I have had this camera for two years now, and whilest it is a bit battered on the outside, it has held up well to the heavy use it has been under and works as perfectly as it did when it first arrived! It is small, although not as small as some of the newer cameras, and has a decent sized screen. It has a nice range of functions and preset modes - my favourite is the quick multi-shot - something I couldn't live without now! Its great at catching something quick moving and for taking photos of people - if you are like me and are picky about the pictures taken of you, its great to take 5 quick shots in a row and chose your favourite. I recently took it snorkling at the great barrier reef and it took great photos within a waterproof case. I have loved this camera very much and if I needed a new one I would certainly consider it or another similar - however I fear if I compared it to the new range of cameras I would be swayed away! For the price I would certainly recommend it.
The Olympus Mju 760 is a sleek, stylish, compact little digital camera. We have had this little camera for over a year now; it provides a much less bulky alternative to my Canon 450d digital SLR.
The camera is very small (3.9x2.1x1.0 inches), at 120g it is light enough to slip into a shirt pocket (the lens folds flat into the body when switched off). The brushed metal body is weatherproof so does not need to be shielded from the elements.
The camera has a 7 megapixel sensor, and is fitted with internal stabilisation (IS) which compensates for shake when taking pictures, enabling sharp photographs to be taken at longer exposures than would normally be possible.
The 3x zoom covers a range of 37 - 111mm focal length (35mm equivalent). The 'long' end is a medium telephoto range that enables reasonable shots of distant objects to be taken. The range also covers the perfect portrait focal lengths, but the wide angle isn't very wide at all. A typical wide angle focal length for landscape shots would be 28mm; the Mju 760 is simply not wide enough to enable excellent landscapes.
As with most compact digital cameras, the screen is used to frame photographs. Fortunately, the screen is quite high quality. The 230,000 pixels can show a surprising amount of detail on the 2.5 inch LCD, which is bright enough to be used in sunlight with little difficulty.
Using a digital SLR as my main camera, I find the Mju 760 a little sluggish. Focusing is quick, but not instantly so. The focusing speed is not inadequate, merely not instantaneous. Focus accuracy is not brilliant, however. In good light, I find that a significant proportion of my shots are out of focus (I always, therefore, take several shots to ensure at least one is sharp).
Shutter lag is also noticeable. This is the delay between pressing the button and the camera firing. Again, it's not unacceptable, merely noticeable.
The camera is extremely easy to use. The controls are quite intuitive and there's enough information given to avoid resorting to reading the manual (well, I'm a man, manuals are meant to be ignored!).
The camera can be set to auto and used without further adjustments, but for those who like more control, the white balance, ISO settings, and continuous shooting settings can all be adjusted.
Picture quality, in decent light is quite good. The 7.1 megapixel sensor takes images of up to 3072 x 2074 pixels, more than enough for normal sized prints. The lens is of reasonable quality giving pictures of acceptable sharpness across the frame.
Like most compact cameras chromatic aberration is present. This is seen as coloured fringes at high contrast edges. In the Mju 760, it is reasonably well controlled and rarely intrusive, but examination of images at 100% resolution will often show this effect.
Taking pictures with the Mju 760 is a reasonably pleasant experience. The camera is ready for use very quickly and is always to hand being so small and light. The camera fits nicely inside the hand and the controls fall easily under the thumb. The quality of printed images is more than acceptable when taken in good light and the small size of the camera means that it's more likely to be carried than a more bulky one, ensuring pictures can always be taken (even the best camera is useless if left behind!).
There is, however, one major flaw with the Mju 760; low light performance. At ISO 80, the lowest setting, noise is almost completely absent. As the light levels drop, higher ISO settings are needed and the dreaded digital noise makes itself noticed.
At ISO 400, noise is really noticeable and will need the attentions of image manipulation software to remove it. At ISO 1600, image quality is laughable.
The other problem with low light photography is focusing accuracy. As explained above, in good light, focusing is a bit hit and miss. In poor light, the camera more than often gets it wrong resulting in frustratingly out of focus shots.
Because of these two problems, the camera should be avoided for low level photography if at all possible.
Despite the low light performance, this is a good camera. It takes reasonable quality pictures, is easy to use, and looks stylish and elegant. Being so small means that it can be packed away in a pocket or handbag for instant use, and its weatherproofing means that the user shouldn't be frightened of taking shots in the rain.
For me, as a backup to my DSLR, this is a good choice. I know that in bright conditions, I'll get good images in situations where I would not have considered bringing my DSLR. There are very few cameras that have the full range of features of the Mju 760, so this should be considered if a weatherproof camera is needed.
The Mju 760 cost £160 when bought 12 months ago from Argos. The camera is available for much less now, however.
The Olympus mju760 is overall a good standard camera yet with a bunch of features that don't really seem to do much. Offering around 22 different scene functions, as far as I can tell the only one that really produces sharp images is the sport function, leading me to think that the 'image stabilization' feature that it boasts is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. However, before you write off this camera, using the sport setting it does indeed take great photos, and with a large screen it's easy to select the best angle for your photo. It's sturdy and boasts 'all-weather' functionability with which I heartily agree as mine has been well and truly subjected to the elements and survived the trial. Battery life is fantastic and the slim design makes it perfect for travel or nights out. It offers good zoom and decent 7.1 megapixel images, and comes with all the necessary extras for uploading images to the computer.
Overall I like this camera. I don't doubt that there are better models out there but this takes decent quality photos and is extremely easy to use. However, night-time photos without the flash tend to turn out somewhat blurred, especially if you don't use the sport setting, which is probably the major flaw in this camera. It's not a bad little camera - the flaws which it has tend to be common to most models. If you are looking for a simple point and shoot camera this isn't a terrible choice, but don't expect professional quality photos - at the end of the day, that's what SLR's are for.
I bought this camera in blue about 8 months ago hoping for a simple to use point and shoot camera, however I have been somewhat disappointed.
Whilst during the day the picture quality has been fine, I have struggled to take a decent picture at night. I have played around with all the settings but have still been unable to take a clear photo at night, or even as it begins to get dark. The scene options also appear to make very little difference. There is a fireworks setting but when trying to take a picture of fireworks all you end up with is one big blur. Maybe there is a way, but for the average user who knows little about photography this camera has not provided even semi-decent pictures in anything other than broad daylight.
On the plus side, despite being subject to some fairly rough treatment this camera has been very reliable and the battery life is excellent. Comes with USB cable and Olympus software for uploading pictures to a computer, however it is very easy to do this without having to install OLYMPUS Master which was a big plus. It also has a large LCD viewing screen which is useful for viewing pictures, though when outside in the sun it is impossible to see anything on the screen or what you are taking.
For anybody who just wants a simple point and shoot camera for any situation I would not recommend the Olympus µ[MJU:] 760.