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Olympus µ 1040

alaTest has collected and analyzed 217 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and value for money. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas the image stabilizer and storage get mixed comments. The manual image adjustments and exposure get less positive views.

usability, image quality, portability, value for money, design

low-light, features, exposure, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ 1040 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 217 reviews)

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Olympus Mju 1040 Digital Camera Review


Lets just say, that at $299 what should you expect in a digital camera? Especially one that carries a well known brand? Will it be stylish? Will it have many features? Will it have a big LCD screen? Will the images be any good? All the usual questions...

The body appears to have a hard plastic outer with a slight metal feel due to the clever pearl paint finish on most of the body and a perfect mirror finish on a unique vertically sliding panel that conceals the lens beautifully when closed and exposes...

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Olympus Stylus 1040


Just around a week ago, Olympus decided that they'll make another entry into the party of ultra-compact with their slimmest camera yet, the all new Stylus 1040. This isn't Olympus' first attempt at a thin camera with an internal lens, they...

Affordable price ; Stylish, thin and looks more expensive than it really is ; Compatible with both xD-Picture and microSD cards ; Very usable LCD outdoors and indoors, with backlighted buttons ; Intuitive shooting with Intelligent Auto and Face...

No manual controls ; Long exposure mode is nowhere to be found ; Lack of full-resolution continuous shooting ; Lacks autofocus assist lamp; bad low-light AF ; No optical image stabilization ; Below average battery life ; Plastic tripod mount and tiny...

If you've always been dreaming for an ultra-thin camera, that your friends all seem to have, that you can bring to parties and such, then the Olympus Stylus 1040 may be your dream finally coming true. The Stylus 1040 is one of the newest models...

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Olympus Stylus 1040


Olympus debuts the Stylus 1040, the thinnest Stylus camera of all time, and wins serious style points with a bold, stylish look. When wearing a designer outfit, getting behind the wheel of a sleek sports car, or stepping onto the red carpet, the Stylus...


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Olympus Stylus 1040


I think it is the perfect pocket camera. Ultra small, easy to use and has a lot to offer on full automatic: smile detection, face detection, intelligent auto etc. Great pictures for folded lenses camera. The design is perfect. It's flash works good. I...

The lenses is located near the top coner. I very often covered it with my finger. It would be better to locate it lower

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Nice compact little camera


I've only had this camera for about a week but I like it so far. It's really compact and I can just slip it into my pocket. It is a backup camera to my main DSLR.. so I can use my main camera when I want better quality pictures. The picture quality...

Compact, inexpensive, decent features, takes XD or micro-sd cards

image quality is not great, video quality is not HD, no case included

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Olympus Stylus 1040


The great thing about this camera is that's ultra small, easy to use and has a lot to offer on full automatic: smile detection, face detection, shake reduction, intelligent auto etc.The kind of camera you need if you're not able to bring big gear....

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Amazon review summary for Olympus µ 1040


alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Olympus µ 1040 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

portability, value for money, usability, responsiveness, image quality


50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus 7.1MP Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.5" LCDOlympus Stylus 1040 10MP Black Digital CameraOlympus Stylus 1040 10MP Black Digital Camera

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Great point and shoot camera


I'm concerned that the sliding panel on the front (which controls when the camera is on/off) isn't such a great idea for a camera that's usually in my pocket. Thus far, it hasn't accidentally opened or damaged, but I can see this being a potential...

Shutter speed is fast ; camera has a sleek design ; very lightweight even with the battery ; many optional shooting modes ; image stabilization (really important for avoiding shaky pictures) ; buttons light up making it easy to operate in any lighting...

Sliding cover on the front of the camera fingerprints easily and occasionally the lens gets fingerprints on it when the camera is being turned on or off ; the LED buttons can be challenging to operate if you have pudgy fingers ; pictures in low...

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Great for the price.


Wish the memory card it came with was MicroSD instead of the Olympus XD picture card.

Cheap, very small, comes with 1GB memory card, stylish

None so far

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Excellent Purchase


Fast and good quality!!! More than what I expected for such a little price.

Product Specifications

A camera is always a matter of personal style. Based on this principle Olympus developed the extremely slim, metal-bodied

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus LI-42B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:microSD Card / xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M/xD-Picture Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Cuisine / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Smile shot / Sports mode/Anti shake / Cuisine / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night scene with portrait / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Smile shot / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:xD-Picture Card
Storage Capacity:1GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus /Olympus Stylus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.0
Max Focal Length:20.1mm
Min Focal Length:6.7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black/Magma (red)
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI/AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (3Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (3Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 800
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None