Olympus Mju Mini Digital
(Olympus Stylus Verve in the USA)
Review Date: February 7th 2005
(out of 5 stars)
Olympus have made a bold move with the Mju Mini Digital by designing a camera that is completely different to any of its competitors and more stylish than most of them. From the 6 different anodized colours to the curvy design features, the Olympus Mju Mini Digital seems to be less an attempt at making a great camera and more one at making a great style icon. Unfortunately Olympus haven't paid attention to those all-important small details, and for all the great things about this camera, there seems to be something else that is poorly designed or made. Underneath all that styling is a basic digicam that performs well enough in terms of image quality and ease-of use. The Mju Mini Digital will undoubtedly meet your needs if all you want is a point and shoot camera that produces good images, but beyond that it starts to struggle against the competition in terms of value for money. Only a 2x optical zoom, 4 megapixels and a rather limited feature set for £250? In today's market this doesn't make the grade. But then again, this is no ordinary digital camera - just take another look at it! Like most things in life, if you want something that is different, you usually have to pay a premium for it. If you are interested in buying the Olympus Mju Mini Digital, you will have to decide if its style and panache outweighs the limitations that I have outlined above and the high price - in my view it doesn't quite make it.
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