Olympus has refreshed its mju line of compact cameras. The new mju-7040 is an upgrade of the model that we liked so much. The resolution's been increased from 12 to 14 megapixels, and there are some design and layout changes too. But is it worth the asking price of £240 or thereabouts?
There's plenty to like about this camera. One of its main attractions is its 7x wide-angle zoom. It doesn't just cover a wide range, it's remarkably speedy too. If you want to be more precise about your compositions, you can switch to the slower 'fine zoom' mode instead.
In fact, considering the zoom range, the 7040 is a very compact little camera. It's halfway to being a superzoom, but without the bulk. Its interface is very clearly laid out, too. Everyday adjustments are carried out using an on-screen menu running down the side of the screen and, at the bottom, is a full menu option for the more involved settings. It's a much clearer and simpler control system than that of previous mju models.
The real advances, though, aren't obvious from the outside. The 7040 now has 2GB of internal memory, and in-built photo-browsing software. The manual is stored in the internal memory too, so you can check up on how to do things while you're walking around. On top of that, the 7040 has a 720p movie mode, activated by a prominent red button on the back.
Interestingly, this camera takes standard SD and SDHC memory cards. It looks like the xD-Picture Card and microSD slot used by Olympus in its previous generation of compacts was a stopgap, and that the xD format is finally dead.