That big monitor screen does mean that the controls are a little cramped, but the buttons are quite large and are internally illuminated, making it much easier to operate the camera in dark conditions, and the main mode dial doubles as a thumbgrip. Like the 1010 and 1020 the mju 1060 is a point-and-shoot ultra-compact designed for social snapshot photography, and so it is mostly very simple and easy to use. It has a very limited range of options; the main program auto mode, a scene mode with 21 scene programs, and an even simpler Intelligent Auto mode. However some features common to other similar cameras are notable by their absence, such as a two-second self-timer or any sort of colour control. The quick function menu only offers white balance, ISO, drive mode, metering mode and picture size/quality, and the main menu doesn’t offer much more.
I’ve complained at some length about the terrible menu interface that Olympus inflicts on its compact cameras, but they keep making it even worse. For the 1060 they’ve really pushed the boat out, adding some slow and jerky animations, ugly 8-bit icons in a choice of three colours, and a selection of very boring backgrounds, while missing the one obvious possible excuse for such a change. There is no option to use your own picture as a menu background.
There are a few additional features in playback mode, including an instant fix option that corrects shadow detail and flash red-eye, and a bizarre Expression Edit function that uses the camera’s face detection system to attempt to adjust a subject’s facial expression, although the results are usually somewhere between hilarious and horrifying.
The camera also features Shadow Adjustment, which selectively boosts the sensitivity in darker areas of the frame, and can pull back some shadow detail. It works reasonably well, but does inevitably introduce some noise.