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Olympus µ-mini DIGITAL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 463 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the screen and image quality. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but there are mixed comments on the contrast and memory. Some have doubts about the storage and zoom.

design, usability, portability, image quality, screen

performance, viewfinder, features, zoom, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ-mini DIGITAL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus Verve

 

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Good resolution for a camera of this class, Bright, vivid and generally pleasing results, Weatherproof, Excellent build quality, Attractive design and remarkably good handling, Lots of scene/subject modes, Generally reliable exposure, Fast, reliable...

Images over-sharpened and too contrasty for some tastes, Tendency to under-expose in bright high contrast scenes, Slow flash recycling, Images shot at over ISO 64 fairly noisy, No exposure information in record or playback modes, Some basic controls...

As a straightforward point and shoot camera the Stylus Verve does a perfectly good job at a competitive price point.

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Olympus Stylus Verve Digital Camera Camera

 

The 4-megapixel Olympus Stylus Verve provides more form than function. Its colorful case is unique and weatherproof, but its performance is so-so.

As for image quality, this camera performed in the bottom third of our currently tested point-and-shoots. The Stylus Verve received its worst scores in our sharpness and distortion tests and performed squarely in the middle in our exposure tests. In...

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Olympus Stylus Verve Digital Camera (4.2MP, 2272x1704, 22x Opt, 16MB xD-Picture Card)

 

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Olympus Stylus Verve Digital Camera Review

 

By now, you have probably been exposed to the flood of advertising surrounding the Olympus Stylus Verve. Television commercials, print ads, and the repetition of the phrase, "find your verve," all created a growing marketing buzz for arguably the...

Genuinely original stylish design ,Compact frame fits comfortably in a pocket and is easily portable ,LCD screen handles glare of bright light with minimal solarization ,Interesting selection of presets, grants options beyond the typical set...

Performance was not given as much attention as design ,Lots of noise often contributes to poor image quality ,No customizable white balance setting ,Tiny buttons difficult to control and access ,Weak movie mode compared to current competition ,Limited...

While the Olympus Stylus Verve will draw many of its users based on its appearance, the camera is an average with some strong limitations.

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Olympus Stylus Verve

 

Megapixels: 4, Maximum Resolution: 2272 x 1704 pixels, Included Memory Amount: 16 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, ...

Cool design, available in different colors. Excellent selection of scene modes and sample images. Menu structure is easy to navigate. Weather-resistant body.

Zoom is only 2X. Images lack crispness and show significant noise. LCD is choppy when panning, no optical viewfinder. Movie mode is disappointing.

The Olympus Stylus Verve is certainly one of the cooler-looking ultracompact digital cameras on the market today. And it's full of nice design touches, like a weather-resistant body, and a built-in lens cover that can't accidentally be pushed open. But un

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Olympus Stylus Verve (silver)

 

The Verve has a mostly metal body and is available in wardrobe-matching silver, red, orange, blue, and white. Although its rounded parallelogram shape resembles a well-used bar of soap, its design is more chic than ergonomically practical. The odd...

Eye-catching design; selection of camera colors; weatherproof body; lots of scene modes and special effects such as fish-eye distortion.

No optical viewfinder; zoom limited to 2X; awkward shape precludes one-handed shooting; slow autofocus in dim light; mediocre image quality.

A sexy design can't overcome the average picture quality and mediocre performance of this ultracompact 4-megapixel shooter.

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Olympus Stylus Verve

 

The Olympus Stylus Verve is a compact, fashionable and all-weather, 4.0-megapixel digital camera that's available in 6 brilliant designer colors. Instead of the typical "boxy" body, the Verve sports rounded corners and a smooth contoured shape.

Bottom line - the Verve is a great addition to Olympus' Stylus line. We feel it will make a great vacation or outdoors camera, especially if you plan on getting a little wet! And it's not too expensive with an MSRP of $349. There are just two things you'l

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Olympus Mju Mini Digital Review

 

Presenting the Olympus Mju Mini Digital / Olympus Stylus Verve: on paper, a compact digital camera with 4 megapixels, 2x optical zoom lens that's equivalent to 35-70mm on a 35mm camera, 1.8 inch LCD monitor, all housed in a weather-proof metal body....

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...

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Digital Cameras - Olympus Stylus Verve Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications

 

The Olympus Stylus film cameras have long among the best selling point-and-shoot models available, widely popular across a range of consumer experience levels. Olympus brought the Stylus brand to the digital realm with 2003's Stylus 300 and 400 models,...

Olympus owes its continuing success over the last 15 years to the appeal of its small, pocketable, point-and-shoot cameras, both film and digital. The entire market of truly pocketable compact cameras can be traced back to Olympus's famous designer...

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Olympus Stylus Verve

 

This review is now complete. All information about this camera refers to the production-level Verve. Product shots have been re-shot where necessary, and all sample photos are from the production model

Decent photo quality (but see below) ; Very stylish, compact, and weatherproof metal body; comes in six colors ; Good all-around performance ; LCD is usable outdoors and in low light ; Plenty of scene modes ; Optional underwater case ; Much improved...

Muddy details, blurry corners, and occasional "jaggies" in photos ; Redeye is a problem ; Mediocre movie and macro modes ; No optical viewfinder or AF-assist lamp; lens is only 2X ; Weak flash ; Some manual controls would've been nice ; Poor battery...

I'd say the Stylus Verve is best suited as a "secondary camera" -- one that you can take anywhere. For more "serious" photography, I'd probably pick something else. But for a fun, compact camera for casual vacation photos, the Stylus Verve gets a...

Product Specifications

Colors so hot, this durable all-weather design captures the excitement of the moment. Power so real, it features a 4.0 megapixel CCD and 16 shooting options, including QuickTime Movie Mode with audio. Style so perfect, it makes a bold statement wherever you go. The new Stylus Verve. Color. Power. Style. Find your Verve.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M/xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.1in
Height:2.2in
Weight:0.2lbs
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:2 in 1 / Beach/snow / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Self-portrait with self-timer / Sunset/Landscape / Portrait mode / Beach/snow / Landscape-portrait / Self-portrait / Fireworks / Panorama assist / Night scene / Sunset / 2 in 1 / Indoor / Cuisine / Candle / Self-portrait with self-timer / Behind glass

Flash Memory

Form Factor:xD-Picture Card
Storage Capacity:16MB

General

Product Type:DC coupler
Subcategory (MG):Power converters, splitters and accessories

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:BPC-01/Verve
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus/Olympus Stylus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.9/F/3.5-5.9
Max Focal Length:11.6mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:2
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Copper/Red/Silver/White

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"/1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400/500
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 64 / ISO 500 / ISO auto (64-250)/ISO 100 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 64 / ISO auto (64-250)/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 500 / ISO 64 / ISO auto (64-250)/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO auto (64-250)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Fisheye / Soft Focus/Black & White / Fisheye / Sepia / Soft Focus
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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