Lomopedia: Olympus mju

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If you’re a fan of analogue compact cameras, we’re sure you’ve come across the Olympus mju series. Find out more about the first model of this highly-successful and lauded line in this installment of Lomopedia!

Introduced in 1991, the Olympus μ[mju:] (Stylus in the US) was the first in the famed mju series of compact cameras by Olympus. Renowned camera designer Maitani Yoshihisa fashioned it as an improvement of his earlier Olympus XA design. The mju sported a very small and curvy body, designed to perfectly fit into one hand, and an integrated lens cover which easily slides on and off. It was initially offered in black, but a limited edition metallic silver version in 50,000 units was also made. Aside from its handy size, the Olympus mju also became popular for its 100-step AF, wide range of flash modes, and 3-element 35mm f/3.5 lens. It became a best-seller with over 5 million units sold.

Photo via Olympus Global Website

Technical Specifications:

  • Lens: 35mm, f/3.5 (3 elements in 3 groups).
  • Active multi-beam autofocus with 100-steps for a huge range of distances. Pre-focus lock enabled.
  • Film format: 35mm DX-coded film, ISO 50-3200.
  • Automatic exposure with shutter speeds of 1/15-1/500s.
  • Self-timer
  • Film advance: Autowind and rewind.
  • Flash: Integrated flash with four modes: Auto, red eye reduction, fill-in, disabled.
  • Display: LCD with battery check and frame counter.
  • Tripod Mount: Yes
  • Power: 3V lithium CR123A.

You might also want to check out Lomopedia: Olympus mju-II!

Credits: me-iel, ediblestrange, mar_lermont & tsnsak

All information for this article were sourced from Olympus Global Website, Wikipedia, and Camerapedia.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-03-10 #gear #35mm #review #olympus #point-and-shoot #compact-camera #olympus-mju #lomopedia


  1. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    Had this camera for a while now as it came in a bundle with a couple of others but I still haven't tried it out. Just popped a film in it after reading this so try it out. I went for BW film as there was some in my pocket so hopefully I will get some good results :D

  2. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    Some colour shots with my mju www.lomography.com/photos/19908200

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