Olympus MJU 820
- Beautiful design, splash proof, fast burst mode, cool panorama feature
- Soft pictures, white balance presets aren't entirely accurate, slow shot-to-shot time
Olympus's MJU 820 doesn't capture brilliant pictures, but its combination of a stylish and sturdy design along with some nifty features and funky guide mode make it a reasonable happy-snap camera for novice users.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
Olympus's 8-megapixel MJU 820 is the next iteration in their extremely popular MJU series. Picking up where previous units left off, this model sports an extremely sturdy and stylish design and a nice set of features, making it an ideal for the fashion conscious and slightly more rugged users alike. It does, however, suffer from some image quality issues that may deter more avid photographers.
During our tests we found several issues with the images, which weren't quite up to the standard of competing models from Canon and Sony. Most obvious was a slight softness that was evident when viewing at medium and large magnifications. It wasn't horrible, but those looking to make sizeable enlargements will probably want to steer clear of the MJU 820.
The softness was most notable towards the corners of the frame where clarity dropped off sharply. Furthermore, there was prominent haloing in areas of high contrast, highlighting some chromatic aberration issues.
Colour response was fairly good, with nice balance and a soft, natural look which some may prefer to the more strongly saturated tones of many consumer cameras. That said, the white balance presets were occasionally a little off, particularly indoors using the incandescent setting.
Image noise was generally kept under control, with ISO 100 and 200 producing fairly clean shots. At ISO 400 there was some detail loss as the noise began to ramp up and by ISO 800 our shots were covered in a light speckling that really made them unusable for anything but e-mail shots or very small prints.
Speed was also a concern at times. There was a very hefty 3.5 seconds between shots when using the single snap mode, which is far too slow for our tastes. Fortunately the seven-frame per second burst mode goes some way to rectifying this. It is very speedy, but do keep in mind that it only takes pictures at 2048x1536 rather than the full 8-megapixel resolution (3264x2448), so it isn't a full solution. Meanwhile in our other tests, the MJU 820 exhibited 0.09 seconds of shutter lag and 2.8 seconds start up time, both of which are a tad sluggish but well within expected ranges.
Where the MJU 820 really shines is its design. Shifting from a gloss black face to a matte black back plate and bearing Olympus's trademark wedge shaped design; the MJU 820 is one of the best looking compact cameras we've seen. Everything about it oozes style and the shape means it easily slips in and out of a pocket or bag. Furthermore, it carries the same splash proof chassis as previous MJU models, ensuring it's perfect for those long summer days at the beach.
The feature set is basically standard fare for an Olympus compact. There is digital image stabilisation but sadly no optical version, and face detect makes a welcome return. You can adjust sensitivity up to ISO 3200 and there are a number of white balance presets but no custom option. Olympus's guide mode is back once again, and is an excellent tool for novices to experiment a little more with their shots.
One new feature that is noteworthy is the improved panorama mode, which uses an innovative system of lining up the dots to stitch picture together. It is extremely simple and proved very effective in our tests.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- 2 Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- 3 Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- 4 LG G6 phone: full, in-depth review
- 5 Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCSAP CRM Functional AnalystWA
- TPInfrastructure ArchitectQLD
- TPTechnical Support Officer (Unix/Linux, Windows and Mac)VIC
- FTSenior / Lead AEM DeveloperNSW
- FTSolution Architect - SecurityVIC
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- TPFull Stack Developer - Cutting-edge technologiesQLD
- FTTesting and Quality Assurance AnalystNSW
- CCSenior Network Architect l CCNP/CCIE R&S l Cisco ACINSW
- FTSAP ABAP Technical specialistACT
- CCSolution DesignerVIC
- CCCommercial ManagerVIC
- CCSAP CRM Functional AnalystACT
- FTSenior Capacity Planner | Contract through till DecemberVIC
- TPTesting SpecialistQLD
- FTProject Engineer - Data & IP NetworksNSW
- TPProduct ManagerVIC
- FTProject Manager, Asset Vision- SaaS, PaaS- Gov backgroundNSW
- FTSenior Information Security SpecialistQLD
- FTEngineer Control Systems SpecialistSA
- FTFull Stack Developer - Symfony 2QLD
- FTTechnical SpecialistACT
- CCIT Information Architect..VIC
- FTLead Agile Software TesterNSW
- CCTechnical Requirements Architect - NV1ACT