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About this time last year I reviewed a brace of new cameras from Olympus, the mju 1010 and 1020, and I was reasonably impressed with them, although I was rather puzzled that Olympus would launch two such similar cameras, since both were 10.1-megapixel, 7x zoom premium compacts. Today I've got the latest model in the same series in for review, the mju 1060, which is a 10.1-megapixel, 7x zoom premium compact. Imagine my surprise.
The mju 1060 is, not too surprisingly, an upgrade of the 1010 and 1020 design. That's fair enough though, because it is a good design, and it's not an insignificant upgrade. The sleek wedge-shaped body has been refreshed, and is now a few millimetres shorter, a few grams lighter and a whole tenth of a millimetre slimmer. The 1060 also gets a new LCD monitor, a big three-inch 230k HyperCrystal screen with a nice wide viewing angle and an anti glare coating. Other features remain unchanged however, including TruPic III image processing, optical image stabilisation and VGA 30fps video recording mode.
The impressive build quality of the mju series remains as good as ever, and despite weighing only 155g including battery the camera feels sturdy and well made. At its best Olympus can compete on equal terms with any of the other big-name brands, and the mju 1060 will find itself on the same shelf as the Nikon CoolPix S560 (£160), the Panasonic Lumix FX37 (£185), the Sony Cyber-shot T700 (£237) and the Canon Ixus 870 IS £218).