Alex and Josh from Decaffeinated Photography take a look at the Olympus Stylus Epic MJUII to see what all the fuss is about.
It seems like one of the hottest compact cameras right now is the Olympus Stylus Epic, more specifically, the Olympus Stylus Epic MJUII. It’s always been a very popular point and shoot, but it seems that recently the prices have skyrocketed for this little pocket cam. Let’s see what the guys from Decaffeinated Photography have to say about their experience with this cult classic.
On a side note, Josh and Alex are two witty and clever YouTubers and photographers from Australia and their YouTube channel Decaffeinated Photography is definitely worth subscribing to. Be sure to check out more from them after their review. Now on to the video…
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Olympus Stylus Epic MJUII Fun Facts
- Rangefinder/Viewfinder camera
- Weather resistant clamshell design
- Fixed 35mm f/2.8 – f/11 lens comprised of four elements in four groups
- Multibeam Autofocus
- Close focus of .35 meters or 13.7 inches
- Shutter speeds from 4 seconds to 1/1000 second
- Utilizes DX coding for iso/asa setting
- Auto film loading
- Flash defaults to auto flash after opening clamshell cover
- Red eye reduction setting for flash
- Plastic body construction/build quality
- Accepts standard 1/4″-20 tripod plate screw
Olympus Stylus MJUII Photo Samples:
Personally, I don’t think I’ll ever get a copy of this camera (at the current street price, around $250 U.S.). I can appreciate why many others hold this camera in such high regard, but I just can’t get super excited about a 35mm camera that is fully auto, seems to miss focus often, defaults to auto flash after opening the clamshell cover and costs an arm and a leg. If the price was more reasonable, then yes, I’d be more willing to give this camera a shot.
I purchased the original Olympus XA after hearing it was one of the best pocket rangefinders for the price. I was a little disappointed with that camera, not because it’s a bad camera, but because I bought into the hype of it being an almost perfect camera. The Olympus XA is fantastic little camera, but it definitely has a couple of shortcomings, and I should have realized that someone else’s ideal camera probably isn’t going to be the ideal camera for me. The point being, if you’re looking at purchasing the Olympus Stylus Epic MJUII because of the hype, think twice if its feature set is what you’re really after. Of course, if it does match what you want in a camera or if you want a classic camera to add to your collection then go for it!
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