Olympus MJU 500
- New user friendly
- Blocky design, poor menu system
A fairly poor choice in this price point, especially compared to Olympus' other offerings. Only recommended for new users
Price$ 499.00 (AUD)
Olympus' MJU Digital 500 is a disappointing offering in the 5 megapixel digital camera category. We have come to expect great things from them, with cameras such as the MJU 800 performing exceptionally well for their price. The MJU 500 looks as though it was intended as a less powerful version of the 800, but falls down in a few key areas that make it a much less attractive purchase.
The first of these is design. The camera looks fairly blocky, with a build that looks like a modernised film camera rather than a stylish digital device. It is largely constructed of silver plastic, which feels solid enough, but the mounting of the controls is quite poor. The buttons felt loose and unresponsive and the function wheel had a very grainy feeling when manipulated.
This lead to a worse problem; trying to navigate the menu. We like the Olympus menu system. It is easy to understand and clearly set out, but the directional pad on this model is very awkward. In the space of thirty seconds, just while checking what functions the menu had to offer, we wound up at the wrong option no less than five times. It took us multiple tries to get anywhere and quickly became very frustrating.
Thankfully the camera is clearly designed as an entry level model and thus there are not many options that need to be tweaked regularly. The MJU 500 gives just the very basics in terms of exposure, ISO sensitivity and whitebalance manipulation. There is no sign of any more complicated options such as aperture or shutter priority modes. It does however grant twenty scene modes, which contain two continuous shooting modes for capturing multiple shots of moving targets. The range of scene modes is very impressive, and the explanations that accompany them clearly highlight what each one does (the Landscape mode for example has "vivid reproduction of blues and greens"). On a camera aimed at new users it is great to see more companies take the sort of approach Kodak has taken and incorporate self explanatory menus.
The MJU 500 produced quite reasonable images that sit somewhere in the middle of the pack. Colour is definitely its strong suit, with rich greens and blues that are at a good level of saturation, although there is a small yellowish tinge in lighter areas. Sharpness was good around the edges, but the camera seems to have trouble handling high detail, with areas such as foliage loosing a lot of definition in the centre.
Response time was slightly below average. Shutter speed was almost instant, but the lag after taking pictures was a little over three seconds in bright light, and a little under three seconds in low light, which is slightly above the average of about two seconds. Still quick enough for most average users.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Dyno Introduces Modular, Motorized Camera Slider System for GoPros, Small Cameras and Smartphones
- Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, Google Home Mini & Max: Everything Announced At Today’s Google Event
- Google Certifies Insta360 Pro as First ‘Street View Auto Ready’ Camera
- Noir Matter Introduces waterproof stabiliser for GoPro & other action cameras
- Sony’s New RX10 IV combines Fast AF and 24 FPS continuous shooting with 24-600mm F2.4-F4 Zoom Lens
PCW Evaluation Team
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Opinon: Life after KRACK
- Jabra Elite Sport (2017) review
- How to download the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now
- 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
- FTURGENT - Contract opportunity Business Analyst - Finance - Immediate startVIC
- FTFront-End Developer - BankingVIC
- FTGraduate Software Automation Test AnalystWA
- FTSenior Solutions ArchitectNSW
- CCSoftware EngineerNSW
- TPICT TechnicianVIC
- FTSignalling EngineerOther
- FTDigital Marketing ExecutiveOther
- FTAgile Business Analyst, website or mobile apps expOther
- FTEnvironmental Planner / Land Access CoordinationOther
- TPProject ManagerQLD
- FTC ++ DeveloperNSW
- FTRecruitment Contract SpecialistNSW
- FTChief Information Security OfficerVIC
- TPSenior Business Analyst | Integrated Care ProgramQLD
- CCAutomation TesterNSW
- CCLead Service Designer - CANBERRA BASEDNSW
- FTBusiness AnalystOther
- FTSAP Analyst ProgrammerOther
- CCSupport Specialist MQ and ESB AdministrationNSW
- CCICT Project ManagerNSW
- CCEnterprise ArchitectNSW
- CCSenior Agile Business AnalystVIC
- FTLevel 1 Application Support (POS)QLD
- CCService Desk AnalystACT