Olympus Stylus 9000

Last update (19 October’09):
– Review & Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital

Olympus Stylus 9000 is a 12-megapixel compact digital camera features 10x wide-angle optical dual image stabilized zoom (28 – 280mm equivalent in 35mm photography), In-Camera Panorama, TruePic III Image Processor, Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards, HDMI compatible, and a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal III LCD. The camera measures 3.8″W x 2.4″H x 1.2″D (96mm x 60mm x 31mm) and weighs 6.5oz (185g). [More Features & Specifications Detail]

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

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Olympus Stylus 9000 Reviews

LetsGoDigital reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“noise is already visible from ISO 200 and becomes increasingly annoying when higher ISO values are used. Due to this fact, the Olympus Mju 9000 runs the risk of qualifying itself as a nice-weather camera, which would instantly take away the all-round features of a compact Megazoom camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“This camera is geared for the casual shooter looking for focal power and full automatic controls and it doesn’t demand all the precision of a more expensive camera with more manual control. The camera is a great travel companion, but it can’t be pushed past the limits of a snap shooting camera.”
Rating: N/A

Cameras.uk reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“Picture quality is not perfect, but the flaws only become noticeable if you are planning to make larger prints. The Olympus MJU 9000 is certainly a very handy size for a camera offering this much zoom.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.asia reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“The bottom line: The Mju 9000’s lack of features puts it as at a disadvantage when compared with other shooters in its class, but it is still suitable for amateur shutterbugs who don’t need control over their shots..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“What began as an impressive display of features and build quality slowly soured as I used the camera more and more. If this camera can be kept in normal balanced daylight that’s bright enough to use a low ISO then the results will be acceptable.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“There is plenty to like about the Olympus Mju 9000: it has a great zoom lens, useful in-camera editing functions and panorama stitching. You might have to play around with it in order to get the best image quality, but it can take clear and vibrant photos. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoReview reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“Shots taken at ISO 400 and higher were seriously noise-affected in the iAuto and normal shooting modes but using the Night Landscape Scene mode allowed exposures as long as four seconds with lower ISO settings, which were less noise-affected – although their colour balance was skewed. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PocketLint reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“Images seemed flat when reproduced, and although our test day was on the overcast side in terms of weather, even the bit of sun we did get didn’t lift our spirits or image colour that much…when it comes to pictures, the Nikon S620 might be the better bet, either that or wait a couple of weeks and will see if the SX200 is as good as Canon promises. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“Even noise is reasonably well handled, with good picture quality at 200 ISO, and slightly noisy but still usable images at 400 ISO… Mju 9000 is a sensibly designed and well made camera with a very useful zoom range. It is easy to use, performs well and produces good results in most situations.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“This is a well-made, easy to use point-and-shoot that will suit everyone in the family. The wide-angle 10x zoom is a real attraction in such a small camera, and should cover all eventualities for most of its target audience.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.au reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“In terms of appearance and overall functionality, the Mju 9000 is one of the nicest Olympus compacts we’ve tested. It’s the smallest camera you can get with 10x optical zoom, and we would recommend it unreservedly if it was a little cheaper and didn’t have as many issues with noise.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPInterface reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“The Olympus Stylus 9000 is suited for casual/leisure picture-taking in well lit conditions (its movie mode is not fantastic). It’s not particularly speedy, there are no manual controls and pictures are usable only up to ISO 400…”
Rating: N/A

CNET.UK reviews the Olympus Stylus 9000 and writes;
“Most people will find a compact superzoom with a 10x lens more practical than a much bulkier 20x superzoom, and the Olympus mju 9000 carries it off really well, proving just as pocketable as an ordinary compact. It’s easy to use, responsive and delivers good results”
Rating: ★★★★☆


Olympus Stylus 9000 Samples

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Olympus Stylus 9000 User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus Stylus 9000 Press Release

London, 7 January 2009 – The popular Olympus µ series is once again setting the standard for cameras that combine graceful design with practical innovative features. Confirming Olympus’ status as the leading developer of opto-digital technology, the new models feature compact optical zooms, with magnifications ranging from 5x in the µ-5000, 7x in the µ-7000, to an incredible 10x in the Stylus 9000. All three cameras feature 12 Megapixel CCDs and a host of features that guarantee brilliant results, including Dual Image Stabilization to reduce the effect of camera shake, and a remarkable Beauty Mode that smooths out the completions of people, knocking years of their age! With sleek metal bodies in a range of colors, the Olympus µ-5000 will be available at the end of January, while the µ-9000 and µ-7000 in stores mid February 2009.

Stylus 9000
Hidden inside its super-slim metal body the Stylus 9000 has a wide 10x optical zoom (28-280mm*) that’s powerful enough to capture wide, open landscapes and then zoom in to closely scrutinize details on the horizon. Of course the µ-9000 is great for photographing people too. Face Detection Technology identifies up to three human faces in a photo, then focuses and sets the exposure so that they look their best, and the wide viewing angles of the bright 6.9cm/2.7” HyperCrystal III LCD make framing photos easy even in bright sunlight and at awkward angles. The µ-9000 will be available in Midnight Black and Royal Blue versions.

As with the other two new additions to the “classic” µ series, the µ-9000 includes Dual Image Stabilization. This reduces blur caused by camera shake by minutely adjusting the position of their 12 Megapixel CCDs to compensate for inadvertent camera movement, and uses higher ISO values to ensure faster shutter speeds

Handling and navigation on the new cameras is easy thanks to illuminated buttons and all models are compatible with xD-Picture Cards and microSD Cards**. The Olympus µ-5000 will be on sale from the end of January, while the µ-9000 and µ-7000 will become available in mid February 2009.

The Olympus Stylus 9000 – main features:

– Extra slim 10x wide optical zoom (28-280mm*) in a compact metal body to capture landscapes through to exciting close-ups
– Avoids blur thanks to Dual Image Stabilization (combines mechanical and digital image stabiliser)
– The easy way to perfect images – Intelligent Auto Mode detects the five most commonly used scenes and adjusts settings, focus and exposure automatically
– 12 Megapixels to make prints up to poster-size
– 6.9cm/2.7″ HyperCrystal III LCD for best ever preview even in brilliant sunlight and at extreme angles (230,000 dots)
– Face Detection for perfectly focused and exposed faces. In combination with Shadow Adjustment Technology other main parts of the picture are also correctly exposed.
– TruePic III image processor for faster image handling and higher image quality
– Liven up your memories with movie recording with sound (up to VGA resolution at 30fps) xD-Picture Card and microSD Card** compatible

5 Responses to “Olympus Stylus 9000”

  1. Jane says:

    Just an average camera, i’ve been awaiting something more breathtaking from Olympus..

  2. AW says:

    I got one to travel with and I’m sorry every day I carried it. Yes, it has lots of shooting modes, but few make any true difference in overall picture quality. The memory card is specific to Olympus and is (of course) more expensive. Worst of all for me…you have to carry the camera AND the stupid charger in your luggage. I’d love to punch the engineer that decided not to charge the camera when connected to the USB port. If I could return the camera at the end of my trip, I would.

  3. Phil says:

    I had an Olympus C-750 stolen from my house … the insurance company replaced it with a Stylus 9000 … god I miss my C-750, it knew how to take sharp in focus photos, the 9000 has no idea 🙁

  4. Q says:

    It’s a major disaster as far as I’m concerned! My Olympus C-50 Zoom took GREAT pictures. I wish I had it back. My new Stylus-9000 REALLY SUCKS! I took twenty-one shots today,… ONLY ONE was in focus!!! 🙁

  5. sergio says:

    I bought mine last june, then had it stolen in honduras in july. By then, i had problems unlocking the “write mode” for the memory card. it locked in when i suddenly unplugged the usb cord while downloading pics onto a computer, from that moment on, i couldn’t save pics onto the card and spent days trying to “unlock” the write mode of the memory card.

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