There must be something in Olympus’ water, as it’s just gone on one of its most prolific digicam benders in recent memory, releasing no less than seven new snappers in one day.
The most attractive of the bunch, sitting pretty above, is the mju 730, a 7.1MP number with a 3x zoom and expansive 3in LCD. It can capture videos at VGA quality, plus has the standard mju extras such as image stabilisation, BrightCapture tech for improved low light snapping, and 20 scene modes.
If you want a little more zoom from your 7MP cameras, the 740 and 750 (below) come bearing 5x optical magnification in a fairly sleek body available in silver, blue and red hues. Both feature the same 2.5in LCD and weatherproof bodies, with the 750 excelling further with dual image stabilisation and a better low light ISO rating of 1600.
The 6MP FE-200 (below) takes the zoom action further by offering wide-angle possibilities for sweeping landscapes. It also promises to take the hand of the novice and walk them through features with a built-in instruction manual and dial mode.
Cheaper still are its siblings, the FE-170 and FE-180 (below), which offer 6MP snaps from a highly tempting £115. They pack a 3x optical zoom and 2.5in LCD, with the FE-180’s only difference being the ability to record movies with sound for an extra £25.
Capping the new gang is the moderately more beefy SP-510 UZ (bottom), which packs a 10x optical zoom.
While we’ve seen a Panasonic zoom fiend that offers 12x magnification for less than £400 – the FZ5 – it’s still a good trick for a £260 camera. Plus it backs it up with an impressive 4000 ISO rating for dimly lit rooms and a battery that’ll run for 630 shots.
Olympus Mju 740
Olympus mju 730, 740, 750, FE-200, FE-170, FE-180,
Price: £270, £260, £300, £200, £115, £140, £260
On sale: All September