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Olympus mju 1040 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith


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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.


The sensor picks up plenty of detail, but the lens quality just can't provide it.


There is significant barrel distortion at wide angle.


Centre sharpness is very poor...


...and edge sharpness is even worse.


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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.


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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