The Olympus Stylus Epic range is the perfect all-round camera for people who want a camera that delivers both quality and versatility.
- Smaller than a credit card
- It’s very easy to use
- It makes great bokeh
- The exposures are accurate
- It uses affordable / readily available film
- Great for street photography
- Great for low light
- Fast lens
- Takes xD film
- Good build quality
- Nice vintage look shots
- Great lens, sharp and little colour fringing
- Cool colours and retro styling
- Makes you slow down and think more about your shots!
- You’ll take better pictures
- A lot of fun!
We are not going to quote point by point, why they are fun as they are, however we are going to do an analysis of how we got to those points starting with the technical part.
Olympus Stylus Epic Feautures
The Olympus Stylus Epic was introduced in 1997, the same year that the first color photo appeared on the front page of The New York Times. The camera is a point-and-shoot 35mm compact camera with a fixed 35mm f/2.8 lens. The Olympus Stylus Epic has a highly reflective viewfinder and focusing screen.
Olympus has a sterling reputation for a quality optic, its lens produces consistently sharp pictures with little distortion and color fringing, even in low light. The autofocus is reasonably fast in good light.
The first model in this series was the mju-I, released in 1991. With the updated version of the mju-II, Olympus introduced faster, more accurate and smaller point-and-shoot.
mju-I vs mju-II Comparison
|mju II||mju I|
|West A.K.A. Name||Stylus Epic||Infinity Stylus|
|Flash Recycling Time||0.2 to 3.5 sec||2 to 3.5 sec|
|Slow Shutter w/Flash||Yes||No|
|Fill Flash Mode||Yes||Yes|
|Red Eyes Function||Yes||Yes|
|DX Code Read||Yes||Yes|
The “Tiny” concept
Olympus Stylus Epic weighs only 150g (with battery), it’s like carrying a sandwich in your hand. This camera combines automation that results in images that approach the quality of a pro camera., with the simplicity of an everyday point and shoot.
As we mentioned before, it is very small, and it is considered the smallest 35mm camera in the world. It is barely 4.3 inches long as we saw in the comparison above.
Sharp 35mm f/2.8 lens
The Olympus Stylus Epic is the ideal choice for anyone who wants to capture high quality photographs from any point-of-view. The wide 35mm focal length gives you access to virtually any location imaginable. Whether you want to photograph fast moving subjects, or pristine environments; the camera with the f/2.8 aperture will provide exceptional results.
The focal length is balanced for all types of photographs, the aperture gives us a very interesting background blur, as well as considerable shooting speeds to play.
The Built-In Flash factor
One of the interesting qualities of shooting with this camera is the automatic use of the flash. It is true that if you want to have a more manual control of its use, you must constantly deactivate it, even for situations where there is enough light.
On the other hand, in combination with automatic light metering, the result can be incredible. Since the flash in this case works as a light compensator. Since the images obtained will have an incredible tonal range, in addition to a saturation that will stand out on the image.
So it is easy to say that the results that this camera gives us are very professional. Since its light meter is very accurate, making each photo have the perfect exposure in each photo.
The Camera Design
The Olympus Stylus Epic is a beautifully designed and functioning 35mm film camera. It’s a joy to use, especially if you’re still learning about photography or deciding that film photography is the way for you.
The Epic price
The Mju-II (also known like that in Asia) is not a high-end professional grade camera (of course), but it’s an amazing little camera that will give all amateur photographers a run for their money. Yes, it costs a pretty penny. But for what it is worth, We feel it is worth every penny and more.
The price, as we have mentioned before in another post, is very variable. You can find it around US$ 150-400. Depending mainly on the place where you buy it, and the state in which it is.
The Size-Quality factor
Have you ever tried to capture a good photo on your smartphone? It is not an easy task. With so many items to consider, it can be difficult to find a good starting point. However, if we could use a more “advanced” camera, it would be the best option!
Here we are already considering particular situations in which we would like to have portability and at the same time without losing quality.
Yes, it sounds crazy, but when we talk about “portability” in photography, the size and price factor is a question we can ask ourselves. Since we talk about portability, we also want to achieve the “best possible quality” with it.
Put it this way: If you want to go on a trip, to a party, to an event or whatever you want. But you also want to make a quality record where I know I’m going to have a good time, you must decide which electronic device (well, a camera) to choose, that gives you the best possible experience and results, before (having a good time) and after (with the photos registered).
The question may seem very philosophical, but it is real. Especially if you are a photographer or a photography hobbyist, you may find yourself thinking about this when you really don’t want to be laden with gear.
And the clear answer is that you will choose the best portable camera that gives you optimal results. And in this case, it is of course the Mju-II!
You already know that the film development process is a matter of time, but if what you are looking for is quality, you will sacrifice that time to obtain it.
Shots Taken With a Olympus Stylus Epic
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Fashion photographer and street photography enthusiast, he has twelve years of experience in the field of photography and has based most of his work on analogue format.