Lomopedia: Olympus mju-II


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.

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Technical Specifications

Lens: 35 mm, f/2.8, focusing from 0.35 m-infinity. (4 elements in 4 groups)
Film format: 35 mm DX-coded film, ISO 50-3200
Flash modes: Auto, red-eye reduction, suppressed, forced/fill-in, night scene (slow synch up to 4 seconds)
Dimensions: 108 × 59 × 35 mm
Weight: 135 g (without battery)
Power: One 3V lithium CR123|CR123A
Features: Active multi-beam autofocus with focus lock, 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 color-balanced flash. Recharges in 3.5 seconds, working range 4.1m at ISO 100, LCD with battery check and frame counter, Time/date stamp (Quartzdate model only), Optional RC-200 remote control, Weatherproof (resistant to splashes)

Awards Won

  • 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: 35 mm Point & Shoot", Consumer Digest, 1997 and 1998
  • Top Products - Lens Shutter/Fixed Focal Length, Photo Trade News, 1997 and 1998

All information for this article was sourced from Olympus mju II on Camerapedia and Olympus Stylus Epic on Wikipedia.

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One Comment

  1. wahiba
    wahiba ·

    I won a Sardinia with a picture I took with mine. Still used regularly after 20+ years and many other cameras too. Film reminder window fell out some time back. Black sugru and a label solved that little problem. Just tried Lomo800 in it, awaiting development.

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