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      18.07.2012 13:49
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      Positives all outweigh the negatives. Well Done Olympus!

      The Olympus Mju 700 is a fantastic little compact camera. It has 7.1 megapixels which is more than enough if you aren't blowing the pictures up to a large size, picture quality is really good.

      The LCD screen is of a good size which makes it handy when viewing your pictures. It doesn't have a view finder which sometimes made it a bit difficult when sunlight is shining on the LCD screen and you cannot see how the image looks.

      The camera is very easy to operate and has a selection of modes for all different shooting environments meaning you can take good pictures in all sorts of conditions.

      It is of a good size that fits easily in your pocket. The zoom is good but I would say it is more of a 'Party Camera' (better for shots up close) than a camera to take pictures of things further away. You certainly wouldn't do to well on safari with this. Though saying that I did have some success at landscape shots whilst travelling.

      A feature I like with this camera is that you can convert colour images into black and white/sepia easily whilst retaining a copy of the original.

      Though you are unlikely to find this brand new anymore if you were to come across a cheap one second hand you can not go far wrong.

      One thing I would say is that as with all compact cameras with moving parts be careful not to drop the camera. The first and only time I dropped it was 3 years after buying it. After I dropped it the shutter would not close properly and it would bring up an error message from time to time. In the end I replaced the camera.

      Overall a good camera in terms of performance and value.

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      13.02.2012 19:59
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      A nice camera for taking on holidays

      I owned my Olympus camera for a few years, and it has been my little partner in crime for many holidays and nights out to the pub. It is a really sturdy camera, but unfortunately mine was lost on my last holiday to Paris, so I had to go buy a new camera last year.

      The Camera
      This little camera is quite light weight and easy to carry around, it has a metal body that is quite stylish my camera was silver, however you can also buy this camera in black, orange and blue.

      Taking Pictures
      Taking pictures on this camera is simple, there is a normal picture shooting setting and an anti shake picture setting which came in really handy, especially in the pub when I couldn't get everyone to sit still for long enough to get their picture taken.

      The camera is 7.1 megapixels and I found that the picture quality comes up really clear and crisp.

      The flash on this camera is very bright, you can choose a regular flash, a red eye reduction flash (which is a double flash) and also to have no flash at all when taking pictures with this camera.

      There is also lots of different modes (23 in total) for taking pictures on this camera, some of these include Daylight, Portrait, Panorama, Museum, Beach, Snow and Night time, just to name a few. It is quite easy to browse each of the different modes and also they are really nicely described so you know when it is best to use each mode.

      Taking Videos
      This camera can also take videos using the video camera recording function, these videos are full colour and include sound. They are shot easily and come up clear and crisp on screen. I didn't really use the video camera for much when I owned this camera, however I did take a few videos at various concerts and was really impressed with the quality of the videos when view them back and also uploaded them onto my computer.

      Viewing Pictures
      Pictures are laid out easily in a photo gallery, you can browse through them easily and also view videos that you have taken, with sound, on this camera. The pictures can also be viewed by what date they were taken, as long as you have updated the camera's date and time in advance which is a nice feature as it means you can organise you pictures by date if you wish to.

      Uploading to the PC
      It is easy to upload your pictures and videos onto your PC, you just simply connect the camera and PC by using the lead that is supplied in the box. Then you can copy and paste pictures over from the camera files to your own personal computer files. It doesn't take a lot of time or a lot of computer knowledge to upload pictures when you are using this camera.

      Internal Memory
      This camera doesn't come with a lot of internal memory, I decided that I would buy a little Olympus memory card for this camera. I bought mine on Amazon and it was a little cheaper than buying it in the camera shops.

      Battery Life
      I found that the battery life on this camera was quite good, it never failed me when I was on holidays and taking pictures all day, though on these days I needed to charge it every night. When using this camera for just the odd day away or trip to the pub, I found that the battery could some times last three weeks to a month, so it all depends on how much you use it on how much you'll need to charge it.

      Price and Availability
      You can buy this camera for around £150-£190, which is a fair price in my opinion as the picture quality is great, there are lots of different features and it is really simple and straight forward to use.

      Overall
      Overall I think that this is a great camera, it is easy to use and comes with a great range of features. It is great value for money and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to spend lots of money, but needs a good quality camera. Overall I would give this camera 5 out of 5 stars.

      *also on ciao under lorraine90

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      25.08.2010 16:32
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      Yesterday's high tech just doesn't cut it today!

      I bought this little camera perhaps three-and-a-half years ago, and have recently replaced it for a Sony which, after a little more experimenting, I will sure sure to review.

      I decided upon this model due to Olympus' good reputation, the fact that it was weather-proof (as I am a horse-rider and the majority of my pictures tend to revolve around this) and the fact that, in those days, it was considered pretty high-tech to have 7.1 megapixels!

      I can't remember what I paid back then, but I do recall that it was the higher-end of the price spectrum for a compact digital camera. Now looking online they appear to have all but died out, being replaced by newer models. You can however find one on eBay for around £50, which is directly where mine is headed!

      The camera itself is relatively good-looking, mine is a gorgeous bright blue which again at the time was quite a novelty, how technology has progressed! I don't think there is a huge range of colours, silver or blue being the most common.

      The body of the camera is slightly wedge-shaped, with the widest part being on the right so that you can grip it more comfortably I assume. All very well if you're right-handed. I am and found this a very nice feature when taking shots one-handed.

      As far as buttons and controls go it's relatively straightforward. I've had some cameras where, if I asked someone to take a picture for me, they would be a bit confused and require a demonstration. With this on the top there is a very small round button to turn the camera on, and a large flat button to take a shot. The back of the camera next to the (large 2.5 inch) screen has a function wheel and a cross of mini buttons which allow you to manoeuvre around the menu. There is also a long bar which allows you to zoom by pressing one end or the other. Pretty straightforward stuff.

      The function wheel allows you to select whether you want to preview your photos on screen, take a picture, make a movie, or select a specialist mode based on your situation eg sport, low-lighting or even food! This makes it simple to pick out the correct settings without too much hassle, although it is possible to set everything the way you want it with the
      menu buttons. That said, I don't think anyone who is too serious about photography and knows precisely what to pick would be using this camera, as you will soon find out, at least not these days.

      As I said, my photography mostly revolved around horse riding and holidays in that kind of setting. This meant that the sport mode was important to me, but to be honest it's quite hit or miss. I have had some success with taking pictures of showjumping, however this is after a whole day out at a show with a lot of duds mixed in. This means that for shots of myself, when I'm just asking someone to take a couple of pictures, the camera largely fails.

      Okay, so maybe speed isn't it's thing, how does it fare taking stills? Sadly, not that great either. I'm not sure why, but despite being dubbed all-weather in that it can stand a bit of drizzle, this camera just cannot seem to cope with almost all lighting situations the weather brings. Even when a day looks quite overcast, the pictures look washed out. Bright sunshine makes it near-impossible to tell what the picture is of at times, everything become one blurred, bright mess. And in the dusk? Grainy. Oh dear! Video is adequate but nowhere near high-tech standard.

      Yes I have had a few good pictures from this camera, but on the whole I have been unimpressed and I'm really looking for something slightly more consistent to capture my memories! I ended up considering the camera "broken" rather than even take any more pictures with it, which is a real shame. I was amazed at the difference when I recently purchased a modern-day high-tech camera!!

      Like most Olympus cameras, it takes an xD card which is more expensive than the traditional SD and may not fit into all laptop card readers. The battery life is pretty decent and I much prefer a rechargeable lithium than using traditional batteries.

      Clearly, not a glowing review, but it just goes to show how much technology has changed. That said, I would still expect a camera which cost as much as it did to produce somewhat clear pictures, even if they don't have a million megapixels.

      All in all, an easy to use camera but one that has clearly been outdated.

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        02.08.2010 17:04
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        Excellent first digital camera

        I wanted a digital camera for a number of reasons and came across the Olympus 700. Fortunately I was given it as a present and therefore do not know the exact costings etc.

        Firstly starting with the positives, the Olympus camera produces crisp images within the touch of a button. It is quick and very easy to use. The 6.4cm LCD screen at the back allows you to view your pictures and take pictures with ease and assurance. It has 23 pre-programmed shooting modes, and a filming mode making this camera suitable for any occasion. I have filmed on a few occasions and found the sound and video quality to be very good for a digital camera.

        The functions on the camera are very easy to use. I feel that anyone would be able to use the basic functions of the camera today with ease due to the clear buttons on the camera. I also feel that the camera is quite stylish and will suit both men and women alike.

        However a negative side to the camera is the small internal memory of only 19.1 mb. I would definitely recommend getting a removable memory card. I do not see this as a big disadvantage as today memory cards are not expensive.

        Another disadvantage is that even though the camera has 23 pre-programmed shooting modes, I feel that it is difficult to take pictures in sunlight and at night. There are settings for the two, but it seems to make little or no difference.

        On the whole I would say this is an excellent first digital camera. I have enjoyed using this and took some very impressive pictures. I would recommend this camera for people who want to take pictures on holidays etc. If you are a serious photographer I would go for another model. The battery life is good, and I feel the same as a basic digital camera. I have enjoyed using this product!

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        05.08.2007 15:47

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        Great camera, even though there's a few new versions, this one is still great!

        After going without a digital camera for a long time, only using an extremely old FujiFilm which was a free gift with a pc (!) this camera was an amazing upgrade! It's easy to use, has a good resolution, and looks pretty good too (I've got the blue one!). Transferring pictures to and from the camera can get a little confusing, pictures tend to disappear into the abyss once transferred to the pc if you don't specify a folder (they are there, just deep within the computer!) but other than that its a brilliant camera to use. All the different scene options are really good as well (use night+portrait for club shots, you get some good effects) and the camera is also really small, fits in any bag/pocket!

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        11.05.2007 16:02
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        Once picked up, this camera becomes addictive . . .

        I have recently switched from an earlier Olympus 3MP camera to this MJU 700, and have largely felt nothing but joy when using this camera.
        The body of this camera has been designed extremely well, and is sleek and stylish, not to mention being available is some stunning colours, but also is incredibly comfortable to handle. A large (2.5") LCD viewfinder means no more squinting at the image you are trying to capture, but is large, sharp and clear. The one disadvantage that comes with this large screen is that there is no manual viewfinder, so in extremely bright sunshine it is nearly impossible to view the image on the LCD screen, so it's a case of 'point, guess and shoot, and hope for the best'!
        The camera itself features approx 23 scene settings, including the usual potrait/self potrait/landscape/landscape and potrait/night etc etc. But the addition of new settings such as 'sunset', 'museum', 'available light', 'sport' and many others is wonderful, and it is fascinating to shoot the same view on different settings - each one is truly different, and there is something for every occasion.
        The camera menu is easy to access, although learning where each different setting is can take a while - but it is just a matter of using the camera on a regular basis and getting to know it by heart.
        As mentioned, the exposure can be a let down. Several times I have taken pictures of a colourful scene, only to be disappointed on getting home and downloading the pictures. However, it is possible to manually set the exposure, which I find compensates for this small problem.
        Plus, there is a movie option, and an inbuilt microphone captures sound from a wide range. Do not expect dvd video quality, but in general I have been very impressed with this function.
        Overall, I would recommend this camera to anyone who enjoys photography and is willing to spend time improving their art.
        The ease of use makes it perfect for beginners and those who do just want a 'point and shoot' camera, however to make the most of this lovely camera time should be spent experimenting with all the many features and options - this alone will open up the world of photography to a novice.
        There is enough here to keep a more experienced photographer happy, and many happy hours will be spent with this beautiful camera.

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          28.10.2006 00:18
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          an excellent camera with suberb range of features; easy to use, high quality images, stylish.

          I have been using the Olympus µ[MJU:] 700 Digital Camera for three months now and from my experience of using it I can say that it is a high quality, user friendly and good value compact digital camera. Having never owned a digital camera before, I wanted something easy to use as well as having a durable and stylish body, and producing high quality images. Experience so far has proven that this camera completely fulfils these criteria. The instruction manual has simple and clear diagrams as well as easy to follow instructions that all users, including children could follow without any problems.

          This is an all-weather camera so you can take it virtually anywhere, this is due to the rubber gaskets on the interior of the camera which ensure water can’t get in and cause damage. However while the camera can easily survive a torrential downpour it is worth noting that it cannot be submerged, although you can purchase an underwater housing for it. The outer body is made of lightweight metal but despite this it is still highly durable. When holding the camera it feels light but sturdy. The overall look is smart and simple yet stylish. Although the camera is small and thin the LCD viewing screen is large at 2.5 inches.

          The camera has a 7.1 megapixel image sensor which produces crisp, clear images. The camera is very quick to start, probably only about a second, and the shutter release is instant so it allows you to capture images without ‘missing the moment’. It is possible to turn the camera on and have taken a photo in just two seconds. The camera has a 3x optical zoom lens, generally speaking the higher the optical zoom of a digital camera the better. The camera also has 5x digital zoom, therefore with optical and digital zoom combined, the camera is capable of 15x seamless zooming. I’ve found the zoom on the camera is perfectly sufficient for my usage and the quality of the image is unaffected. The zooming capabilities of the camera are about standard for a digital camera; they are ideal for the majority of users and would only become insufficient for professional photographers or those who regularly take photos of small subjects from a considerable distance.

          The camera has 19.1 megabytes of internal memory which is not a great deal for a camera of this resolution. I was a bit disappointed that Olympus does not provide you with a removable xD card. You have to buy this separately which is slightly annoying but definitely worth investing in. The largest memory card currently available for the camera is 1GB. I haven’t filled it up yet but I can safely say that it holds in excess of 300 photos as well as 5 short films, as this is as much as I have taken so far! Obviously once you have put photos onto a computer you can delete them from the card so you should only need to buy one.

          The camera has 23 different pre-programmed shooting modes, as well as a filming mode. Rather than listing them I’ll analyse the most useful ones. Portrait and landscape are fairly standard and never fail to produce a good quality image. The camera has an indoor and candle setting. While indoor works well for any indoor situation, candle captures the warm glow you get from a candle. I was impressed with this as I’m sure you will know if you have ever taken a photo of a flame with a regular camera it often doesn’t have that romantic warm quality to it, whereas taken with this camera it really enhances this effect. Another useful setting is the available light setting which is used for taking photos in lowlight conditions without a flash. Obviously where there is lowlight ideally you would put the camera on indoor mode so it flashes to produce the best image but the available light setting allows you to take photos, for example, of a sleeping baby without waking them up. The sunset and firework settings are fairly self-explanatory and optimise the image under those conditions. The camera also has three underwater settings, so if you purchase the underwater housing, you can optimise the images you take. Having not used these settings I cannot comment on how effective they are but I have used most of the other settings on the camera and I have been really impressed with the results.

          When it comes to the viewfinder, the LCD screen has been designed for viewing pictures in any situation. Olympus has incorporated ‘HyperCrystal’ technology into the screen. The advantage of this is that outdoors, even in really bright conditions you can still easily see things on the screen; also in lowlight conditions it brightens the viewfinder. I am very satisfied with the screen on my camera; the only downside I have found to it is that it is really prone to fingerprints. As the screen comes right to the left side, top and bottom of the rear of the camera I tend to find that whenever I pick it up I get my fingerprints all over the screen. This can easily be solved with a dry cloth though and really it is a minor inconvenience considering the high quality of the screen itself.

          With regards to the battery life, it is quite difficult to say how long the battery will last because it largely depends on how much you view back your photos on the screen, how much you use the flash or zoom the camera in and out as this is what uses up the battery. I would say that if I don’t playback the pictures at all and rarely use the flash or zoom then I can take about 200 photos on a fully charged battery, if I do play them back, zoom or use flash this is probably reduced to about 150. The battery is about standard for a digital camera of this specification. I find the battery life sufficient but if you are on holiday for example and know you will be taking a lot of photos I would recommend charging the battery every day to ensure it doesn’t die on you. It does have a low battery warning sign to alert you when the power is low.

          You are provided with a USB cable and the Olympus Master software which I found really simple to use, you can group your photos under a name or by date and the software also has some editing features on it such as cropping and red-eye reduction. It is very user friendly software, like the camera itself. I was disappointed, however, that they do not provide you with a case for the camera. I have bought an Olympus camera before and that came with a case so I was surprised to find that I would have to purchase a case separately for this camera. I would recommend you do not buy the Olympus branded one as it costs about £30! The camera itself is good value for money, even though you do have to buy a memory card separately but to make you buy a case for it too seems rather penny-pinching!

          Overall I have been really impressed with the Olympus µ[MJU:] 700. I have used it in many varied situations and have got some excellent pictures as a result of the many different pre-programmed shooting modes. The zoom is very good and does not alter the quality of images, the camera looks and feels superior and is very user friendly. Apart from the minor details I have mentioned, I do not have any major issues with the camera at all. I would highly recommend it.

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            25.09.2006 19:26

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            IT IS THE BEST CAMERA TO BUY

            this is a very good digital camera.i am not so good in the technical side and i find it difficult to operate a simple gizmo too. but after i bought this camera, i found it very easy to operate and i became familiar with it in a day. now i use it daily almost......it is very easy to use and it fits into the pocket of my jeans!!!i found it very easy to transfer pics from the cam to my laptop! i rate it 10 out of 10 without any second thought. i recommend this camera to everyone out there who is on the search for buying a very stylish, sleek,easy to use camera..........

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            04.08.2006 16:26
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            Great Disgital Camera, easy to use, hight quality

            This is a brilliant camera and worth every penny.
            Simple to use with a lge screen on the back of the camera to see the photos you are taking.

            The clarity and quality is great and the speed is pretty impressive for a digital camera.

            Not too sure about the weather proof aspect! This is a bit of a gimmick.

            really like the vidoe function and there are plenty of options to play with.

            Best of all is the size of the camera and 7.1 Pixels.
            High quality overall.

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