Saturday, August 6, 2011

#30 Olympus µ[mju:] Zoom Wide 80

Olympus mju Zoom Wide 80 (5)

This camera was an unexpected and involuntary gift from my friend, Mário Azevedo.

When he gave me back the Nikon F-301, that I had traded by the Olympus IS-2, I opened the bag, was checking the content and found this:

Olympus mju Zoom Wide 80 (1)

I asked him if it was a bonus gift but he didn't even knew what I was talking about, he had totally forgot about that camera, only when I send him some pictures of it, he remembered having bought it, to take some pictures on a ski trip.
So he told me to keep it.

The camera has some interesting features, like the comprehensive zoom 28-80 and the all weather design.

Olympus mju Zoom Wide 80 (2)

Most of the controls are located on the top plate and are easily accessible.

Olympus mju Zoom Wide 80 (3)                      Olympus mju Zoom Wide 80 (4)

What I like the least in this camera is the 45º protruding flash, that pops-up as soon as one opens the clam shell lens protector, that activates the camera.

I find it a nice usable camera, small, light and quite a nice performer, at least in broad daylight.
Only if the lens where faster...

SPECIFICATIONS: (from the instructions manual)
  • Type: Full automatic 35 mm autofocus lens-shutter camera with built-in 28 ~ 80 mm zoom lens.
  • Film format: 35 mm standard DX-coded film (24 x 36 mm)
  • Lens: Olympus lens 28 ~ 80 mm F4.5 ~ 8.4, 9 elements in 8 groups.
  • Shutter: Programmed electronic shutter.
  • Viewfinder: Real image zoom viewfinder (with autofocus mark, close-up correction marks, autofocus indicator and flash indicator). Provided with dioptre adjustment.
  • Focusing: Active-type autofocus system. Focus lock possible. Focusing range: 0.8 m (2.6 ft) ~ (infinity).
  • Exposure control: Programmed automatic exposure control, 2-zone light metering, switchable to spot metering. Auto exposure range: Wide-angle — EV2.4 (F4.5, 4 sec.) to EV16 (F11.4, 1/500 sec.), Telephoto — EV4.2 (F8.4, 4 sec.) to EV17 (F19.8, 1/335 sec.).
  • Exposure counter: Progressive type with automatic reset, displayed on LCD panel.
  • Selftimer: Electronic selftimer 12-sec. delay.
  • Remote control (optional): Infrared remote control unit with 3-sec. delay.
  • Film speed range: Automatic setting with DX-coded film with ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200.
  • Film speeds other than above will be automatically set to next lower speed. For non DX-coded film and film with less than ISO 50, film speed is set to ISO 100.
  • Film loading: Automatic loading. (Automatically advances to first frame when camera back cover is closed.)
  • Film advance: Automatic film winding.
  • Film rewind: Automatic film rewind (automatic rewind activation at end of film, automatic rewind stop).
  • Rewind possible at any point with rewind button.
  • Flash: Built-in flash. Recycling time: Approx. 0.5 ~ 7 sec. (at normal temperature with new battery).
  • Flash working range: Wide-angle — 0.8 ~ 4.4 m (2.6 ~ 14.4 ft), Telephoto — 0.8 ~ 2.3 m (2.6 ~ 7.5 ft) with ISO 100 color negative film; Wideangle — 0.8 ~ 8.8 m (2.6 ~ 28.9 ft), Telephoto — 0.8 ~ 4.6 m (2.6 ~ 15.1 ft) with ISO 400 color negative film.
  • Flash modes: Auto (automatic flash activation in low light and back-light, Red-eye Reduction (otherwise same as in Auto), Flash Off (no flash with slowest shutter speed of 4 sec.), Fill-In (forced activation), Night Scene (for night scenes with slowest shutter speed of 4 sec. other functions operate the same as in Auto), Red-eye Reducing Night Scene (otherwise same as in Night Scene).
  • Battery check: Displayed on LCD panel.
  • Weatherproof: IEC Standard publication 529. Classification of degrees of protection provided by enclosures. Degree of protection indicated by second characteristics numeral 4.
  • Short description: Protected against splashing water.
  • Definition: Water splashed against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect.
  • Test for second numeral 4: Equipment is sprayed from all practical directions. Water pressure is adjusted to give delivery rate of 10 lit./min. Test duration shall be 1 min. per m2 of calculated surface area of enclosure with minimum duration of 5 min.
  • Power source: 3 V lithium battery (DL123A/CR123A)
  • Dimensions: 120 (W) x 64 (H) x 49 (D) mm (4.7 x 2.5 x 1.9 in) (without grip and other protrusions).
  • Weight: 255 g (9.0 oz) (without battery)


Some pictures taken with it:

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