Product Type: Olympus digital cameras
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It's a wash out!
Olympus µ[MJU:] 700 Digital
Member Name: bamamo
Olympus µ[MJU:] 700 Digital
Advantages: Nice size, easy to use, rechargeable battery
Disadvantages: Poor picture quality in most weather conditions
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.
Summary: Yesterday's high tech just doesn't cut it today!
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