My parents recently gave me their old 9 year old Olympus µ[MJU:] 400 Digital camera, so thought I'd have a play with it and write a basic (amateur) review!
The Olympus 400 is pretty "retro" by todays standards, given how fast technology is evolving - it even has a viewfinder! However at the time 9-10 years ago, a 4.0 megapixel camera with a 3 x optical zoom was positively state of the art! I seem to remember it costing a lot of money back then - certainly over £100. I have to say, other than the small viewing screen on the back, and the fact it's only 4.0 mp, even by todays standards it's otherwise a really decent little camera. It's not overly big either - only approximately 5in x 3in x 2in - but it's quite a bit heavier than modern compact cameras.
To switch it on you slide the cover with the Olympus logo across the front and the lens pops out. There are 4 buttons in a circle (up/down/left/right) on the back, and the up button also allows you to change program modes, of which there are 7; Auto, Portrait, Landscape + Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Self Portrait and Movie. There is also the standard flash options - on/off/red eye/auto - operated by the right hand button. The left hand is the macro button, and down button is for the self timer. On the top right hand corner there's a rocker button for the zoom, and under the navigation buttons there's the OK/Menu and Quick View buttons.
The viewing screen is only a couple of inches big, so it's difficult to view your photos properly before they are uploaded. To view your photos, you must turn the camera off by sliding the cover closed, then press the Quick View button on the rear of the camera. You can scroll through one by one by using the left/right buttons, or jump through every ten photos by using the up/down buttons.
I took a few shots using the Auto setting on items I was going to list on ebay, and on my children (who never keep still!) and I'm really pleased with the results. I'm no expert on specific details like white balance etc. but all the photos came out sharp and clear, with true to life, natural colours. As the photos are only ever going to be a maximum of 4.0 mp they couldn't be blown up on to a huge billboard of course - but for most general snaps 4.0 mp is more than enough, and don't take up too much memory either. Speaking of memory, this camera takes XD cards (mine is only 64mb!) rather than SD. It also has a lithium battery, which was a fairly new thing 10 years ago I believe.
Overall, this is still a decent camera with a reasonable amount of features for it's age. It may not be particularly trendy by modern standards, but it takes a good shot and is easy to use which is all most people really need in a camera. If you can find a cheap second hand one, I'd say it's worth getting as a spare if nothing else.
I have had my Olympus 410 digital camera for just over a year now and must say I love it. I take it everywhere, it will slip into your jeans pocket or even a small handbag. Just the thing for those ' spur of the moment ' events that life is made up of, just to snap a memory. The draw back is if you take it out at night to a pub or club everytime you close the lens barrier you will need to reset for a dark room as it does'nt seem to do this automaticlly. The package that came with mine had everything in it to start you off, with extra battery and memory card. One tip is DO NOT turn camera onto its side to take long pictures as they are not so good when printing from your PC. The program to print from PC is included and although fairly basic will make calenders etc.
The new lithium batteries are a must to any serious snapper as the re-charge very qiuckly and hold charge for ages.
So as I say a great little camera just the job for catching those memories, I would not part with mine . . . happy snapping.
I have had the camera for almost a year now, having bought it for my year of travelling through Europe. The camera is very simple to use and there are many options to choose from, including a movie choice. I have taken some excellent photos with the camera and many people have said that the pictures are very clear. The camera is weather proof, i have dropped it a couple of times and it is still working too!
I would recommend the camera as it is good value for money and very easy to use.
This camera is one of the best available. The previous reviewer here has suggested that the camera is useless - that is certainly not my experience. I am a professional photographer and have used this camera extensively whilst travelling. I have taken many stunning pictures and in many cases the results rivals those from my conventional Nikon 35mm. I have compared the results with those from similarly specified Nikon, Fuji and Sony - in all cases the Olympus was the best. Battery life is excellent - I always carry a spare but rarely need it in a days shooting. I installed a 256MB XD Card which is quite adequate for my needs. This camera is easy to use, robust, weatherproof (don't try taking it underwater though) and produces superb results. The software that comes with it is also very good and allows for automatic stitching of panoramas. Don't be put off by the previous reviewer - his experience is not the norm! If you buy one of these, you won't be disappointed.
Get heads turning with the µ[mju:] 400 Digital. Strikingly attractive, this weatherproof camera with full-metal body is the center of attention in any situation. It also incorporates the latest technological innovations. Its precision 3x optical zoom lens combined with high-quality CCD with 4 million pixels ensure superb image clarity and sharpness. And whether shooting in full-auto mode to capture the scene quickly or using one of the camera's special scene modes, recording panorama shots or short movies, this model matches your lifestyle while guaranteeing best results without a fuss. The µ[mju:] 400 Digital uses the xD-Picture Card.