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Olympus Stylus 9000
The Olympus Stylus 9000 features powerful 12-megapixel resolution that, combined with its 10x wide-angle zoom, allows users to take striking photographs that don't sacrifice on picture quality. Dual Image Stabilization allows you to still get the shot, even when experiencing life's bumps and jolts. A 2.7-inch HyperCrystal III LCD makes taking and reviewing your photos easier than ever, while a built-in HDMI port allows for convenient hook up to any HDTV. It's a solid "fun zoom" -- that is, compact point-and-shoot with a big zoom—but it does not film HD video, so we prefer the Panasonic ZS3.
- 12-megapixel sensor
- 10x wide-angle zoom
- Dual image stabilization
- 2.7-inch HyperCrystal III LCD
- HDMI compatible for easy hook-up to your HDTV
- Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards (not included)
- Part Number: 226705
- UPC: 4545350020620
- Release Date: Jan 12, 2009
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Olympus Stylus 9000 Reviews
Olympus Stylus 9000 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users
- 5.0 out of 5
My wife and I are not pro's but this camera makes us look the part. The image quality is excellent and the upgraded stability features are very good
- 5.0 out of 5
I was looking for a compact digital camera with capabilities I thought woud be a tall order. In other words I was looking for 'everything'. I wondered if I would find it. As everyone knows when you start to research the products it becomes confusing simply by being offered diffirent options which may not have been your original choices. I stuck to what I knew I wanted the camera to do. My previous digital was a Canon Powershot that developed a door closesure problem that is now very tempremental, otherwise a brilliant camera but not up to the quality and standard of the Olympus 9000. For once I was really excited that I had found the right one for me. I explore, travel around and also like taking close range as well as scenic sunsets, animals, and short video clips. The manuel is easy to read, understand and relate to the camera. Also the camera itself will explain each setting by pressing '?' on the Disp button, so excellent in that respect. I enjoy using it, it feels solid and tough, but it also makes me think and work out what settings to use and how best to get the shot rather then a 'point and press'. (which is good but...) its nice to develope some skill too. I bought mine from Tesco at £259 reduced from £299 but considered that if it had to be returned Tescos are extremely customer friendly as opposed to some very well know electronic stores. So a week down the line I have had enormous fun already, experimenting and producing some good shots and some not so good shots, the great thing is they can be deleted. It pays to read other peoples blogs as things you find you may think its the cameras fault but in fact it isn't its the user. And tips from other users can solve a problem. I just did that with the video zoom or lack of it or so I though. No, its there alright you just have to turn the setting on in the 'video' menu. Will blog some more if I have anything further to say. All round a great camera and still pleased I made this choice.
- 4.0 out of 5
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.
- 5.0 out of 5
Great picture quality, easy to understand manual. The amount of detail captured in each picture is amazing. Camera is just the right size for trips and special events. I use it as well my teenage kids - it really is a great all around camera.
- 3.0 out of 5
hey John, i don't own this model but an older one and realized that unless you have the digital zoom turned on in the menu option, you can't zoom in and out while doing video, not sure if this is why you're having trouble but thought i'd let you know.
- 3.0 out of 5
For this kind of money, I was disappointed that I could not zoom while taking video shots. I am considering returning this, if someone can point me in the direction of a piece that is in the same price reange, of the same quality and that has otherwise similar features—along with the capability of xooming in during video taking.