Olympus mju 9000 Review

4.0
April 6, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

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#1 Anon

I think it’s a bit unfair to expect this camera at £229.99 (your lowest price today)to compare with the Lumix DMC-TZ7 at £339.99 (your lowest price today) - almost 50% more, or even the Canon Powershot SX200IS at £284.99 (your lowest price today). They may be rivals in terms of the target user, but they’re certainly don’t inhabit the same price segments of that market.

4:52 pm - Monday, April 6, 2009

#2 Mark Goldstein

Good point - the Olympus mju 9000 is a bit of a bargain at that aggressively low street price.

We always use cameras’ official launch prices though when comparing them, which at £310 / $349.99 puts the Oly mju 9000 directly up against the Canon and Panasonic models.

6:05 pm - Monday, April 6, 2009

#3 Scrumpy

I think its a pretty affordable price for what it is.

8:59 am - Tuesday, April 7, 2009

#4 philip

video bad link

10:30 am - Tuesday, April 7, 2009

#5 Mark Goldstein

The video link should work now…

4:46 pm - Tuesday, April 7, 2009

#6 duarte

Pretty lame from Olympus to keep the xD format which looks like it’s crippling the video.
Otherwise, a nicely speced camera.
If image stabilization comes even close to my E-510, it’s the best IS implementation on the market.

5:09 pm - Wednesday, April 8, 2009

#7 nightingale

the Olymps digital camera is always so beautiful , this one is so beautiful , I think it must be works very nice too!

7:31 am - Friday, April 17, 2009

#8 gideon

just wanna ask, tz5 or mju 9000? which one is better?

4:38 am - Friday, April 24, 2009

#9 Kez

Seriously dissapointed with this camera, so much so, we sold it after owning it for a few months. Olympus’ satisfaction guarantee (advertised on thier website at the time of purchase) is worthless. We found Olympus difficult to deal with and most unhelpful.
We were after a camera that we could pick up and take a ‘decent’ photo with, withour too much fiddling. What we found with the Mju9000 was that we needed to change settings and fiddle with the exposure, especially indoors and at night, to be able to get a photo that didn’t look like you were photographing ghosts.
We have a family member who also purchased this camera and has had the same experience.
Aviod this camera.

5:54 pm - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

#10 ralph

This is the worst camera I’ve owned or tried. Images are incredibly noisy, red-eye reduction doesn’t work, and so far not one photo I’m happy with. I’ve tried many settings.  My first digital was an Olympus mju300 which was quite good for the time - it plays up a bit now but takes much better photos than my new one. My advice to prospective buyers is AVOID.

7:06 am - Sunday, August 2, 2009

#11 Len

Like Diogenes searching for an honest man, I keep searching for a point and shoot with the one feature I can’t find:

Is there a way to set the flash to default to OFF so that I can be sure it is off when turning the camera on or changing modes without having to check? I like to shoot in environments where flash is inappropriate or intrusive and I hate it when I inadvertently send forth the light.

8:29 pm - Sunday, August 9, 2009

#12 Don

We are new owners of the 9000 and so far we like it.  One strange thing I cannot figure out is how the internal memory and external xD card are supposed to play together.  Better than half the time the camera acts like it does not detect the external card and I get MEMORY FULL because the internal is full.  If I remove and reinsert the external card—sometimes multiple times—then the camera detects and uses it.  Has anyone else experienced this?

5:09 pm - Tuesday, August 11, 2009

#13 Joseph Tague

Ok, so let me start out by saying that “no camera is perfect”. Believe me I’m exhausted from reading reviews and tech data on many cameras. ……..and no camera met all my criteria, specifically, finding a camera that had a wide angle (28mm) and aperture priority at the same time. So I gave up a little creative control for the wide angle. My reasoning was that I bicycle long distance and just wanted a camera that I can pull out quick and shoot a photo op while riding. I have all the old cameras with multiple lens and know what it is like to carry around big bulky equipment and have to pull it all out of a large camera bag.
However there were a few other flaws on this camera that I was willing to overlook also. When using the flash you have to be at least into ISO 200 or you will be severely limited in your range. ………..and ISO 400 if your using the zoom. At ISO 400 you start seeing the noise (grain). Above ISO 400 pictures are not acceptable. Most of my shooting is outdoors. When using the zoom the AF seems to struggle and some pictures come out blurry. So you have to be cognizant of that and sometimes work (in some compositions, not all by any means) to get the picture by playing with or adjusting the composition or possibly changing the AF from “spot” to “ESP” and vice versa. I’ve read other reviews where many have said that the picture quality is a little soft. Well not sure if I would call it soft but what struck me right away is that most pictures fall short on “contrast”. So if I bring the pictures into the image application and edit them by increasing the contrast they really “POP!”.
The picture quality, the AF issue, and the ISO/Flash issue are all resolvable issues with “work arounds” and compromises because as I said in the beginning “no camera is perfect”, ……and they will all have their own unique issues unless you want to spend big, big, bucks. Otherwise the camera structure, the features, the wide angle, the 10X zoom, the 12 MP. The LCD screen., the size and portability all played a roll in selecting this camera.

8:13 pm - Friday, August 21, 2009

#14 nicolas isaksson

Pretty good camera, I own it for almost a year now and I like it. I am not a pro by any means, though.

The only real problem I have detected is that when you have the sun in front of you the camera gets little purple patches at the bottom right corner, it must be some sort of distorsion of the light. It can get annoying if you want to take a good photograph of a sunset !

On the possitive side, I believe the colors are excellent, much sharper and truer than my gf’s canon anyway.

10:27 pm - Monday, January 25, 2010

#15 Atif

Friends Pls advice which one is better, Canon LUXS 120 IS or Olympus MJU 9000. Right now I’ve SONY Cyber Shot DCS-W220, but picture quality is very bad & have too much noise.

I need some expert & good advice to change with.

Regards

2:34 pm - Tuesday, April 6, 2010

#16 Rakibul Islam

I am getting confused after reading all the comments. :(

11:58 am - Friday, August 20, 2010

#17 Atif

Rakibul Islam, don’t get confused, almost 2 months back I finally got Canon 120. Believe me it was the best deal i ever done.

One who buy Canon 120 will really enjoy its Result & features, If He needs the Perfect Photograpy at reasonable cost.

5:42 pm - Friday, August 20, 2010

#18 Blaine

We have an old 4 megapixel Sony that takes better pictures than our Stylus 9000, in all situations. The Olympus’ photos are grainy and blurry in comparison, and REALLY stink in low light. They can add a thousand more features, and it will still be a disappointment.

5:32 pm - Sunday, August 5, 2012

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