Olympus has always kept its mju series of cameras sleek and skinny -- no mean feat when consumers demand ever bigger lenses and higher resolutions. The mju 1010 is a 10-megapixel style camera with an impressive 7x lens, image stabilisation and face detection. It can be found online now for around £180.
With a pedigree in slimline snappers that stretches back to 35mm film, Olympus knows how to put a compact camera together. The mju 1010 combines a metal case with plastic detailing in an impressively solid -- if slightly showy -- wedge-shaped design (25mm thick at its widest point). At the front, a 7x zoom lens reaches from a so-so 37mm wide-angle setting (look for a wider 28mm equivalent if you like taking pictures of open landscapes or buildings) to a handy 260mm telephoto. The CCD-shift stabilisation is very effective too, allowing you to grab blur-free close-ups of distant athletes or wildlife, even in low light. It's best to leave this on all the time as it doesn't affect battery life -- 260 shots per charge -- significantly.
Around the back, you'll be framing and playing back on the 69mm (2.7-inch) LCD. This is well up to Olympus' usual high standards, delivering sharp, vibrant colours in daylight and coping pretty well inside, although it does add a good dollop of grain when light levels drop.
The face-detection system on board is average, working very well with full-face portraits on a plain background, but tending to get confused with multiple subjects, busy backgrounds, hats, glasses and faces at an angle. Shadow adjustment -- to improve detail in shaded areas -- is a handy feature to have, although won't blow you away.