Olympus Mju III 80

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Denis Boisclair, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. I read that Olympus have introduced the Mju III 80 with a 38-80mm zoom
    lens and that this camera incorporates a tilt sensor - "this tells you
    when there's too much camera shake for a decent snap".

    The price is £79.99 - or roughly $144 which sounds good value for what
    must be a good point and shoot camera - judging by the success of the
    Mju II version.

    This sounds like a very useful development, bearing in mind how many
    photos are spoilt by camera shake.Am I correct in thinking that this
    IS a new breakthrough in camera technology?

    Denis Boisclair
    Cheshire, UK.
    Denis Boisclair, Mar 3, 2004
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  2. Could be... but most previous "camera shake" warnings in-camera have been
    activated when the shutter speed (1/xx) is lower than the 35mm equiv. focal
    length (xxmm), which is the accepted point when camera shake becomes
    intrusive in an image. In this case, I think Oly is coming up with a bit of
    superflouous techie stuff to replace another- best rule of thumb for p'n's
    compacts is not to use them at night without a tripod or flash, and onlt use
    the flash on close subjects.

    That said, the Mju series (Stylus in the USA) is highly respected, and I
    can't see why even a zoom version could be any worse than the leading
    competitors. Although to be honest, were I buying a zoom compact I would
    save and plump for either the 28-100 Mju III (convenience), or the Fuji f2.8
    24-50mm compact (quality). Both are roughly double the price of the Mju III
    80 though.
    Martin Francis, Mar 4, 2004
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  3. Thanks for your reply and interesting comments re alternative compact

    I take your point concerning camera shake warnings where a slow
    shutter speed is being used: but isn't that a warning of thje RISK of
    camera shake - whereas this Olympus Stylus 35-80mm appears to be
    offering a warning of camera shake actually taking place - even where
    theoreically the shutter speed should be ok?

    Denis Boisclair
    Denis Boisclair, Mar 5, 2004
  4. Denis Boisclair

    TP Guest

    A breakthrough?

    Only for people who are too stupid
    to know that their hands are shaking.
    TP, Mar 5, 2004
  5. Denis Boisclair

    TP Guest

    All Mju series cameras already have a warning of camera shake.

    If the shutter speed is low enough for camera shake to take place,
    they automatically fire the camera's built-in flash.

    Strange but true.

    TP, Mar 5, 2004
  6. Denis Boisclair

    Deathwalker Guest

    The warning is based on the shutter speed not a shaking sensor. There is no
    shutter speed or aperture read out whatsoever so such a warning is quite
    useful actually.
    Deathwalker, Mar 6, 2004
  7. Denis Boisclair

    Alan Browne Guest

    Typical TP. Instead of the guidance from a "professional" that he
    pretends to be, he resorts directly to insults. Another nail in the
    coffin of TP's credibility.

    Alan Browne, Mar 6, 2004
  8. Denis Boisclair

    Alan Browne Guest

    As "Deathwalker" points out, the camera employs logic that looks at the
    shutter speed and focal length (and possibly the exposure latitude of
    the film in P&S mode) before putting up this warning.

    It is similar to a rule of thumb that most any photog should know: if
    the speed is 1 over the focal length or faster, then the shot will be
    reasonably sharp handheld. If slower, then very techinque, brace,
    mono/tripod is recomended.

    Eg: with a 50mm lens, a speed of 1/125 can be done, reasonably sharp,
    with just good handholding techniqe. A speed of 1/30, with very good
    handholding technique, or prferably a mono/tripod.
    No. Other cameras have had this feature before including many Maxxum
    AF's, such as my 7xi.

    Better a photographer learn techniques to reduce camera shake and blur
    than rely on the camera to do so for him.

    Alan Browne, Mar 6, 2004
  9. Denis Boisclair

    TP Guest

    OK. Fairy nuff!

    TP, Mar 6, 2004
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