suggest you wait for the bargain price - you won't get a top brand waterproof shockproof for any less, and it ain't a bad bit of kit really.
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