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I bought this camera based on the fact that you can drop it and it still works. The camera is quite small which is very useful for putting in handbag and comes in a range of colours-I have shocking pink:) I am not a proffesional photographer but in my opinion the camera takes good quality pictures and videos. Its very easy to use and after you have taken a picture you can chagne the colour to black and white which I really like. It is also waterprof which means we can take it swimming with us. I will say though that the camera needs to be completly dry after use to work again-therefore if you want to use it in water then quickly again in the park ect- you cant.
The only minus with this camera is with regards to the battery. Its internal and you cant add your own. There is little warning as to when you are low on power and if on a day out can find yourself without a camera.
That being said overall I think this is a great camera.
Having tried various other cameras we saw the advert for this camera with the little boy and the dog. We have two very active boys who enjoy taking pictures and actually capture some lovely shots, but unfortunately are not as gentle as you would like them to be with cameras. Consequently we bought this camera about 18months ago, it has taken pictures of kick boxing competitions with very good action shots, it has taken pictures of bonfire night with some lovely fireworks and it has taken numerous photos of snowmen, both in England and Canada.
The camera went of a work trip to Italy with my husband and survived being dropped into a forklift engine as a consequence of being small enough to fit into his top pocket. It has proved to be waterproof with photos of family BBQs and water fights and has provided us with some lovely photos of our recent trip to Canada for the new year including the inside and out of igloos built by the boys, the spray painted snowmen and action photos of them on sledges and ATVs.
The camera has lived up to its reputation in the commercial and we are confident in letting our boys use it without fear of it being damaged.
As avid snowboarders and surfers we were primarily interested in the waterproof/shockproof/cold-proof features of this camera. It is designed to be waterproof to 3 metres, functional to minus 10 and shockproof when you drop it. We've since taken it in the sea, on the mountains in minus 37 degree conditions (yes, really!) and even dropped it a few times for good measure!
Before we got the chance to put it to the test properly, we also took it to a party where we were pleasantly surprised at how well this camera coped. It took some decent pictures on auto (considering this is only a £140 camera and has since been reduced to £80 in Tesco) and we were looking forward to seeing how it fared in more challenging conditions.
Looks-wise this camera is pretty sleek - it fits pretty easily in a coat pocket without being obtrusive which was one of the main reasons we chose it for use on the mountain where carrying around bulky cameras can lead to injury if you are unlucky enough to fall on it. The brushed steel finish does not seem to scratch easily even though we have never used a case. While not in use, the lens is covered automatically so cannot be accidentially scratched.
The first time we visited the mountains to use this camera was in bitter January conditions in Canada - the temperature did not rise above minus 20 (well below what this camera is designed to work in) so we were interested to see how it fared. On the coldest days we did find that when we came to use the camera it would flash low battery even though it was fully charged. However after a few minutes in the pocket it would recover and display full battery again.
The camera coped well with the bright white snow and sunlight, producing pictures that we're very happy to display on the wall! Although you might be able to get slightly better quality pictures, this camera is the most practical for taking up the mountain so we were very pleased with the results.
We also made quite a lot of use of the multiple shot feature to capture action shots. Although this worked well, there was some loss of quality and the colours were less vibrant.
In the water, we attached the camera to our wetsuits and took it for a surf in the sea! The main problem with using the camera in the sea was that the screen is very reflective so you can only see a reflection of yourself not what you are trying to take a picture of! There is no viewfinder so there is a lot of guesswork at this point. Again the pictures came out pretty well, but I've no doubt that there are cameras that will produce better quality images but you just would not be able to take them into this kind of conditions. The camera got pretty bashed about by the waves but again looked as-new when we took it out again. The manual does advise to wash the camera under fresh water after taking it in the sea and I have to admit we have always forgotten to do this but it doesn't seem to have had a negative effect!
We bought the Olympus µ[MJU:] 850 SW to use as a compact camera when using our SLR wasn't ideal. Our friend had the earlier model and recommended this camera because it was shock proof and waterproof. We had a play with his and decided to buy the next model up in time for our summer holidays!
We bought it mainly because it's waterproof and the cost of buying and developing disposable film camera mounts up, so this seemed like a good investment.
The great thing about this camera is it's a good all rounder. We took it to the beach, the pool, the snow and it's taken some great pics ones that we wouldn't have been able to take with the SLR.
As it's shockproof it's fine to drop into my handbag or day bag, and as there is no external zoom lense, worrying about it coming open or being damaged is not an issue.
I think it's a great all round camera. Whilst I haven't thrown in on the ground to check how shock proof it is, I think it would be great for people with kids as it's not as "fragile" as some cameras.
This is the "Olympus mju 850 SW" compact digital camera. It offers the user eight megapixels, a focal length of between 38-114mm, a face detection mode, and good macro capabilities. The camera uses XD memory cards, and an Li-ion battery. It also offers an ISO range spanning from 64 to 1600. Most noticeably however is the fact that it's waterproof, shock resistance from of height of approximately one and a half metres, and also freeze proof to a chilly minus 10 centigrade.
I've often found that this camera seems to get a lot of hype from both official reviews, and from other consumer reviews such as those on Amazon.co.uk. So I was curious to find out whether or not it was good, so when a friend bought one for himself I jumped at the chance to test it out for him. On paper the Olympus mju 850 seems like a reasonable compact camera, but as I was soon to discover all is not what it seems.
Officially the camera is waterproof down to three metres, which in theory you could jump into a body of water and take a few underwater shots of the surface beneath us. I tried this (granted in my local duck pond - and even then I was just hanging over the side with my arms stretched out under water.) While the camera was fine and continued to work perfectly the photographs I obtained weren't the greatest. To capture anything worthwhile I really had to up the ISO resulting in noisy and otherwise poor shots.
It's eight megapixel resolution isn't of much use unless it's backed up with a decent sized sensor and good quality lens. Sadly in this case the camera fails to deliver. Regardless of whether your using the camera on its auto mode or one's of its presets you'll almost always end up with photographs with flat colour's, noise, and even blow highlights. The photographs seem sharp enough, but sharpness alone doesn't make a good picture. The camera is somewhat slow at writing photos to the memory card. The official write speed given is 1.75 seconds but in reality it seems closer to nearly four seconds. What's a few seconds you might ask - it's the difference between capturing or missing a great photo, while you're waiting for your last image to be written.
The position of the actual lens most also pose a problem for some. It's located in the far left (camera's left) corner. This means it's all too easy to accidentally cover the lens with your finger when attempting to take a picture.
Also there seems to be no way to manually change the Aperture Priority or Shutter Speed. I say "seems to be" because I came across review that said it was possible. But I've been over every square millimetre of the camera and checked every menu option and feature twice and I can't find it. If it's there it's well hidden. But considering that I can't find it and there is no mention of it in the cameras manual I doubt it is. This seems like a somewhat serious omission considering the usefulness of both modes.
But it wasn't all bad. The camera is quick robust, and it has been built to a high standard. It's great not to half to worry about every speck of dust, splash of water, and accidental knock. The camera is quite good at capturing realistic skin tones, and retaining details in faces, especially useful if your thinking of converting to black and white. Navigating the controls and menus of the camera is pretty easy and straightforward thanks in part to a good 2.5" LCD screen. The camera's macro mode is also quite good providing that the subject is very well lit.
Sadly, overall the camera seems very hit and miss. Maybe I've become too used to DSLR's but I've still used plenty of compacts in my time and always had far better results than what I've had here. In fact my first ever published photo was taken with my 5.0 megapixel Kodak DX4530 compact.
An underwhelming and generally disappointing camera. Considering that you can get better for the same or a little more, makes this Olympus one to avoid. It's few redeeming features don't justify it's price tag, nor its inability to serve it purpose.
While it may offer some use to those spending a lot of time on the beach, or in a wet and rough environment, I can't really recommend this and I imagine that it's failings will result in disappointment after disappointment.
Current price on Amazon.co.uk is £253.38.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)