Reviews and Problems with Olympus Stylus 9010 / µ-9010
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Olympus mju 9010
28 November 2010
Summary: The mju 9010 promises much but doesn't really deliver. Physically, it's fine. It's compact, portable, affordable and easy to use. But the image quality is weak and the movie mode has serious limitations.
Conclusion: Olympus Mju 9010 megazoom camera review The Olympus Mju 9010 is in itself a pretty good camera. It is a camera with a large optical range with which you can photograph all-round in a relatively simple way, as the theory goes. Whoever is looking for a small format, lightweight camera, but doesn’t want to miss out on the zoom range, can find a camera from a number of manufacturers.
Excerpt: Some digicams hit the shelves and at first appear to be run-of-the-mill compacts with little to offer. How blasé can you get! This is one of those: the zoom is a 10x lens; it has 2GB of internal memory, so you may never need a memory card; 14 megapixel capture lets you shoot a maximum size of 4288×3216 pixels and make a 36x27cm print; you can shoot MPEG4 movies at 1280×720 pixel resolution; face detection can handle up to 16 faces.
Excerpt: The Olympus MJU 9010 is a relatively compact digital camera. The main attraction is likely to be the 10x, wide angle zoom lens. Coupled with the size of the camera the long lens makes this type of camera popular with people who travel or for anyone taking a holiday. Compared to earlier Olympus digital cameras the MJU 9010 has been equipped with a number of newer features.
Pros: Ease of use - USB battery charging - 2GB of built in memory - built in manual - picture tagging
Summary: This is a neat and well-priced camera capable of taking good pictures. We would recommend it more highly if the LCD were a better review device. As it is we like the image quality enough to excuse the screen.
Pros: The image quality is good with less obvious noise reduction effect than we find with most 14 megapixel compacts. The detail resolution of the Olympus is much better than that of our standard compact comparison camera. Exposure and white balance are generally good. Overall image quality is better than our reference camera. Naturally picture quality falls off at the absurd 280mm limit of the zoom, but in the middle of the range sharpness, contrast and resolution are good.
Cons: The LCD is acceptable as a viewfinder but just barely adequate for reviewing captured images. Olympus make big claims for their HyperCrystal view LCDs which in our experience are not justified.
Summary: The Olympus Mju 9010 is a power-packed compact camera that is priced competitively as a compact zoom camera. But will all these powerful specs make the Mju 9010 an outstanding camera? Our point and shoot test will answer that soon enough.
Excerpt: With its 10x optical zoom and slim design, the µ-9010 seems like a very flexible camera for taking a wide range of shots. On paper it’s a promising contender to the other compact ultra-zoom cameras, weighing less than its rivals and costing less than most too. There’s a dedicated record button for the 720p video mode, which produced sharp details and impressively little noise in low light, while AVC compression kept file sizes down.