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An Epic Series of mju CamerasEdit

The Olympus µ[mju:] series of cameras were fully automatic compact cameras made by Olympus, starting in 1991. It was an immensely successful range, with 20 million models sold in the first ten years of production[1]. The key selling points of mju cameras were the small size, accurate focusing, well-balanced flash exposures, and (starting with the mju-II) weatherproof finish. Most of the models could fit inside a soap dish. µ is a Greek letter that is used in science to mean "micro". "Mju" is pronounced to rhyme with "pew".

Most mju camera bodies have a characteristic convex frontside, evolved from the Olympus XA which was a revolutionary design for its era, but all mjus have autofocus. The cameras (which have won numerous awards for design and functionality) are switched on by shifting the lens cover aside. The mju range was extended in the digital era, so that Olympus can continue to use its well-known brand for its digital compacts.

In the US, the mju range was originally called ∞ Stylus (∞ representing "Infinity", a name previously used by Olympus in the US), with later models denoted ∞ Stylus Epic. Below is a chronological list of all known 35mm mju models, with their Stylus/Epic equivalents and lens specifications included where known.

Notes:

  • DELUXE or DLX usually, but not always, indicates a Quartzdate version was available.
  • VF indicates a model with an extra bright "visual finder" that blacks out (like an SLR) to indicate the shot has been taken. This was supposed to be useful for noisy locations.
  • The mju II series ran concurrently with the original mju range from 1997 and did not necessarily replace it.

Original mju series (∞ Stylus)Edit

mju II series (∞ Stylus Epic)Edit

  • Olympus µ[mju:]-II (aka Stylus Epic (DLX), 35mm/2.8, 1997) (Regarded as a modern classic. 3.8 million sold.)

Flagship Metal modelEdit

  • Olympus µ [mju:]-V (aka Stylus Select 105, 38-105mm, world's smallest 3x zoom, smooth metal body, 2002)

mju III series (∞ Stylus Epic)Edit

  • Olympus µ[mju:]-III WIDE 100 (aka Stylus Epic WIDE 100, 28-100mm, three types of exposure sensor, 2002)
  • Olympus µ[mju:]-III 115 (38-115mm, 2003)
  • Olympus µ[mju:]-III 120 (aka Stylus Epic 120, 38-120mm, f/5.6-12.6, 8 elements in 7 groups, 2003)
  • Olympus µ[mju:]-III 150 (aka Stylus Epic 150, 37.5-150mm, f/5.1-f13.3, 8 elements in 7 groups, featured "skin tone" mode, last mju sold in Japan, 2003)
  • Olympus µ[mju:]-III 80 (aka Stylus Epic 80 (DLX), 38mm-80mm, f/4.5-8.9, 5 elements in 4 groups, final 35mm mju, 2004)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sales graph and awards site for mju series

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