/>
X

Olympus mju-7000 hands-on

The Olympus mju-7000 looks like yesterday's future today, and packs a 7x zoom into an impressively svelte frame

richard-trenholm-square.jpg
Richard Trenholm
p5200805.jpg
1 of 10

We're unashamed sci-fi nerds here at CNET UK, and one of our favourite things is looking at what the futurists of the past thought the future of today would look like. Which explains why we like the 12-megapixel Olympus mju-7000 camera so much.

It looks gracefully gorgeous, our two-tone silver and black version feeling retro and yet modern at the same type: with its clean lines and light-up plastic buttons it resembles a prop from a 1970s sci-fi show imagining what a camera would look like in the 1990s.

It's not just the styling that's interesting about the 7000's design: it packs in a large 7x zoom lens into its svelte frame. Anyone interested in the long zoom capability of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 but put off by that camera's bulk would do well to give the much more pocket-friendly 7000 a spin. Admittedly, at the wide end its 37mm equivalent focal length isn't much to write home, but if your priority's the line of your trousers it's worth a look.

Our favourite feature so far is the nifty panorama mode, which requires only one press of the shutter release. The camera locks onto a spot at one side of the image, and gives you an onscreen target. When you move the camera to match the target to the spot, the frame is immediately captured. You do it again and you have yourself a peachy three-image panorama.

Slightly less impressive features include a beauty mode, which -- actually, don't get us started. Click through our gallery to see more, including pricing and availability.

p5200814.jpg
2 of 10
Our sample is the gorgeous retro two-tone silver and black model. A blue and black variant is also available, as is a straight-up black all over version.
p5200817.jpg
3 of 10
The 7000 sports a whopping 7x zoom lens, with an equivalent focal length of 37-260mm.
p5200828.jpg
4 of 10
Here's the 76mm (3-inch) screen, showing the shooting menu and CNET UK's famous ball pit. Not that anyone ever plays in there: an IT admin went in in 2007 and never came out. Some say his spirit roams the offices at night, and if you listen closely you'll hear him moaning softly about compiler errors.
p5200823.jpg
5 of 10
The buttons feature transparent covers and light up, adding to the retro sci-fi look.
p5200830.jpg
6 of 10
Hitting the menu button takes you to this swish animated home menu screen.
p5200831.jpg
7 of 10
In shooting mode, the delete button gives quick access to panorama mode, shadow adjustment or a window mode that puts four images together.
p5200835.jpg
8 of 10
Here's the HDMI connection and USB socket, which doubles -- nay, triples -- as a DC in and A/V out.
p5200839.jpg
9 of 10
Olympus continues to support the dead duck xD memory card format, but also bundles a microSD adaptor so you can buy one type of card for both your phone and your camera.
p5200819.jpg
10 of 10
The Olympus mju-7000 is available now for just under £200.

More Galleries

The best Nintendo Switch games to play in 2021

More Galleries

The best Nintendo Switch games to play in 2021

38 Photos
New movies coming out in 2021: Netflix, Marvel and more

More Galleries

New movies coming out in 2021: Netflix, Marvel and more

65 Photos
2022 BMW R18 B and Transcontinental have big bagger style with German tech

More Galleries

2022 BMW R18 B and Transcontinental have big bagger style with German tech

75 Photos
55 weird objects seen on Mars, explained

More Galleries

55 weird objects seen on Mars, explained

57 Photos
Best dating apps of 2021

More Galleries

Best dating apps of 2021

13 Photos
2022 Toyota Tundra teasers give a glimpse of what's to come

More Galleries

2022 Toyota Tundra teasers give a glimpse of what's to come

8 Photos
Lincoln Aviator Shinola concept amplifies Detroit-style luxury

More Galleries

Lincoln Aviator Shinola concept amplifies Detroit-style luxury

22 Photos