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Olympus µ Mini S / Stylus Verve S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 169 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the size and image quality are overall positive. The usability and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the battery. The shutter and lens get negative opinions.

design, portability, usability, image quality, size

value for money, performance, viewfinder, lens, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ Mini S / Stylus Verve S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus Verve S


The Olympus Stylus Verve S packs 5 million pixels of image resolution into its compact, durable, all-weather designer body, along with new features such as a calendar, album function and a histogram for enhanced usability.

Bottom line - the Stylus Verve S is a great choice for those with an active lifestyle who don't stop just because it starts raining. It's also good for the family or anyone that spends the day at the beach or a ski resort. With an MSRP of $299 it offers a

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Olympus Stylus Verve S


The Verve S is a beautiful camera; nothing more to be said. Its aesthetics are striking from first glance and they only grew on me. The promise of all weather performance only sweetened the deal further. But can the performance of this upgrade to the...

The Olympus Stylus Verve S is a great point and shoot camera.

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Olympus Stylus Verve S


Simple to use and gets the job done with min. frustration points.

Seems I'm the only owner that likes this little pocket camera

Carry a extra battery for the flash and enjoy


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Owners Opinion: Olympus Stylus Verve S (Kada2110, 15 Jun 06)


This camera is great, i use it now for 2 years and im very happy, i think it has some profesional functions like super macro=7 cm.

It has a very small zoom (only 2x)

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Owners Opinion: Olympus Stylus Verve S (Earthmage, 21 Sep 05)


Received a 'champagne gold' (I think) one for my birthday. For a really compact digital camera, I have to say that I am quite pleased with it. Pictures are sharp and not often underexposed when in the camera is in full automatic. The selection of scene...

That being said the camera suffers by lacking a 3x optical zoom which other cameras in this class/size/price range do offer ; Construction is solid on the most part, but the LCD screen area seems prone to scratching. Even when placed in the supplied...

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Olympus Stylus Verve S


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Owners Opinion: Olympus Stylus Verve S (susannayip, 29 Jul 05)


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Owners Opinion: Olympus Stylus Verve S (rustedborg, 14 Jul 05)


The 5-megapixel Olympus Verve S is an improved version of the older 4-megapixel Olympus Verve. The Verve S is almost identical to the Verve, but this camera has greater resolution, a "live histogram" function so that you get proper exposures, and a...

Image quality is generally excellent, but ISO noise in some settings can be problematic. The ISO noise cleans up nicely using Noiseware or Neat Image, but you will end up using it at any setting above ISO 100 ... and you may end up using noise...

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Owners Opinion: Olympus Stylus Verve S (danzigg, 20 Jun 05)


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Olympus Stylus Verve S


there are better and more versatile cameras available for comparable price

stylish attrative appearance

limited zoom range

Product Specifications

Think Stylus Verve with a boost. This newest incarnation, with a snazzy, high-gloss black finish, packs a new 5.0 megapixel CCD and optimized battery technology into its incredibly compact, durable, all-weather designer body. Put it in your pocket. Use it with one hand. Then show off your pictures with the cool Album feature on its super clear, high-tech 1.8" HyperCrystal LCD for everyone to see, from virtually any angle.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus Li-30B

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

Dimensions & Weight


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 landscape / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait with self-timer / Sunset

Flash Memory

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


Model:Verve S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus Stylus

Lens System

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


Color:High-gloss black

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size: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:5Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 80 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Fisheye / Sepia / Soft Focus
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None