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Olympus Mju 770 SW Digital Compact Camera - Titanium Grey (7.1MP, 3x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD
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HyperCrystal LCD:A semi-transmissive technology used in LCDs, which employs an additional layer at the bottom of the LCD to reflect light from external light sources.This enances the brightness of the LCD, so even in direct sunlight images are displayed sharply and with three times the contrast of conventional displays.Also, it provides for viewing angles of up to 170º without glare or shadow, so images can be framed from a variety of angles and viewed by several people at once.
BrightCapture Technology:A technology developed for better shooting results in low light situations. It works in two ways: i)All available pixel information from the image sensor is used to provide a view on the LCD that's up to four times brighter than conventional types, to make framing easy even in dark surroundings. ii) In certain shooting modes sensitivity is increased (resolution is sometimes reduced), which results in well-exposed images with accurate colour reproduction, high contrast and definition, even when not using the flash.Scene modes that benefit from BrightCapture Technology include Candle, Night Scene and Available Light.
One-Touch Light:With this new feature, the subject in Super Macro Mode will be illuminated automatically (if One-Touch light is set) and by this, the AE and AF functions are improved.
In other modes this function is also available by pressing the menu button for 2 seconds.Subjects up to 2m are clearly seen without using the flash.
The 7.1 Megapixel µ [mju:] 770SW gives users a sense of freedom never before seen in a camera of this class. Its eye-catching, metal body is waterproof to 10m, shockproof* against fall from up to 1.5m, and freezeproof to -10 degrees Celsius - all without the need for an extra case. This head-turner is even crush-proof and it will withstand loads of 100kg. Its extraordinary toughness lets it go much further than conventional cameras and is sure to be appreciated by every active photographer. Whether trekking over tough terrain on a mountain bike or diving deep below the sea's surface, pictures can be taken with complete freedom and ease. Further flexibility is given by the 3x zoom lens (38-114mm on a 35mm camera, 1:3.5-5.0), which employs a special inner-folded light path design, so that no parts protrude and risk getting bumped or broken. With the tough Olympus µ [mju:] 770SW, the photographer is free to focus on the shot and not worry about the camera.
Because BrightCapture Technology increases light sensitivity for shooting and dramatically boosts contrasts on the 2.5"/6.4cm HyperCrystal LCD, better photo results are achieved in low light situations. BrightCapture Technology is used in several scene modes (including Candle and Available Light) making it easier to frame and capture atmospheric shots with less need for the flash. And to protect against unwanted blur, high ISO levels (up to 1600) are available to allow the use of faster shutter speeds, while retaining the necessary image brightness. And a built-in one-touch light provides added support, making it possible to find subjects in dark situations - such as when exploring a hidden reef under water.
The µ [mju:] 770SW isn't only designed to withstand the bumps and thumps of everyday life, beautifully simple handling makes picture-taking a breeze in practically any situation. With scene modes for 25 various shooting conditions - including four underwater modes - it's no problem to find the perfect setting on land or beneath the waves. The intuitive user interface is refreshingly easy to use and available in 25 different languages. And with internal memory plus an xD-Picture Card slot, there's always room to expand storage for additional pictures or video. To go even deeper, the optional underwater case PT-035 will be available - allowing photographers to explore the fascinating world underwater up to 40m. *according to MIL standards
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I had the camera for about 2 weeks and was disappointed already with the quality of the pictures it took, my guess is they had to compensate on the internal parts to make an affordable underwater camera!
Then came the first test underwater on a snorkel trip in malaysia, and to be fair to the camera it took pictures ok till the end of the day where there was water in the lense.
The water evaporated a day later, so the camera was ok again. I then went the next 3 months tarvelling with it but not underwater, and still taking disappointing photos due to the quality of the camera.
Then came a snorkel trip in the Philippinnes where took my camera and so did another traveller whop had the newer olympus1030sw.
We both ventured into the water with our camera's and after 10 minutes of snorkelling BOTH our camera had stopped working and the battery compartment was full of water!!!!!!!
Its now 5 days later and they still dont work.
My opinion is if you want a camera that goes underwater , just buy one of the special housings that go round certain cameras!
the only good point about this camera is that it is tough, you can drop it or bash it about but dont take it in WATER!!!!
Unfortunately this seemingly indestructible little camera does not quite deliver on photo quality. Basic errors like flash bounce off the lense housing, lack of autofocus in the dark and poor auto white balance are rife. I have used many of the Canon Ixus models and all take better pictures in any conditions other than well lit, sunny scenes.
In spite of these faults I love this camera. I have never had any electrical item that has stood up to so much abuse and that is what this mju SW series is all about. Yes you compromise on photo quality, but you can take it anywhere and never worry! That, in my opinion, gives it the edge over any other camera on the market.
On the credit side, it is beautifully put together, with a nice forged feel, and it really is waterproof - although I would suggest a very careful drying regime to prevent trapping water inside the camera - waterproofness works both ways. It is small enough to be easily pocketable, and so this is a take-anywhere device. Hooray!
On the debit side, it takes lousy photos. I don't mind dull or soft images, because that can be fixed using software. But this camera doesn't deliver the raw materials.
I am ignoring the SCN presets for now - I don't know who has time to scroll through 21 settings before taking a photo, and the manual doesn't tell you what each preset really does. In P mode, the 770 gets confused by edges, high contrast, low light, or, indeed, colour. High contrast produces purple and sometimes green fringes. Colours look artificial (I can't be bothered messing with white balance - I don't have to on other cameras). Low light photos are noisy, even at ISO 80, the lowest setting.
JPG compression is much too aggressive even at 'super high quality'. Edges are messy enough that largeish prints will suffer. These problems are less serious underwater, where there are fewer edges and colours look funny anyway.
Usability isn't great. In any conditions, the autofocus is slow, and there is often a progress bar doing something after shooting. P mode doesn't tell you what exposure is being used. And the square shape means that one-handed operation is pretty clumsy (a compromise I am willing to live with, given the pocketability). I don't like the menu layout much, and basic stuff, like suppressing the flash, takes three keystrokes instead of one. But everyone prefers the layout they know best, so you may disagree. Finally, in power save mode (which you will need), squeezing the power button to turn the thing off just wakes it up. Rrrg.
The screen isn't great either, suffering from low saturation, banding, and too much ambient reflection. The blocky text will probably be easy to read for the far-sighted. It needs recessing to protect it from everyday scratches, but this is true of most gadgets.
Also on the debit side, Olympus backed the wrong horse with XD (this camera does not take SD, so don't buy the Amazon bundle); standard mini USB doesn't fit; and the 770 takes proprietary batteries, of which the charger will charge exactly one at a time. These are all infuriators for anyone with more than one camera. Well done, Olympus.
What is Olympus up against here? My trusty Canon A series cost half as much three years ago, has been dropped on the pavement and in the sea, is regularly coated in rain, sand or sweat, and once clattered down a shale scree. It looks a mess, and the lens cover sometimes needs a little help to open, but it still takes better photos than the brand new Olympus. So who's tough? On top of that, you can recharge AA batteries in the Sahara, you can swap SD cards between cameras, and you can upload to any PC without special cables. In comparison, the Olympus with its stay-at-home proprietary interfaces and power looks a bit of an urban toy.
Olympus have made a smart outdoor gadget. Now they need to turn it into a great outdoor camera.
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