Olympus Mju 1020 review: Olympus Mju 1020

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The Good Slim, stylish design. 7x optical zoom. Sensor-shift image stabilisation.

The Bad No viewfinder. Must use Olympus-branded xD card for in-built panorama function. Fingerprint magnet.

The Bottom Line The Olympus Mju 1020 offers a broad feature set in a slim, stylish package, but average image quality and memory card restrictions may dissuade buyers.

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The sleek lines of the Olympus Mju 1020 follow the lead of previous models in the series, featuring the ergonomic "Arc and Wedge" design which aims to balance the weight of the camera so it's easier to hold single-handedly.

The slim, enamel black body makes for a stylish compact but the high-gloss surfaces turn the Mju 1020 into a fingerprint magnet. If you're precious about smudges, you may want to avoid anything with a gloss finish, or keep a cleaning cloth handy.

Weighing in at a scant 135 grams (without battery and media) this compact is neither the heaviest nor the lightest offering around, though Olympus is marketing it as the "world's slimmest and smallest compact camera with 7x optical zoom" at just 25.2mm thick. While we approve of shaving weight off gadgets wherever possible, we don't place much importance on claims of being the thinnest, smallest or lightest because the model in question is often outdone by another manufacturer by the time they finish bragging.

The 10-megapixel compact features a 2.7-inch LCD -- although slightly higher than the average 2.5 inches, it won't stand out among the recent 3- and 3.5-inch offerings we've seen in competing models. Disappointingly, there is no viewfinder, though the rest of the Mju series -- along with more snapshooters than we'd like -- also omits the useful feature.

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