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Olympus mju-7010 - Olympus mju-7010
In all other respects the mju-7010 is a fairly average compact point-and-shoot camera. It has four basic shooting modes; program auto, a scene mode with 15 scene programs, a "Beauty" mode that smooths skin texture, and iAuto, an automatic scene selection setting. It has a movie mode, although with a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 at 30fps with mono audio it's a bit lacklustre compared to its HD-equipped rivals. Like most of Olympus's compacts the mju-7010 is designed to be very easy to use, and the menu options are limited to just the basics. There are no colour adjustment options, but it does offer "Magic Filters", although these are pretty disappointing, consisting of a garish posterization effect, fish-eye distortion, pin-hole camera vignetting and a terrible pencil sketch filter. None of these effects are adjustable.
The control layout is very similar to the mju-9000 and other recent mju models, with a small partially recessed mode dial that is slightly stiff and a bit fiddly, but at least resists accidental jogging. The four main buttons and the D-pad are illuminated, which makes them easier to operate in low light. The D-pad is square with a raised edge, and the proximity of the buttons above and below it do make it a bit fiddly to operate, but it's not too bad once you get used to it. The zoom control is also a bit clumsy. It is very quick and jerky, zipping from minimum to maximum in about a second, and is also stepped, with 10 increments between wide and telephoto, making it difficult to frame pictures accurately.
The main shooting options are controlled via a simple sidebar function menu. ISO, white balance, drive mode, metering mode and image size/quality can all be adjusted using the D-pad. There is also a quick four-slot menu on the "Or" button, which gives quick access to panorama stitching, the Magic Filters and the Shadow Adjustment feature. This latter function is fairly crude compared to the in-camera HDR or special sensors offered by some of its competitors. All it does is brighten the picture a bit to preserve shadow detail.