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Olympus mju 1030 SW - Test shots - ISO performance

By Jamie Harrison



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A range of test shots are shown over the next few pages. Here, the full size images at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced for bandwidth purposes to let you see the full image, and a series of crops taken from original full resolution images at a range of ISO settings have been included in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.


This is the full frame at 100 ISO.


At the lowest settings of ISO 80 and 100, images are clean of noise.


Noise is beginning to show at 400 ISO but isn't as bad as some.


At 1600 ISO, noise is really visible and practically makes the images unusable.


This is the full frame at 1600 ISO.


Andrew Katz

August 5, 2008, 7:50 pm

Good review. I bought the camera on the strength of it, and I am very impressed. I've just been on holiday in the Caribbean, and the camera performed pretty much faultlessly. I took some great pictures snorkelling, and it's good to have a camera you can slob around with on the beach and not worry about sand getting into the works. It's also pretty much kid-proof. The only two negative comments are (1) I ran out of battery power one day: I think I must have left it switched on by accident, and didn't have the power saving mode enabled. Once I enabled power saving mode, it was fine; and (2) it may be fussy about third party memory cards. The supplied XD card worked fine, as did a Veho 4GB micro SD card which I popped in the supplied XD-micro SD adapter. A Kingston 4GB micro SD card was not so happy, however, and I kept on getting "contacts dirty" errors. I wouldn't hold this against the camera, though. The bottom line is that, for beach-holiday snapping, it's pretty much unbeatable. Even torch mode was invaluable when I needed to pick my way across an unlit beach in the dark.

Andrew Hicks

January 6, 2009, 6:31 pm

Great litle camera so far but the video recording time was bugging me as its only 10 secs in VGA 30fps. Then I got this from customer services when asked why 10secs:


There are no technical reasons but law restriction.

The reason for the limited video length in our newly released cameras are the criteria for customs classification, reinterpreted since November by EU.

The Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section of the EU Customs Code Committee now resolved on following criteria for customs classification:

Cameras that comply with following relating criteria are no longer free of duty:

• video recording capability of minimum 30 minutes for one sequence

• resolution of 800 x 600 pixels or more

• frame rate of 23 fps or more.

Cameras with these 3 features will be classified under Code 8525 80 91 in the future and subjected to customs duty. The tax rate here is 12,9% (and it would surely affect prices)


Anyone know if this applies to all countries, possiblity of getting it to last longer by putting another countries software on the camera.

Geoff Richards

January 6, 2009, 9:29 pm

It would appear they are attempting to define a "video camera" from a "digital camera", and charge duty on the former. The curious thing is you say 30 seconds, not 30 minutes, and VGA is 640 x 480 pixels, which is less than 800 x 600...

Is it ALL three features, or just any one out of three?


February 6, 2009, 5:40 pm

This firmware update allows full 640x480 30fps to the capacity of the card http://www.olympus.co.uk/co...

as long as you buy olympus cards of course.

Can't decide between this camera and the new m tough-6000 which is only shockproof not crushproof but has more features.


August 10, 2009, 2:31 pm

Great heavy duty camera, was perfect in the water too....... Seems to have a defect though. I used it in the water for the 4th or 5th time after purchasing the black one 8 months ago and the paint was literally pealing off in the water as if it were a sticker. Camera was never left in the sun and i washed it under tap water after each use at the beach. PLEASE LET ME KNOW if there is anyone else out there with the same defect with there sw 1030.


September 11, 2009, 12:29 am

i got this camera because my work takes me outdoors. bittersweet affair for me with this camera.

Peeling is normal. i got my 1030 panel replaced under warranty so you better do it soon. pls choose the silver panel otherwse the painted ones will peel again.

i rate this camera 5/10. takes terrible images in low light conditions, stiff trigger button that causes blur pictures unless u use anti handshake (which results in high noise especially when in low light). silly engineers never included a memory when choosing scenery or in anti handshake.... you always need to reprogram to your preferences including flash conditions when you have changed the modes via the dial or power off. very irritating.

my ancient nikon 5200 takes better pictures than this camera. to improve further, rugged cameras should have optical viewfinder. why? what if you shatter the viewing screen?

whats worthy? waterproof, shock resistance, led light in macro (good as flashlight or lighting up other people's shooting), macro,

better to try panasonic version which is a collaboration with olympus. i reckon it takes better pictures.


December 9, 2015, 3:16 pm

Mine has started peeling too. I like its compactness and the fact that with my ageing trembling hands it can survive being dropped. However, as my favourite light for taking photos is twilight this is not the best.

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