As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus mju 810 Digital is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs. The Olympus mju 810 Digital's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus 840) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FT2)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus 810 Digital compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (january 2006 vs january 2010), is not waterproof and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Olympus Stylus 840

Olympus Stylus 840
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Stylus 840 (vs the 810 Digital)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 840 (vs the 810 Digital)

  • None found

common strengths of the Stylus 840 and 810 Digital

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (96×57×24 mm) vs Super compact (97×56×23 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FT2 (vs the 810 Digital)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Waterproof

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FT2 (vs the 810 Digital)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FT2 and 810 Digital

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (99×63×24 mm) vs Super compact (97×56×23 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus 810 Digital compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (480p @ 15fps vs none), is much smaller (super compact (97×56×23 mm) vs prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 2.4") and is much lighter (165 g vs 524 g).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), takes much lower resolution photos (8.1 MP vs 12.2 MP), has a much smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Canon EOS 450D

Canon EOS 450D
2 years newer
$292 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 450D (vs the 810 Digital)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 8.1 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the 450D (vs the 810 Digital)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Super compact (97×56×23 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.4" vs 0.9"
  • Much heavier: 524 g vs 165 g

common strengths of the 450D and 810 Digital

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Super compact (97×56×23 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 0.9"