The award-winning Olympus mju-II has remained many a photographer's choice for handy compacts packed with nifty features. Read on to find out more about this sleek compact and see if this is the handy analogue companion for you!
Introduced in 1997 by Japanese camera maker and optical company Olympus, the handy Olympus mju-II (Olympus Stylus Epic in the United States) was the second model from the mju Stylus Epic series. This 35mm compact camera was equipped with a fast 35mm f/2.8 fixed lens, accurate autofocus with focus lock, and built-in auto-flash, all housed in a compact splash-proof body. Because of these features, the mju-II was a commercial success with around 3.8 million units sold, has been revered as a modern classic camera, and continues to enjoy a cult following among street photographers and compact camera fans.
Lens: 35mm, f/2.8, focusing from 0.35m-infinity. (4 elements in 4 groups).
Active multi-beam autofocus with focus lock.
Film format: 35mm DX-coded film, ISO 50-3200.
Automatic exposure range of EV 1-17, f/2.8, 4s -f/11, 1/1000s. Spot metering available.
Self-timer (12 second delay).
Autowind and rewind.
Integrated colour-balanced flash. Recharges in 3.5 seconds, working range 4.1m at ISO 100.
Flash modes: Auto, red-eye reduction, suppressed, forced/fill-in, night scene (slow synch up to 4 seconds).
LCD with battery check and frame counter.
Time/date stamp (Quartzdate model only).
Optional RC-200 remote control.
Weatherproof (resistant to splashes).
Power: one 3V lithium CR123|CR123A.
Weight: 135g (without battery).
G-Mark for Good Design, Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry, 1997.
European Compact Camera of the Year ‘97-’98, EISA, 1997
Design Innovation ’97, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany, 1997.
“Best Buys: 35mm Point & Shoot”, Consumer Digest, 1997 and 1998.
Top Products – Lens Shutter/Fixed Focal Length, Photo Trade News, 1997 and 1998.
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