The Olympus mju 850SW (Olympus Stylus 850SW in the US) follows the successful mju 790 SW, with its only main difference being a slightly increased pixel count

Product Overview

Overall rating:

84%
Performance:85%
Value:85%
Features:85%
Overall score:84%
Image Quality:75%
Design:90%

Pros:

  • Design, Ruggedness

Cons:

  • Images can be a bit disappointing

Product:

Olympus mju 850SW

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£145.00

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The Olympus mju 850SW (Olympus Stylus 850SW in the US) follows the successful mju 790 SW, with its only main difference being a slightly increased pixel count, now at 8MP. The same TruePic III imaging processor, 38-114mm equivalent zoom range and 2.5in BrightCapture LCD screen remain.

Waterproofing is effective up to 3m in depth, it can be dropped from a height of 1.5m and can withstand temperatures to -10°C.

The camera powers up promptly and operation is also swift, while the LCD screen is responsive, even in low light. Images are a little bit hit and miss though. The Auto White Balance occasionally turns out warm images while noise starts to become visible at ISO 400. Crucially, images aren’t quite as detailed or sharp as expected when viewed at their actual pixel size. Exposures are okay, but highlights tend to blow easily.

 

Verdict

Overall, it’s a sturdy and stylish camera but hardly different from the 790SW.

Full Specification

Weight:
136g

Power:
Li-ion
Dimensions:
94 x 61 x 21mm

Flash Modes:
6
Memory Card:
xD

Connectivity:
USB 2.0
ISO Range:
64-1600

White Balance:
Auto, Sunlight, Tungsten, Overcast, Flourescent 1, Flourescent 2, Flourescent 3
Metering System:
ESP light metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes:
24 modes, Image Stabilisation Mode Shadow Adjustment Technology
Shutter Speeds:
2 – 1/1000 s / < 4 s (Night scene)

Other:
-
File Formats:
JPEG, AVI Motion JPEG

LCD:
2.5in, 230000 dots
Lens:
38-114mm

Sensor:
8mp