Olympus mju:730 digital compact

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Another compact from Olympus, the mju:730 (well actually it’s a µ but that’s a pain to type)…

This looks a bit different to the µ I bought a few years ago, with the lens up in the corner, and featuring a nice large 7.6cm LCD screen to view your 7.1 megapixel shots on. There’s a 3x optical zoom. As per many models in this range, the whole body is constructed to be weatherproof (within reason).

It’s evolved in other ways too, like the nifty way it’ll illuminate its buttons at night-time, plus boosting the contrast of the LCD screen and the ISO value to 1600, which should reduce the need for the flash in lower-light situations. There are 20 scene modes. Just like the FE-190, there’s image stabilisation built-in, and Olympus have kindly built-in a help system to guide you through the finer points of piccie taking. There’s also the usual 640×480 movie mode, with sound.

Available from October priced around £270.

Andy Merrett