Olympus 7000

Olympus Stylus 7000 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 50 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-260mm (F3.5-5.3) lens
  • 172g - 96 x 56 x 25mm
  • Announced January 2009
  • Alternate Name is mju 7000
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus 7000 overview

Olympus 7000 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact camera first revealed on January of 2009. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3968 x 2976. It is referred to as "mju 7000" in other countries.

The 7000 stands at #207 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #1164 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can try out our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus 7000 family

The Olympus 7000 comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can look at all past and current models alongside key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Stylus-7040 front thumbnailOlympus 7040
7000 vs 7040
Olympus-Stylus-7030 front thumbnailOlympus 7030
7000 vs 7030
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Olympus-Stylus-7010 front thumbnailOlympus 7010
7000 vs 7010
Olympus-Stylus-7000 front thumbnailOlympus 700037-260mm

Olympus 7000 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of good and bad points of the Olympus 7000 based on factors which are often seen as essential in a camera.

has built in flash
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
in built lens has zoom (37-260mm 7.0 x zoom)
long zoom (260mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
very good min ISO (50)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW support
does not have external microphone port
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
does not have Timelapse function
lack of manual mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
no aperture priority
no external flash support
no manual focus
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
screen does not articulate
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
sluggish at full zoom (f5.3)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
wide angle not great (37mm)
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Olympus 7000 Sensor specs

The sensor dimension on the Olympus 7000 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3968 x 2976 pixels using aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and delivers a native ISO range of 50 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the 7000's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The 7000 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus 7000 dimensions

Olympus 7000 weighs about 0.38 lb (172g or 6.07 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 96mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Olympus 7000 is very similar as compared to various competitors.

Photography Glossary

Underneath is a shot of the Olympus 7000 with a softdrink to help you have a feel for its size.

Olympus Stylus 7000 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the 7000.

Olympus Stylus 7000 topview buttons dials

Olympus 7000 Lens details

The 7000 is equipped with a fixed lens offering a focal range of 37-260mm making it a 7.0 x zoom which may not be great nevertheless it might be valuable in a few cases.

At it's widest 37mm, it will have an aperture of f3.5 which is fairly sluggish and not the best in low light situations and you will find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You might also have to increase your ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs. Towards the long end, 260mm is phenomenal zoom and comes with f5.3 making it really sluggish and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus 7000 Connectivity

The 7000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send pictures and in some cases alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Several apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Olympus 7000 Video details

The highest video resolution on the Olympus 7000 is 640 x 480 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 480p is awful by today's requirements. You really should try to get a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone socket which means that you have got absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to shop for another model should you want better audio in your video clips.

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Olympus 7000 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Olympus 7000 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.

Olympus 7000 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus 7000 is equipped with a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder details regarding Olympus 7000 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty handy in sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Olympus 7000 Shutter details

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Olympus 7000 Flash and Hot shoe details

Olympus 7000 boasts just built-in flash without external flash ability.

Olympus 7000 Autofocusing details

Olympus 7000 boasts only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Olympus 7000 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus option can be good in low light situations or you want to have more exact control on focusing.

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Olympus 7000 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest (470) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Olympus 7000 for varying styles of photography

The following bar chart gives a summation of the Olympus 7000 for varying styles of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Olympus 7000 as a Portrait photography camera

The Olympus 7000 gets a score of 21 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really acceptable to use for portraits. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support together with the capability to utilize external lighting.

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manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Street photography with Olympus 7000

With a reasonable score of 56, the Olympus 7000 is somewhat suitable for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Sports photography with Olympus 7000

A subpar sports photography points tally of 27 suggests the Olympus 7000 is not really acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs very good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Olympus 7000

Size is very important in buying a travel camera. All round, the Olympus 7000 gets a reasonable 56 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat appropriate to purchase for your travels.

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has built in flash
long zoom (260mm)
missing Timelapse function
low megapixels (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (37mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Olympus 7000 Landscape photography highlights

For anyone looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor will be image quality. The Olympus 7000 at it's subpar grade of 32 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable among its competition.

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screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Timelapse function

Olympus 7000 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera really should have a articulating display screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Olympus 7000 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a subpar score of 25.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not have selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of mic port

Olympus 7000 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the 7000, here is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph here shows you an overview of the 7000 vs it's highest ranking competitors listed previously.

There are more cameras you may see as alternate options. To go through a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Olympus Stylus 7000
Otherwise known as
mju 7000
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW files
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
37-260mm (7.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
4 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.80 m
Flash options
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
172g (0.38 lbs)
96 x 56 x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0")
Self timer
Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal
Storage slots
Retail cost