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Olympus mju 1040 - Olympus mju 1040

By Cliff Smith

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Summary

Our Score:

6

User Score:

Over the next few pages we show a range of test shots. On this page the full size image at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced to let you see the full image, and a series of full resolution crops have taken from original images at a range of ISO settings to show the overall image quality.

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This is the full frame at the minimum ISO setting.

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Unfortunately the limited 1/4-second maximum expsoure time has severely under exposed this shot, but you can just about make out that there's very little image noise at 50 ISO.

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Still slightly underexposed at 100 ISO, and there is slight colour mottling.

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The expsoure is correct in this shot, and the noise reduction has kicked in at 200 ISO, and produced a pretty decent image.

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The noise reduction is getting a bit heavy-handed at 400 ISO, but the shot would print well at snapshot size.

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Detail is starting to fade at 800 ISO, but colour and exposure are still accurate.

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1600 ISO and the noise reduction has reached its limit.

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3200 ISO is available at 3MP, but image quality is very poor.

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This is the full frame at the maximum ISO setting.

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Wil

February 26, 2009, 12:20 am

Mind-reading one of your better qualities Cliff, lol. I'm going skiing at Easter and was looking at the MJU range because of the boasts of Shockproof, Weatherproof, and Waterproof.


Are there any in this range that are good enough to expect half decent pictures from? Any other compact recommendations that would deal with snow glare and potential to fall into that cold white stuff?





Thanks as always.

renegade1988

February 26, 2009, 1:40 am

Out of the Olympus mju range, your best bet would probably be the Olympus mju 1030 sw. It got a score of 8/10 overall on here I believe. There's also the more 'stylish' mju 1050 sw (worse picture quality I belive though) or the more affordable mju 850 sw & mju 790 sw. You might also want to have a look at the Pentax Optio w960, not as tough as the mju 1030 sw but cheaper. If money is of no issue, Canon's releasing Powershot D10 this spring, alot more expensive (𧷤+ I believe), but beats any of the above specs-wise. Don't know about the picture quality yet though. Panasonic is also releasing a 'rugged' camera, DMC-FT1, which looks to be on par with the canon spec-wise, and the best styling of the lot IMO.


Hope this helps.

Paul 12

March 9, 2009, 11:01 pm

If only you had done this review sooner ! I bought this awful camera in December for a business trip to Singapore. It's just a bit humid there and the shiny lacquer on the control panel started to peel off after only one day in my pocket. The image quality is actually pretty poor- my 5MP Canon IXUS500 is far better, there's already some dust/condensation in the optics. What was I thinking... ???

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