Olympus 9000

Olympus Stylus 9000 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 50 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-280mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
  • 225g - 96 x 60 x 31mm
  • Announced May 2009
  • Alternative Name is mju 9000
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus 9000 overview

Olympus 9000 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally revealed on May of 2009. It has a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3968 x 2976. It is also known as "mju 9000" in other markets.

The 9000 comes in at #199 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #1154 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to check our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your custom requirements.

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The following is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus 9000 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus 9000 based on things which are often viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

built-in flash
good min ISO (50)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
in built lens has zoom (28-280mm 10.0 x zoom)
long zoom (280mm)
rather wide (28mm)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW files
lack of aperture priority mode
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
more heavy than competition (225g)
no articulating screen
no external microphone jack
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no manual mode
no shutter priority mode
no Timelapse mode
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Olympus 9000 Sensor information

The dimension of the sensor on the Olympus 9000 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3968 x 2976 pixels with aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 50 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the 9000's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The 9000 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus 9000 dimensions

Olympus 9000 weighs in at 0.50 lbs (225 gr / 7.94 ounces) & has external size of 96mm x 60mm x 31mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Olympus 9000 is heavier compared to its rivals.

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Down below is a picture of the Olympus 9000 alongside a soda to help you get a feel for its size.

Olympus Stylus 9000 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button arrangement on the 9000.

Olympus Stylus 9000 topview buttons dials

Olympus 9000 Lens information

The 9000 has a fixed lens giving a focal range of 28-280mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which is definitely not significant nevertheless it would certainly be useful in a few cases.

At it's widest 28mm, it has an aperture of f3.2 which will be somewhat sluggish and not the best for low light circumstances and you will probably find it difficult to get good bokeh. You might also have to up your ISO setting which results in noisy shots. On the long end, 280mm is phenomenal zoom and comes with f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you might have to utilize slower shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Olympus 9000 Connectivity

The 9000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can send images and in some cases change settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Certain apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Olympus 9000 Video information

The maximum video resolution on the Olympus 9000 is 640 x 480 and you can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is low for today's standards. You should try to get a minimum 1080p resolution for video recording. The body doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone port which means that you have got zero control over the audio. It is probably best to consider a different model if you want decent audio for your videos.

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Olympus 9000 Weather Sealing

Olympus 9000 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions might ruin the camera.

Olympus 9000 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus 9000 has a 2.7 inch fixed display with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs for Olympus 9000 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders can be rather useful.

Olympus 9000 Shutter information

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Olympus 9000 Flash and Hot shoe information

Olympus 9000 has just built-in flash with missing external flash ability.

Olympus 9000 Autofocusing information

Olympus 9000 has only Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & accurate compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Olympus 9000 has no manual focus. Manual focus can be good for low light occasions or you want to have more exact control on focusing.

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Olympus 9000 Battery life

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

Here is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Olympus 9000 for varying types of photography

The following illustration presents a summation of the Olympus 9000 for varying types of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Olympus 9000 as a Portrait photography camera

The Olympus 9000 gets a points tally of 21 which is bad, and means the camera is just not suitable to use for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support plus the option to utilize external lighting.

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focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Olympus 9000 Street photography factors

With a modest score of 53, the Olympus 9000 is fairly adequate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
heavier than competition (225 grams)

Olympus 9000 Sports photography advice

A bad sports photography points total of 27 suggests the Olympus 9000 is just not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have very good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Olympus 9000 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is extremely crucial when selecting a travel camera. In general, the Olympus 9000 gets a average 58 as a travel camera which is reasonably suitable to buy for your holidays.

Photography Glossary
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
great zoom (280mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (225 grams)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)

Olympus 9000 Landscape photography info

If you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Olympus 9000 and it's bad grade of 32 as a landscape camera is just not suitable within the current market.

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fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Olympus 9000 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging really should come with a moving display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Olympus 9000 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a bad rating of 27.

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really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
no external mic jack
heavier than competition in class (225 grams)

Olympus 9000 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the 9000, here is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart followed below gives you a bird's eye view of the 9000 compared to it's highest scoring competitors shown earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may see as alternative options. To see a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Olympus Stylus 9000
Also called
mju 9000
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-280mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inch
Screen resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
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
Slowest shutter speed
4 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.00 m
Flash options
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
225 grams (0.50 pounds)
96 x 60 x 31mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
Self timer
Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal
Storage slots
Pricing at launch