Olympus Mju underwater photography
This week we were invited by Olympus to come over to Hamburg, Germany, where Olympus held a big press conference. During the meeting Olympus unveiled their new series of digital compact cameras just ahead of Photokina 2006. Though the weather conditions in Hamburg were pretty bad, a lot or rain, we managed to get our hands on some of the compact Mju models and, how convenient, some waterproof housings. The whole Mju-series have been upgraded and are now offering more features and higher ranked specifications like wide-angle zoom and 10 Megapixel resolution. The compact digital cameras like the Olympus Mju 740 or Mju 750 are stylish designed and easy to handle. You will find additional product information at the special Photokina 2006 report.
Olympus Mju 750 digital camera
The Olympus Mju 750 features a new 5x optical zoom - great for scrutinising objects a bit further away - and a 7.1 million pixel CCD for photos bursting with detail. Remarkably, this extra zoom power has not affected the size, as the Olympus 750 features a sleek, ultra-compact design and weatherproof metal body - trademarks of the Mju series. To make the most of that more powerful zoom, the Mju 750 also boasts another innovation in the Dual Image Stabilization, for the ultimate safeguard against camera shake.
Olympus Mju 750 - Dual Image Stabilization
The versatile 5x, 1:3.3-5.0 zoom lens on the Olympus Mju 750 is equivalent to 36-180mm on a 35mm camera, great for capturing more general scenes and then zooming in to scrutinise specific details. So that shots always display the sharpness their subjects deserve, the Mju 750 has been equipped with Dual Image Stabilization. This remarkable feature uses a new mechanical image stabiliser to avoid blurring caused by camera shake. A built-in gyro sensor detects camera movement and makes minute adjustments to the CCD position to compensate. This is the selection of high ISO values to increase shutter speeds, thereby reducing the effect of unintentional camera movement.
Olympus Mju 740 digital camera
The tapered design of the Olympus Mju 740 is a treat to hold, but anyone thinking that the good looks are just skin deep should beware! Inside this beauty is a beast of a lens and a 7.1 million pixel CCD that together deliver razor-sharp photographs. Thanks to Olympus BrightCapture Technology, framing and taking photos under low-light conditions is no longer a haphazard affair, as the high contrast 6.4cm LCD (with 215,000 pixels!) is around 4x brighter than normal, making aiming the camera significantly easier.
Olympus Mju 740 - BrightCapture technology
BrightCapture Technology also enhances shooting capabilities in a wide range of challenging lighting situations - without always needing to use the flash. This makes capturing the true atmosphere of candle-lit dinners, indoor parties or other night scenes much easier. And even at the high maximum ISO value of 1600 photographers can still take full advantage of the entire 7.1 million pixel resolution. The benefits of BrightCapture Technology are no longer reserved for still image capture, as it is now available in Movie mode for the very first time.
Olympus PT-034 underwater housing
When the action moves from the beach to the water, your Olympus digital camera needn’t be left behind. The PT-034 underwater case has been specially customised for the Mju 750 and Mju 740 digital cameras and is waterproof up to a water pressure equivalent to a depth of 40 metres. This case is perfect for fascinating underwater photography or capturing the thrill of water sports and activities. The durable, high quality transparent polycarbonate construction, with safety-locked o-ring seals, protects the camera from water while also cushioning it from knocks and bumps on land. Complete control of photo functions, such as zoom and flash mode, is also permitted.