Olympus MJU 780
- Image Stabilisation, Brilliant design
- Slow burst mode, No manual white balance, Slow shutter speed
A brilliantly designed unit, the MJU 780 will please a variety of consumers with its optical image stabilisation, 5x optical zoom and high ISO sensitivities. Its pictures aren't the best on the market but they are more than adequate for most uses.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
Olympus' compact cameras have always impressed us with their sleek, angular design, and the MJU 780 is no exception. It is one of the best looking compact cameras on the market, with a slim and sturdy metal build that is sure to please feature hungry and fashion conscious users alike. It also captures some good quality snaps and its reasonably comprehensive list of features include image stabilisation and a 5x zoom, which makes it an attractive all around proposition.
The brilliant thing about this camera is the design. We love the aesthetics of the entire MJU range, with their sleek, wedge shaped metal bodies that slide easily into your pocket. Just like other models in the range, the MJU 780 is weatherproof, meaning it can happily operate in light rain or at a place like the pool or beach. Although it isn't listed as being shock proof too (unlike Olympus' Tough series of cameras), the rock solid metal body feels like it can take a fair share of knocks, and is definitely a big selling point of this unit as it really feels like you're getting a quality product. It comes with a brushed silver front and, in stark contrast, a gun-metal back which looks exceptional.
The controls are laid out in a slightly different manner than on previous Olympus units, but this is in no way a negative thing. They look and feel sensational. A large, square directional pad with silver buttons above and below do the majority of the work, with the function wheel perched on the top right corner for speedy switching between modes. The controls also light up when pushed, which helps when shooting in low light situations.
Of course the best design in the world can't save a camera if it takes poor quality pictures, but fortunately the MJU 780 does alright in this regard. It didn't capture the best images we've seen, but it should satisfy the average user looking for some holiday and party snaps with friends and family. As usual we ran our Imatest software as well as taking a number of test pictures to analyse the camera.
Its 7.1 megapixel sensor performed decently in our sharpness test, scoring 1417, which is a little lower than some competing models, but still well within the expected range. Our test shots showed a little fringing but in general they were quite crisp and clean, and will be suitable for small and medium sized prints.
It performed well in our chromatic aberration test, achieving a result of 0.71%, which is a strong score. There was minimal haloing in our test shots (uncommon in compact cameras) however we did notice some obvious blurring towards the edges of the pictures. This was exacerbated by some obvious barrel distortion, which, while not being extremely bad, was definitely noticeable in our chart pictures.
Meanwhile in our noise test, the MJU 780 performed as expected, with a score of 0.71%. As with the sharpness score, this is a little higher than some of the competition, but is well within acceptable boundaries. The noise scaled moderately as we increased the sensitivity, with shots up to ISO 400 being usable at small magnifications. Above that the noise becomes much more prominent, taking form as a colourful haze that covers the picture. We wouldn't recommend using ISO 800 or above unless the circumstances really require it.
Colour reproduction was solid and everything looked pretty much as anticipated. The camera produced rich, full colours, as is standard with compact cameras these days. Reds were a little over saturated, but not too badly, and in general we found our shots to be a little brighter and more vivid than those produced by some other models.
In our speed tests, the unit achieved moderate results. Its shutter lag is a little sluggish, at .12 seconds, however its 1.6 second shot-to-shot time is more impressive, and the 1.8 second power up time is nothing to sneeze at either.
The standard array of compact camera functions are here, including white balance presets (but no manual mode), ISO sensitivities up to 1600 (and more if you use the night mode scene modes) and a few meagre focus and metering options. As with some previous Olympus models, the burst mode is a little disappointing, capturing 1.2 frames per second. There is a speedier version, but it drops the resolution of the pictures quite a bit, meaning it is somewhat limited in usefulness.
To go with the illuminated buttons mentioned earlier, Olympus pitch their 'Bright Capture' technology, which helps capture brighter pictures in low light situations. In general we found this to be moderately effective, although it does increase the ISO sensitivity, so noisy pictures become almost unavoidable.
Also on this model, complementing the high sensitivities on offer, is optical image stabilisation. This is a great tool, particularly when combined with the MJU 780's 5x optical zoom, as it helps keep shots clean and crisp, even at high zoom magnifications. We found it worked very well and should prove useful for those who find their shots regularly interrupted by hand shake.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Acer Swift 7
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Lexar® Portable SSD
Huawei Mate 9
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell XPS 13 laptop
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Surface Pro 4
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 3 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- 4 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 5 Garmin Fenix Chronos fitness tracker smartwatch review
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
- Subaru XV 2017 review
- LG G6: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTBusiness Improvement ManagerNSW
- FTApplication Team Lead - ERP & Microsoft TechnologiesNSW
- TPProject Support Officer - Data and Information ManagementVIC
- FTDrupal Developer - Senior or Mid levelQLD
- FTHelpdesk TechnicianVIC
- FTInfrastructure ArchitectVIC
- FTChief Security OfficerNSW
- TPTest AnalystNSW
- FTJunior Network EngineerNSW
- FTTesting and Quality Assurance AnalystNSW
- FTMarketing Specialist (B2B Sales)NSW
- FTDevops / Technical Support AnalystVIC
- FTInformation Security ConsultantACT
- FTSenior Desktop Engineer - SCCM / AD / 2012 ServerNSW
- TPAO6 IT Procurement OfficerQLD
- FTField Deployment EngineerNSW
- FTAEM Architect - Blue Chip companyNSW
- FTDatabase Modelling SpecialistQLD
- FTSystems AdministratorNSW
- FTLooking for Information Security professional @ CanberraNSW
- FTSenior Lead Developer/Architect - TelcoVIC
- FTSolutions Architects - 10 roles availableACT
- CCSecurity ManagerACT
- TPProcess Business Analyst - Digital InnovationNSW