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Olympus mju 1040 - Test Shots - Exposure Evaluation

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

6

User Score:

Here are some general test shots to help evaluate the camera's overall image quality, including the zoom range of the lens. Some pictures may be clicked to download the full size original image.

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The wide angle end of the zoom is equivalent to 38mm, typical for a 3x zoom compact.

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The telephoto end is equivalent to 114mm, again typical for this type of camera. Check out the edge sharpness in the full-sized image.

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Dynamic range is extremely limited, with no shadow detail and burned out highlights.

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Expsure and colour reproduction are very good.

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Overall Score

6

Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 5
  • Build Quality 8

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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