The Olympus µ[mju:] (US: ∞ Stylus) was a fully automatic 35mm compact camera introduced by Olympus in 1991. The Stylus was the first model in the hugely successful Olympus mju/Stylus series, selling 5 million on its own.
Evolved by camera designer Maitani Yoshihisa from his Olympus XA design, the µ[mju:] was very small and curvy, with an integrated lens cover. It is switched on by shifting the lens cover to one side. The original mju/Stylus was generally available in black, but a LIMITED edition model (50,000 examples) with a metallic silver finish was also released. 1992 saw the release of the Olympus µ[mju:] PANORAMA. This utilized tiny magnets to move a mask in front of the film in the middle of the roll, while keeping the body and basic spec unchanged.
Some versions of the mju actually say µ[mju:]-1 on the front.
The technological specifications of this camera formed the basis of a retro-styled limited edition "concept" camera called the Ecru.
- Lens: 35mm, f/3.5 (3 elements in 3 groups).
- Active multi-beam autofocus with 100-steps for a huge range of distances. Pre-focus lock enabled.
- Film format: 35mm DX-coded film, ISO 50-3200.
- Automatic exposure with shutter speeds of 1/15-1/500s.
- Film advance: Autowind and rewind.
- Integrated flash with four modes: Auto, red eye reduction, fill-in, disabled.
- LCD with battery check and frame counter.
- Tripod Mount.
- Power: 3V lithium CR123A.