Other aspects of the camera performance are also impressive. It is fractionally slower to start up than the 780, managing the task in approximately 1.8 seconds, and its single-shot shooting speed is also better than average, at approximately one shot every 2.2 seconds. In the standard full-resolution continuous mode it can shoot at approximately on shot every 1.2 seconds, but despite the claim on the official Olympus website that it can keep this up until the memory card is full, I found that even using the new, faster Type M cards it had to pause after four shots to store the contents of the buffer. In the high-speed continuous mode it can shoot at 3.6 frames per second, although only in 3-megapixel (2048 x 1536) mode. Again in variance to the official website specifications, I found that in this mode the camera could indeed keep shooting until the memory card was full.
The autofocus system is also very good, focusing in good light in around half a second, and was only a little slower in lower light conditions. In fact considering its lack of an AF assist lamp the mju 760’s low-light performance is exceptionally good. It will focus reliably in a large room lit only by a couple of candles, which is pretty impressive.
Since the mju 760 has the same sensor and image processor as the mju 780, it’s no great surprise that the image quality is almost identical. It suffers to some extent from the usual small-sensor problems of limited dynamic range and colour depth, and does have some image noise issues, but overall the image quality isn’t at all bad. There are no colour adjustments on the menu, but the automatic setting is nice and neutral, with very natural colour reproduction. Although some shadows do look rather murky the metering system proved to be very good at retaining highlight detail, possibly by slight under-exposure. As with the 780 some image noise is visible even at the lowest ISO setting, but it doesn’t really pose a problem until around ISO 400. Lens performance was also good, with minimal wide-angle distortion, good edge-to-edge sharpness and no chromatic aberration.
In most respects the Olympus mju 760 is a typical feature-starved budget-priced 3x zoom pocket compact, but superior build quality, stylish design, excellent low-light focusing and of course its weatherproof body set it apart from the crowd. Image quality is no better than most cameras in its class, but no worse either. As a basic snapshot camera it offers excellent value for money.
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