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Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1

Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29
Olympus Stylus 9000 front
 
Pentax MX-1 front
Portability
84
Imaging
37
Features
60
Overall
46

Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1 Key Specs

Olympus 9000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 50 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-280mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
  • 225g - 96 x 60 x 31mm
  • Released May 2009
  • Additionally referred to as mju 9000
Pentax MX-1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 391g - 122 x 61 x 51mm
  • Introduced July 2013
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Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1 Overview

Lets examine more closely at the Olympus 9000 and Pentax MX-1, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Olympus and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the 9000 (12MP) and the MX-1 (12MP) is very well matched but the 9000 (1/2.3") and MX-1 (1/1.7") feature totally different sensor sizing.

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The 9000 was released 5 years before the MX-1 and that is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a detailed comparison, below is a short highlight of how the 9000 matches up vs the MX-1 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 9000 over the Pentax MX-1

 9000 MX-1 

Reasons to pick Pentax MX-1 over the Olympus 9000

 MX-1 9000 
IntroducedJuly 2013May 2009Fresher by 50 months
Manually focus More exact focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution920k230kCrisper display (+690k dot)

Common features in the Olympus 9000 and Pentax MX-1

 9000 MX-1 
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry your camera, you're going to have to think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus 9000 enjoys external dimensions of 96mm x 60mm x 31mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 225 grams (0.50 lbs) and the Pentax MX-1 has proportions of 122mm x 61mm x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0") with a weight of 391 grams (0.86 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the 9000 and the MX-1.

Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 9000 and MX-1 is 92 and 84 respectively.

Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is difficult to see the gap between sensor sizing just by looking at technical specs. The visual here will give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the 9000 and MX-1.

As you can tell, both the cameras offer the same exact megapixels but not the same sensor sizing. The 9000 uses the tinier sensor which is going to make obtaining bokeh more challenging. The older 9000 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1 sensor size comparison

Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 9000 Portrait photography advice
Pentax MX-1 Portrait photography advice
21
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
42
you can focus manually
features face detection focus
supports RAW files
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Olympus 9000 Street photography factors
Pentax MX-1 Street photography factors
53
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
heavier than others in class (225g)
65
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition (391 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus 9000
Sports photography with Pentax MX-1
27
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
43
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features tracking autofocus
great battery pack (290 CIPA)
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 9000 Travel photography highlights
Pentax MX-1 Travel photography highlights
58
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
great zoom (280mm)
missing Time Lapse function
heavier than others in class (225 grams)
low resolution (12MP)
does not have selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
61
great battery pack (290 shots)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (391g)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 9000 Landscape photography features
Pentax MX-1 Landscape photography features
32
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
missing Time Lapse function
55
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
great battery pack (290 CIPA)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 9000 Vlogging information
Pentax MX-1 Vlogging information
27
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
does not have selfie friendly display
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
missing external mic port
heavier than others in class (225 grams)
33
decently wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone socket
more heavy than competition (391g)
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Olympus 9000 vs Pentax MX-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 9000 and Pentax MX-1
 Olympus Stylus 9000Pentax MX-1
General Information
Company Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus Stylus 9000 Pentax MX-1
Alternate name mju 9000 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2009-05-14 2013-07-01
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3968 x 2976 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Minimum native ISO 50 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-280mm (10.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.2-5.9 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 4.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - TFT LCD with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate - 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m 12.00 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Speed sync, Trailing Curtain sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 225 gr (0.50 lb) 391 gr (0.86 lb)
Dimensions 96 x 60 x 31mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") 122 x 61 x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 49
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.3
DXO Low light score not tested 208
Other
Battery life - 290 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - D-Li-106
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $300 $400